03 March 2020

3 MARCH NEWS AT 9: CAA lacks objectivity, not in sync with international covenants, UN Human Rights chief moves SC/ Iran speaks out: Condemn wave of violence against Muslims in Delhi;India summons Iran envoy/ Delhi riots: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind hails Hindu-Muslim ties, calls for healing touch/ Delhi violence: 436 cases filed, over 1,400 held or detained/ UN asks India to mediate between Israel and Palestine/ Coronavirus: Delhi-NCR schools send advisories to parents, may declare holiday if need arises/

 03 March  2020: 07 Rajjab 1441: Vol: 12, No: 147
CAA lacks objectivity, not in sync with international covenants, UN Human Rights chief moves SC
UN Human Rights Council has moved an intervention plea in the Supreme Court criticizing the Citizenship Amendment Act, as it puts Muslim migrants at risk and also has issues of reasonableness and objectivity, which may not be in sync with India's commitment to international covenants.The application was filed by Michelle Bachelet Jeria, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. High Commissioner has sought to intervene as amicus curiae (third-party) in the case, citing her mandate to protect and promote all human rights and to conduct necessary advocacy established pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution."While reducing the risk of refoulment for certain communities, the CAA unequally places other communities at such risk. Accordingly, the narrow scope of the CAA, which extends protection from return only on religious grounds and limited to the specific ethno-religious groups, may not be sufficiently objective and reasonable in light of the broad prohibition of refoulment under international human rights law," said High Commissioner in plea. The application said that for the purpose of this intervention application, in the present case, the question is therefore not a matter of the general purpose of the law, but whether the differentiation drawn within the law (CAA), namely the exclusion of persons from scope of the law, on the basis of their religion is sufficiently objective and reasonable. The application says CAA protects Afghan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Parsi and Sikh migrants who meet the conditions set out in the CAA from being returned to a country where they would face persecution on religious grounds, by addressing their irregular migration status by providing them with an expedited pathway to citizenship. "While this is a worthy and commendable objective, it raises a number of issues related to India's wider human rights obligations in the context of the fundamental principle of non-refoulment," added the plea. India Today
UNHRC seeks intervention over CAA, says ‘law puts Muslim migrants at risk, has issues of objectivity’

CAA internal matter, India tells UNHRC; Natwar Singh call it ‘absolutely unprecedented’
After UNHRC filed an application in the Supreme Court against the CAA in rare intervention by the topmost world body on human rights drew a strong response from the Ministry of External Affairs which argued that the the law was an internal matter of India.  “We are clear that the CAA is constitutionally valid and complies with all requirements of our constitutional values. It is reflective of our long-standing national commitment in respect of human rights issues arising from the tragedy of Partition of India. We strongly believe that no foreign party has any locus standi on issues pertaining to India's sovereignty,” said the official spokesperson of MEA. Earlier, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also said that CAA and NRC had potential to turn India’s Muslims into stateless subjects.Ex-External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh has described UN rights body’s move as “absolutely unprecedented in the diplomatic history of India”.Former Permanent Representative of India at UN Chinmaya Gharekhan agreed with  Singh and said, “This is also objectionable as UN is an intergovernmental body and they are not supposed to approach the Supreme Court.”thehindu
UN plea in SC Over CAA 'Interference' But Govt Responsible for 'Mess':Ahmed Patel
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel has attacked govt over UN High Commissioner for Human Rights filing an application in the Supreme Court over CAA, saying it is "unwarranted interference" but it is Modi dispensation that is to be blamed for the "mess"."No doubt that UN's intervening application is a case of unwarranted interference in our matters," Patel said in a tweet."But who is to blame for this mess? The Government of India for creating a window for such interference by enacting a law which breaches global standards on human rights," the Congress treasurer said.news18
Iran speaks out: Condemn wave of violence against Muslims in Delhi
Iran became the fourth Muslim-majority country to officially react to the riots in Delhi, with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemning the “wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims” and urging authorities to not let “senseless thuggery” prevail.Zarif, a diplomat-minister known for his careful choice of words, tweeted on Monday night: “Iran condemns the wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims. For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail. Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law.”Zarif’s tweet came after Indonesia, Turkey and Pakistan had spoken out against the riots over the last week. Malaysia and Bangladesh had earlier criticised the CAA and the proposed NRC.
India summons Iran envoy to protest Delhi riots remark
India on Tuesday summoned Iranian ambassador Ali Chegeni and lodged a strong protest with him over the comments made by Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif over the current bout of violence in Delhi.Official sources said the Iranian envoy was told that Zarif commented on a matter that is purely internal to India."Iranian Ambassador in Delhi was summoned on Tuesday and a strong protest was lodged over the comments made by Zarif on the matter internal to India," a source said.PTI
'Modi Ethnically Cleansing Religious Minorities: US Congresswoman  On Delhi Violence Cortez
Narendra Modi government attracted more criticism over the violence in Delhi with US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling out president Donald Trump for entering an arms deal with India. Cortez said in a tweet, “President Trump is engaging in arms deals with Modi while his administration is ethnically cleansing the country’s religious minorities. We must not enable this rise in sectarian violence.” Cortez shared a report by The Guardian that called Delhi violence a “Hindu nationalist rampage”. Cortez’s comments come after Democratic presidential candidate and senator Bernie Sanders’s reaction to the violence in northeast Delhi. Sanders too had criticised Trump for his show of great friendship with Narendra Modi at a time when Delhi was burning. “Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying, “That’s up to India.” This is a failure of leadership on human rights,” Sanders had tweeted. huffingtonpost
Protests In 21 US Varsities Against Delhi Violence
Washington: A student-led group from the Yale University has called for demonstrations across 21 varsities in US against the violence in Delhi, which has claimed the lives of 46 people in the Indian capital, a report said.“A Holi Against Hindutva” demonstrations have been organised by Students Against Hindutva, a South Asian student activist group, the American Bazaar newspaper said in the report on Monday.In a statement on Monday, Shreeya Singh, founder of the group, said: “This fight is the most patriotic fight I have ever fought for, and I believe it is the diaspora’s duty to stand behind the protesters risking their lives day after day for India’s secular soul.”On the demonstration plans, the organisers said that they will ask participants to be dressed in black as opposed to Holi’s traditional white attire and will also supply only white coloured powder.The universities where the demonstrations will take place are Yale University, Cornell University, UCLA, Claremont Colleges, UC Davis, Harvard University, Princeton University, Brown University, Dartmouth University, Purdue University, American University, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, Columbia University, Wellesley College, University of Illinois, Chicago, Rutgers, UC San Diego, Michigan State and Duke.IANS
Indonesian protesters gather outside Indian embassy to condemn violence against Muslims
Hundreds of Indonesian Muslims held a protest outside the Consulate General of India in Medan, Indonesia on Monday over the recent violence against Muslims in India.The protesters carried a banner reading "Narendra Modi racist, stop the genocide."They also held posters of Indian PM Modi reading "dead or alive."news.yahoo
Delhi riots: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind hails Hindu-Muslim ties, calls for healing touch
New Delhi:During the recent communal clashes in northeast Delhi, the communal brotherhood and harmony came to the fore and helped save many lives, according to the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) here on Tuesday.This was stated by the JIH after a team of senior Jamaat leaders, led by its president Sadatullah Hussaini, visited the areas hit by riots that started on February 23.Amid violence people of different faiths helped each other, said Hussaini. "In many cases, Hindus saved the lives of Muslims and vice-versa. It also endorses the opinion that the riots were orchestrated and executed by outsiders," said Hussaini.The need of the hour was providing the healing touch to the victims, he added.In a statement, he also raised questions over the conduct of the police. "The role of police was appalling. In many instances, they were bystanders at the best and active collaborators at the worst. The victims and survivors are traumatised and in despair," he said.So much was the fear that injured were not coming forward for medication apprehending that the police would take action against them only, he added.Stating that one of the worst hit areas was Shiv Vihar, the JIH leader said the riot-affected families shared with them their plight and also how 7-8 families were forced to live in one house as refugees. "They need to be rehabilitated immediately," he said. The delegation also visited the Jafrabad Eidgah, which had the capacity to shelter around 2,000 people. "The Jamaat is helping with essential commodities at the relief camps in coordination with like-minded NGOs, the Delhi government and the local populace," he said.The attacks indicated meticulous planning and specific targeting of Muslims, their businesses and places of worship, the JIH said. The Gokulpuri tyre market with over 200 shops were razed, it said and added, gas cylinders were deployed to cause maximum damage.The JIH has set up a control centre to coordinate relief activities, being supervised by its Secretary Mohammed Ahmed.The centre would carry out a survey, assess the scale of damage, help victims with documentation required for claiming compensation. It would also organise psychological counselling and medical relief for the riot victims.IANS
