03 February 2020

3 FEB. NEWS: Shaheen Bagh turns tinderbox in Delhi polls: Modi calls Shaheen Bagh a conspiracy, Kejriwal says BJP doesn’t want to clear road / iring Spree Continues: In 3rd Shooting, Anti-CAA Protesters in Jamia, Shaheen Bagh/ Modi is encouraging communal hate, fear mongering, say women activists and organisations

 03 Feb.  2020: 08 Jamadi-2, 1441: Vol: 12, No: 122
*anti-citizenship act stir*
 Shaheen Bagh turns tinderbox in Delhi polls: Modi calls Shaheen Bagh a conspiracy, Kejriwal says BJP doesn’t want to clear road
New Delhi :Both AAP and BJP Monday accused each other of trying to reap political dividends from the ongoing Shaheen Bagh protest in New Delhi.While Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the protest was a “political conspiracy to destroy the country’s harmony”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said BJP did not want to clear the Shaheen Bhagh road, as it was the only issue it had to fight the election on.Speaking at News18′s ‘Agenda Delhi’, Kejriwal said: “I don’t know why the central government is not opening the road near Shaheen Bagh when the issue comes under them. Basically, they don’t want to do it as BJP is indulging in politics. Can’t believe a powerful Home Minister like Amit Shah can’t get that road cleared. If it is opened, there won’t be an issue left for them.”Hours later, addressing a poll rally at Delhi’s Karkardooma, PM Modi said: “There is a political design behind all these protests. If protest had been against one law, it would have ended after assurances from government. But AAP and Congress are provoking people. The Constitution and the Tricolor are being kept in the front to divert attention from the real conspiracy.”Modi said the people who had raised questions on the surgical strikes by the Army were today “saving those who want to break India into pieces.”“Be it Seelampur, Jamia or Shaheen Bagh, protests have been held over the past several days regarding CAA. Is this just a coincidence? No. This is an experiment. There is politics behind this. indianexpress
Shaheen Bagh protests, Seelampuri, Jamia violence ‘well-planned experiment’
Shaheen Bagh turns tinderbox in Delhi polls

Protest sites under watch, ECI told
NEW DELHI:While reviewing the preparations for the Delhi Assembly elections on Saturday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) was informed by officials on Monday that protest sites were “under watch”, an ECI statement said.In the run-up to the polling day, Delhi’s law and order has come under scrutiny after two incidents of firing took place in three days at the CAA protests in Jamia and Shaheen Bagh last week. The ECI reviewed the preparations, including the law and order, with Delhi Chief Secretary, Police Commissioner and police officials of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.thehindu
"You're A Terrorist, Plenty Of Proof": Union Minister To Kejriwal
New Delhi: Undeterred by the outrage and election body notice over a BJP MP calling Arvind Kejriwal a "terrorist", Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today repeated the comment at a press conference as campaigning entered the last phase ahead of the February 8 Delhi election."There is a reason voters of Delhi have turned away from Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal makes an innocent face and asks - 'am I a terrorist?' -- You are a terrorist, there is plenty of proof. You had yourself said you are an anarchist; there is not much difference between an anarchist and terrorist," Mr Javadekar said.Mr Kejriwal's AAP reacted furiously to Mr Javadekar's comments. "This is happening in the capital of our country... where the central government is based, the Election Commission is present. How can a central minister be permitted to use such language? If Arvind Kejriwal is a terrorist, I challenge the BJP to arrest him," said AAP MP Sanjay Singh.ndtv
Shaheen Bagh agitation: Plea in SC seeks removal of protesters
New Delhi:A plea was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking a direction to the authorities to remove from Shaheen Bagh protesters agitating against CAA since December 15 last year, saying they are causing hardship to people by blocking arterial road connecting Delhi to Noida. Restrictions have been imposed on Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch and Okhla underpass, which were closed on December 15 last year due to ongoing protests.The plea, filed by former Delhi MLA Nand Kishore Garg, said the law enforcement machinery was being “held hostage to the whims and fancies of the protesters” who have blocked vehicular and pedestrian movement from the road connecting Delhi to Noida.tribuneindia
Jamia, Shaheen bagh shooters backed by RSS, BJP, says AIMIM's Waris Pathan on Modi's 'sahyog' comment
Waris Pathan, Spokesperson of AIMIM, in reaction to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s part of the speech where he said that protests across the national capital were a part of the political; design, said that he agrees with the Prime Minister. He further went on to say that the shooters that are repeatedly attacking the peaceful shooters are backed by the RSS.timesnownews
Delhi elections: EC removes top police officer following firing incidents at Shaheen Bagh, Jamia
Election Commission on Sunday removed deputy commissioner of police, South-East Delhi, Chinmoy Biswal, from his post after two firing incidents were reported from Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Millia Islamia amid protests against CAA. Both the areas were under Biswal’s jurisdiction. A third firing incident was reported late on Sunday night outside Jamia.The handling of the recent incidents of firing at Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Nagar seemed to be the reason behind the action against Biswal, unidentified officials of the Election Commission told NDTV. The poll body was reportedly not satisfied with the steps taken by Biswal for the conduct of free and fair elections.scroll
Modi is encouraging communal hate, fear mongering, say women activists and organisations
Over 160 women and 13 organisations have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop BJP  members from threatening women with violence and instead fight the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections by upholding the dignity of the Constitution. In an open letter to Modi, the signatories said the firing outside Jamia Millia Islamia on January 30 was a fallout of hate speeches by BJP members.Assembly elections are scheduled for all 70 seats in the city-state on February 8. The results will be out on February 11. BJP has attempted to portray the Delhi elections as a referendum on the ongoing protests, particularly at Shaheen Bagh, where women have been sitting on protest since December 15, over several matters, particularly the CAA.The letter has been signed by 13 outfits such as Pinjra Tod and Karwan-e-Mohabbat, and 162 individuals. The individual signatories include economist Devaki Jain, professor Nivedita Menon, filmmaker Saba Dewan, child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly and historian Uma Chakravarti, among others.scroll
Massive Protests in Parliament: Congress-led Oppn Demand Roll-Back of CAA
Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed uproarious scenes with opposition, led by Congress, demanding “roll-back” of CAA and seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply over the issue in the backdrop of the violent protests against the law across the country.The ruckus began soon after the House assembled for the day. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue but Speaker Om Birla disallowed him from speaking and started the Question Hour following which various lawmakers from different opposition parties came near the Speaker’s podium and began sloganeering “save our democracy”, “save our Constitution”, “save our India”, “Prime Minister, reply”, “stop inflammatory speeches” and “roll-back CAA”.The opposition also raised the statement made by Union Minister Anurag Thakur in which he had proposed to “shoot the traitors” following which the Election Commission restricted him for a certain period from campaigning in Delhi ahead of the Assembly elections. IANS
CAA debate moves to House, Trinamool for amendments in President’s address
New Delhi :Nearly two months after it was cleared by both Houses of Parliament, the amended citizenship law is set to emerge as a new battleground during the ongoing Budget session — at least in the Rajya Sabha.In a first for the party, the Trinamool Congress has moved amendments to President’s address delivered Friday, when the session kicked off, raising questions on its “silence” on a range of issues from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the Kashmir clampdown to the economic slowdown.Party sources said its leaders in the Upper House — Parliamentary party leader Derek O’Brien and Chief Whip Sukhendu Sekhar Ray — have moved amendments to include the ongoing anti-CAA protests, the proposed nationwide NRC, and the NPR in the speech.indianexpress

