22 May 2020

22 May News : Delhi HC seeks Centre's reply on early hearing plea in violence at Jamia over CAA. After more than 50 days in quarantine, 600 Tablighi Jamaat members released in UP. Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane, with 107 on board, crashes in Karachi


22 May 2020: 28 Ramazan 1441: Vol: 12, No: 216


Delhi HC seeks Centre's reply on early hearing plea in violence at Jamia over CAA

Delhi high court Friday sought response of the Centre on a plea for early hearing on a petition seeking setting up of a judicial commission to look into the violence of Jamia Millia Islamia protests against CAA last Dec. A bench of chief justice D N Patel and justice Prateek Jalan, which conducted the hearing through video conferencing, asked the government and Delhi Police to file their reply to the plea and listed the matter for further hearing on June 5.The application has sought preponement of hearing of the petition which is fixed for July. The application was filed in a pending petition by advocate and petitioner Nabila Hasan in which she has sought action against the police for brutally attacking petitioners, students and residents of Jamia and against the ruthless, and excessive use of force and aggress unleashed by police and paramilitary forces on students within the university.The plea, filed through advocate Sneha Mukherjee, said govt imposed complete lockdown across the country on March 24 due to the spread of coronavirus during which movement of people is restricted, however, several students from the university have been called to the police station and crime branch.The high court had earlier issued notice to Centre, AAP govt and police on the petition and sought their responses. PTI

 ‘Delhi riots, Bhima-Koregaon, Gujarat riots same pattern’: activists  make stunning claims against Delhi Police

New Delhi: A group of activists led the charge against the state government over the recent arrests of students and activists by Delhi Police. In an online press conference held on Thursday, activists claimed that Delhi riots, Bhima-Koregaon violence and Gujarat riots have a similar pattern – of silencing the voice of dissent and brutal repression by the state.“The ongoing arrest of students and activists by the Delhi Police’s special cell is following the same pattern of Bhima-Koregaon. Activists who had no role (in the riots) have been arrested and those who were involved in violence are roaming free,” said Prof Apoorvanand of Delhi University. Academicians, lawyers and human right activists claimed that Delhi Police took advantage of the lockdown and has “clandestinely” arrested 150 students and human rights activists. They claimed those who organised anti-CAA protests have been arrested in a systematic manner and illegally charged them with conspiracy for carrying out Delhi riots. In Feb. Delhi saw widespread riots in which 53 people died and several hundred got injured.Highlighting the emphasis of the alleged hate speeches during Delhi riots, activist Kavita Krishnan said, “The government in court had said the arrest of BJP leader Kapil Mishra will further vitiate the atmosphere, but today they are arresting everybody, but their own leader. These students are further slapped with the draconian UAPA, so they suffer in jail for no reason. The agencies are making the process a punishment as they know their case won't stand in court.”She also emphasised the prospect of approaching lower courts to build pressure against these arrests.Similarly, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan raised the issue of holding the Delhi police accountable for their actions even though the courts are not functioning properly, as conducting cases through video conferencing is not viable.Two of the initial activists arrested by the special cell were Ishrat Jahan and Khalid Saifi of Khureji Protest site, followed by PhD scholar Meeran Haider, PhD scholar Safoora Zargar and student Asif Tanha of Jamia Millia . All of them have been arrested under UAPA.“MHA wants to give educated Muslims a message that you don’t have equal rights. Delhi’s Minority Commission chairman was slapped with sedition. The ministry is misusing the Constitution in this hour of pandemic and has unleashed a police raj in the country,” said noted activist Teesta Setalvad. The video conference was attended by RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha, lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan, Saleem Engineer and Navid Hamid, to name a few.timesnownews

‘Anti-CAA Activists Being Framed’: Krishnan, Bhushan & Others Say

Delhi Police using pretext of Delhi riots to target anti-CAA activists: Social Activists

Civil Society Members Close Ranks to Secure Release of Anti-CAA Activists


Anti-CAA protest: notice to Centre, State over woman’s detention

Delhi High Court has issued notices to both Centre and Delhi government over continued detention of a 25-year-old woman, involved in anti-CAA and NRC protest, under UAPA when the Special Courts which can extend her custody have not been functioning due to COVID-19-induced lockdown.A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar posted the case for a detailed hearing on May 29.The High Court order came on a habeas corpus petition by Aqil Hussain, seeking direction to produce his sister Gulfisha Fatima, an MBA student, who has been under continued detention since she was arrested on April 9.Ms. Fatima, along with others, were initially arrested over an FIR lodged in Jafrabad police station for allegedly instigating a crowd to block the road near Jafrabad metro station on February 22 to protest against the CAA and the NRC.Hussain stated that even though his sister was granted bail in the initial FIR at Jafrabad police station, she remains in custody due to the alleged charges against her under UAPA.


