18 February 2020

18 Feb. Flash News : Jamia violence: Media misreport wallet as ‘stone’ in student’s hand/ Jamia violence: Named ‘instigator’ in police chargesheet, Sharjeel Imam sent in judicial custody till March 3/ In J&K, police invoke stringent UAPA in FIR against social media use/ Can Ram temple be built on Muslim graves: 9 Ayodhya residents to Trust

 18 Feb.  2020: 23 Jamadi-2, 1441: Vol: 12, No: 135
*anti-CAA,NRC-NPR stir*
Jamia violence: Media misreport wallet as ‘stone’ in student’s hand
India Today ran ‘exclusive’ footage on Sunday, on the events of Dec.15, in Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). This was after a CCTV video of police charging students with lathis inside a reading room went massively viral. The footage was handed over to the channel by SIT of Delhi police. It was played as ‘authentic’ clip and used to claim that students entered the reading room with stones in their hands.A plethora of other news organisations carried the clip and claimed that the students had stones clasped in their hands. Among the English outlets were TOI, Mirror Now, Republic Bharat, Times Now, The Quint and DNA. Some of the Hindi channels were Zee News, Aaj Tak, India TV, NDTV India, News Nation. Right-wing websites OpIndia and Swarajya carried similar reports.The channel claimed that the student was carrying a stone each in both his hands. For the purpose of this fact-check, Alt News used a higher resolution video received from sources. The video is of the same footage played by India Today. Alt News slowed down the video and watched it frame-by-frame. We found that the student was holding a wallet in one of his hands, and a flat object (possibly a phone) in the other.Here is the sequence of events – the student enters the room with a wallet in his right hand and a linear object (possibly a phone) in his left hand. At about 10 seconds, he goes out of the frame and comes back at 17 seconds when his right hand is empty. The brown colour wallet is now visible in his left hand.The wallet is visible in multiple frames, however, is most clear at 1:22-minute mark when the student stretches out his arm.Another clear shot of the wallet can be seen at 2:27 If one notices carefully, the two brown flaps of the wallet are distinctly noticeable and the gap in between is darker – a shade of black.The student holds a flat object in his other hand which could possibly be a mobile phone. It isn’t as distinctly noticeable as the wallet and users are advised to watch the complete video in loops to self-analyse. We will attempt to provide a clean screenshot however there are a few pointers worth mentioning – a stone would typically be irregularly shaped. The object held in his hand is symmetrical and flat.The video shows the linear symmetry of the object held in his left hand.Media outlets therefore jumped to the police’s defence without a basic internal analysis. nationalheraldindia
Crackdown in Jamia Library: More Footage Released, Shows Police Breaking CCTV Camera
 Another video of Jamia students with folded hands in front of policemen surfaces
Jamia, NFC violence: Named ‘instigator’ in police chargesheet, Sharjeel Imam sent in judicial custody till March 3
New Delhi :JNU PhD student Sharjeel Imam was Tuesday named as an instigator in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in connection with the violence that broke out in the national capital on December 15, 2019. Along with the chargesheet filed in connection with the violence in New Friends Colony and at Jamia Millia Islamia, the police attached CCTV, call detail records and statements of over 100 witnesses as evidence against Sharjeel, reported PTI.  On Monday, a Delhi court sent him to one-day police custody in the case related to the violence at New Friends Colony. On Tuesday, his custody was extended till March 3, reported PTI.indianexpress
Named as Jamia violence instigator, Sharjeel Imam sent to 14-day judicial custody
Month after Jamia admin filed police complaint, no FIR
New Delhi :A month after students gheraoed the Jamia V-C office, the university had filed a police complaint against “brutal action” of “unruly policemen” who beat students and damaged university property. Police, however, are yet to register an FIR in the matter.A Delhi court had also directed Delhi Police to file an action taken report (ATR) by March 16 on a plea filed by the university, stating whether any action has been taken on the complaint by the varsity administration to lodge an FIR.Police have registered 2 FIRs — one at New Friends Colony and another at Jamia Nagar — against protesters for damaging public property and rioting. indianexpress
Police stormed a university in India; Muslim students say the violence was an act of revenge
ALIGARH:Inside Room 46 of Morison Court dormitory, the university students huddled in the dark, too afraid to speak. Police in riot gear pounded on the door. The next sound was glass shattering, then came the thunk and hiss of tear gas. Something exploded once, then twice, with a deafening noise. The smoke grew suffocating.Shahid Hussein, a graduate student in history at AMU, opened the door. The first blow hit him on the left shoulder. The police kept hitting him as they dragged him toward a tree outside, he said. There, 2 officers held his arms behind his back around the trunk, while others beat his legs with a wooden stick.“It was not simply stopping protests,” said Hussein, 24. “They were taking revenge.”“I don’t remember in my time — in British or free India — the police ever having entered the way they are entering now on campuses,” said Irfan Habib, 88, a distinguished historian who has spent most of his life teaching at AMU. The message is that “civil liberty is not yours,” Habib said, and that police “will decide who can protest and who can’t.”The Post spoke to more than a dozen witnesses, as well as doctors, university officials and lawyers, and reviewed police documents, photos, videos and footage from closed-circuit cameras of the incident.A senior police official in Aligarh said that inquiries are underway into allegations of excessive use of force but that the response by law enforcement was appropriate. Students broke part of the university’s main gate and threw stones at police, he said.Aligarh’s students “will determine the place of Muslims in India’s national life,” one of its leaders, Zakir Hussain, once told alumni. What’s more, he continued, “the way India conducts itself toward Aligarh will determine largely . . . the form which our national life will acquire.”Almost immediately, three witnesses said, police began firing tear gas canisters. Some students responded by hurling pieces of brick in the direction of the police. Within half an hour, hundreds of officers, including members of a statewide riot control unit, had arrived.A police report later accused several injured students of crimes, including intent to murder. It blamed their injuries on “stone pelting by their fellows.”The crackdowns at AMU and Jamia galvanized protests across the nation.