People are traumatized and in despair, need healing touch: JIH Prez after visiting violence hit areas
People in Delhi’s riot-hit areas are traumatized and in despair: Jamaat
List of 49 people who died during  violence:The Polis Project
List of 48 people who died during  violence was originally published by The Polis Project. Polis Project  while mentioning list of died poeple, said, "Our list of deaths has been compiled from the following sources between 24 Feb, 2020 and 2 March, 2020. We will be updating this list as new information becomes available. The sources are:Deaths recorded at hospitals which have been released to the public.Deaths reported by Firstpost, Indian Express, The Wire, Quint and Print.in.Deaths reported in other print news stories filed by credible journalists.."Names of 49 people who died during  violence are: Aamir, 30, M, Aftab, 18, M, Akbari, 85, F, Akil Ahmad, 40, M, Amaan, 17, M, Anwar Kassar, 58, M, Arshad, 22, M, Ashfaq Hussain, 22, M, Ayub Shabbir, 60, M, Babbu Salmani/Babbu Mohammad 33 M, Faizaan, 23, M, Hashim, 17, M, Ishtiyak Khan, 24, M, Mahroof Ali, 30, M, Mehtab, 22, M, Mohd. Furqan, 30, M, Mohd. Monis, 22,M, Mohd.Irfan, 32, M, Mohd. Shahbaan, 22, M, Mohd. Yusuf, 52, M, Mohsin, 22, M, Mubarak Hussain, 28, M, Muddassir Khan, 35, M, Musharaff, 35, M, Nazeem Khan, 35, M, Parvez Alam, 50, M, Salman, 24, M, Sayid, 19, M, Shahid Alvi, 23, M, Shan Mohd., 35, M, Suleiman, 22, M, Zakhir, 26, M, Aqib, 18, M, Alok Tiwari, 24, M, Ankit Sharma, 26, M, Atul Gupta, 45, M, Bir Bhan Singh/Vir Bhan Singh, 50, M, Constable Ratan Lal, 42, M, Deepak Kumar, 34, M, Dilbar/Dilbur Negi, 20, M, Dinesh Kumar, 35, M, Nitin Paswan, 15, M, Pravesh, 48, M, Prem Singh, 27, M, Rahul Solanki, 29, M, Rahul Thakur, 22, M, Sanjeet Thakur, 32, M, Vinod Kumar 50 M  and an unknown, 70, F (Listed in GTB Hospital list).firstpost
Delhi violence: 436 cases filed, over 1,400 held or detained
Delhi Police has arrested 436 FIRs and arrested or detained 1,427 people in connection with the communal violence in northeast Delhi, an officer said on Tuesday. 45 of the cases were registered under the Arms Act, the officer said.According to police, PCR did not receive calls of rioting in the past six days.The situation in the riot-affected areas is under control, the police said.PTI
Man files habeas corpus in Delhi HC over illegal detentions of brothers, hearing on Mar 6
Delhi High Court will hear on Friday a habeas corpus petition in the alleged illegal detention of two persons in connection with the violence in north-east Delhi last week.The plea filed by one Firoz Khan seeking the release of his two brothers -- Mohd Sabir and Bhure Khan -- was listed before a division bench headed by Justice Siddharth Mridul. However, the same could not be taken up today as the bench was on leave.The plea raising question against the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and Delhi Police Commissioner will now be heard on March 6.The petitioner stated that on February 24, two brothers of the petitioner were returning from their work from the factory at Mandoli when at about 6:05 pm, one of the brothers namely Bhure Khan called from his mobile number to his brother-in-law namely Shamshadt hat they have been detained/apprehended by the police and are being taken to Dayalpuri police station.ANI
427 shops torched, over 420 people injured until now due to Delhi violence: Manish Sisodia
Addressing a press conference, Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, "As per data received, 427 shops have been burnt in northeast Delhi. It is my request to the shopkeepers to file FIR with the police to initiate action and ensure reimbursements. Meanwhile, over 420 people have been injured in the violence that took place in the area."
Bodies are still being recovered but govt is mum: Mamata Banerjee slams Centre
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has slammed the Centre for lack of action. She alleged that even now, as bodies are being recovered, the central government still chooses to remain quiet. "Why so many people were killed in Delhi? Remember, this is Bengal. What happens in Delhi, does not happen in Bengal," Banerjee asserted.
Lawyers' body offers free legal aid to Delhi riot victims
 The Supreme Court Advocates on-Record Association (SCAORA) on Tuesday expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives and property in the recent spurt of communal violence in northeast Delhi."SCAORA's Executive Committee express deep anguish on the loss of lives and property and offer their condolences to the bereaved families," said the resolution issued by SCAORA secretary Joseph Aristotle.IANS
Bodies float in labyrinthine drains of northeast Delhi; 11 found
Northeast Delhi’s drains serve many purposes. For some, they serve as a convenient way to dispose household garbage. For others, they are prominent geographic markers that help first-time visitors navigate the maze of interconnected lanes. These drains have now grabbed headlines for a different reason. Around eleven bodies, all likely those of people killed during the communal riots that roiled northeast Delhi last week, have been fished out from different points in these drains in the last five days, according to reports from hospitals and the district administration.The riots have killed at least 47 lives and left around 350 injured.The first body recovered on February 26 was that of Ankit Sharma, a staffer with the Intelligence Bureau, whose family said that he was attacked by a mob during the violence. The last five bodies recovered from the drains on Sunday and Monday are unidentified.HT
‘How to Prove We Are Not Bangladeshi?’: In Aftermath of Delhi Riots, a Frenzy Over Documents
New Delhi: 20-year-old Mohammed Akbaruddin* has come back home for the first time in five days. Along with the rest of his 11-person family, Akbaruddin fled Shiv Vihar’s Phase 7 on Tuesday (February 25), when a mob which arrived in a bus bearing petrol bombs, swords, stones and batons invaded the streets and wreaked havoc in the area.Even now, he hasn’t come back for long. “I will head back (to my relatives’ house in Muslim-majority Mustafabad) again as soon as I get my documents out,” he says.When violence broke out on February 25 and they had to flee, Akbaruddin tried to protect the family’s most precious assets – their documents. “I quickly collected everyone’s birth certificates, Aadhaar cards and voter ID cards, and hid them in the latrine,” he says.In three short sentences, he explains why that was his first instinct.Fortunately, the documents survived the violence. Relieved, Akbaruddin has placed them carefully in an old, worn silicon suitcase. His house did not suffer much damage; most of his belongings are intact. But the first thing he goes looking for are the documents.“Yeh sab document ki wajah se hi to ho raha hai (This is all happening because of the documents),” he says.thewire
"Like I Have No Right To Live In India": Retired CRPF man Aish Mohammad In Delhi Shelter
New Delhi: Having served in CRPF for 22 years and retired as a head constable in 2002, it is difficult for 58-year-old Aish Mohammad to come to terms with his situation in a makeshift relief camp in northeast Delhi.Mohammad is among hundreds of victims of last week's violence in Delhi who have taken shelter at the relief camp in an Eidgah in Mustafabad.He had a house in the nearby area of Bhagirathi Vihar which was set ablaze by a violent mob on Feb.25."200-300 rioters came and threw stones, fired bullets and then set fire to the house. I was inside with my 26-year-old son. We went to the terrace and jumped into the neighbour's house. My niece was set to get married on 29th March so all jewels were kept and they robbed it all," he told NDTV.Mohammad has sent his wife and his 2 sons to his hometown of Bulandshahar. While the first floor of his house was burnt and so were the two motorbikes that belonged to him and his son, he has decided to stay back to save what little is left of his house."In 1991, I even served in Kashmir and suffered injuries. Now after what has been done in the riots I feel I do not have a right to live in this country," he said.ndtv
Delhi Riots: Doctor Called Riot Victim 'Extremist', 'Terrorist' During Treatment, Says Report
At least one doctor in GTB Hospital made communal remarks against a Delhi riot victim by referring to the person as “ugravadi” (militants/extremists) and “atankvadi” (terrorists) during treatment. Another doctor in LNJP asked the victim the full form of NRC and CAA, while yet another doctor in the same hospital accused another patient  of indulging in violence. These are some of the most shocking claims made in a report released by the public health advocacy group Jan Swasthya Abhiyaan (JSA) on Monday afternoon. The claims in the report are based on information accessed by volunteers from the group who were working on the ground with patients in two Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi govt hospitals and elsewhere from 25 Feb.till 1 March.“Patients and volunteers both reported that injured persons (are) being called “ugravadi” and “atankvadi” by doctors,” notes the report, released on Monday. HuffPost India has not been able to independently corroborate the claims because volunteers who worked with the families of the victims said the latter refused to speak with reporters. In an interview, Inayat Kakkar of JSA revealed the names of the government hospitals where these incidents reportedly occurred. In the third instance, according to the report, the doctor from LNJP hospital purportedly told the patient during treatment, “What will you do if we treat you? You will go back on the streets and be violent.”A response from the hospitals was not immediately available. This report will be updated when they respond.