Firing Spree Continues: In 3rd Shooting, Anti-CAA Protesters at Jamia Face Bullets for 2nd Time
New Delhi: Two unidentified gunmen fired two rounds of bullets at protesting students and locals at Jamia Millia Islamia near the university’s gate number 5 on February 2 night. Even as no one suffered injuries following this incident, it is worrisome that the string of incidents of gunfire is not ending. This is the third incident — two at the varsity and one at Shaheen Bagh — in the past four days in Jamia Nagar locality in South East district of the national capital.The gunmen — said eyewitnesses — were riding on a red scooter and one of them was wearing red jacket. The incident took place at around 11:30 pm last night. As the protesters heard gun shots, they chased the shooters, but they sped away.“When I was going towards gate number 8 from gate number 7, where we have been protesting for the past 50 days against the CAA, NPR and the NRIC, I heard two gunshots. Before I could understood anything, I saw people chasing a scooty, but they could not catch the riders. We informed the police who came nearly 30 minutes after the incident. Assuring us that they would take actions, they left,” an eyewitness, Aisha, a student of the university, told NewsClick soon after the incident. Police have registered a FIR wherein it has been alleged by the complainant that when he was returning with his wife after having dinner outside, he saw two men approaching the protest site at Jamia Millia Islamia riding a two-wheelerACP Jagdish Yadav said, “We are collecting CCTV footage from between gate number 5-7. Probe is on and the culprits will be brought to book soon. We are committed to maintaining law and order situation. Security in the entire area has been beefed up.” newsclick.in
Watch: Jamia eyewitness describes the incident of men on scooter firing at students

Anti-CAA protests: After 3 incidents of firing, Rapid Action Force deployed at Shaheen Bagh sit-in
New Delhi: Rapid Action Force was on Monday deployed near Shaheen Bagh area where a protest has been underway since December last year, against the CAA.This comes after the third incident of firing in the Jamia Nagar area, when a bike-borne man fired a shot in the air near Jamia University's gate number 5 on Sunday around 11.30 pm. The gunman was riding pillion and the two then escaped towards the Holy Family Hospital.Meanwhile, Delhi police have said that the deployment is a routine affair. ANI
Police trying to zero in on Jamia shooters through vehicle registration number caught on camera
New Delhi:Delhi Police, probing the third firing incident at anti-CAA protests in Jamia Nagar area here, are zeroing in on the two accused with their two-wheeler's registration number that was caught on cameras.Two unidentified persons had opened fire during the ongoing protests at the Jamia Millia Islamia late on Sunday. Though no one was injured in the incident, there was panic among those present at the spot.Hundreds of protestors stormed into the Jamia Nagar police station and remained there till around 4 am to ensure that the police accepted their complaint and registered an FIR against the alleged accused."As usual, the police weren't taking any complaint and after two to 3 hours of citizens shouting slogans and approaching cops inside the police station, the FIR was registered," claimed Mohd Hafeez, a Jamia student who was at the police station.PTI
Firing at me result of hyper nationalism: Jamia student Shadab
Jamia Millia Islamia student who was injured in firing outside the university during an anti-CAA protest dubbed the incident "a result of hyper nationalism".In his Facebook post, Shadab Farooq said what happened on Thursday can be termed as "a result of hyper nationalism"."If you want to make it a protest, make it one. Raise black flags, raise red flags," he stated.