Change of site may weaken protest, say anti-CAA Shaheen Bagh protestors
NEW DELHI: After the Supreme Court-appointed 3 interlocutors to try and persuade protesters at Shaheen Bagh to shift the protest site, the demonstrators said that moving to another area might weaken the agitation.“The main reason for blocking the road was to pressure the government but now if we go to an irrelevant place, I am not sure whether we could insist on our demands with same thrust or not,” said Nadeem Khan, one of the protesters.He said that the apex court should have asked the government to approach the protesters and address their demands instead of telling the protesters to vacate the road. Asif Mujtaba, a student of IIT Delhi, said that the road blockade happened to pressure the government in a peaceful manner by the sit-in protest.However, Mujtaba hinted that there were high chances that the protesters at Shaheen Bagh would obey the top court’s orders and move the protest site.However, he said that a solution to the problem could be that the protesters would leave one side of the road for traffic while camping on the other side to continue their demonstration.newindianexpress

Kafeel Khan to file reply to UP State Advisory Board in NSA case today
Gorakhpur paediatrician Dr Kafeel Khan, who was booked under National Security Act (NSA) by Aligarh police, will submit his reply to UP State Advisory Board through Mathura Jail authorities today.Confirming this, Khan’s lawyer, Irfan Ghazi, said though the response, as per the magistrate’s directions, has to be sent through the jail superintendent, Dr Khan wants to physically represent his case to the advisory board. Ghazi said that Aligarh police and district authorities have alleged that on Dec.12th Khan’s speech to AMU students had sparked protests in the campus, which is incorrect. He said in the same context, there were protests by women in Shahjamal area from Jan.29 and the same continued till date. He said all the grounds made by the administration in support of booking Khan under NSA are baseless.The lawyer said that in his reply Dr Khan has stated that he had given a speech on December 12 whereas the protests in the campus had started from Dec.9. He said Khan had spent only a day in AMU campus and had returned after delivering his speech. Even the violence in the campus had occurred on Dec 15 when Khan was not there and it was in reaction to the Jamia Millia Islamia incident in Delhi. He said that UP government had been indulging a witch-hunt against Khan, in retaliation for his raising voice against the negligence by the government in the death of 63 children at BRD Medical college hospital in Gorakhpur. It may be recalled that Khan was then suspended, arrested and later released in bail. TOI

CAA protests: 22 people killed, 322 still in jail for violence in December, Uttar Pradesh tells HC
Uttar Pradesh government told the Allahabad High Court on Monday that 883 people were arrested for violence during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in the state on December 20 and 21, the Hindustan Times reported. Of these, 322 people are still in prison, the government said.“Out of those arrested, 561 are now out on bail and 322 are still in jail,” Uttar Pradesh government counsel Manish Goel told the court. He asserted that proper medical aid was provided to the injured, and that 45 police personnel and government officials were injured in the violence. The government counsel said 22 protestors were killed and 83 injured.The state government provided the figures to a High Court bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma. The court was hearing a bunch of petitions against police action during the protests.The High Court on Monday said that it will hear the matter next on March 18.scroll

CAA protests: Chargesheet filed against 15 in Sambhal
Lucknow :Sambhal police on Monday filed a chargesheet against 15 people for alleged arson, damage to public property and attack on police during a protest against CAA and NRC held at Chaudhary Sarai Crossing in the district on December 19 last year.This is the first chargesheet filed in connection with anti-CAA protests that broke out in the state since December 15.Of the 15 arrested people, a few of them were recently granted bail.Several people, including 3 policemen, were injured in the alleged violence. Police are still probing the role of local Samajwadi Party MP Shafiq-ur-Rahman Barq and party’s former district president Feroz Khan. They have been named in FIR lodged at City Kotwali police station in Sambhal on Dec.19. A total of 327 FIRs have been lodged across the state in connection with anti-CAA protests and violence in Dec.Among the total FIRs, 12 were lodged in Sambhal.indianexpress
Bidar school sedition case: No other community named, only law opposed, said court
WHILE GRANTING bail in the sedition case filed over a school play in Bidar town of Karnataka, the Bidar district and sessions court observed that the play — staged by children aged nine to 12 years — did not refer to any community other than Muslims, and was enacted to oppose the enforcement of a law.Najibunnisa (46), the mother of a Class V student, and Fareeda Begum (50), the headmistress of Shaheen Primary School, were released after 15 days of incarceration over a play staged by children to oppose CAA on January 21.Ordering their conditional release on February 14, Bidar District Judge Managoli Premavathi observed: “The drama shows that the children have condemned enforcement of laws. There is no other community named in the drama and all they have stated is that Muslims will have to leave the country’’.In its bail order, the court observed that the two women had not been named in the original FIR registered in the case.“The words uttered by the children during the drama make out that they protested against enforcement of laws,’’ the court said.During the bail hearing, the advocates who appeared for the two women argued that “every citizen of the country has got the right to oppose a law intended to be brought into force and this cannot be treated as sedition’’. Further, since “there is no reference of any other community, there is no question of causing disharmony between communities’’, they had said.indianexpress
No plan to implement NPR in Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath Monday asserted that the government has no plan “at present” to undertake the proposed NPR update exercise in the state.Nath’s clarification came in the wake of Congress MLA Arif Masood threatening to protest against the party-led govt’s “decision” to update NPR, PTI reported on Monday.indianexpress