HC seeks NIA''s reply on Navlakha''s interim bail plea on medical grounds

Delhi High Court Friday sought NIA''s response on a plea by civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha seeking interim bail in the Bhima Koregaon violence case on the ground that due to his advanced age, he was vulnerable of catching virus in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic.Justice Anup J Bhambhani, who conducted the hearing through video conferencing, issued notice to the NIA on the plea and asked the agency to file its response and listed the matter for further hearing on May 27.Navlakha had surrendered before NIA on April 14 in pursuance to the Supreme Court''s direction. He is presently lodged in Tihar jail.Navlakha, 67, said he is lodged in Tihar jail during a period where the entire nation is gripped with the threat of contracting the highly contagious and deadly COVID-19 virus. PTI


Congress to resume anti-CAA agitation in Assam post Covid-19

Guwahati:Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, on Thursday said once the Covid-19 pandemic is over, Congress in Assam will hit the roads to protest against the “unconstitutional” CAA.He also criticised the alleged interrogation of former Congress MLA Sushanta Borgohain by CID in connection with a CAA protest case.Saikia said once the pandemic is over and it becomes all-ok-to-go-out, Congress will come forward to protest against the unconstitutional CAA and all the other wrongs that BJP-led govt has been doing.He added that it is seemed that government is using police for political issues and is allegedly harassing people who include Congress leaders as well as members of other regional organisations. “Whoever tries to criticise or raise a voice against this government gets prosecuted and the government tries to keep them behind the bars,” he added.telegraphindia


Congressional Briefing Calls for US Action Amid Escalating Violence Against Muslims in India

Washington D.C.:Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, co-sponsored a virtual Congressional briefing on Thursday, titled “USCIRF Recommendations on India – The Next Steps.”With “Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR),” and “International Christian Concern (ICC),” as the other co-sponsors, the briefing was organised with the intent to analyse the recommendations made by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan US federal govt commission that reviews religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the US President, the Secretary of State, and Congress.The briefing came on the heels of USCIRF’s momentous decision to list India as a “Country of Particular Concern(CPC)” under the International Religious Freedom Act in its 2020 Annual Report.


Amnesty Launches ‘E-mail to Amit Shah Campaign’ for Release of Anti-CAA Activists

New Delhi – In a novel mode of protest against violation of civil liberties, Amnesty International has launched an email campaign to Home Minister Amit Shah as an urgent action seeking release of anti-CAA activists Zafoora Zargar, Meeran Haider and Shifa-ur-Rahman.The human rights group released a draft of the mail along with an option of submissions with name, email address and phone number on its website and urged people to “take urgent action and write to India’s Union Home Minister to demand their release”.Under the subject line “Release Protestors Arrested For Opposing CAA”, the email addresses the home minister, “I write to express my deep concern about the arrest of peaceful protestors Safoora Zargar, who is three months pregnant, Meeran Haider and Shifa-ur-Rehman. Currently detained in Tihar Jail, one of the most overcrowded prisons in India, the three are accused of violating the repressive UAPA for the peaceful expression of their right to freedom of expression”.The draft email pointed out that the repressive laws like UAPA is routinely used to harass, intimidate and imprison activists, human rights defenders and lawyers who are critical of the government.Clarion India


Babri Masjid side says Idols remains found in Ayodhya not of temple, wants ASI to carry out excavation

New Delhi: Muslims sides today alleged that findings unearthed near Ram Mandir site are not of the temple and called for the excavation by ASI. This statement comes after Champat Rai, General Secretary of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust said that Shiv Ling, idols of gods and goddesses and many pillars were found during the land levelling work at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said that the Supreme Court had clearly stated that ASI evidence does not prove the existence of a temple in 13th century.This is just a tactic to win elections in Bihar, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, he added. Meanwhile, the general secretary of the All-India Milli Council, Khaliq Ahmed Khan said that the findings were relics related to Buddhism.timesnownews



In Bijnor, Muslim villagers allege UP police harassed them on suspicion of cow slaughter

Members of 7 Muslim households in Faridpur Kazi in Uttar Pradesh told us that between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm on 8 May, police personnel attacked their homes, verbally abused them and detained three men. The police personnel arrived around the time of iftar, the evening meal that breaks roza, dawn-to-dusk fast observed by Muslims on each day of Ramadan. They hurled abuses at the residents and rummaged through their homes, with a focus on kitchen items in most houses—they threw around utensils and leftover food. Most members of the households told us the police gave them no reason for the search. The policemen beat up a few of male members in the households and took three men to Kotwali Thana, a police station in Bijnor city, a few kilometres away. The next morning, the village’s sarpanch Iqbal went to the police station, after which the men were released without any chargesheet or first-information report, one of the detained men said. Iqbal told us that the police had said that they “came to the village on basis of suspicion. They had been informed that a cow has been slaughtered.” 2 news reports suggest that raids were a part of a larger crackdown by UP Police against cow slaughter in the state. On 12 May, TOI reported, “Western UP has witnessed a sudden surge in encounters and arrests in the last leg of 15-day crackdown launched against ‘smugglers and slaughterers’ of cow in the state.” caravanmagazine