Police nab man who sold firearm to Jamia shooter
New Delhi: Police have nabbed a man who sold a firearm to the man who opened fire at protesters outside Jamia Milia Islamia in Delhi on January 30. The supplier has been identified as Ajeet. A resident of Jewar in Uttar Pradesh, Ajeet allegedly sold the shooter a country-made pistol for Rs 10,000.The shooter, who has claimed to be a minor, had brandished the gun at the protesters marching from Jamia to Raj Ghat on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary.He was seen walking on an empty road barricaded by the police with a gun in his hand. Later, he shot at the protesters. A first-year student of Jamia university was injured before the cops overpowered the shooter.
Jamia firing part of a plan, gunmen getting encouragement from Union ministers: Owaisi
NEW DELHI: AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that the firing incidents at Jamia Nagar and Shaheen Bagh is part of a plan and such incidents are likely to occur more frequently now as the "encouragement" for the same is coming from as high up as the Union ministers."This is all planned. When a Union minister says 'goli maaro', it's a result of that. When the encouragement for such acts is coming form Union ministers, such incidents are not going to stop, instead they are likely to occur more frequently," Owaisi told ANI on Monday.ANI
Jamia students accuse those sitting in power of 'giving goons confidence' to open fire during anti-CAA protests
Jamia shooter's age row: CBSE certificate shows him as 'minor', EC document shows he's registered voter since April 2019
New details have emerged in connection with the youth, identified by the Delhi Police as 'Gopal Sharma', more commonly referred to as the Jamia shooter, after 30 January when he opened fire at peaceful protesters near Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi injuring one student protester Shadab Farooq.While several media reports after the 30 January incident confirmed that Sharma was a "minor", new details based on details fished out of the Election Commission website show that the shooter is not a minor after all. However, verification of these details are still underway.On Monday, a new controversy erupted over the age of the accused. According to ANI, which sourced the CBSE marksheet of the accused, said that he is 18-year-old. The marksheet shows Sharma's date of birth as 8 April, 2002.firstpost

Jamia students accuse those sitting in power of 'giving goons confidence' to open fire during anti-CAA protests
New Delhi: A group of students from Jamia Millia Islamia on Monday accused those "sitting in power" of giving goons the confidence to open fire during the anti-CAA protests.Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), which includes the university's students and alumni, condemned the firing incident outside the university on Sunday night and demanded immediate arrest of those involved."The impunity with which such people come and open fire shows the confidence granted by fascist forces who are sitting in power, just as much as it shows their frustration," the JCC said in a statement.PTI

Infant dies after catching cold at Shaheen Bagh, mother to return to protest for 'future of children'
NEW DELHI: 4-month-old Mohammed Jahaan accompanied his mother almost everyday to the Shaheen Bagh demonstration where he was a favourite with the protesters who would take turns to hold him and often draw the tricolour on his cheeks.But Jahaan will not be seen at Shaheen Bagh anymore.He died last week after acquiring a severe cold and congestion following exposure to the winter chill at the outdoor demonstration.His mother is, however, undeterred and determined to participate in the protests, saying it is "for the future of my children". The infant's shattered parents, Mohammed Arif and Nazia, live in a tiny shanty put together with plastic sheets and cloth in Batla House area and have two other children -- a five-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son.Hailing from Bareilly in UP, the couple is barely able to make ends meet.Arif is an embroidery worker and also drives an e-rickshaw.His wife helps him in his embroidery work.PTI

JNU Violence: Delhi Court Seeks ATR from Police on Plea Seeking Registration of FIR
New Delhi: A court here has sought action taken report (ATR) from Delhi Police on a plea filed by a JNU professor seeking registration of FIR in a case related to attack on students and teachers in the varsity campus on January 5. Metropolitan Magistrate Ankita Lal directed the concerned SHO to file the report by March 25."Let ATR be called from the SHO concerned on whether any complaint has been made by the complainant in the police station, wether any action has been taken on the complaint, status of any investigation conducted, whether FIR has been registered," the court said.PTI

Adityanath mentions Pakistan 8 times in 48 seconds at BJP rally for Delhi polls
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath mentioned Pakistan eight times in 48 seconds during a campaign rally for BJP in west Delhi Monday.Amid chants of Jai Shri Ram, Adityanath accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of speaking “Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s language” over the scrapping of Article 370, a move that withdrew the special status given to Jammu & Kashmir. “Aapne dekha hoga kaise inn logon ki saant-ghaant hai… Kashmir mein 370 ke mudde par, Arvind Kejriwal Imran Khan ke swar mein swar milate the na… Aapne suna hoga uss dauran (You must have seen their partnership on 370… Kejriwal used to speak in the same voice as Imran Khan on Article 370. You must have heard it).” theprint           

108 PFI supporters detained in Uttar Pradesh over CAA protests
LUCKNOW: In a fresh crackdown on PFI, UP police have arrested 108 persons associated with it on charges of allegedly instigating violence during the protests against CAA on December 19 and 20. Last month, 25 persons associated with the outfit were arrested after arson and vandalism in some districts of the State during the protests. This takes the total number of PFI members and associates arrested to 133, as per police.Out of 108 persons arrested over the last four days, the maximum arrests were in Meerut (21), Varanasi (20), Bahraich (16), Lucknow (14), Ghaziabad (9) and Shamli (7) and Muzaffarnagar (6). Police also arrested 5 in Kanpur, 3 in Sitapur and one each in Hapur, Gonda and Jaunpur.DGP Hitesh Chandra Awasthi said on Monday PFI members were accused of instigating people for unlawful activities and promoting “anti-national” activities in several districts.In December last, the police identified PFI members as the alleged “masterminds” behind the arson and vandalism that took place in Lucknow on Dec.19.Several people, including Wasim Ahmed, PFI ad hoc committee UP president; Mohammad Nadeem, PFI UP treasurer, and another member Qari Ashfaq were arrested. PFI, however, had denied the charges as “baseless allegations” and accused the police of falsely implicating its associates out of “vendetta”.While it is yet to respond to the fresh arrests, PFI on January 31 on the release of its UP ad-hoc convenor from jail said the grant of bail to several accused persons “exposed the conspiracy of the State government that continue to put the whole blame of its own law and order failings on the organisation”.thehindu
Week after Bail to 19, UP Police again Arrests 108 PFI Members over Anti-CAA Protests