154 citizens write to President Kovind supporting CAA, NPR, NRC
New Delhi :As many as 154 prominent citizens, including former judges, bureaucrats, armed forces officers and academicians, on Monday said a “false and motivated” campaign is being launched against CAA, NPR and NRC with a sinister design to harm the nation and sought action against trouble-makers.In a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, the citizens urged the central government to look into the ongoing protests with all seriousness and safeguard the democratic institutions of the country, and take stern action against those people behind them.The citizens, including 11 former judges of different high courts, 24 retired IAS officers, 11 former Indian Foreign Service officers, 16 retired IPS and 18 former Lieutenant Generals, said “fear” is being spread across the length and breadth of India which appears to be “motivated and with a sinister design” to harm the nation.PTI
Chennai: PIL to restrain Islamic association from Assembly siege
Chennai: A PIL has been filed in the Madras high court to restrain the Federation of Tamil Nadu Islamic and Political Organisations and its allied associations from organising Tamil Nadu State Legislative Assembly siege agitation.PIL filed by Varaaki is likely to come up for hearing soon.According to Varaaki, recently Union government had enacted the CAA.The agitations by and large have disturbed the routine activities of the general public causing mental agony and playing havoc on their day to day personal life, he added.He said till date, more than 120 illegal demonstrations have been conducted without permission from the police department. The organizations which were spearheading the agitations have filed several petitions, challenging the constitutional validity of the Act. The Supreme court, which heard the petitions refused to grant stay and observed that the matter will be heard by a Constitutional Bench. The bench also took serious note of rioting and destruction of property during protests against the CAA across the country. It further observed that “the violence must stop”.DECCAN CHRONICLE.

Muslim Couple Gets Married At Anti-CAA Protest Venue In Chennai
New Delhi :Chennai's Old Washermanpet, where protesters are currently holding anti-CAA, NRC, NRC agitations, on Monday witnessed something unusual when a Muslim couple Sumayya and Shahin Shah, got married at a protest venue. The newlyweds have been actively taking part in anti-CAA protests and decided to tie the knot at the venue, with elders agreeing to it.The protesters have been agitating against CAA, NPR and NRC for the past few days. It was an unusual scene where an agitating couple was getting married with all the rituals.www

Various bodies support Muslims protesting in Haryana''s Nuh
Nuh:Several organisations on Monday said they have extended support to protesters sitting on a dharna for the past 19 days in minority-dominant Nuh district of Haryana against the controversial CAA and NPR.The protest has been organised by Mewat Vikas Sabha and Mewat RTI Manch at Badkali Chowk under Ferozpur Jhirka police station against CAA/NRC. Extending the support of Akal India Peace Mission (AIPM) to the protesters, its national convener Daya Singh alleged that the Modi government''s wrong policies had put the Hindu-Muslim brotherhood in danger.Tammana Pankaj, president of United Against Hate organisation, said that the Centre has not come out with even a single policy in public interest in the last six years.Jagbir Fulia, district convener of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Mission, said that the the central government''s action with regard to CAA and NPR is an attack on the Constitution.-IANS

"And Rohingya, Ahmadiyya?" Brinda Karat Slams Government Over CAA
Raipur: CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has asked why the Rohingya and Ahmadiyya Muslims, facing persecution in Myanmar and Pakistan, are not covered under the new citizenship law if the Centre is so much concerned about people facing atrocities in neighbouring countries.Terming the CAA as "divisive and discriminatory", she said it is India's tragedy that instead of external forces, the central government itself is engaged in "weakening the Constitution and dividing the country".PTI