J&K  HC asks govt to respond on journalist Gowhar Geelani’s plea to quash FIR

Srinagar: J&K High Court has issued notice and directed the government to file objections after a fresh plea was filed by journalist and author Gowhar Geelani against the transfer and investigation of his case to Sadder police station.Geelani while filing the fresh plea through his counsel Salih Pirzada questioned the order dated April 22 passed by the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, whereby the investigation of the case was transferred to Police Station Sadder.kashmirreader


After The Wire's Report, MP Suspends Policeman Who Told Lawyer ‘We Beat You Thinking You Were Muslim’

New Delhi: A day after The Wire reported that police officials told the Betul-based lawyer Deepak Bundele that he was allegedly beaten up because beat guards mistook him for a Muslim, the Madhya Pradesh police suspended an assistant-sub-inspector (ASI) rank police official. Bundele, however, said the suspension of the official who had no direct involvement in his assault was far from a satisfactory outcome. Bundele said that the police have responded half-heartedly. “While the official who came to my house to record my statement has been suspended, no action has been taken against his senior who is the primary accused in the case,” he said.


Bomb Threat Against UP CM Adityanath In Lucknow, Police Register FIR

Police have registered an FIR after receiving a WhatsApp message threatening to kill Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.The sender used objectionable language against Adityanath in message sent on police headquarter's WhatsApp number, calling him a threat to particular community, a senior police officer said. The unknown sender threatened to blow him up with a bomb, the officer said. An FIR was lodged at the city’s Gomti Nagar police station.outlookindia


 SC notice to Centre, Muslim bodies on Pune woman’s plea seeking entry of women in mosques

Pune :Farha Anwar Hussain Shaikh, a resident of Pune, has started a legal fight to seek the entry of Muslim women in mosques across the country.In response to a petition filed by Farha, seeking directions for permitting Muslim women to enter mosques, the Supreme Court issued notices to 10 parties including Union government, Central Waqf Board Council, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Jamiat Ulama I Hind and Darul Uloom Deoband.Farha had moved the petition before the SC in February through lawyers Sandeep Tiwari and Rameshwar Goyal. Her husband Anwar Shaikh  works with a private bank in the city and is the head of a NGO ‘Noor Welfare Association’, which collects “jakaat for helping the needy.”The petition states, “…There is no such gender discrimination to offer worship in Mecca, holy city in Saudi Arabia and the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad, where both men and women together circle the Kaaba.”The petition was heard by a bench of Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy on Wednesday. indianexpress


After Outrage, Bihar Law College Restores Its Name in Urdu on Entrance

Patna:A law college in Bihar’s Darbhanga district on Thursday reinstalled its name in Urdu on its main entrance after facing outrage by Urdu lovers on social media. C.M. Law College had removed the Urdu name on Monday allegedly under pressure from its students union currently ruled by a saffron student outfit. Till May 13, the name of the college on the main entrance was only in Hindi. On May 14, the name in Urdu was also erected on the board along with Hindi. Some Maithili students groups objected to it. Later the students union made it a big issue. Succumbing to the pressure, the college authorities removed the Urdu name. However, this rollback led to outrage among Urdu lovers and students. On social media, several journalists and Urdu lovers raised the issue and demanded Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to intervene as Urdu is the second official language of the state. On May 21, the Vice Chancellor of L.N. Mithila University of which this college is a constituent unit, issued an order to the college authorities asking them to restore the Urdu name. Several students groups including SIO and Bihar Youth Organization (BYO) had opposed removal of Urdu name. SIO Darbhanga district president Amanullah and BYO Darbhanga secretary Abdul Malik had, in a joint statement, had criticized the college administration and right-wing students groups over removal of Urdu name.India Tomorrow


Cyclone Amphan: A Glimpse Of The Devastation In Coastal Bengal

NEW DELHI:As cyclone Amphan tore through Bengal and Odisha on May 21, the southern part of Bengal took an unprecedented battering. Shell-shocked at the devastation wreaked by the super cyclone, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, “Shorbonash hoye gyache. (Everything is annihilated).”While large swathes of capital city Kolkata remained without electricity and phone connections even a day later, very little news has emerged from parts of coastal Bengal, completely cut off due to damaged electricity lines and telephone connections. HuffPost India managed to establish contact with a social worker in Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas, adjoining the mangroves of Sunderbans, which bore the brunt of the super cyclone. Subhasish Mondal, who works closely with the women and fishermen of Sandeshkhali block, told us that as far as his eye could see, everything was inundated with salt water and destroyed. Fourteen gram panchayats out of 16 in two blocks comprising Sandeshkhali were “completely destroyed”, he said. Eight of the nine gram panchayats of adjoining Hasnabad block are under water. Hingalganj gram panchayat has witnessed unprecedented damage and barely has a single mud hut standing, Mondal said. Basirhat, the constituency under which all these blocks fall, has taken a severe beating. “At least 7,000-8,000 huts, maybe even 10,000 huts, have been completely razed to the ground. You cannot tell the walls from the roof, that’s how mangled the remains are,” he said.Power went off the day the cyclone began approaching, so unlike Kolkata, parts of Sunderbans have not had power for three days now and no phone lines are working. Mondal said that thousands of people are now residing in school buildings and government shelters set up before the cyclone. Mondal, who has been coordinating with the state departments for relief and reviewing damages with a team, shared some photos of the devastation with HuffPost India. huffingtonpost