122 Houses, 322 Shops & 301 Vehicles Completely Damaged: Govt's Interim Report
An interim report of Delhi government has recorded destruction of properties during 3-day long massive violence in the northeast Delhi.According an interim report prepared by northeast Delhi district administration, at least 122 houses, 322 shops and 301 vehicles were gutted or completely damaged during the violence that started Sunday afternoon and continued for three days. The figure was recorded till Sunday morning. This is likely to go up when the final report is submitted.After the instructions of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, 18 teams led by SDMs are conducting a damage assessment survey across riot-hit localities in Delhi.indiatomorrow
'Muslims approaching with swords to down shutters in Tughlakabad': Delhi Police busts another rumour
Delhi Police on Monday busted yet another rumor running through the national capital thick and fast. It said a rumor about Muslims approaching with swords to down shutters in Tughlakabad was found to be "fake."In a tweet, Delhi Police said: " A call was received that "Sharma market MB Road TKD rumor fail rahi hai ki muslim talwar lekar aa rahe hain shop band karlo." Found to be rumour/fake,  Legal Action is being taken. We again appeal don't believe rumors."indiatvnews
Police arrests 40 in connection with riot-related rumours, receives 1,880 distress calls after false alarm of violence
Fake, hate-mongering WhatsApp forwards can land you in jail: Delhi govt committee on peace
Forwarding fake news on WhatsApp can lead to three years of imprisonment, the newly-formed Delhi Assembly Committee On Peace and Harmony said.Delhi Assembly has constituted a new committee named 'Committee on Peace and Harmony' and its first meeting was held on Monday. The committee discussed the reasons behind communal riots in India with a focus on the recent riots in Delhi.The committee is headed by AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj who announced that it will launch a massive campaign against fake news.The committee will launch a phone number and an email-ID wherein people can complain against hate content and fake news. The committee has also recommended rewards for whistleblowers on whose complaints FIRs get registered.indiatoday
Delhi riots: 'My brother died after police beating’
Naeem says his brother Faizan died after he was beaten by police during religious rioting in Delhi last week. Video of the incident has gone viral.Delhi police have not responded to a BBC request for comment on Faizan's death. They have faced criticism for failing to stop the rioters and, according to some reports, standing by as Muslim homes and mosques were attacked.bbc
Paramilitary conducts flag march in northeast Delhi; no new incidents of violence reported
New Delhi:Paramilitary forces conducted flag marches and damage assessment teams scoured the violence-hit areas in northeast Delhi, where the situation remained tense but peaceful on Tuesday.Help trickled in the heavily-guarded riot-hit areas, with people carrying sacks of ration and milk cans in their vehicles.However, many complained of receiving no medical or legal help from the government.Hundreds of violence-hit people, displaced from Shiv Vihar, one of the worst-affected areas, have taken refuge at shelter homes in Chaman Park.They claimed that no help had come from the central or Delhi govt.The violence hit the businesses hard. Many shops continue to remain shut.PTI
Gun-weilding man Shahrukh charged with attempt to murder, fired 3 shots 'in a fit of rage':police
The gun-wielding man who was arrested for pointing a gun at an unarmed policeman during the Delhi riots, has been booked under charges for attempt to murder, among others, Delhi Police said on Tuesday. At a press briefing regarding the arrest, ACP Ajit Kumar Singhla said that the police is yet to recover his pistol with which he fired three shots "in a fit of rage". The police also said that the man, identified as Shahrukh Khan, told the interrogators that he had fired shots in a fit of rage after he saw stone pelting happening in Jaffrabad-Maujpur area of northeast Delhi."He had bought the pistol 2 years ago from a friend in Bihar," Singhla said, adding that the police are investigating whether 33-year-old has any links with any organisation and whether he had planned the firing.Singhla also said that the police are looking into whether Shahrukh has any links with former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, who has been named as an accused in the killing of Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma. He also added that while Shahrukh's father has a case of narcotics and fake currency against him, he doesn't have a criminal record himself.Shahrukh was arrested from a bus stop in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli on Tuesday morning, Singhla said. In a video that went viral last week, Shahrukh could be seen pointing his country-made pistol at the policeman on the Jaffrabad-Maujpur road.Singhla said that Shahrukh is interested in modelling and makes Tik Tok videos.firstpost
Kapil Mishra gets Y+ security, guards to man him 24x7 after BJP leader claims threat to life
Delhi BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who has been accused of inciting mobs and prompting the massive violence in Delhi, has been given Y+ category security owing to a threat to his life. MHA sources, on the other hand, said department was not informed about the decision. Kapil Mishra will now be given round-the-clock security by armed personnel under the Y+ category security, said top sources from Delhi Police.Delhi Police sources have said Kapil Mishra's security has been heightened after he allegedly received death threats. Opposition has sought FIRs against Kapil Mishra and other BJP leaders for hate-mongering during Delhi election campaign and ahead of the communal violence in northeast Delhi.indiatoday
Kapil Mishra Crowdfunds Rs 71 Lakh For Delhi Riots Victims, But Only For Hindus
BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who has been blamed for triggering the riots in Delhi, has collected over Rs 71 lakh through crowdfunding to help “Hindu families who are the victims of Delhi riots”. huffingtonpost
PM at BJP MPs’ meet: ‘Peace, unity and harmony prerequisites for development’
New Delhi :Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday stressed on the need for peace, harmony, and unity in society saying it is a prerequisite for the country’s development.Addressing BJP parliamentary party meet before the Parliament session, Modi asked all MPs to take lead in ensuring peace, harmony and unity in society. He said, “vikas is our mantra; peace, unity, and harmony are prerequisites for development.”On Monday, both BJP and Congress members shoved and pushed each other in Lok Sabha as Opposition parties, protesting the communal violence in Delhi, united in both Houses of Parliament to demand the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. In Rajya Sabha, AAP, Congress and SP came to the Well, shouting slogans against BJP, Shah and the Prime Minister.indianexpress
Parliament : Govt Ready to Discuss Delhi Riots Day After Holi, Says Speaker as Oppn Din Paralyses LS
 The government is ready to hold a discussion on the issue of violence in Delhi after Holi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Tuesday. Amid uproar in the House by members demanding an immediate discussion on the issue,the speaker said the matter can be taken up after the festival.Proceedings have been disrupted in Lok Sabha over the issue of Delhi violence as Opposition members sought an immediate discussion on the matter. Sending out a stern message, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday said members from Opposition and Treasury sides who cross over to the other side during uproar in the House will be suspended for the session. Birla's announcement in the House came a day after some Congress and BJP members pushed and shoved each other in the House as tempers rose over the issue of violence in Delhi.Opposition members sought to raise the issue of Delhi violence as soon as the Speaker decided to take up the Question Hour. Citing earlier discussions among various parties, the Speaker said it was decided that howsover serious the issue is, the same can be raised during the Zero Hour.news18
Govt running away from debate on Delhi riots, its stand ''vote of no-confidence'' in Parliament: Cong
New Delhi:Alleging that the government was "running away" from debate on the Delhi riots, the Congress on Tuesday said the centre''s stand against immediate discussion on the issue was the biggest "vote of no-confidence" in the institution of Parliament.Congress'' attack came after Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the second day Tuesday amid unrelenting demands for an immediate discussion on last week''s communal violence in the national capital.Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the reason given for not allowing a discussion in Parliament on the Delhi riots was that the debate will be allowed after normalcy is restored.PTI
Modi and Kejriwal Discuss Delhi Violence, Relief Measures but Not Hate Speech
New Delhi: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting at Parliament House that those responsible for the violence in North East Delhi should not be spared. Talking to the media following the meeting, which took place around 11 am, Kejriwal said: “I told him (Modi) we should make sure such riots do not happen again in the national capital. Those who are responsible for the clashes – even if they belong to any political party – should not be spared, I told the prime minister.” He said he urged action against people irrespective of “how influential they were”.Delhi Police has so far registered 369 FIRs in connection with the violence and has arrested over 1,200 people. Kejriwal said that during the meeting, he had lauded the Delhi police for acting promptly to “check rumours in the last few days”. He said Modi too “agreed that such violent incidents should not be repeated in Delhi.”During the meeting with the PM, Kejriwal’s first after becoming the Delhi CM for the third successive time, the latter said he discussed relief measures which need to be taken urgently for those hit by the violence.