Nobody should fear CAA, will personally go through NPR forms: Uddhav Thackeray
New Delhi :Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday said CAA and NRC are two different issues and that his government will not allow NRC to be implemented. Adding that nobody should fear CAA, Thackeray also said that he will personally check the columns in NPR and that there shouldn’t be any problem with the exercise.Thackeray said, “CAA and NRC are different issues. NPR is the third issue. Nobody should fear about CAA. NRC hasn’t come and will not come. If NRC is implemented, it will create problems not only for Muslims but for Hindus, Dalits, tribals and others. Centre has not made any statement on NRC. NPR is a census and I will go through columns given in the form. I don’t think there will be any problem with it. The census is carried out every ten years.”indianexpress
In J&K, police invoke stringent UAPA in FIR against social media use
Srinagar :Police in J&K have invoked the stringent UAPA to register a case against people using social media through proxy servers by getting past Internet firewalls.FIR was filed a day after a video of the ailing Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani was uploaded on social media by different users.“Taking serious note of misuse of social media, Cyber Police Station, Kashmir Zone, Srinagar has registered a Case FIR against various social media users who defied Government orders and misused social media platforms,” police said in a statement.“FIR has been registered while taking cognizance of social media posts by miscreants by use of different VPNs, which are propagating rumours with regard to the current security scenario of the Kashmir valley, propagating secessionist ideology and glorifying terror acts/terrorists,” it said.indianexpress
J&K police FIR against users who accessed social media through VPN

Govt slaps UAPA on those 'misusing' social media in Kashmir, Owaisi says new records of cruelty
New Delhi:After the Jammu and Kashmir Police registered a case against various people for defying government orders on use of social media, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has slammed the move. In a tweet, Owaisi hit out at Union Home Minister Amit Shah and said, "Kashmir mein sab kuch normal hai, haina?""Every day there is a new proof of how little Amit Shah understood Kashmir (or apparently, how VPN technology works). So, now they try to set new world records of cruelty, incompetence and humiliation," he added.indiatoday

India deployed P-8I naval jets to keep eye on Chinese troops during Doklam face-off
Indian Navy’s Poseidon 8I anti-submarine warfare aircraft was deployed to carry out surveillance on movement of Chinese troops during 73-day-long standoff between India and China in mountainous Doklam.Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat confirmed the use of the naval aircraft while talking about the need for bringing in tri-services synergy in dealing with national security challenges.“P-8I aircraft of Indian Navy was deployed in Doklam (during the face-off),” Gen Rawat told a group of journalists.Troops of India and China were locked in a standoff in Doklam from June 16, 2017, after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army.The face-off triggered fears of a war between 2 neighbours. The standoff ended on August 28, 2017 after over 10 rounds of talks between diplomats of the 2 sides.PTI

Govt moves on delimitation of J&K Assembly seats, CEC names commissioner
New Delhi :In an indication that Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir may see Assembly elections in due course, the government has set the ball rolling for delimitation of Assembly constituencies in the erstwhile state.Based on a request from Ministry of Legislative Affairs (MLA), Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has nominated Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra as his representative in the proposed delimitation commission for J&K, Election Commission (EC) said on Monday.The commission, sources said, is likely to be officially announced soon after being fully constituted and will begin work thereafter.indianexpress
J&K Rural Bypolls: Mainstream parties question rationale behind holding polls on party lines
Jammu :Mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have argued against the election authority’s decision to hold panchayat bye-elections in Jammu and Kashmir on party basis.Leaders of Congress, National Conference (NC) and PDP have questioned the rationale behind holding bypolls for over 12,000 vacant seats on party lines when two-thirds of panchayat seats in Jammu and Kashmir were filled through election on non-party lines in 2018. Leaders of NC and PDP have also said that with their top leaders still in detention, they are in no position to contest the polls.State Congress chief GA Mir said holding elections to two-third of the seats on non-party basis and one-third on party basis does not match. Union Territory administration on Monday refused permission to Mir to travel to Kashmir from Jammu for meeting party workers ahead of the bypolls that start on March 5. “On Sunday evening, I informed UT Police’s security wing about my tour programme for Anantnag and Srinagar to discuss with party colleagues about the panchayat bypolls. Two hours later, I was conveyed that I cannot proceed to the Valley,’’ Mir said.indianexpress
Punjab: Gangster Budha drug probe throws up Pakistan link, hawala transactions
Chandigarh : Punjab Police on Sunday said that two men — Jagdeep Singh alias Jagga (aka Billa) and Gurvinder Singh alias Pehalwan, arrested three days ago as part of drug trail exposed by dreaded gangster Sukhpreet Singh aka Budha — are part of a powerful nexus involving “big fish” in Pakistan. Budha was deported from Armenia and arrested when he landed at Delhi airport in Nov.A statement by Punjab Police said: “Pakistan SIM cards have been recovered from the duo, both residents of village Kot Dharam Chand Kalan in Tarn Taran district…Investigations so far have revealed that the duo, who had been absconding since 2014-15, had received large quantity of heroin and fake Indian currency from Pakistan through various routes via different modes.They were wanted by DRI, Rajasthan Police and Punjab Police in cases related to receiving huge consignments of heroin from Pakistan.”indianexpress
British MP's Activities "Against National Interest": Government Sources
New Delhi: British MP Debbie Abrahams's visa was revoked before she travelled to India on account of "activities which went against India's national interests," government sources said today, asserting that she had been informed about the rejection of her e-business visa on February 14."Her e-Business Visa was revoked on 14 February 2020 on account of her indulging in activities which went against India's national interest," said sources on the British lawmaker, who has been critical of the government's decisions on Jammu and Kashmir and the end of special status under Article 370.ndtv
British MP Debbie Abrahams’ deportation necessary, she is a ‘Pakistan proxy’: Abhishek Manu Singhvi
New Delhi :Opinions within Congress appear to be divided over the deportation of British MP Debbie Abrahams from Delhi airport on Monday. After party MP Shashi Tharoor criticised the decision asking if the government was “scared of critics”, senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi has backed the move saying it was necessary as Abrahams is a “Pakistan proxy”.“The deportation of Debbie Abrahams by India was indeed necessary, as she is not just an MP, but a Pak proxy known for her clasp with Pak govt and ISI. Every attempt that tries to attack India’s sovereignty must be thwarted,” Singhvi tweeted.indianexpress