Ex-IPS officer Abdur Rehman barred from addressing anti-CAA protest at AMU
Aligarh :Former special IGP Abdur Rehman, who was set to address a protest at AMU against CAA, was detained by police here and asked to return to New Delhi.Rehman, who had resigned from his post in December last year in protest against CAA, was detained at Lodha Police Station in Aligarh on Sunday.The former IPS officer from Maharashtra told reporters that he was served a written notice by police stating that his presence at AMU could lead to a law and order problem, and hence he decided to comply with this missive “and would come back” again after he gets permission.He said the police told him that his presence at the AMU could be misused by some people as an excuse to instigate trouble on the campus.“I agreed to return because I am a law-abiding citizen and my purpose to visit the AMU was only to speak on CAA and not provoke any trouble,” he said before leaving Aligarh.PTI

Violence only in Jamia, AMU; nothing in Allahabad varsity: HRD Minister
New Delhi :The government on Monday said there were reports of violence in campuses of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and AMU but no such incident was reported in University of Allahabad (AU).HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said in Lok Sabha that central universities are statutory autonomous organisations and all administrative and academic decisions are taken by the university with the approval of its statutory bodies such as Executive Council, Academic Council and Court etc. and universities are also competent to deal with such incidents. PTI
Delhi court extends Sharjeel Imam''s police custody by 3 days
New Delhi:A court here on Monday extended the police custody of Sharjeel Imam, arrested on sedition charges, by three days, his lawyer said.Imam was produced at the residence of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Purushottam Pathak in the evening amidst high security, said advocate Mishika Singh, appearing for JNU research scholar in the matter. The court had earlier sent Imam to a five-day police custody. PTI
Sharjeel Imam called for large scale 'disturbance' in Delhi to grab international attention:indiatoday
JNU student Sharjeel Imam, who has been arrested by Delhi Police over sedition charges, allegedly called for a large scale disturbance in Delhi to grab international's media attention. Delhi Police had earlier said that he had made a pamphlet with incorrect information on CAA and NRC. He had distributed these pamphlets at mosques.India Today TV has a copy of the pamphlet, which was recovered from Sharjee Imam's laptop. The pamphlet says: "Thousands of Muslim youths are ready to disrupt Delhi which will give international media attention to our issue.""This law [CAA] is unconstitutional and intends to disfranchise Muslims and put them in detention camps. It has already started in Assam and will follow elsewhere... Kashmir, Babri and now CAA, there are more than enough grounds for a strong reaction from Muslims across India," the pamphlet read. It asked people to gather at Jamia Milia Islamia at 3pm.As per the police, the pamphlet was printed and distributed in mosques on December 14, and the violence in and outside Jamia campus took place on December 15.
 In defence of Sharjeel Imam: JNU activist did what no one else has dared to, he questioned principles of NRC; this isn’t sedition
Sharjeel Imam was arrested recently on charges of sedition. His crime? Calling for a blockade against Assam in response to the possible disenfranchisement of 1.9 million people on the back of Assam NRC. Many of the ‘solidarity’ statements, while condemning the application of draconian anti-sedition laws and UAPA, have simultaneously distanced themselves or outright condemned Sharjeel’s call for a blockade. At this juncture, we need to break down the implications of these half-hearted solidarity statements.There can be two objections to this particular statement, one is that these groups oppose the manner of protest and the other relates to a condemnation of what has transpired in Assam until today. Sharjeel’s call for a blockade in the so-called ‘chicken neck’ against Assam is being interpreted as a call for aggression against the people of the state and its people and the North East at large, hence the sedition charges lodged by the governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, apart from those in Assam, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. However, while one can understand that BJP ruled states (or in the case of Delhi, where the police fall under the control of the BJP-run Central government) would be trigger-happy with regards to sedition cases, this does not account for the objections of progressive activist circles in the so-called ‘mainland’.

"Speak Out Against Detention Centres", Exhorts Former Canadian Minister With CJI SA Bobde On Dais
NEW DELHI:Pointing out that the Jews were not directly sent to Auschwitz concentrations or detention camps by Adolf Hitler but they were first subjected to atrocities and lynching as it is happening in India today with regard to Muslims, rationalists and others, former Federal Minister of Canada Ujjal Dosanjh has exhorted that the people must stand up and speak out against the detention centres in Assam.He made his comments in presence of Chief Justice of India S A Bobde at an international conference in Chandigarh on Saturday, organised by Punjab and Haryana Bar Council to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikh religion.Stating that “incidents of lynching and killings of rationalists, scholars, Dalits, Muslims and even cops, who tried to protect the minorities” have taken place in the last few years in India, he said that “Hitler did not start sending Jews to gas chambers directly. He started first by breaking windowpanes of shops owned by Jews and later, by inflicting atrocities on them”.India Tomorrow
Tracing Afghans in Delhi: ‘CAA won’t help. No one wants to settle in India, there are no jobs’
New Delhi :Abdul Basir Azimi runs a large chemist shop in the bustling lanes of Lajpat Nagar II. He started it in 2000, when he came to Delhi from Afghanistan. Business, he says, has flourished. Azimi owns two more shops, a hotel, and a guesthouse, he says.Five years ago, Azimi took Indian citizenship.“My family owns two markets in Kabul. But I came to India because of the constant violence there. Here, I can work in peace, my daughters can go to school without fear.”There are two helpers in his shop — both Muslims who fled Afghanistan in 2019. “They came for the same reason I did. I at least had money enough to start a business here, it’s more difficult for them,” says Azimi. The men smile, but don’t speak. “They follow Hindi, but can’t hold a conversation.”Does he think CAA, by offering citizenship to Afghan minorities, makes the road to becoming Indian citizens more difficult for Muslim refugees? Will that impact how he votes in the upcoming Delhi polls?Azimi grins. “They don’t want citizenship in India. People come to India because it’s easier to get visas to Europe or Canada after spending a few years here. It’s impossible to get to the West from Afghanistan directly, unless you walk or take one of those dangerous dinghies.” The men are by now standing behind Azimi, nodding in agreement.indianexpress