BJP leader filed PIL in HC challenging decision to grant compensation to Delhi violence victims
A PIL was on Tuesday filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the announcement made by Delhi government to grant compensation to the victims of the communal violence in north-east Delhi.The petition, filed by BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg through advocate Shashank Deo, stated that the perpetrator of the riots must be denied compensation and must not be treated as victims.The High Court is likely to hear tomorrow the public suit, which seeks directions to strike down the order of compensation to all victims riot as being unreasonable and arbitrary.ANI
Delhi violence: Relief operations underway, residents say could do with more outreach from leaders
Inside narrow lanes singed by communal riots, relief and recovery vans have started rolling in, along with teams of the local administration assessing damage and handing out compensation forms to people.Having realised the futility of converting night-shelters into relief camps, a large, dedicated tent has also been pitched, with a capacity to take in at least 1,500 people. A week after city witnessed violence that left 47 dead, efforts by the administration have started to take a cohesive shape. What, however, continues to elude the impoverished working class neighbourhoods is a sustained political outreach, leaving members of both two communities more distanced than ever before. Residents across the area — be it Mustafabad, Karawal Nagar or Babarpur — lamented that as the violence raged, and then ebbed, no prominent AAP leader, “jinko humne vote diya”, showed up. Even local MLAs were missing from action, people said.The newly elected MLA of Mustafabad, Haji Yunus, admitted he has been to Shiv Vihar, among the worst-hit areas, “only once so far”. “The point is there’s no one living in Shiv Vihar. Families have left and taken shelter in relief camps. I am making myself available there. On the day of violence, I was in the Assembly,” he said.Northeast Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari has so far been absent from ground.indianexpress
First, mobs attacked protest sites. Now, Delhi police has threatened to evict them, say protestors
In the aftermath of the communal violence in Delhi that has left 47 people dead, it has become clear that the women’s protests against CAA and NRC were not only the pretext for the mobs that attacked Muslims in North East Delhi – they were also one of the main targets.The mobs vandalised and dismantled protest sites inside the neighbourhoods of Khajuri Khas, Chandbagh, Mustafabad and Kardampuri. In many instances, such as Kardampuri, the communal violence began with an attack on the women’s protest site.But in Seelampur, where the first protest took root in the area, after women sat down on the side of a road in December, demonstration defiantly continues.Now, however, protesters claim that the officer who heads the Seelampur police station, under the guise of an Aman Committee meeting, has attempted to coerce the protesters to do what the mobs failed to achieve: call off the protests.“The [SHO] told our men that he is asking us politely and lovingly to vacate the protest site,” said Asghari, one of the women protestors. “If we don’t, he will not be responsible for anything that follows.”One of the men who attended the meeting with the police officer on March 1 said a beat officer named Pradeep had done a round of colony a few days ago. He had collected names and addresses of all the men whose homes were in the front row of the two lanes of the colony lie adjacent to the protest site. The residents believe police narrowed down on these homes because they suspect them to be providing logistical support for the protests.The men were then asked to assemble at the Seelampur police station. At first they thought they were attending an Aman Committee meeting. The agenda turned out to be quite different. According to the resident who attended the meeting, police officer instructed the men to ensure the women wind up the protest in the next 24 hours. He repeated what Asghari had alleged – that the police officer pointed to the death of a constable as a reason for the anger among his force, and that he would not be able to control this anger for much longer.scroll
'They took down their pants, and said, 'yeh lo azaadi''
New Delhi: 2 separate groups of women from the riot-hit areas of north-east Delhi, one of which was present at the Chand Bagh protest on Monday, and one which was present at the violence perpetrated at Shiv Vihar, have told The Wire that members of a right-wing mob pulled down their pants, exposed their genitals to them and said, “Yeh lo azaadi.” (‘Here, take freedom.’) ‘Azaadi’ is part of the rallying cry that protesters across the city have been using to ask for freedom – from CAA, from NRC, from the reign of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.“I was standing at the Chand Bagh protest site when 2 members of our protest had been detained by the police. The women of the protest came out to confront the policemen and ask where they had been taken. A group of right-wingers came up to us, shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and 4 men there pulled their pants down and pointed their genitals at us, and shouted ‘Yeh lo azaadi’,” says Asifa*, who did not want her name to be published for fear that she would be arrested.“Our men came out and made a line in front of us, to protect us, and the mob started throwing stones at them. The police went behind the protest and started throwing tear gas shells into the protest site, so we could not respond because we were coughing and crying. There were women and children there. The police lathi charged us,” Asifa adds.She fell unconscious during the tear gassing. Others there – including elderly women and pregnant women – sustained injuries after being lathi charged by the police. If the threat of sexual violence was wielded against Muslim women in Chand Bagh, eyewitnesses that fled the mobs from Shiv Vihar say there were many instances of sexual assault there.thewire
‘Bloodiest haircut ever' for 2 Mustafabad Barbers who helped save hundreds of lives during riots
New Delhi: It was 12 in afternoon on Feb. 24. Mohd Shahzaad, a barber, had just finished giving the latest ‘mohawk-style’ haircut to a 17-year-old boy when a doctor called him on his mobile from the nearby Al Hind Hospital.Located adjacent to the hospital in Old Mustafabad, Shahzaad’s barber shop was also bang opposite another small salon, owned by Wasim, his protégé.The duo had been called to help with dressings and run small errands for the hospital before. But what met them on Monday afternoon when they arrived at Al Hind was beyond their imagination.When sectarian violence broke out in several northeast neighbourhoods on Sunday night, including Mustafabad, Al Hind was the only hospital that remained open in the area and provided critical first aid and conducted surgeries on victims affected by the riots.“There were a handful of patients with head and other injuries. We knew there were disturbances since Sunday night but we didn't realise how bad it was until we reached Al Hind," Shahzaad, 25, told News18 inside his barber shop a week after the incident.The barber-duo initially started by shaving hair off injured persons and getting them ready for surgeries or further treatment.news18
North East Delhi residents remove nameplates after violence broke out
 A nameplate in a house or a hoarding in a shop is generally put up as a mark of identity. But when the communal violence broke out in northeast Delhi last week, these were among the first things some of the residents removed as they moved to safer places.A number of dark, narrow lanes deep inside Shiv Vihar, among the worst-hit areas, are empty. Similarly, many Hindu families in the area that borders Mustafabad have fled after locking their homes, while some among them took down or damaged their nameplates in a bid to hide their identity.Deepak Rajora, 32, fled to his relative's home in Ghaziabad when violence started on February 24. "But before running away, I took down the nameplate bearing the name of my father," he said.Yaqoob Malik, 55, tore off the hoarding reading 'Malik Cloth House' outside his shop in Shiv Vihar fearing that the mob would target it.PTI
*anti-CAA,NRC-NPR stir*
Centre discussing preparations for NPR with states, no documents to be collected during exercise, Union minister tells LS
Centre on Tuesday said it was discussing with state govts the preparations for the update of NPR from 1 April to 30 Sept.Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha that no document will be collected during the exercise, which will be carried out along with the house-listing phase of Census 2021."The government is in discussion with the states having concerns in regard to the preparation of NPR. The demographic and other particulars of each family and individual are to be updated/collected during the exercise of updation of NPR. No document is to be collected during this exercise," he said replying to a written question.Home Ministry sources said the central government has already started the outreach to allay the apprehensions of states by meeting chief ministers critical of the exercise.PTI
Will request Centre to conduct NPR on 2010 format, resolution in upcoming assembly session: Andhra CM
A week after Bihar Assembly resolved that NPR exercise should be done strictly according to the 2010 format, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday said his government will also introduce a similar resolution in upcoming assembly session."Some of the questions proposed in the NPR are causing insecurities in the minds of minorities of my state. After elaborate consultations within our party, we have decided to request the Central Government to revert the conditions to those prevailing in 2010," Reddy said in a tweet."To this effect, we will also introduce a resolution in the upcoming assembly session," he added. Earlier, YSRCP govt in the state issued the order to conduct the NPR exercise and Housing Listing and Housing Census as part of Census of India 2021 to be taken up for 45 days between April and Sept. 2020.dnaindia
NRC: Likely to issue rejection slips from March 20, says Assam government
Assam government on Monday said authorities plan to issue rejection slips to more than 19 lakh applicants who were excluded from the NRC exercise from March 20, PTI reported. Rejection certificates are required for the people to approach the foreigners tribunal to establish their citizenship.The final NRC list – an exercise to update the citizens’ database – in Assam was published on August 31. It excluded around 6% of the state’s population. The government now wants to conduct the exercise across India to identify undocumented immigrants.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said work related to the scanning of “speaking orders” is going on and around 12% of it is left. He said this to Congress MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed while replying to a written query in the ongoing Assembly session.“After this work gets completed, there is a plan to issue the rejection slip from 20/03/2020,” Patowary said on behalf of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.To enable those excluded from the NRC to file appeals, the Assam government expanded the network of foreigners tribunals in 2019. However, no NRC-related case has gone to trial in the tribunals even after nearly seven months of the list being published. This is because NRC authorities are yet to issue formal rejection memos known as “speaking orders” to people left out of the registry.scroll