Pakistan PM Imran Khan hosts Antonio Guterres, tells UN chief to honour Kashmir's right to 'self-determination'
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday urged the UN to fulfil its commitments with the people of Kashmir and help them achieve right of self-determination as he met chief of the global body Antonio Guterres in Islamabad.During his meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Prime Minister Khan highlighted the "dire human rights and humanitarian situation" in Jammu and Kashmir following India's 5 August  decision to end the special status of the region."The Prime Minister underscored that the Kashmiri people continued to look to the United Nations to honour its commitments for the realisation of their right to self-determination, as enshrined in numerous UN Security Council resolutions," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.PTI

Haven't represented India: Kabaddi coach Harpreet Singh on playing 'unauthorised' World Cup in Pakistan
Amritsar: The coach of the "unofficial" kabbadi team that returned from Pakistan on Monday after losing to the home team in the "unauthorised" World Cup tournament without the "consent" of the Indian government said the team went there without violating any laws."If we defied the laws, Indian authorities might question us on our arrival. Nobody asked us about any illegal act we did or on our visit," coach Harpreet Singh Baba told the media.Pakistan defeated India won 43-41 in the final of the World Cup on Sunday in Lahore's Punjab Stadium. He said the players had nothing to do with the Punjab Kabaddi Association. The team reached India via the Attari-Wagah joint check post, some 30 km from here. It reached Lahore on February 9 to participate in the tournament hosted by Pakistan.He said the team got the invite and went there to take part in the tournament at an individual level. "We have not represented India. The team members participate in various tournaments across the world. They went to Pakistan in their individual capacity, not representing any particular federation," he said.On being asked how could they use jerseys with the word India inscribed on it, Baba said: "We were given jerseys there." Earlier, both the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) and the Sports Ministry had clarified that they had not send any official team to Pakistan.IANS

No headway in India-US trade talks
NEW DELHI:With no significant movement on India-US trade negotiations yet, officials are considering taking even a modest trade deal off the table when US President Donald Trump visits India on February 24-25, sources privy to the talks said. As The Hindu had reported on Friday, US Trade Representative Robert Lightizer was due to visit New Delhi last week, but put off the visit when it appeared there was not enough progress in talks, that appear to have run into trouble over market access for agricultural products including dairy, liberalising e-commerce, and investment norms for retail, as well as India’s push for a full reinstatement of its GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) status that US revoked last June.Lightizer and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal have not spoken since last Thursday, it is learnt, and after another unsuccessful attempt to reschedule  Lightizer’s visit over the weekend, officials are beginning to feel that time may be running out to wrap up negotiations in time for the presidential visit.thehindu
Can Ram temple be built on Muslim graves: 9 Ayodhya residents to Trust
New Delhi : 9 Muslim residents of Ayodhya have written to the newly appointed Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, appealing to them to not construct the new Ram temple on the graveyard of Muslims in the immediate vicinity of the surrounding area of the 1,480 sq m of the site where Babri Masjid once stood. Their letter asserts that the use of the total 67 acres of government acquired land for the temple is a “complete ouster” of the claim of Muslims and is contrary to what the law has laid down. “4-5 acres around the demolished mosque” is what is being claimed as having been handed over arbitrarily, “as expected” by the Centre, the letter states. “The graves may not be visible today considering the fact that the entire area has been differently treated with since 1949, when forcibly an idol of Lord Ram was placed inside the Mosque and when in 1992 the Mosque was demolished.”Also, “5 acres” which the Supreme Court in its November 2019 order had said would be allotted to Muslims at a “suitable prominent place in Ayodhya” has been allotted, but far away from where the Babri Masjid once stood, the letter states. 4-page letter asks the 10 trustees “with best knowledge and experience in the field of Hindu/Sanatan religion and practice” to consider whether “the temple of Lord Ram can have foundation on the grave of Muslims”. It says: “In 1994, the Supreme Court had upheld the acquisition of larger land admeasuring 67 acres which included the graveyard land and thus the entire land became vested with the Central Government. The object of the Acquisition Act of 1993 was to maintain public order and promote communal harmony.” It also says that the acquisition was “not to exclude Muslims from the said land”. The object sought to be achieved through the Act was also to construct a ‘Mosque’.” The letter terms the use of all of the land as contrary to the “discretionary power conferred to them by the Supreme Court of India” and “uncalled for.”The letter cites the stand of Shri Ramlalla Virajman in the original suit number 5 and “recorded facts” where it says 75 Muslims killed in the riots of 1855 were buried there, “in an existing graveyard around the Mosque” as well as the Allahabad High Court judgment where Justice DV Sharma cites that the “disputed structure was surrounded by a graveyard on 3 sides”.
Supreme Court lawyer writes to Ram Temple trust asking for 5 acres of land around demolished Babri Masjid to build a graveyard
Ayodhya DM denies graveyard claim by Muslim lawyer
Ayodhya:The district administration of Ayodhya, on Tuesday, said that there was no graveyard within the 67 acre of land where the Ram temple is to be built.DM, Ayodhya, Anuj Jha told reporters, "At present there is no graveyard within the 67 acre campus of the Ram Janambhoomi areas."The district magistrate said, "The Supreme Court was apprised of all the facts during hearing of the case (Ayodhya title dispute), including contents of the letter (written by lawyer M.R. Shamshad). This issue also came up during hearing of the case. In the Supreme Court''s judgment on November 9, 2019, all these facts were also clearly mentioned."IANS