TN: Muslim organisations take out massive rally against CAA, NPR, NRC
COIMBATORE:Thousands of people from nearly 20 organisations marched from various places south of the city to gather at Red Cross Junction on Sunday evening against CAA, NPR, and NRC.Leaders from the Tamil Nadu Congress,Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and a few other political parties joined protesters from Kovai Mavatta Sunnat Jamaath Kolkai Kootamaippu, Jama-athul Ulema Sabai, IUML, TNMMK, PFI, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, All India Imam Council, SDPI, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi and a few other organisations to register their protest. Voicing slogans against the Central government and accusing it of attempting to divide people along religious lines and polarise the society, the protesters waved national flags and mobile phones lit with flash lights.The organisations passed resolutions saying that CAA was against the Constitution and threatened the secular fabric of the country, asking people to not cooperate in NPR exercise, urging the State government to not allow NPR exercise in the State, demanding the arrest of Minister K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji for stoking communal flames, condemning the arrest of students who protested against CAA and asking the Central government to focus on reviving the economy.thehindu
Shaheen Bagh-inspired exhibition at India Art Fair disrupted after complaint over anti-CAA paintings
An exhibition at the India Art Fair in Delhi, displaying paintings inspired by women at Capital’s Shaheen Bagh locality and other CAA protests, was disrupted on Sunday, PTI reported. The police arrived at NSIC Exhibition Ground in Okhla after a complaint was registered that paintings against the amended citizenship law were being showcased.“We received a PCR call that some paintings depicting the CAA were being exhibited at the fair,” an unidentified senior police official told PTI. “A police team was sent to check it, but no such painting was exhibited.”Gargi Chandola, a participating artist, said the art at Italian Embassy Cultural Centre booth featured paintings, songs, and Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem Hum Dekhenge.scroll
Citizenship Act: Protesters in ‘Mumbai Bagh’ detained briefly
A few protestors staging demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act in “Mumbai Bagh” were detained briefly on Monday morning. Among those detained was gender rights activist Trisha Shetty. The detainees were taken to Nagpada police station around 11.30 am, and released around 2 pm.“3 or four people had been detained by Nagpada police a couple of hours ago, but everyone has now been released,” Aamir Edresy, one of the organisers of the protest, told Scroll.in. “The police is trying to create an environment of fear in order to evacuate protestors, and they have gheraoed the area. But we are continuing our protest and a group of us will go to meet the [state] home minister to discuss this matter.”
 Cops turn up at Bidar school for fourth time, question kids over anti-CAA play
Police officers including the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Bidar district turned up at the Shaheen Primary and High School on Monday once again to question students at the school. The school management, a headmistress, and parents have been booked for sedition for staging a play against the CAA. A complaint filed by an ABVP activist said that there were dialogues insulting the Prime Minister and the children have already been interrogated thrice over this.Despite heavy criticism for putting the children through trauma, plain clothed officers questioned as many as seven students on Monday. Except for one student, the rest were not part of the play, but had taken part in other activities the same day. These children were asked to identify where the other children practiced for the play and what they were asked to do.Last week, police arrested a parent named Nazbunnisa whose daughter had delivered the dialogues that the ABVP activist objected to, along with the headmistress of the primary section Fareeda Begum. Since the two women have been charged with sedition, the police are now trying to gather evidence to show that parents and teachers had a role to play in penning the dialogues.thenewsminute
 Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Calls BJP Leaders ‘Fake Hindus’
NEW DELHI:Congress leader of House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday hit out at the ruling BJP in the Lok Sabha describing its leaders as “fake Hindus” and accused the government of “trying to shut the voices of people through bullets.”Chowdhury’s remarks came while showing his protest against CAA.Referring to Union minister Anurag Thakur’s recent “shoot the traitors” statement while leading a crowd at a BJP rally which went viral on social media leading Election Commission to restrict him for a certain period from campaigning in Delhi ahead of the Legislative Assembly elections in the city on February 8, Chowdhury mentioned the government “cannot shut the voice of the people through bullets”.IANS
 Goa Assembly adjourned as Opposition protests against CAA congratulatory motion
Panjim :Goa Speaker Rajesh Patnekar was forced to adjourn the Assembly Monday as the Opposition members trooped to the well of the House, protesting against a congratulatory motion by the treasury benches on CAA. The Opposition pointed that moving the motion without any discussion is “murder of democracy” and behaviour reminiscent of “Goli Maro” style of politics.indianexpress