Cyclone Amphan : West Bengal counts the losses; UN says storm worst than Aila


22 oppn parties call upon Centre to declare Cyclone Amphan as national calamity

22 opposition parties urged Centre on Friday to immediately declare devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan in Odisha and West Bengal as a national calamity and called for substantially helping the two states in facing the impact of the disaster. Leaders of 22 parties, who met through video-conferencing, passed a resolution in this regard and said relief and rehabilitation should be the topmost priority at this juncture.“We, the opposition parties, extend our sympathy and support to the governments and people of West Bengal and Odisha in meeting the impact of the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan,” the resolution said.PTI



China engaged in ‘provocative military action’ with India, other neighbours, says White House

China is engaged in provocative and coercive military and paramilitary activities in India and other neighbouring countries as it attempts to eliminate perceived threats to its interests and advance its strategic objectives globally, the White House said in a report.The criticism came a day after the United States said that the tension on the border between India and China in Ladakh and Sikkim was a reminder of the fact that Chinese aggression can be real, not merely rhetorical. America’s remarks were a reference to Indian and Chinese armies rushing in additional troops in areas around Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley in Ladakh.In a report, ‘US Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China’ submitted to US Congress, the White House issued a broad-scale attack on Beijing’s “predatory” economic policies, military buildup, disinformation campaigns and human rights violations. It was submitted as a requirement to National Defense Authorization Act 2019, a federal law which specifies the budget, expenditures and policies of US Department of Defense for the fiscal year of 2019.


China moves to tighten its grip on Hong Kong with stringent anti-dissent laws; Opposition leaders lament 'end' of city-State

Beijing: China signalled on Thursday it would move forward with laws that would take aim at anti-government protests and other dissent in Hong Kong. It is the clearest message yet that the Communist Party is moving to undermine the civil liberties the semi-autonomous territory has known since the 1997 British handoff. The proposal to enact new security laws affecting Hong Kong was announced before the annual meeting of China’s legislature, which is expected to approve them. While specifics of the proposal were not immediately disclosed, the rules could be harsher than anything Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government has done to curb opposition to the mainland.New York Times


China seeks India’s support for its new draconian law to crack down on Hong Kong protesters

China has sought the support and understanding of India and other countries for its controversial decision to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong, saying the new legislation is aimed at containing the “secessionist” forces in the former British colony who have posed a “grave threat” to country’s national security and sovereignty.In an apparent move to blunt any international backlash, China has sent demarches to India and several other countries explaining the reason for the new draft legislation with a reminder that upholding national security” in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is “purely China’s internal affair and no foreign country may interfere in this matter".PTI


BJP MPs Attend Taiwan President's Swearing-in Ceremony As India Sends China Loud Message

As Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in for her second term on Wednesday, BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi and Rahul Kaswan virtually attended the ceremony and congratulated her on behalf of the Modi government, even as China claims it as its territory. This also comes amid the ongoing global inquest into the origins of the Covid crisis, with the WHO agreeing to and China permitting an investigation. Taiwan's presence at the World Health Assembly was also a matter of question and widely mooted, though it did not eventually come about.BJP MPs were among the 92 dignitaries from 41 countries who had a virtual presence at the ceremony as foreign visitors are banned in Taiwan in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  republicworld


Pakistan terror camps hit by coronavirus, Kashmiri trainees may die of Covid-19: DGP

Jammu: J&K DGP Dilbag Singh has said, " terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have been hit by the coronavirus and some Kashmiris undergoing training in those camps could die of Covid-19 as “nobody bothers about them”.Citing an intercepted phone-call made by a trainee from his PoK camp to his family in Kashmir, Singh said there are fears that the desperate terrorists would try to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir and spread the deadly virus in the Valley.PTI


Distraught Kashmiri Mothers Await Their Sons on Eid: Ground Report of clarionindia