Sunni Waqf Board’s crucial meeting on Feb.24
Lucknow:Sunni Central Waqf Board has called a crucial meeting on February 24 in which a decision is likely to be taken on accepting alternative land for a mosque in Ayodhya.All the eight members of the board have been invited to take part in the meeting. Uttar Pradesh government has allotted a 5-acre plot for the mosque at Dhannipur village in Sohawal tehsil of Ayodhya district, nearly 25 kilometres away from the Ram Janmabhoomi temple complex.Sources said the Sunni Central Waqf Board would not only decide whether to accept the land but also about the usage of the land if it decides to take possession. There are several proposals like building a hospital or school at the site.dailypioneer

Modi Govt not to release survey showing first decline in consumer spending in over 40 years 
National Statistical Commission will not be making a survey on consumer spending public, which shows a decline for the first time in over 40 year in the year 2017-18, reported Business Standard.This development comes two months after NSC chief, Bimal Kumar Roy said the survey would be released.On being asked why NSC decided not to publish survey, Roy said, “I did try. I made a proposal [in an NSC meeting on January 15] to release the survey but I didn’t find support. I did put in the proposal as chairperson but it didn’t get through. I cannot say anything more now.”According to a report in Business Standard, Chief Statistician Pravin Srivastava objected to the release of the survey. The minutes of the meeting did not record the views of the person who dissented. “This raises eyebrows on the manner in which the discussions were conducted within the NSC,” an official was quoted as saying.nationalheraldindia

Ahead of Donald Trump visit, 45 families in Gujarat slum served eviction notices
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Monday served eviction notices to 45 families living in a slum near the newly built Motera stadium that is being readied to host US President Donald Trump and Prime minister Narendra Modi on Feb.24.The families consisting of around 200 slum-dwellers who are registered construction workers claimed they have been asked to move out of a plot they have been inhabiting for two decades due to the upcoming “Namaste Trump” event. However, AMC officials said the notices had no connection with the event.The move comes just days after the AMC began building a wall allegedly to cover the Saraniyavas or Dev Saran slum on a route that US President would probably take while visiting the city.indianexpress
‘If menstruating women cook, they will be born as kutri (bitch) in next life’
If you eat food prepared by a menstruating woman even once, then your next avatar will definitely be that of a ‘balad’ (ox). A menstruating woman who cooks food for her husband will certainly be reborn as a ‘kutri’ (bitch). These are the preachings of Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji of Swaminarayan Bhuj Mandir that exposes the misogynistic mindset of the sect and its followers, who run Bhuj institute where 68 hostellers were forced to strip for a menses check.Even as the controversy surrounding the Bhuj hostel horror continues to draw a lot of heat, the video of the swami reportedly preaching at a Bhuj ratri sabha has created shockwaves.“Ek vaar maasik dharm maan raheli stri na haathe rotla khai jaao toh beejo avatar balad no j che. Have tamne je lagvu hoy te lage, aa shashtra ni vaat che. Ane ek vaar jo stri potana pati ne maasik dharma maan rotlo khavdave toh beejo avatar kutri no j che,” the swami says in the video clip, culled from a long speech that he gave a year ago.He tells the audience: “You can feel whatever you want but these rules have been outlined in the ‘shashtras’ (spiritual texts).”Ahmedabad Mirror

Bhagwat: Unlike Gandhi, no one to atone now if movement goes awry
New Delhi :Against the backdrop of protests against CAA and NRC, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday said that unlike Mahatma Gandhi, there was no one today who would atone if a movement went wrong. He said Gandhi’s ideas and methods were formulated according to the circumstances of his time and taking them literally would not be advisable.He was speaking at the launch of a book on Gandhi by Jagmohan Rajput at Gandhi Smriti. The event, which began with Bhagwat bowing at the spot where Gandhi was shot dead by Nathuram Godse, was attended by Minister of State, External Affairs, VK Singh and BJP MP Satyapal Singh, among others.“He (Gandhi) launched many experiments. If some went wrong, he did not conclude that the truth he had in his heart was not the truth. He said may be my way was wrong. If some of his movements went out of hand, he even atoned for his mistakes. If today a movement goes awry, disturbs law and order, is there anyone who would be ready for atonement?… ,” he said.indianexpress