Modi Aims to Ride Bodo Accord Wave on 3rd Attempt to Visit Assam Since Passing of CAA
New Delhi: After having called off two planned trips to Assam since December 2019 over massive protests against the CAA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will finally set foot on the state on February 7.Modi would, however, visit only the Bodo areas and avoid parts of the state where anti CAA protests have continued.Latest news reports from Guwahati have it that Modi, along with Union home minister Amit Shah, will attend the rally in Kokrajhar in the BTR on February 7.thewire
 Bihar mosque opened for non-Muslims amid growing anti-CAA protests
Patna :In a first-of-its-kind initiative, a mosque in Bihar today opened its door for non-Muslims to visit the mosque premises, watch the live prayer sessions and get familiar with various Islamic activities. The main objective of the initiative is to bridge the gap between the rival communities and promote communal harmony. The development comes amid the ugly incidents of clashes between the groups opposing and supporting the contentious CAA.Dozens of non-Muslims today made a beeline to make a tour of the historic Bhainsasur Badi Masjid in Biharsharif under Nalanda district, a seat of multiple religions and faiths and had a close look over the mosque activities. They were taken to each and every corner of the Masjid by the organisers, made to watch live prayer sessions, informed about various Islamic activities and were also told the meaning of various words Muslims use during prayers, such as Allahu Akbar, Hai Ya Alal Falah, and La Ilaha Illallah.The rare initiative launched by the Masjid committee in association with the Jamaat-e-Islam Hind, socio-cultural organisation, assumes much political significance in the light of the continuing anti-CAA-NRC protests across the country.thestatesman

Maharashtra village is India’s first to pass resolution against CAA, NRC
AURANGABAD: Islak, a small village on the outskirts of Ahmednagar town with a population of just 2,000 - and not a single Muslim resident - has become the first village in the country to have passed a resolution for non-cooperation with the implementation of CAA, NRC and NPR.The resolution was passed last week during the gram panchayat meeting on January 26 (Republic Day). The copy of the resolution was signed by the sarpanch and the deputy sarpanch and was forwarded to the district administration.Most of the residents of the village are medium and marginal farmers. Sarpanch Babasaheb Gorange (38) said that some residents were not only landless, but they did not have any documents either. "There are people residing here for generations, but till today, they neither have any document nor any piece of land to prove their existence," he told TOI.TOI
SC says not discussing women's entry into Sabarimala; top court to frame larger questions on religious discrimination against women by 6 Feb
New Delhi :The Supreme Court on Monday said it will frame legal questions to be adjudicated by a nine-judge bench on religious discrimination against women at various religious places, the larger concerns which have arisen during the Sabarimala temple case.9-judge Constitution bench headed by CJI S A Bobde said that it will inform the parties about the time frame and the questions framed in the matter on February 6.The bench said it will also deal with the issue whether a reference order can be made in review jurisdiction for a hearing by a larger bench.During the hearing, senior advocates Fali S Nariman, Kapil Sibal, Shyam Divan and Rakesh Dwivedi said in review jurisdiction, there cannot be any reference order on issues to be heard by a larger bench.The senior lawyers contended that in review jurisdiction, the scope is very limited and the court can only see whether the judgment under review has any error apparent or not.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, senior advocates K Parasaran and Ranjit Kumar, however, opposed the arguments and said the top court while exercising the review jurisdiction can refer a larger issue, which had arisen during the adjudication of the dispute, to a larger bench.The bench said it will deal with all the issues and frame the questions which needs to be adjudicated by the nine-judge bench.The bench made clear that it was not discussing the issue of entry of women of all age groups into Sabarimala temple in Kerala.“The Sabarimala review case is not before us. We are not deciding Sabarimala. We are deciding the larger questions,” the bench said when senior advocates Nariman, Sibal, Divan and Dwivedi opposed the hearing on the so-called larger issue relating to discrimination against women in various religions.Sibal, appearing for All India Muslim Personal Board, said though Muslim women are allowed entry into the mosque, the issue of essential religious practice is broad enough to be decided by this court.The Article 25 and 26 (fundamental rights to religion) of the Constitution are part of the fundamental rights which are enforceable against state action, he said.“A lot of petitions have been filed saying Nikah Halala is bad. Somebody is saying polygamy is bad. How the bench will decide the issue,” Sibal said.To this, the bench said, “That is why we have set up a nine-judge bench. That is why we are hearing you.”PTI

Former Union minister Chinmayanand, accused of raping law student, gets bail
Allahabad High Court on Monday granted bail to former Union minister Chinmayanand, who has been accused of raping a law student.Chinmayanand, whose trust runs the Shahjahanpur law college where the woman studied, was lodged in jail following the case lodged against him by the law student. He was arrested in September last year.The case was registered under section 376C of the IPC, an offence pertaining to the abuse of one's position by a person in authority to "induce or seduce" a woman under his charge to have "sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape". 72-year-old Chinmayanand also faced charges of stalking under section 354 D, wrongful confinement under section 342 and criminal intimidation under section 506 of IPC.The case first came to light after the woman went missing on August 24, a day after she posted a video on social media alleging that a "senior leader of the sant community" was harassing and threatening to kill her.Her father filed a complaint with the police, accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the former Union minister's lawyer who claimed it was a "conspiracy" to blackmail him.India Today

Unable to Serve Notices to Nithyananda As He is on a 'Spiritual Tour': Karnataka Police to High Court
Karnataka Police on Monday told the high court that it was unable to serve notices to rape accused Nithyananda as they were given to believe he was on a "spiritual tour".In its affidavit submitted to court, the police said it was unable to personally issue the notice to Nithyananda. The move came after the court had ordered the investigating agency to serve him notices in connection to a case seeking cancellation of his bail plea.Deposing for the police, Deputy Superintendent ​(CID) Balraj B told the court that he gave the notices to one Kumari Archanananda​ at the Bidadi ashram, who claimed she was unaware of Nithyananda's whereabouts. The aide also filed an affidavit stating she was forced to accept the notice issued on January 31.news18