AT 12 noon on 23rd day of Ramadan, Maisuma locality was wearing a deserted look, and so was the home of 55-year old Ateeqa Bano. As a routinely she visited nearby police station today to seek release of her 30-year-old son Faisal Aslam Mir. Ateeqa is hopeful of reuniting with her only son on the eve Eid which is just two days away.Faisal was the lone bread earner of his family. He was arrested on August 5, 2019. On returning from Police Station, Ateeqa’s lips dried up, her face draped in sweat under the blistering heat of May. She couldn’t even ask for a glass of water as she was fasting. Her sister, who was waiting for her, asked her eagerly if Faisal would be released on Eid eve.Caught between hope and despair, Ateeqa pauses for a while before giving a reply that is a reassurance for both. “Allah sab thik kardenge”.When this correspondent went to see Ateeqa, after a formal introduction, she nodded her head saying, “Dozens of reporters have come to her and highlighted the issue. But it’s been ten months now, and the situation is still the same.”“I wrote an application to Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir regarding the release of my son. Now, I am made to shuttle between the DC and SSP offices and police station to inquire about the application. Every day I am given hollow assurances,” said Ateeqa in a voice choking with emotion. Faisal is currently outside UT, lodged in UP’s Agra jail under PS) outside UT. Ateeqa’s husband died over a decade ago. She has a daughter who went to live with her in-laws after marriage. After the arrest of Faisal, she is alone. She cannot even afford to go to Agra to visit her son. According to Ateeqa, she spoke to Faisal only twice in a period of 10 months, that too, a few months ago. He had told her that he was not doing well and asked for some warm clothes as he had to wear others’ clothes. Ateeqa managed to send some warm clothes. clarionindia



After more than 50 days in quarantine, 600 Tablighi Jamaat members released in UP

Lucknow: Over 600 Tablighi Jamaat members, including 157 from Lucknow, who have completed their quarantine period, were released after screening in Uttar Pradesh, a health official said on Friday. These 600 are among 2,727 Tablighi Jamaat members who were quarantined in different districts across the state.   Most of the remaining ones are likely to be released in next 10 days as and when they complete their quarantine period, said DGP's office. Additional chief secretary, home, Awanish Kumar Awasthi said Tablighi Jamaat members, who completed 21 days of quarantine in hospitals or quarantine facilities, were being released after screening. He said that those Jamaatis who had been taken into custody for violation of travel norms and other issues, would be released only after they get bail. On Thursday, in Meerut,296 Jamaatis were released from different quarantine centres after spending more than 50 days there. Samajwadi MLA Rafiq Ansari claimed that the Jamaatis had been made to overstay at the quarantine centers.Chief Medical Officer, Raj Kumar explained that the quarantine period could go up to 28 days and these people had to stay longer because district admin was waiting for guidelines about their release.  “All of them are now negative and can celebrate Eid with their families,”CMO said.BSP MP from Amroha Kunwar Danish Ali urged CM that they be immediately sent home. Hafizullah, who was among those in quarantine in Amroha,died of a heart attack,Ali said.HT/IANS


Plea in HC challenging Delhi govt’s order to transfer Tablighis to Police despite negative, spending 50 days in quarantine

Delhi High Court is likely to hear a petition seeking the release of 916 foreigners, who’ve been kept in quarantine for more than 50 days after they attended the Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin Markaz in March. A petition has been filed in the high court challenging the Delhi government’s decision to hand some of them over to the Delhi Police. All of them have been kept at an institutional quarantine facility since 30 March despite being tested negative for COVID-19. “The reason for extreme urgency is that the holy month of Ramadan is going to end and the festival of Eid is coming in another two-three days, if 916 foreign nationals, including the petitioners, are allowed to remain in alleged quarantine all confined and isolated, the same will result into an infringement of their fundamental rights,” PTI quoted petition, filed through advocate Ashima Mandla. The case, according to Indian Express, has been listed before Justice Navin Chawla. The petition also challenges the order issued by Delhi govt’s Department of Revenue for handing over of 567 foreign nationals to the custody of Delhi Police. The plea in the high court said that FIR by Delhi Police was filed against unknown people. It said that the Delhi government’s decision to hand them over to the police despite all of them having tested negative for coronavirus was prima facie illegal and untenable in law.


Month on, 1,013 Jamaatis sent home in Haryana

Chandigarh:Over a month after being traced and tested for Covid in Haryana, most of the Tablighi Jamaat attendees from other states have left for their homes. They were sent back on buses and trains being run for migrants.Bringing the first spike in Haryana’s Covid cases last month, as many as 1,013 of 1,023 Jamaatis from Bihar, Rajasthan, Telangana, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh have been sent to their respective states along with migrants.Confirming this, the nodal officer for the transportation of migrants, ADGP (CID) Anil Rao, said those left behind include some against whom cases were registered for violating Section 144 of the CrPC. Of the 10 Jamaatis left behind, six have cases registered against them. They, too, have been granted bail by the court and are free to go back. But they are likely to return to their native states after attending the next court date due in their cases. The remaining four are individual cases belonging to Assam and Kerala and will be put on train as and when possible. Haryana had traced 1,636 Tablighis during the first phase of the lockdown. Of these, 107 were foreign nationals, 1,023 belonged to other states and 508 to Haryana.Tribune News


No Juma-tul-Vida prayers in Hyderabad for first time in 423 years

Hyderabad: For the first time in 423 years the historic precincts of Mecca Masjid, Jama Masjid and Charminar will not witness the congregational Juma-tul-Vida prayers on Friday due to the coronavirus induced lockdown. The landmark monuments of Hyderabad will not reverberate with the prayers and supplication of the devout on May 22, the last Friday of Ramzan.Charminar was the first mosque after the city was founded in 1591 CE. Seven years later Jama Masjid, the first congregational mosque was constructed and the Mecca Masjid joined these two in 1694. For the last four centuries, these three iconic structures have always been the centre of the observance of the fasting month of Ramzan, Eid shopping and prayers.Though there had been 3 instances of mosques being closed during Ramzan in 429 years of Hyderabad — due to outbreaks of plague, Spanish influenza and cholera — there are no such records to show that the two grand mosques — Mecca Masjid and Jama Masjid — were closed. Even during major calamities including 1908 Musi Deluge and the breakout of World War I in 1914 in which princely Hyderabad had actively supported the British.