RSS holds closed door meeting with 70 columnists
New Delhi :RSS is holding a daylong meeting with 70 columnists from across India on Tuesday in an effort to clear misconceptions about the organisation, sources said.RSS chief Bhagwat, who last year met representatives of international media organisations posted in India, is expected to deliver a keynote address that will be followed by a free-flowing conversation, they said.The 70 columnists attending Tuesday’s meeting write in different languages.PTI

Sikh woman cremated by Muslim neighbours in Punjab after family refuses to turn up
Ludhiana :A Sikh woman was cremated by her Muslim neighbours in Punjab’s Malerkotla town on Monday after her family members refused to take possession of the body. The woman, identified as Dilpreet Kaur, used to work as a domestic help. She died after falling ill while on a pilgrimage last month.“We used to call her Rani Aunty. She was living alone in a one-room rented accommodation. We had no idea about her family background until the time she died. Her brother and mother live in Canada, while her in-laws’ family lives in Jhunda village of Sangrur district. Both are from well off families,” said Mohammad Aslam, the councillor of ward number 9 under whose area Tubewell basti falls.Aslam said Kaur’s son and daughter refused to attend the cremation when they were informed about her death.indianexpress

FIR Against Lucknow Hospital After Mix-up Leads to Muslim Women's Cremation as per Hindu Rituals
Lucknow: An FIR has been filed against a private hospital in Lucknow after the dead bodies of two elderly women belonging to Hindu and Muslim faiths were exchanged when they were handed over to their families.The complaint against Sahara Hospital was filed by the son of one of the deceased women, Ishrat Mirza, after the mix-up led to her last rites being performed as per Hindu rituals.Saeed Mirza, an American national, stated in his complaint that the body of his mother was willingly handed over to others, and alleged that this could be a case of an organ donation racket as there was something wrong with the bodies.A case has been filed at the Vibhuti Khand police station under Section 297 of IPC, which deals with “trespassing on burial places”. SHO, Rajeev Dwivedi said, “The information about this case was received some days ago and the matter was being probed. An FIR has been filed in this regard after we received a written complaint.”news18

'Ease of Doing Haj' dream of Indian Muslims fulfilled: Union Minister Naqvi
Mumbai:With the 100 per cent implementation of digital/online Haj process in India, the Indian Muslims' dream of 'Ease of Doing Haj' has been fulfilled, said Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi here on Monday. In tune with the reforms taken by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only has the entire Haj pilgrimage process become digital and transparent but also more affordable, he said at a programme of 'training the trainers' for Haj 2020 at the Haj House."Making the Haj process digital/online has removed middlemen that the pilgrimage has become more affordable in comparison to last several decades. Even after removal of the Haj subsidy, no additional financial burden has been put on the pilgrims," Naqvi said.IANS

Coronavirus epidemic: Paracetamol prices up by 40% in India
The world’s second-most populous nation is facing the ripple effects of shutdowns in China with production of medicines to mobile phones being hit as supply chain disruptions prolong.Prices of paracetamol, the most commonly used analgesic, have jumped by 40% in India, while the cost of azithromycin, an antibiotic used for treating a variety of bacterial infections, has risen by 70%, said Pankaj R. Patel, chairman of Zydus Cadila. The pharma industry could face shortages in finished drug formulations starting April if supplies aren’t restored by the first week of next month, he said. Patel sees a substantial increase in prices of active pharmaceutical ingredients–the basic substance used to make drugs–in the short- to medium-term.India, one of the largest suppliers of generic drugs to the world and home to about 12% of all manufacturing sites catering to the US market, relies on China for as much as 80% of API requirement. Pharma isn’t the only sector hit by China’s production pause.Bloomberg

Tired Of Being Sexually Abused By Principal, Dalit School Girl From Gujarat Attempts Suicide
A 16-year-old Dalit student in Surendranagar, Gujarat who had accused the headmaster of her school of sexually abusing her several times has attempted suicide. The girl tried to kill herself on Wednesday, the same day Batuk Bhatti, the headmaster, who is also a trustee of Kamal Vidyamandir School, in Chotila was arrested on charges of sexually abusing the minor girl. According to her complaint, Bhatti had raped her twice and molested her several times over the period of a year, which resulted in severe physical and mental trauma. "The minor girl's parents informed the police that a trustee of the residential school in Chotila had sexually assaulted and raped their daughter, following which the accused was arrested," superintendent of police Mahendra Bagadia said. indiatimes

'How Can You Be Both Gandhi And Godse?': Prashant Kishor's Posers For Nitish
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who was expelled from Janata Dal (United), on Tuesday said that he has had good relations with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, but added that one cannot be both Gandhi and Godse at the same time. Kishor said that he had differences with the JD(U) chief on the issue of alliance with NDA and unclear stance on Citizenship Amendment Act, NRC and NPR. Kishor said Kumar needs to spell out whether he is with the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi or those who support Nathu Ram Godse."I want to ask Nitish Ji, how can you be both Godse and Gandhi at the same time?" Kishor asked.Kishor said Bihar needs a leader who is bold and does not rely on others to take a decision."I have immense respect for him (Nitish Kumar). I will not question his decision," Kishor said on his expulsion from JD(U).outlookindia