185 students detained on their way to anti-CAA protest at Ramlila Maidan
New Delhi: A total of 185 students were detained by police Tuesday while they were going to Ramlila Maidan here to protest against the new citizenship law and the recent communal riots in northeast Delhi.According to police, the protesters were detained from different locations in the national capital and taken to several police stations. All detained students were later released, police said.“In total, 185 protesters were detained and taken to nearby police stations of Kamla Market, Hari Nagar and Bawana,” DCP(Central) Sanjay Bhatia said, adding that all the protesters have been released.Many students, however, claimed that several hundred of them were detained from different locations in the city.Around 200 students gathered at Jantar Mantar Tuesday morning in response to a protest call given by the Young India Coordination Committee, which comprises members from various student bodies. Former IAS officer and activist Kannan Gopinathan was also present.Former JNU Students’ Union president N Sai Balaji, who was leading the march, said, “We had submitted the application for permission on February 27. We were informed on Monday about the permission being rejected. It is last-minute intimation”.PTI
Haryana: Muslim Families threatened to leave locality before Holi
Jhajjar: 20-odd Muslim families living in Isharhedi village of Jhajjar district on Delhi-Haryana border are gripped in intense fear after a mob entered forcefully into the house and asked community members to vacate the area before Holi or be ready to face consequences.According to TOI, On March 1, An FIR had been lodged at Bahadurgarh police station, the complainant has told that 60-70 people belonging to 20-35 age group came to the colony on February 29 and asked them to vacate their houses before Holi or face consequences for not doing so.A carpenter belonging to the area told TOI that they are living in fear after the incident. “He told the minor members from our families are sent to other places like Delhi,” he added.newsd.in
Chhattisgarh govt school students take part in pro-CAA rally organised by ABVP; probe ordered, show-cause notice sent to principal
Rajnandgaon: Students of a government school took part in a rally organised by ABVP last week in support of CAA and NRC in Rajnandgaon district of Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh. 28 Feb. incident prompted district education authorities to issue show-cause notices to the school principal and Block Education Officer (BEO) and order a probe. The students of the Government High School for Girls in Ambagarh Chowki town, clad in uniform, took part in pro-CAA-NRC rally organised by RSS-affiliated ABVP.After coming to know about the rally, show-cause notices were issued to the school principal and BEO, seeking their replies. "Further action will be taken accordingly (based on their replies), said HR Som, District Education Officer (DEO).There is a state government directive banning participation of students in such (political) rallies, he said. Under what circumstances the students took part in the rally is being probed, Som said. Meanwhile, the DEO, in a circular to principals of all govt schools and BEOs of the district, asked them to ensure students do not take part in any rallies without permission.PTI
Assam: Congress MLA suspended on NRC Issue, opposition staged walkout opposing CAA
Congress MLA, Sherman Ali Ahmed was suspended from Assam assembly for the day on first day of the budget session on Monday for raising NRC- related issue in House and removed from the House by marshals. During question hour, MLA of Baghbar assembly seat, Sherman Ali, repeatedly questioned on appointment of Hitesh Dev Sharma as state coordinator of NRC.During question hour, congress MLA raised the issue of Sharma’s appointment, but he was denied permission of discussing the matter by Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami and warned not to waste time of the House, saying Sharma was qualified for the post. The congress MLA continued that Sharma has lost his credibility and trust of the people for his “communal and bias mindset” and said that he is not “worthy and competent for the post of state coordinator of NRC”. Goswami repeatedly stopped Sherman Ali in raising the issue and asked him to take his seat. Despite being denied the permission for raising the issue in the House, Sherman Ali remained persistent on discussion of the issue and continued to obstruct the proceedings of the House.Goswami then suspended the Congress MLA from the House for the day, but he refused to leave. Finally, Congress MLA was removed from the Assembly by marshals.Later, addressing media outside the House, Sherman Ali alleged that his suspension exposed the undemocratic attitude of the government. He also alleged that the intention of government behind the appointment of Sharma as state coordinator of NRC was to destroy 4 years of hard works.India Tomorrow
5 foreigners asked to leave India for participating in anti-CAA protests: Govt
New Delhi:5 foreigners were asked to leave India for violating visa norms by participating in anti-citizenship law protests, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said this in a written reply to a question.PTI
All Bangladeshis living in Bengal are Indian citizens: Mamata
 West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday all who came from Bangladesh and have been casting votes in elections were Indian citizens and did not require to apply for citizenship afresh.Banerjee also slammed the Modi government for its handling of the communal riots in Delhi and asserted she will not allow West Bengal turn into another Delhi."Those who have come from Bangladesh are citizens of India...they have got citizenship. You don't need to apply for citizenship again. You have been casting your votes in elections, electing PM and CM...now they are saying that you are not citizens...don't believe them," she told a public meeting here.She also asserted she will not let "even a single person" to be driven out of Bengal. The West Bengal chief minister said no refugee living in the state will be deprived of citizenship.PTI
Kolkata: Police arrest fourth person, allegedly a BJP supporter, for shouting ‘goli maaro’ slogan
Kolkata Police today said they have arrested a fourth person, allegedly a BJP supporter, for shouting the slogan “desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro salon ko [shoot the bloody traitors]” during a march to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally in the city. Sujit Barua, 51, a resident of Sodepur in North 24 Parganas district, was taken into custody on Monday night after the police identified him in CCTV footage.scroll
All-faith peace marches planned in Calcutta
Calcutta:Representatives of various faiths and the civil society on Monday condemned the chants of “goli maaro” that were raised in the heart of Calcutta by alleged supporters of Union minister Amit Shah on Sunday. The disapproval was voiced at a news conference titled “Against Goli Maaro…slogan” convened by a citizens’ forum on Monday. The representatives described the sloganeering as a “blatant attempt” to trigger violence.Those present at the press conference said it was important that a counter slogan of “Gale laga lo sabko” was launched to spread peace. Abdur Rafiq, president, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, West Bengal, said the slogans were raised with an intention to whip up communal frenzy in the run-up to the Assembly elections in Bengal in 2021.“Amit Shah did not utter a word on the Delhi riots in his speech at the Shahid Minar ground. His supporters are now busy laying the ground for riots in Bengal,” Rafiq said.telegraphindia
Kolkata: Religious heads to lead all-faith protest against violence in Delhi on March 8
Yogi govt denies charges by Kafeel Khan’s wife
2 days after wife of Kafeel Khan, who is booked under National Security Act, alleged that her husband faced a threat to life in Mathura jail, where he is lodged for anti-CAA protests, DM claimed that Khan was 'fully secure' in the jail."Kafeel Khan, who has been booked under NSA for alleged inflammatory statements during an anti-CAA protest in Aligarh, is absolutely fine and fully secure in Mathura jail. Allegations of 'inhuman' treatment being meted out to him are baseless," Mathura DM Sarvagya Ram Mishra said on Monday.SSP of Mathura district prison, Shailendra Maitrey, said that Khan's condition is being monitored every half an hour and the report is written in the gate book. He said, his ECG is normal and blood pressure was also in control.He said that Khan was demanding checkup from a cardiologist.IANS
Karnataka: Man booked for sedition for ‘pro-Pakistan’ slogan, family says he is mentally unstable
A 43-year-old man was arrested on Monday and charged with sedition after he allegedly chanted pro-Pakistan slogans before mini Vidhan Soudha, a complex housing government offices, at Kundapur in Karnataka’s Udupi district. The man, identified as Raghavendra Ganiga, is believed to be mentally unstable. Ganiga stood before the government offices around 10 am and shouted “Pakistan Zindabad” multiple times, the police said. He then moved to a corridor and continued to shout the slogan.scroll/PTI
‘Kagaz nahi dikhayenge’ signs spring up in Ahmedabad’s minority areas
Ahmedabad: The communally sensitive Ahmedabad which has had a history of riots — including the 2002 massacre — has been the site of peaceful protests against CAA , NPR  and NRC for at least 45 days.A feature of these protests has been boards and placards outside houses that signal the intention not to cooperate with officials carrying out population surveys. The signs say “Kagaz Nahi Dikhayenge” (we won’t show any documents).These messages are seen in front of houses in Rakhial, Bapunagar, and Saraspur which mainly have Muslim populations. Along with anti-CAA, anti-NPR and anti-NRC slogans, notices of residents read: “No government official should enter this house for any kind of survey”. Local residents said that they began this non-cooperation movement to register their peaceful protest against the citizenship law.Naziya Ansari, 42, a resident of Rakhial, said that “Kagaz Nahi Dikhayenge” signs in the neighbourhood are a tool of protest. TOI
Census 2021: Here are 31 question govt will ask you!