Most observe Jumatul-Vida by praying at their homes in Kashmir

Srinagar:Jumatul-Vida, the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan, was observed by most of the faithful in Kashmir by praying inside their homes as per the government orders but congregational prayers were held inside the mosques in the interior areas of the valley.Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, which would witness a gathering of nearly one lakh on Jumatul-Vida every year, wore a deserted look in view of the government orders which bans congregation at religious places.Jumatul-Vida prayers were also not offered at any of the major shrines or mosques including Hazratbal along banks of Dal Lake.PTI


Madurai: Plea seeks to conduct Eid special prayers at mosques

Madurai: A PIL has been filed before the Madras high court seeking to conduct Eid special prayers for two hours by maintaining social distancing at all the mosques in Madurai district on May 25.The petitioner, A K Sahulhameed, president of a social movement named Islamiya Sevai Sangam based at Madurai, stated that following the announcement of lockdown on March 24, all religious places were closed. For the past one month, Muslims are observing Ramzan fast and Eid falls on May 25. The petitioner said that it is the religious belief of the Muslims to conduct Eid special prayers at mosques and public places. In Madurai, such special prayer is conducted every year at Tamukkam Ground and at Mahaboopalayam.TOI


Mumbai: BJP Muslim leader draws flak for asking govt to allow Muslims to offer Eid prayers wearing PPEs

MUMBAI: BJP leader and ex-chairman, state minorities commission, Haji Arafat Shaikh, has drawn flak for asking govt to allow Muslims to offer Eid prayers in the open wearing PPEs. Arafat has written to CM Uddhav Thackeray demanding that Muslims be allowed to pray on Eid at open grounds at a time when Covid-19 is rampaging and clerics have asked the community to offer Eid prayers at home."Haji Arafat should not venture into something he is not much aware of. Our senior clerics and muftis have already asked community that they should offer Eid prayers at home as mosques and Eidgahs are closed. The community has cooperated with the state govt to fight the pandemic. He should donate PPEs to doctors and nurses instead of offering to Muslims to wear and offer namaz," said Sajid Supariwala, Muslim face in Shiv Sena and vice-president, Maharashtra Shiv Vahtuk Sena.Mumbadevi MLA Amin Patel said, "Our priority should be how to convince people to stay at home as the Covid-19 cases are spiking. Haji Arafat wants to get cheap publicity with such illogical demands from the governments. We are in touch with the community and clerics and all have decided to offer Eid prayers at home and follow social distancing guidelines. Such demand is uncalled for,” said Patel.TOI


Jamia Millia students from Bihar left for their homes in 5 buses arranged by university

Alarge number of students belonging to different parts of Bihar staying in boys and girls hostels of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) left for their homes today, Friday, May 22, in five special buses arranged by the university. These students were stranded in hostels due to lockdown in view of Covid-19.Buses left for Katihar, Purnea, Muzaffarpur, Nalanda and Bhagalpur districts carrying around 130 students with a student group leader in each bus to coordinate things. As many as three students of West Bengal are also travelling in the bus going to Katihar. They will get down there and will travel to West Bengal by their own convenience. Two university guards (ex-army personnel) also went in each bus along with students.India Today


Lucknow: Offering prayer from home akin to Eid namaz? Clerics divided

Lucknow: Can prayers offered at home be termed as ‘Eid namaz’? This is the question which is being debated by two branches of the oldest seminary in Lucknow – Darul Uloom Farangi Mahal – based on two different fatwas.While both the sides are of the view that all Muslims should follow lockdown protocols and stay at home on Eid, the question being asked is whether namaz offered from home on the day can be termed as Eid namaz or not? As per the fatwa of one group, led by Maulana Abul Irfan Farangi Mahali, Eid namaz cannot be offered at home but at an Eidgah or Jama Masjid.TOI


“Our child died of hunger,” says Dalit family in Jharkand, exposing fault lines of govt’s relief schemes for poor

Jharkhand: Death of a 5-year-old girl in Hesatu village of Donki gram panchayat, Latehar Jharkhand on May 16 – apparently due to hunger has left a question mark on the government’s ability to successfully implement relief schemes for the poor. The family claims the death of the child occurred as they did not have any food in the house for over three days. For the mother of child Kalawati Bhuiyan, “bhookh (hunger) is the reason for the death of her girl.” “The day it happened I was not at home,” said Jaglal Bhuiyan, father of the deceased child.Jaglal works in a brick kiln in a different village named Sukulkhut, which is nearly 40 kilometres away. Jaglal was unable to send any money to the family for the last two months. The family belongs to Bhuiyan (Dalit) community. Nimani was one of the 8 children. The family lives in a two-room mud house and do not own any land.TwoCircles