China 'war on terror' uproots Uighur families, leaked data shows
For decades, a Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China's far west. On Fridays, he preached Islam as a religion of peace. On Sundays, he treated the sick with free herbal medicine. In the winter, he bought coal for the poor.But as a Chinese government mass detention campaign engulfed Memtimin Emer's native Xinjiang region three years ago, the elderly imam was swept up and locked away, along with all three of his sons living in China.Now, a newly revealed database exposes in extraordinary detail the main reasons for the detentions of Emer, his three sons, and hundreds of others in Karakax County: their religion and their family ties.The database obtained by The Associated Press news agency profiles the internment of 311 individuals with relatives abroad and contains information on more than 2,000 of their relatives, neighbours and friends.Each entry includes the detainee's name, address, national identity number, detention date and location, along with a detailed dossier on their family, religious and neighbourhood background, the reason for the detention and a decision on whether or not to release them.aljazeera
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Assad pledges to continue onslaught that has displaced 900,000
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has pledged to continue the onslaught on the country's northwest, the war-torn country's last major rebel stronghold, saying the war was not yet over but a "complete victory" was in sight.The fierce Russian-backed government offensive has displaced 900,000 people since the start of December, according to the United Nations, which warned on Monday that the "horrifying" crisis was forcing those fleeing to sleep outside in freezing temperatures and had resulted in babies dying of cold as camps are full.But in a rare address carried on state television on Monday, al-Assad congratulated his forces for recent gains that led to them consolidating control over Aleppo province and pledging to press ahead with a military campaign in Idlib province.aljazeera
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Lebanon crisis: Iran's Parliament speaker visits Beirut
The speaker of Iran's Parliament Ali Larijani has become the first foreign official to visit Lebanon since a new government was formed.New Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who is backed by Tehran's allies, is trying to implement economic reforms.Larijani said Iran stood ready to help Lebanon's struggling economy.But as Beirut seeks to secure funds from the international community, Larijani's offer is unlikely to go down well with the United States - which is trying to counter Tehran's influence in the Middle East.aljazeera

Turkey punished those involved in deporting Egyptian, says minister
Turkey would never forcibly deport any refugee whose life could be in danger in his or her home country, Turkish interior minister said.Speaking to Al-Jazeera, Süleyman Soylu pointed out that there were “more than 4 million Arabs currently living in Turkey.”Referring to Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Egyptian, Mohamed Abdelhafiz Ahmed Hussein, who was deported in January back to Cairo, Soylu noted that his country had “prosecuted and convicted those who were involved in the act.” He added that Hussein’s wife was “on the way of being granted Turkish citizenship.”28-year-old Hussein was among 28 people sentenced in absentia to death in July 2017 for killing Egypt’s public prosecutor in an attack that was carried earlier in the year. He was sent back to Egypt last month from Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport on arrival from Somalia for not having a visa.middleeastmonitor
Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami denied its chief wrote this letter urging members to forgo contraceptives to increase the party's voting base
An image of a letter has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts which claim it shows a note written by the head of Jamaat-e-Islami, a leading Islamic political party in Pakistan. The letter, written in Urdu, urges the party’s members to marry four women and to forgo contraceptives in order to increase party following. The claim is false;  party officials said the letter is fake and denied it was written by their leader. It shows a letter purportedly written by Siraj ul Haq, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), to his followers on February 2.The claim is false.Shamsuddin Amjad, social media director for Jamaat-e-Islami, said in a statement to AFP by WhatsApp on February 11, that the letter was “fabricated” and “false.”“A fabricated letter attributed to Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Sirajul Haq has been shared from a page named Baba Kodda which was later published by several popular websites in the form of news. This false letter and fake posts were published on different social media platforms which is absolutely wrong and against his dignity,” Amjad said.“Some miscreant elements have carried out his personal and political character assassination by publishing such fabricated post against the Ameer of the largest religious party of Pakistan which has hurt the feelings of party workers and people who love him countrywide.”JI also tweeted about the fake letter here. AFP

Coronavirus: Toll rises to 1,868 in China; Indian couple in Wuhan asks Centre to evacuate them
The toll in the coronavirus epidemic in China rose to 1,868, with 98 more deaths on the mainland, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Of these, 93 deaths were reported from Hubei, the worst-affected province in China. As many as 1,886 new coronavirus cases were reported in the country, taking the total number to 72,436.China’s National Health Commission said that as of Monday, 1,701 patients had recovered from the illness. Meanwhile, Ili, an autonomous prefecture for Kazakh people living in Xinjiang, has told citizens to stay home in a move to contain the novel coronavirus. “Health care workers as well as production and operation staff of key enterprises will work in closed operations,” a letter published online said. “Please rest assured the government will increase the procurement and distribution of daily necessities and medical supplies to ensure that normal life is not affected.”scroll
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