Centre has issued a gazette notification regarding a list of 31 questions which will be asked by enumerators for collecting information through the house listing and housing census schedule in connection with the 2021 Census ranging from Internet facility to smartphone being used may be asked.This exercise will be conducted between April 1, 2020 and Sept.30, 2020. Questions like the residence number, the purpose of the residence, number of family members, whether the head of the family belongs to Scheduled Caste or Tribe community and whether Internet facility is available will be asked.IANS
* Coronavirus*
Coronavirus: Delhi-NCR schools send advisories to parents, may declare holiday if need arises
Alerted by the coronavirus case reported in Delhi-NCR, schools in the region have sent out advisories to parents suggesting that they not send their wards to attend classes even in case of mild cough or cold and saying they may declare holidays if the need arises. Two private schools in Noida cancelled classes on Tuesday for the next few days as a precautionary measure after a student's father tested positive for coronavirus."Please ensure you absolutely do not send your child to school even in case of a mild cough, sneezing or cold. We are ensuring that staff would make children periodically wash their hands after every half an hour. Please ensure you do the same for yourself, your domestic staff and children at home," said Monica Sagar, Principal, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram, in a note sent to parents.Another school in Dwarka sent an advisory to parents saying, "Please do not make the children wear masks if they are well as it causes more bacteria to be trapped near the mouth area and chances of infection because they tend to touch it often. If they have a cold, it is recommended they wear a mask and stay at home".Schools are also organising sensitisation sessions for children to brief them about the symptoms of COVID-19 as well as precautionary measures.The two Noida schools also announced their closure in messages sent to the parents, a day after the Union Health Ministry reported two fresh cases of coronavirus in the country -- one of them in Delhi.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called an urgent meeting with Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain and other top officials on the government's preparations to deal with coronavirus.nationalheraldindia
Coronavirus: 40 Students Of Noida School Sent To Isolation For 28 Days After Parent Tests Positive
Shriram Millennium school in Sector 135 Noida today decided to shut down the premises for two days and also postpone its annual examinations after a student's parent tested positive with COVID-19 on Monday.A total of 40 students of the school have been tested for the virus and sent to a 28-day isolation, Chief Medical Officer of Gautam Buddh Nagar said.A senior school official, who requested anonymity, has also confirmed about the developments. "Yes the said patient of COVID-19 is a parent of our student, we have taken all precautionary measures and are in constant contact with the Health Ministry to monitor situation," senior official said.CMO of Gautam Buddh Nagar, Anurag Bhargava said: "School will be closed for a day or two now. During this time it will be sanitized. The process of sanitizing the school will take one to two days. It takes more than an hour to sanitize a room, our medical team has told the school about the treatment," CMO added."A total of 40 people have been tested in Noida. The reports will take a few hours."He specifically asked all to "ignore rumours". "We have all the facilities to tackle the situation. We have isolation ward developed," Bhargava said.Noida campus of the school has been shut down and officials from the Health Ministry have reached the spot to sanitise the school as well as take samples for further tests to verify if others in contact with the student or his parents have been infected with COVID-19 virus.On Monday, two cases of COVID-19 were found positive one of them was from Delhi who is currently under treatment and is being closely monitored. According to the Health Ministry, the person who has tested positive from Delhi has a travel history to Italy.IANS
Coronavirus: 6 suspected cases who came in contact with Delhi patient quarantined in Agra
 A day after a case of coronavirus was detected in Delhi, fumigation is on at two schools in Noida. In one of the schools, children of COVID-2019 patient’s study, the Ministry of Health and Family welfare said on Tuesday. On the other hand, six suspected cases, who came in contact with the Delhi patient have been quarantined in Agra.indianexpress
Coronavirus in India: 6 confirmed cases as Covid-19 outbreak knocks on Indian doors
Updates: Govt Cancels Visas Issued To Nationals Of Italy, Iran, S Korea, Japan Before March 3
The deadly novel Coronavirus disease has fast spread to several countries including India where two positive cases were detected on Monday -- one each in New Delhi and Telangana. Union Health Ministry held a meeting with the Rajasthan Health Dept officials over coronavirus. RK Singh, ACS Health said: "All the hotels where the Italian tourist stayed are being sanitized. People who came in contact with the infected person, their samples are taken."Regular visas/e-visas issued to nationals of Italy, Iran, S Korea, Japan on or before Mar 3, who have not entered India, suspended, says Govt advisory. Hotels and tourists sites in Agra have been instructed to inform the office of the Chief Medical Officer as soon as visitors from Italy, Iran or China arrive, so that they can be screened for coronavirus infection, news agency PTI reported.outlookindia
COVID-19 | Iran orders troops to fight coronavirus outbreak as death toll rises to 77
Iran’s supreme leader put the Islamic Republic’s armed forces on alert on March 3 to assist health officials in combating the outbreak of the new coronavirus — the deadliest outside of China — that authorities say has killed 77 people.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s decision was announced after state media broadcast images of the 80-year-old leader planting a tree wearing disposable gloves ahead of Iran’s upcoming arbor day, showing how concern about the virus now reaches up to the top of the country’s Shia theocracy. Iranian media reported that 23 members of Parliament now had the virus, as did the head of the country’s emergency services.After downplaying the coronavirus as recently as last week, Iranian authorities said on March 3 they had plans to potentially mobilize 3,00,000 soldiers and volunteers to confront the virus. It wasn’t clear if Mr. Khamenei’s order would set them in motion helping sanitize streets, direct traffic and track possible contacts those ill with the virus had with others, as initially suggested.There are now over 2,530 cases of the new coronavirus across the Mideast. Of those outside Iran in the region, most link back to the Islamic Republic.AP
6 coronavirus deaths in US, China cases slow
WHO has warned that the world was in "uncharted territory" as the number of people infected with the new coronavirus went past 90,000.US reported six deaths from the coronavirus, as the outbreak that started in China continues to spread to new countries around the world and the WHO urges countries to step up containment measures to rein in the infection.In South Korea, the country with the most severe outbreak outside China, the number infected continues to grow with three more deaths reported on Tuesday morning.In China, the infection seems to be slowing. It reported 125 new cases on Tuesday, the lowest since January.The number of deaths from the virus has reached 3,110 globally, according to WHO's latest figures.
Imam booked for ‘provocative’ speech at funeral event in J&K
Srinagar:J&K police on Monday filed a charge sheet against two persons, including an Imam (preacher), for “provocative speeches” at the funeral of lecturer-turned-militant Mohammad Rafi Bhat in May of 2018. Ganderbal police said it presented a charge sheet against the 2 accused, identified as Muhammad Rafiq Shah, a resident of Shuhama, Ganderbal and Bashir Ahmad Lone, a resident of Brein Nishat for their involvement in FIR, “pertaining to provocative speech at Chunduna Ganderbal”. They were booked under UAPA.The police on Monday presented the charge sheet against the duo before the court.Sources said the case after the conclusion of investigation was forwarded to the J&K government for obtaining sanction to launch prosecution, which has been granted. Sources said Shah, an Imam, was associated with the now-banned socio-religious group J&K Jamaat-e-Islami.thehindu
Pulwama attack:| NIA arrests father-daughter duo, say officials
NIA on Tuesday arrested a father-daughter duo for their alleged involvement in the Pulwama attack last year.The arrest comes days after NIA arrested 22-year-old Shakir Bashir Magrey, an alleged JeM operative. The accused had tracked the movement of CRPF convoys and allegedly helped assemble the bomb used in the attack that killed at least 40 paramilitary personnel.Officials said Tariq Ahmad and his daughter Insha Tariq (26) were questioned by the police and later handed over to NIA.  Preliminary reports suggest that the duo played role in the Lethpora attack. “The conspiracy regarding the attack had taken place in their house,” an official said.  thehindu
UN asks India to mediate between Israel and Palestine
New Delhi: UN is exploring ways to engage India for mediation between Israel and Palestine to resolve the protracted conflict between the two in the Middle East.A delegation of UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was on a 2-day visit to New Delhi beginning from Monday.The team includes UN Ambassadors and Representatives of Senegal (Committee Chair); Indonesia and Malaysia (Committee Members); and the State of Palestine (Committee Observer).According to an official statement, the delegation 'intends to engage India, a country with good relations to both the State of Palestine and Israel, in looking for ways how it could play a more proactive role in the settling of the question of Palestine'.UN group will focus on enhancing the political and diplomatic support of India for a peaceful solution of the question of Palestine; and engaging Indian counterparts on synergies in capacity building for staff and institutions of the State of Palestine. The visit would also focus on enhancing the coordination of the UN committee bureau and India on capacity building projects for the State of Palestine, including within the context of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.UN team will hold meetings with Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar, and senior officials in the Ministry, political leaders, and think tanks.IANS
Madras HC rules working women giving birth to child after twins in first delivery not entitled to maternity benefits
Madras High Court has ruled that if a working woman gives birth to a child in the second delivery after twins in the first, she is not entitled to maternity benefits as it should be treated as the third child."As per existing rules, a woman can avail such benefits only for her first two deliveries. Even otherwise it is debatable as to whether the delivery is not a second delivery but a third one, inasmuch as ordinarily when twins are born they are delivered one after another, and their age and their inter-se elderly status is also determined by virtue of the gap of time between their arrivals, which amounts to two deliveries and not one simultaneous act," the court said.The first bench, comprising Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Subramonium Prasad stated this while allowing the appeal from Ministry of Home Affairs. It set aside the order 18 June 2019 order of a single Judge, who extended 180 days of maternity leave and other benefits to a woman member of CISF under the rules governing the Tamil Nadu government servants. The admissibility of benefits would be limited if the claimant has not more than two children, the bench said "This fact, therefore, changes the entire nature of the relief which is sought for by the woman petitioner, which aspect has been completely overlooked by the single judge", the bench said.PTI
Chinmayanand sexual harassment case: SC rejects plea against Allahabad HC order granting him bail
The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea challenging the Allahabad High Court order granting bail to former BJP MP Chinmayanand in a sexual harassment case, PTI reported. The Supreme Court also sought the response of Uttar Pradesh government in a separate plea seeking transfer of the case against Chinmayanand to a Delhi court.On Feb. 5, Chimayanand was released from Shahjahanpur prison in Uttar Pradesh, two days after the Allahabad High Court granted him bail.scroll
Goa Court Dismisses Extremist Hindu Group's Lawsuit Against Juggernaut Books
New Delhi: A Goa court has dismissed a Rs 10-crore civil defamation law suit filed by the Sanatan Sanstha against Juggernaut books and author Dhirendra K Jha for his book Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva published in 2017. Sanatan Sanstha had said that the material in the book ‘defamed’ the organisation and had sought Rs 10 crore in damages in 2018 civil law suit filed in Goa where the organisation is headquartered. In a statement put out by Juggernaut, Jha is quoted as having said:“I feel a sense of relief and vindication. Persons who feel deeply uncomfortable by my research and my work attempted to silence me by alleging defamation and unleashing a punishing process on me and my publisher. But truth is a defence against defamation and, in this case, justice and the truth have thankfully prevailed.”The book profiles 8 right wing Hindu supremacist organisations – including the Sanatan Sanstha – and their leaders. It details the nature of the links of the organisations to BJP and RSS. thewire
I will give away my social media accounts to women whose life & work inspire us, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that he will be handing over his social media accounts to women who inspire and urged people to share stories of such women with him."This Women's Day, I will give away my social media accounts to women whose life & work inspire us. This will help them ignite motivation in millions."Are you such a woman or do you know such inspiring women? Share such stories using #SheInspiresUs," he tweeted.PTI
India will turn 'peaceful' if Modi's 'bhakts' follow PM's move in quitting social media: NCP leader