Bail applicants asked by MP HC to download Aarogya Setu, contribute to PM CARES Fund

The grant of bail and anticipatory bail in the time of COVID-19 has led Madhya Pradesh High Court to take to directing bail/ anticipatory bail applicants to register as "COVID-19 warriors" and to download the Aarogya Setu COVID-19 tracking app to secure their release from prison, reports In some orders, applicants have also been directed to deposit contributions to PM CARES COVID-19 fund.Over the past few days, Justices Sheel Nagu and Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava, either sitting singly or as a Division Bench, have passed several orders wherein the bail applicant has been directed to register as a COVID-19 Warrior to secure release from prison.Similar conditions have been imposed for allowing certain anticipatory bail pleas as well. As per available case information on court's website, 22 such orders have been passed.nationalheraldindia


MIT downgrades Arogya Setu App rating to 1 out of 5 for collecting more data than required

Right from the onset of COVID-19 tracing App, Arogya Setu has been the centre of debate in India. The App developed by National Informatics Centre was initially handed a rating of 2 out of 5 stars by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), based on its privacy and data principles.Now in a detailed report by MIT, Aarogya Setu app rating has been downgraded to 1 out of 5 stars, with only 'data destruction' being the parameter that it has ticked, a report in News18 said. The revised rating will go in the public domain after MIT researchers examine the App and find it within the parameter of ‘data minimization.’



Jobs lost due to lockdown, houses destroyed by cyclone: Migrant labourers stare at uncertainty

Jamal Mondal (45), a migrant labourer who returned from Bengaluru to his hometown Gosaba in South 24 Parganas district on Monday, was happy to be reunited with his family, even though he had lost his job due to the nationwide lockdown.But his happiness was short-lived.On Thursday morning, along with his four daughters and wife, Mondal was jostling outside a relief camp in the district for two loafs of bread and a tarpaulin sheet to spend the nights at a cyclone shelter, as his one-storey mud house was washed away by extremely severe cyclonic storm "Amphan" on Wednesday night."On Monday, when I reached home, I thought my sufferings were over. But I was wrong. The lockdown took away my job and the cyclone took away everything I was left with. I do not know what would I do next, where would I stay and how would I feed my family," Mondal told a television news channel.The story is the same for hundreds of migrant labourers in South 24 Parganas who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown and are left with nothing due to the monstrous cyclone now."Amphan" has killed at least 12 persons in West Bengal and ravaged Kolkata and several parts of the state. It has left behind a trail of unprecedented destruction by uprooting trees, destroying thousands of homes and swamping the low-lying areas of the state.According to Jamir Ali (35), it was after the devastating Cyclone Aila in 2009 that he had decided to go to other states in search of work to feed his family of seven.PTI


RBI says India’s FY21 GDP growth to be negative

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said that GDP growth rate for the financial year 2020-21 is likely to be in the negative territory due to the severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic.Briefing the media, Das said that the pandemic has severely impacted the global economy, including India's. He said that the pandemic has dealt a crushing blow to the demand."High frequency indicators points to collapse in demand in March," the Governor said.Das, however, showed faith and confidence on the resilience of the Indian economy, and said: "We have faith on the Indian economy."IANS



Covid-19: Air India opens bookings today for domestic flights from May 25

National carrier Air India on Friday opened bookings from 12.30 pm onwards, days after the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced that some domestic flights will resume operations from May 25. All flights, domestic and international, were suspended in March, as India imposed a nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus.“Good News! Our Domestic Flight Bookings will start from 1230 hours today,” Air India tweeted. “To book login to or contact authorised travel agents or visit our booking offices or call customer care.”



After 5 months, Shaheen Bagh showrooms open but no customers

New Delhi:Showrooms in Shaheen Bagh have finally opened after five months of a lockdown, adhering to odd-even formula prescribed by state government. Shaheen Bagh was closed since December 15 midnight when protests against the CAA began and continued till the lockdown was announced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The area which connects Faridabad, Delhi to Noida houses more than 200 showrooms of prominent brands including Raymond''s, Spykar and Allen Solly. Rizwan Ahmed who owns a Spykar showroom said "we have opened but their is no sale as we have not seen any footfall in shops since they opened".IANS


MHA Allows 4 Categories of OCI Cardholders Stranded Abroad to Enter India

New Delhi: In the third week of repatriation flights, Indian government has finally relaxed the blanket ban on entry of OCI cardholders, allowing some to return to India.Since March 22, India had stopped all incoming and outgoing international passenger flights as part of restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, visa-free travel facility granted to OCI cardholders was suspended earlier on March 13, which prevented many from travelling back to India before the start of lockdown period.When Vande Bharat mission started on May 8, only stranded Indians were allowed to board the planes. But, the Indian missions who were filtering out passengers based on their “compelling” needs to return to India found that several who qualified backed out, as one or more in their immediate family were OCI holders who wouldn’t be allowed on the flights.