Gandhi’s freedom struggle a ‘staged drama’ with British consent: BJP MP, ex Union Minister Hegde
BJP MP and former Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde stirred controversy yet again as he termed the freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi a ‘staged drama.’Addressing a public event in Bengaluru, Lok Sabha MP from Uttara Kannada in Karnataka said, “Some people keep saying we got independence because someone sat on satyagraha. British gave independence out of sheer frustration. On reading history books, my blood boils. Such people are termed ‘Mahatma’ in our country.”Hegde, prone to outrageous comments, further alleged that the freedom movement was “one big drama.” He said, “None of these ‘leaders’ were beaten up by the cops even once. The freedom movement by itself was one big drama. It was staged with the approval of the British.”Calling BJP leader “ill-informed” about the basics of freedom struggle, former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said, “There is no need for people to learn about patriotism from people like him who revere Godse and Savarkar.”Congress, in turn, appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come to Parliament and clarify his stand on Hegde’s “objectionable” remarks on Mahatma Gandhi.indian express

Congress criticises Hegde’s remarks about Mahatma Gandhi, calls BJP Britishers’ ‘chamcha’
Congress on Monday criticised BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde for claiming that India’s freedom struggle was staged and for ridiculing Mahatma Gandhi’s contributions to it. Members of the BJP too found it difficult to defend Hegde. “Gandhi does not need a certificate from cadre of Britishers ‘chamchas and spies’,” Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said in a tweet. “It is high time the BJP is renamed ‘Nathuram Godse Party’.”scroll
Rahul Gandhi asks finance minister not to be scared of his questions on the economy
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman not to be scared of his questions, continuing his attack on the government over the Union Budget. On Sunday, the Congress leader had advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try his “magical exercise” to tackle the slowdown in the economy.On Monday, Gandhi tweeted in Hindi: “Please don’t be scared of my questions finance minister. I am asking these questions on behalf of the youth of this country, and it’s your responsibility to answer them. The youth need employment, but the government has failed miserably in giving employment to them.” He also used the hashtag #JawabDoMantriJi (answer, minister).
Pune court to hear NIA plea seeking transfer of Elgar Parishad case to Mumbai today
A special court in Pune will on Monday hear a plea by NIA  seeking transfer of all court documents and objects in Elgaar Parishad case to a special NIA court in Mumbai, reported Indian Express. One chargesheet, a supplementary chargesheet, documents and electronic data seized from the accused and the papers of proceedings of the case are in the custody of the Pune court.scroll

Constitution and budget not in sync: Nobel laureate Ramakrishnan on dip in govt funding for research
Pitching for greater spending on research and development by the government, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has said that India's goal should not be to get a Nobel but create a "culture for first-rate science" where people are tackling important problems."Nobel Prizes are a byproduct of good science. They are not the goal of good science. If India gets a Nobel Prize in science in the next few years, it doesn't mean, suddenly Indian science is great. It just means, one person happens to really beat the odds and do very well as Sir C V Raman did, who got the Nobel," Ramakrishnan told PTI in an interview.PTI

Clamour Grows For Release of Mirwaiz Umar From House Detention
SRINAGAR:For the first time since the abrogation of Article 370, clamour is growing for the release of moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from house detention in a bid to allow him to perform religious duties at Jamia Masjid.Imam Hai of Jamia Masjid Maulana Ahmad Sayed Naqashbandi expressed concern over the continued detention of Mirwaiz (chief cleric) of Kashmir.“Mirwaiz is the religious head of Muslims of Kashmir. Incapacitating him from performing his religious duties as Mirwaiz and barring him from offering congregational Friday prayers, is a violation of fundamental human rights”, he said.India Tomorrow
 Rs 15 lakh promise: PM Modi, Amit Shah face charges of cheating, dishonesty in Ranchi court
Ranchi:Adistrict court in Ranchi has started proceedings in a case where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have been accused of cheating and dishonesty. The third accused in this case is Union minister Ramdas Atawle.The complainant HK Singh, an advocate at the state high court, has filed a case against PM Modi and Amit Shah, accusing them of cheating people by promising to credit Rs 15 lakh in every person's bank account if they come to power.The complaint was lodged under sections 415 (cheating) and 420 (dishonesty) of the Indian penal Code, alongwith section 123(b) of the Representation of the People Act.The court proceedings in the case started today.india today

Ranjit Bachchan murder case: Police probing possible family row in Hindu outfit leader's killing
Lucknow:Aday after the Vishwa Hindu Mahasabha leader Ranjit Bachchan was killed in Lucknow's Hazratganj area, the police have begun its investigation in a possible family dispute angle. The police have also involved the anti-terror squad in solving the Ranjit Bachchan murder case.Top police sources in the Lucknow Police, on the condition of anonymity, said, "Ranjit Bachchan had two wives and there was a family dispute. Most of the family members didn't share a cordial relationship with him.""We are also checking the call records and backgrounds of the family members and his relatives. We have sought details of people associated with his outfit. His first wife was unhappy with the Hindu outfit leader after he married for the second time," Ranjit Bachchan said.indiatoday
Govt drops charges on IAS officer for renewing FCRA license to Zakir Nair's IRF in 2016
New Delhi:In a significant relief to a senior IAS officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, Modi government exonerated the officer in a 2016 case where he was charged with renewing FCRA license of Islamic preacher Zakir Nair's IRF.IAS officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi was then charged with secondary supervisory-level lapse.On Twitter, Gopal Krishna Dwivedi wrote, "Great Relief finally. After 2.5 years of ordeal case closed exonerating from all charges. Justice done. But what about unbearable torture undergone by self/family? Hope nothing of sort happens to anyone else. Sincere thanks to all those who supported during difficult times."indiatoday
'Most Beautiful Concept': Millions stand with Muslim women on World Hijab Day
Mumbai: Hundreds of thousands of women of all faiths, colors, castes and communities across the world Saturday donned Hijab to celebrate the 8th edition of #WorldHijabDay and show solidarity with Muslim women.Universities, campuses, offices and streets looked decorated as women donning colourful Hijab and scarf showed up in a a large number to mark the event.The World Hijab Day, founded in 2013 by New Yorker Nazma Khan, started in response to Muslim women being harassed for wearing the head covering used by some women who practice Islam. Organizers had asked non-Muslim women to wear hijabs for a day in solidarity with Muslim women worldwide.ummid.com
AMU Faculty Becomes First Indian To Receive IADR Fellowship
Aligarh: Dr Saima Yunus Khan, Chairperson, Department of Paediatrics and Preventive Dentistry, Dr Z A Dental College (ZADC), AMU accomplished an exemplary feat as she became the first Indian to be conferred with the prestigious IADR Fellowship in the field of dental research, a statement from the varsity said.ndtv
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Kerala declares coronavirus outbreak as state disaster
Kochi :With three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has declared the virus outbreak as a state disaster.Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja confirmed Monday a third positive case has been detected. The patient, who has a history of travelling from the virus outbreak epicenter of Wuhan in China, is currently in isolation at the government district hospital in Kanjangad in Kasaragod district. The state health department received the positive sample results of the patient from National Institute of Virology in Pune today morning. The patient is stable.Till Sunday, at least 75 people were being treated in isolation wards in hospitals in the state and close to 1924 people put under home quarantine with a majority of them having returned from Wuhan and other areas in China. After a meeting with top district health and police officers in Alappuzha Sunday, the health minister said there’s greater need for awareness and vigilance among people, especially those under home quarantine.indianexpress