Mumbai: The country will turn "peaceful" if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "bhakts" follow him in quitting the social media, NCP said on Tuesday, taking a dig at the prime minister over his tweet that was thinking of giving up his social media accounts.NCP chief spokesperson and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik also said that Modi's decision will be "in the interest of the country".His comments came a day after Modi said he is contemplating giving up social media presence. "This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted," the prime minister said on the micro-blogging site.firstpost
No proposal on Muslim reservation, says CM Thackeray days after NCP minister’s 5% quota claim
 Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday nipped NCP efforts at one-upmanship, by declaring that the state government had not taken any decision regarding the 5% reservation to Muslims in education in Maharashtra. The announcement comes days after NCP leader and minister Nawab Malik declared on the floor of the House that the state government will soon promulgate an ordinance to implement Muslim reservation in educational institutions from the coming academic year. While Thackeray targeted the BJP by saying that the former ally was unnecessarily banging its head over the issue, the real target, many believe, was the NCP.“At a time when such an issue has not even come up in front of the government, some people are banging their heads on it. We haven't yet talked about it. I haven't yet taken a stand on it. Why this premature issue? They should conserve their energy,” he said during a press conference at Vidhan Bhavan on Tuesday.news18
SC dismisses review plea by Maharashtra CM Fadnavis in forgery, criminal defamation cases
The Supreme Court has dismissed a review petition filed by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis against its October 2019 verdict directing him to face trial for suppressing information about two pending forgery and criminal defamation cases in his 2014 election documents.“We find no ground to interfere in the review petitions. The same are dismissed,” a three-judge Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra observed in an order dated February 18 and published on Tuesday.The Bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, had reserved the case for orders on February 18 itself.thehindu
UP: Bhim Army chief meets Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party president to discuss new anti-BJP front
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Monday met Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party President Om Prakash Rajbhar to discuss the possibility of a new anti-BJP front in Uttar Pradesh before 2022 Assembly elections.“For an alliance, I would say that anything can happen and there are always possibilities in politics,” Azad told media persons after meeting Rajbhar. “In the coming days, we will come forward to stop the BJP with a powerful alliance. If we need someone’s help then we will take their help too.” Invoking Dalit leader Kashi Ram, Azad said he wants to follow the ways in which Kashi Ram did politics.Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party General Secretary Arvind Rajbhar told PTI that Azad will join an Opposition front known as Bhagidaari Sankalp Morcha, comprising eight parties, led by Rajbhar. Scroll
BJP MLA calls freedom fighter Doreswamy ‘Pak agent’; Opposition protests
Bengaluru:BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal’s “derogatory” comments against centenarian freedom fighter HS Doreswamy rocked Karnataka Assembly as it met for the budget session on Monday with ruling BJP and Opposition crossing swords.Opposition parties thronged the well of the House, demanding that they be allowed to raise the matter and forcing repeated adjournments.Yatnal’s recent comments against Doreswamy, calling him a “fake freedom fighter” and “Pakistani agent” sparked a row, with opposition parties up in arms against him in the last few days.Congress has even been demanding revocation of his assembly membership. According to Congress leaders, Yatnal’s comments are in violation of the Constitution as by disrespecting a freedom fighter like Doreswamy, he had disrespected the freedom movement, which is in “violation of our fundamental duties.” Yatnal has made it clear that there was no question of withdrawing his statements against Doreswamy and even called him a “mouthpiece” in favour of JD(S) and Congress.Several BJP legislators have come out in defence of the Vijayapura city MLA, questioning the Congress and the freedom fighter for their alleged comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Veer Savarkar.
Arsonists set fire to holy books inside Assam mosque
Guwahati: Unidentified arsonists entered a mosque in Assam’s Baksa district late on Sunday and allegedly set fire to religious books, triggering an agitation in the area amid appeals for restraint from administration.The incident at Kalpani Jame Masjid in Salbari, part of the autonomous Bodoland Territorial Region and around 120km from Guwahati, came to light during prayers on Monday morning.By the time Baksa SP Prateek Vijay Kumar reached the area with his team, members of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union and All Bodo Minority Students’ Union were in the middle of a sit-in outside mosque, demanding the arrest of those behind the arson. “BTC elections are due. Political parties will try to give this election a communal colour by trying to disrupt harmony,” said Minhajul Imran, member of the state minority students’ union. Salbari area has a mixed population of Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Local residents alleged that Kalpani mosque had been target of miscreants since the final NRC was published.TOI
India has 3rd highest trade-related illicit financial flow globally escaping govt’s tax net: Report
India has the third-highest trade-related illicit financial flow among over 135 countries with a whopping USD 83.5 billion escaping the govt's tax net owing to trade-based money laundering tactics, according to a report released on Tuesday by US-based think tank Global Financial Integrity (GFI).GFI classifies as illicit flows funds which are illegally earned, transferred, and/or utilised across an international border. Primary sources of illicit flows include grand corruption, commercial tax evasion, and transnational crime.A drug cartel using trade-based money laundering techniques to use the illegal proceeds of narcotics sales to purchase used cars, which will be exported to the drug source country and sold, is an example of illicit financial flow, it said.PTI
No Jobs. Engineering Graduate, MBA Work As Parking Attendants In Chennai
Chennai: S Aditya, 21, a BE graduate, now works as a car parking Attendant in Chennai, promoting the Chennai Corporation's app for smart car parking among commuters at Pondy Bazaar for a salary of Rs 18,000 per month. This position actually requires just a Class 10 qualified candidate. But there are about 50 engineers and MBA holders who have taken up the same job outsourced to a private company.Mr Aditya says he's not usurping the opportunity of a lesser qualified person. "If a Class 10 qualified boy or girl is doing this job, they would take four to five hours to explain the technology. We would take only 2 to 3 minutes," he said.Rajesh, an MBA with 21 years of experience, has also joined as team leader, taking a 55 per cent salary cut after the firm he worked for shut down. He's the only breadwinner in his family and has a 6-year-old child to look after."After MBA or BE, after finishing college there are no jobs. So if we are looking for a job even for less than Rs 10,000, people are willing to work," Rajesh said.With jobs scarce, some 1,500 highly qualified candidates applied for 50-odd jobs. The company offered jobs only for around 50.B Rizwana Khathu, assistant project manager, SS Tech & Toorq Media Services, said that among 1,000 members they have selected only 50 and have given them training.Last year, 4,600 engineers, MBAs and research scholars had applied for 14 posts of sweepers at the Tamil Nadu assembly. The government had then denied it failed to generate employment.ndtv
In Tamil Nadu, a Movie That Says Dalits Are Waging 'Love Jihad' Draws Crowds
Draupathi claims to be an indie Tamil film. It has no stars. Many of the actors, including the male lead, are wooden. The sequences are tepid and the sets and props are minimal, although the female lead does infuse some energy.On Sunday, the third day of its release, Draupathi was one of the few movies running to packed halls across Chennai. Couples with children were in the audience at the hall where I watched the movie (I could only get a corner seat on the second row from the screen).Trade pundits are wondering if Draupathi will be the season’s sleeper hit. The film’s trailer logged more than 5 million views on YouTube, generating controversy and low-cost publicity for the film.Draupathi depicts the OBC reaction to Dalit politics. Anger drives the film – a sense of injustice over Dalits having gone too far just as elsewhere some Hindus feel Muslims have gone too far, egged on by political appeasement. The film’s immediate provocation, according to the director G. Mohan, is a string of recent Tamil movies championing Dalit struggles. “I am from the city and do not let caste affect me. Why are these movies accusing me of something I have not done?” he has asked.thewire
Likud's Netanyahu in lead to form Israel's next govt
With 90 percent of votes counted, Joint List has so far won a record 15 Knesset seats in Israel's election, a historic success for the Palestinian-majority electoral alliance.But their strongest ever showing may be eclipsed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who appears likely to secure a record fifth term after his Likud party won at least 36 seats in Monday's vote, the third in less than a year.His right-wing bloc currently holds 59 seats, just two shy of forming a majority government.The Blue and White alliance of his main rival, former chief of the armed forces Benny Gantz, holds 32 seats and 56 in his bloc.As the tally has been delayed, the final result is expected by late Tuesday.Israeli public opinion expert and political analyst Dahlia Scheindlin told Al Jazeera that Netanyahu's most likely option to break the deadlock is to try to convince Knesset members who are part of a faction within centrist parties to break away in order to secure a parliamentary majority.The Joint List, meanwhile, remains the third-largest party in the Knesset.Despite talk of "voter fatigue" among citizens, voter turnout was 71 percent, the highest since 2015.Al Jazeera
For Palestinians, Netanyahu, Gantz are 'two sides of same coin'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in Israel's election over his main challenger, former military chief of staff Benny Gantz, although it appears he may just be short of securing a parliamentary majority to form the next government.For Palestinians, however, the outcome of the election would make little difference."Israeli leaders are two sides of the same coin when it comes to dealing with the Palestinians," Wasel Abu Yousef, a member of the PLO executive committee, told Al Jazeera.He said that, despite their differences, Israel's political heavyweights all agree to keep "denying the Palestinians' right to self-determination [and] right of return, keeping the illegal settlements and to never ending the occupation of Jerusalem."Following the release of exit polls, Saeb Erekat, the PLO's chief negotiator and top aide of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement that "settlement, annexation, and apartheid have won".Al Jazeera
Russia to Hamas: ‘US’ deal of century will not achieve peace’
Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh arrived in the Russian capital Moscow on Sunday along with a delegation of senior officials from the movement and met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other senior officials, the Palestinian group said in a statement.During the meeting, Lavrov welcomed Hamas to Russia and highlighted its importance at “this critical time”.Lavrov reiterated that Russia rejects the US “peace plan” for the Middle East and does not think it is a plan that achieves peace and security in the region.Lavrov reiterated the importance of Palestinian unity and pointed out that Russia is ready to help Palestinians unite in order to stand strong against the “deal of the century”.middleeastmonitor
US’ Pence: By supporting Palestinian rights, Sanders is siding with Israel’s enemies
US Vice President Mike Pence has claimed that US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is siding with Israel’s enemies as a result of his support for Palestinian rights.At a speech at controversial American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, Pence claimed that US President Donald Trump should remain in the White House because of his pro-Israel stance.He said: “In the days ahead, we must ensure the most pro-Israel president in history must not be replaced by one who would be the most anti-Israel president in the history of this nation. That’s why we need four more years of President Trump in the White House.”Pence, who is an Evangelical Christian and staunch Israel supporter, then went on to falsely claim that Sanders supported the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and had “slandered” AIPAC conference after he refused to attend, saying it was a platform for leaders who “express bigotry”.middleeastmonitor
Tunisia and Jordan discuss unifying Arab positions on Palestinian issue
Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi discussed with his Jordanian counterpart, Atef Tarawneh, Monday, the unification of Arab positions on the Palestinian issue, and bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all fields.“Jordan is of great importance as it represents the first line of defence of the central cause of the nation, which is the Palestine and Jerusalem cause,” Ghannouchi said in a joint press conference with the Jordanian parliament speaker, after the meeting held today at the Tunisian parliament. Ghannouchi added: “We discussed with the Jordanian delegation several files to develop cooperation between the two countries at the parliamentary level and joint committees and the economic and political level and at all levels, in addition to the Palestinian issue.”