Spain partly lifts lockdown in Madrid

Spanish authorities will lift part of the lockdown restrictions in Madrid on Monday after the pace of coronavirus contagion in the region slowed down, Madrid regional health department said.The restrictions in Madrid are now the same as in most of the country that started phasing out the lockdown in early May.Bars and restaurants in the capital will be allowed to reopen terraces and groups of up to 10 people will be allowed to meet. More than 5 million people around the world are now confirmed to have the coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 328,000 people have died globally while some 1.9 million people have recovered.aljazeera


Oxford’s corona vaccine trial progressing ‘very well’, on to second phase now

The widely-followed trials for a coronavirus vaccine at University of Oxford were described on Friday as progressing “very well”, with experts moving to next phase after initiating trial in April, when over 1000 immunisations of its candidate-vaccine were completed.The next phase involves enrolling up to 10,260 adults and children to assess the immune response to the vaccine in people of different ages, to find out if there is variation in how well the immune system responds in older people or children.Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said: “Clinical studies are progressing very well and we are now initiating studies to evaluate how well the vaccine induces immune responses in older adults, and to test whether it can provide protection in wider population”. Initial results are expected by Sept. Hindustan Times



Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane, with 107 on board, crashes in Karachi

A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 passenger jet flying from Lahore has crashed in a densely populated residential area of Karachi. Flight PK8303, carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, crashed on approach to the busy Jinnah International Airport. The provincial health minister said at least 11 people had died, but a far higher toll is feared. Reports say at least one passenger survived the crash. Thick black smoke rose from a scene of devastation in the Model Colony area. TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris strewn across the streets of the district - 3.2km north-east of the airport - where a number of houses have been destroyed.The plane had lost contact with air traffic control just after 14:30 local time, an airline spokesman said.Eyewitness Mohammed Uzair Khan told the BBC he had heard a massive sound and went outside his home."Almost four houses were completely collapsed, there was so much fire and smoke," he said. "They are almost my neighbours, I can't tell you what a horrible thing it was."Dr Kanwal Nazim told BBC Urdu she heard people screaming and saw clouds of black smoke rising from the three houses adjoining a mosque.The chief minister of Sindh, the province where the plane crashed, has declared an emergency in all of Karachi's hospital.The cause of crash is yet to be confirmed. PIA chief executive Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik said pilot had told traffic control that plane was experiencing "technical difficulties".Pakistan's Dunya News said it had obtained a recording of conversation, also posted on monitoring website it the pilot says they have "lost two engines". Several seconds later he calls "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" and there is no further communication.Bank of Punjab chief Zafar Masud was among passengers and had survived the crash, a Sindh provincial govt spokesman said. The crash comes just days after country began allowing commercial flights to resume after a coronavirus lockdown.Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate end of Ramadan, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.BBC

Pakistan passenger plane with 107 on board crashes near Karachi: Officials


Jamal Khashoggi's son Salah says family 'forgives' killers

The son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has released a statement via Twitter forgiving his father's killers. In the statement, posted on Friday, Salah Khashoggi said his family pardons those who took the reporter's life in 2018 when he visited Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul."In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God's saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah.""Therefore, we the sons of Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty" he added.Khashoggi was last seen at the Saudi consulate where he had gone to get the necessary documents for his wedding. His body was dismembered and removed from building and his remains have not been found.Under Islamic law, death sentences in Saudi Arabia can be commuted if the victim's family pardons the perpetrator, but it is not clear whether that will happen in this case.Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiance, wrote on Twitter on Friday that "nobody has the right to pardon the killers". Yahya Assiri, the head of UK-based Saudi rights group ALQST, echoed Cengiz's reaction."The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is not a family case, it is not a mistake in a normal context!" he wrote on Twitter, saying Khashoggi's murder was not due to a personal disagreement."The authorities killed him because of his political work," Assiri said. "His case is political, so keep silent!"Assiri shared a statement signed by dozens of other Saudi activists and politicians, refuting what they called the repackaging of Khashoggi's murder by the Saudi authorities into a familial one.aljazeera


Family of ex-Saudi intelligence officer being targeted: Report

The son of a powerful former Saudi intelligence officer living abroad says members of the family are being targeted back home in a bid by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to force his father to return to the kingdom.Saad al-Jabri, for years one of Saudi Arabia's leading intelligence officials, has been fearing for his life since moving to Canada in 2017 and has been resisting pressure from MBS to go back to the kingdom, according to a New York Times report on Thursday citing his son, Khalid al-Jabri, and associates. Khalid told the newspaper that his brother, sister and uncle have been arrested by Saudi security forces and held incommunicado since March."It has been weeks and we don't know where they are," he was quoted as saying. "They were kidnapped from their beds. I don't even know if they are alive or dead."


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