Coronavirus outbreak: Five showing symptoms moved to Delhi hospital
Five men showing symptoms of cough and cold were moved from a quarantine facility in Manesar to the Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment on Monday. 5 were among those evacuated from coronavirus-hit Hubei province.One of five samples sent for tests to AIIMS have tested negative for coronavirus. Results of the remaining four samples sent today are awaited, ANI reported. The Indian Army had set up a quarantine facility in Manesar near Delhi to keep over 300 Indian students who were evacuated from China’s Hubei province on Saturday.indianexpress
After confirmed coronavirus cases in Kerala, 4 Karnataka border districts on high alert
After confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in neighbouring Kerala, the Karnataka health and family welfare department has put four border districts — Mangaluru, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru — on high alert.On Monday, the health department said in a media bulletin, “As there are two positive cases in Kerala, the border districts of Mangaluru, Kodagu, Chamrajnagar and Mysore are on high alert and any suspected are advised to report immediately to State Surveillance Unit (SSU) Karnataka.”
Coronavirus: Rescue of Pakistanis stranded in China begins after Imran Khan government’s U-turn
Pakistanis stranded in China amid an outbreak of novel coronavirus infections started arriving in the country on Monday after government resumed flight operations to China, Dawn reported. 3 flights carrying 143 passengers had arrived by noon.Pakistan had halted flights to and from the virus-hit country on Friday, drawing criticism from its citizens on social media and those in the city of Wuhan, which is the epicentre of the outbreak. In a video shared on social media, a Pakistan student showed how Indians were being evacuated. “Shame on you Pakistan government, learn something from the Indians,” the student can be heard saying. He added that the Imran Khan government “won’t evacuate you even if you die, get infected or are still alive”.scroll
'Stress test': Coronavirus deaths rise to 361 in China
The death toll in China from the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in the central city of Wuhan, rose to at least 361 on Monday, as the Philippines became the first country outside China to confirm a death from the infection.National Health Commission said there were 57 new fatalities on Sunday, all but one of them in Hubei, which has been effectively sealed off from the rest of the country for more than a week.The total number of people infected with the virus rose to 17,238 across the country, after 2,829 new cases were reported.aljazeera

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation rejects Trump peace plan
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has said it rejects US President  Donald Trump 's recently unveiled Middle East plan.The 57-member body, which held a summit on Monday  to discuss the plan in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah, said in a statement that it "calls on all member states not to engage with this plan or to cooperate with the US administration in implementing it in any form".Requested by the Palestinian leadership, the meeting of the body came two days after the Arab League rejected Trump's so-called "deal of the century", saying: "It does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people."Addressing a pro-Israel audience at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side, Trump on Tuesday described his long-delayed plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a "win-win solution" for both sides.OIC said in a statement on Twitter on Sunday that its "open-ended executive committee meeting" at the level of foreign ministers would "discuss the organisation's position after US administration announced its peace plan".aljazeera
Gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai attacked, Israel imports unaffected
A group of attackers has blown up a gas pipeline in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, security sources said on Sunday, but imports of gas from Israel were unaffected.The armed men, wearing masks, detonated explosives in the attack carried out about 80km west of the provincial capital El Arish, the sources told AFP .    aljazeera
Libya rivals hold UN-sponsored talks
Representatives from Libya's two warring parties began United Nations-led talks in Geneva on Monday, the world governing body said.Five senior officers appointed by the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and five appointed by eastern-based renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar were participating in the talks, the UN said in a statement.Known as the "Libya Joint Military Commission," the 10-member body, created at the conclusion of a 12-nation summit held in the German capital Berlin last month, is tasked with supervising a tentative truce that has all but collapsed.
Turkey hits back after soldiers killed in Syrian gov't shelling
Turkey says it has struck back against Syrian military targets after at least five of its soldiers and three civilians attached to the Turkish army were killed by Syrian government forces in the war-torn country's Idlib region.Turkey's Defence Ministry said on Monday that seven of its troops were also wounded in shelling by Syrian government forces in the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria. The ministry said its forces, who were sent in as reinforcements, came under fire despite advance notification of their coordinates. But Russia, a major backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said later on Monday the Turkish troops were shot overnight due to a lack of information.aljazeera

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Regional Leaders in Detention, Parliament's Nod to Kashmir Restricted to Poetry, Hats:Tarushi Aswani

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