Ghannouchi praises parliament endorsement of Fakhfakh government
Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi praised the results of the vote obtained by the new government saying that the fact that the government of Elyes Fakhfakh won the confidence of 129 deputies is an honourable result given the tensions taking place in the political field.Ghannouchi indicated that there was a fear that the new government would not obtain the required votes, but it had exceeded expectations.He mentioned the government contract document and mentioned that the Prime Minister has indicated that his priorities are mainly social.Head of Ennahda movement and speaker of the Tunisian Parliament stressed that tension is a constant aspect of politics, except that our country manages politics by political means rather than military and secretive means.middleeastmonitor
Egypt court sentences former army officer and 36 others to death
An Egyptian criminal court today sentenced to death a former Egyptian military officer, who defected from the army and joined jihadists, along with 36 other militants, for their alleged responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks in the country.Hisham Ashmawi and other defendants were convicted of 54 charges after carrying out several terror attacks including assassinations of policemen, according to local media.The ruling comes after the defendants’ case was referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest Islamic religious authority. Under Egyptian law, death sentences must be referred to the Mufti before they are officially issued, although the Mufti’s opinion is not binding.middleeastmonitor
Iran's enriched uranium stocks 5 times over nuke deal limit: IAEA
Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium is more than 5 times the limit fixed under a landmark 2015 deal with world powers, UN nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday.An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report said as of February 19, 2020, the Iranian stockpile stood at 1,510 kilogrammes, as opposed to the 300kg limit set under the agreement.Some analysts consider this level could provide sufficient material to produce a nuclear weapon. However, it would still need several more steps, including further enrichment, to make it suitable for use in an atomic bomb.Al Jazeera
UN: Syrian regime committed war crimes
Syria’s Assad regime committed war crimes attacking medical facilities around the Idlib de-escalation zone, the United Nations Commission into Syria said on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported.“In attacking medical facilities, pro-government forces repeatedly committed the war crime of deliberately attacking protected objects and intentionally attacking medical personnel,” said UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria at the launch of its newest report at a press conference.The commission also said it has “reasonable grounds” to believe that Russian aircraft participated in bombing incidents around August last year.“Russian Air Force did not direct the attacks at a specific military objective, amounting to the war crime of launching indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas.”middleeastmonitor
Syria opposition recapture Jabal Al-Zawiya in Idlib
Syrian opposition retook the Jabal Al-Zawiya area of the south-eastern countryside of the governorate of Idlib, Anadolu reported.Sources from the opposition told Anadolu that their brigades pushed the Syrian regime army from a number of villages in the area, recapturing the entire region.During three days of fighting, the opposition forces controlled 12 villages in the Idlib governorate.Jabal Al-Zawiya is an important area because it is the gate of the M4 highway which connects the city of Aleppo with Latakia.middleeastmonitor
EU says Turkey in tough situation with migrants but must not let them into Europe
European Union’s chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed sympathy with Turkey over the conflict in Syria on Monday but said it was impermissible for Ankara to let refugees and migrants on its territory cross into Europe, Reuters reports.Greek police clashed over the weekend with thousands of migrants seeking to enter the EU from Turkey, which has kept a lid on migration from the Middle East into Europe since 2016 in exchange for funds to help refugees.“I acknowledge that Turkey is in a difficult situation with regards to the refugees and the migrants. But what we see now cannot be an answer or solution,” she told a news conference.middleeastmonitor
Taliban Resume Operations Against Afghan Forces, End Partial Truce
A deadly blast shattered a period of relative calm in Afghanistan on Monday and the Taliban ordered fighters to resume operations against Afghan forces just two days after signing a deal to usher in peace.No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack at a football ground in Khost in eastern Afghanistan, where three brothers were killed, officials told AFP.The blast occurred around the same time the Taliban ordered fighters to recommence attacks against Afghan army and police forces, apparently ending an official "reduction in violence" that had seen a dramatic drop in bloodshed and given Afghans a welcome taste of peace.The partial truce between US, the insurgents and Afghan forces lasted for the week running up to the signing of US-Taliban accord in Doha on Saturday and was extended over the weekend. "The reduction in violence... has ended now and our operations will continue as normal," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told."As per (US-Taliban) deal, our mujahideen will not attack foreign forces but our operations will continue against Kabul administration forces.”Taliban's military commission circulated instructions for fighters to resume operations, according to a document provided by an insurgent.Soon after, an Afghan army commander informed that Taliban were attacking army positions in the northwest province of Badghis. At least one soldier was killed.Since the deal signing, Taliban have been publicly claiming "victory" over US.AFP
Sri Lankan President dissolves Parliament, calls for elections on April 25
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday dissolved the Parliament and called for elections six months ahead of schedule, AP reported. According to the presidential decree signed by Rajapaksa, elections will now be held on April 25.Rajapaksa, a former defence secretary who won the November 16 General Elections by more than 13 lakh votes, used his constitutional powers to dissolve the 225-member legislature. Sri Lankan constitution gives powers to dissolve Parliament after completing four-and-a-half years of a five-year term.scroll
Biden bounces back in Democratic race on eve of Super Tuesday
With one lopsided result in one Southern US state and a pair of prominent withdrawals, a lot has changed in the race for Democratic presidential nomination.Saturday's results in the South Carolina primary, in which Joe Biden trounced frontrunner Bernie Sanders by more than 28 percentage points, had already thrown a ratchet into the convoluted race, puncturing the aura of inevitability that surrounded Sanders.Then, the unexpected withdrawals of Pete Buttigieg on Sunday night and Amy Klobuchar on Monday afternoon turned what had been a multi-person race into one with four viable candidates, all of them in their 70s and from states in the northeast corner of the country - Sanders, Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bloomberg.The fifth Democrat still standing, Tulsi Gabbard, is polling just over 1 percent in national polls.aljazeera
UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame resigns, citing 'stress'
UN envoy for Libya has resigned citing health reasons after nearly three years in the post.Appointed in July 2017, Ghassan Salame had recently been mediating three-tiered talks between Libya's warring sides on economic, political and military tracks.In a tweet on Monday, Salame cited "this level of stress" as a reason behind his intention to step down as the UN's envoy for the war-wracked country. "For two years, I tried to re-unite Libyans and restrain foreign interference […] but for health reasons I can no longer continue with this level of stress," wrote Salame.aljazeera
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Citizenship Protests: Political Activists Face Torture, Arrests In India:By Shakir Husain,  India Tomorrow
What next for India's Muslims? More suffering and a further crackdown on their rights by Modi govt:Gareth Price, independent uk
Delhi to Shillong:Violence in both places was foreshadowed by polarisation on citizenship issue:indian express Editorial
Delhi Violence An Attempt To Turn Poll Defeat Into Victory Of Hate:Brinda Karat
Delhi Riots: Video of Relief Distribution Circulated With Distorted Claims
AAP Govt Green Light to Prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar for Sedition is Bad in Law:Markandey Katju
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How Indian journalists were attacked during Delhi violence:aljazeera
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How Muslim ghettos came about in Delhi:Atikh Rashid
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