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Tablighi FIR: Police probe indicates Maulana Saad audio clip was doctored
New Delhi : Initial investigation by Delhi Police Crime Branch has found that an audio clip mentioned in the police FIR against Markaz Nizamuddin head Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, which suggested he had asked Tablighi Jamaat members not to follow social distancing norms and prohibitory orders, may be “doctored” and stitched together using several audio files.Police have now sent all the individual audio clips as well as the allegedly doctored clip to a forensic science laboratory.Saad and six other people associated with the management committee of the Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid, headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat outfit, had been booked by Delhi Police on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (IPC Section 304) for allegedly going ahead with a gathering of around 2,000 people at the mosque in Capital’s Nizamuddin West in late March despite warnings from authorities. The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint by SHO (Nizamuddin) Mukesh Walia, who alleged that “an audio recording purportedly by Maulana Mohd Saad was found in circulation on WhatsApp on March 21, in which the speaker was heard asking his followers to defy the lockdown and social distancing, and to attend the religious gathering of the Markaz”.Highly placed sources said that police recovered a laptop from Markaz member who put out their audio clips, and had gone through all. “After scanning them, police found there are over 350 audio clips in 3 forms — raw clips of Markaz events; audio clips sent to their followers; and ones uploaded on their YouTube channel,” a source said.
Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad’s father-in-law’s COVID-19 samples go missing
New Delhi: Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad Kandhalvi’s father-in-law Maulana Salman's coronavirus test samples have gone missing. Maulana Salman will again have to give his swab samples for testing. CMO, Saharanpur, Dr B S Sodhi confirmed that the swab samples of Maulana Salman have gone missing. Samples of 6 others have also gone missing. Sodhi confirmed that samples of Maulana Salman and 6 others were sent for testing today. Earlier, Maulana Saad’s son-in-law and his brother, residents of Saharanpur, had tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus.Times Now
'You Can't go Back': Migrant Workers Told in Tamil Nadu
Two days ago, the Karnataka government, after a meeting with prominent builders, announced that it would not facilitate the travel of migrant workers back home on the grounds that their labour was needed to restart the economy. This declaration attracted widespread criticism and has been suspended for the time being. However, in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, the government is doing much the same thing covertly, without any open declaration.I’m part of a volunteer group, the Chennai Citizens COVID Fund for Migrant Labour: this came together soon after the first lockdown was announced in order to reach out to migrant workers stranded in different parts of Tamil Nadu. Over the last six weeks, we have been in touch with roughly 18,000 workers. Over the past week, the group has been inundated with calls from workers desperate to go home and asking how they can do this.After the official announcement that state governments were free to arrange transport for stranded workers, Tamil Nadu appointed a special officer to coordinate travel arrangements. In practice, there is complete lack of information and widespread chaos. Two helplines were set up, but the staff handling them spoke only in Tamil and had no information to pass on. No public announcement of any process to count or register those who wanted to return was made and no schedule of train departures provided.
Centre insists on 14-day quarantine for expats
KOCHI: After extensive planning and preparation, the evacuation of Indians stranded in foreign countries began on Thursday. But the confusion regarding how the returnees are to be monitored is still on, with the Centre informing the Kerala High Court on Friday that it has stipulated a 14-day institutional quarantine and the state government saying the expats can go home after seven days of quarantine in a government-controlled facility if tested negative.The court was hearing a petition filed by Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) on the repatriation of Indians. The central government’s standing counsel Suvin R Menon submitted that as per the standard operating protocol on repatriation, all passengers should undergo institutional quarantine for 14 days. “It has to be strictly followed by the Kerala govt,” the counsel said.newindianexpress
UP: Over 1200 AMU students from Bihar return home by special train
Aligarh:AMU has made arrangement for transportation of students from Bihar by a special train on Friday. Over 1200 students were scheduled to return home after completing their medical screening.Confirming this, Registrar of the varsity, Abdul Hamid, said that a list of 1282 students was provided by DSW office and transportation facility has been arranged accordingly. He said that all of them will be home quarantined after reaching to their destinations, as per discussion with the state government.Earlier, 2300 students from UP’s various districts were transported back to their respective home towns by buses within three days from May 1.Registrar told TOI that now around 600 students, including 350 from J&K, 200 from West Bengal and 150 from Assam are still in the AMU hostels. “They will also be sent back to there respective states soon, as talks are on with other state officials about their transportation,” said Hamid.
Covid-19: Over 1,000 migrant workers clash with police in Surat, demand to be sent home
At least 1,000 migrant workers in Gujarat’s Surat district clashed with the police on Saturday, demanding that they be sent back home, ANI reported. The police deployed additional force and arrested over 60 people. Another 60 have been detained.A similar incident had occurred earlier this week in Surat city. The police had to use teargas to disperse the workers after they reportedly pelted stones.
Police can’t misuse quarantine facilities to keep away people they feel are a ‘nuisance’: Bombay HC
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday was constrained to observe that COVID-19 quarantine facilities should not be misused by the police to keep away people, who according to them, were of nuisance value,.As stated in the order passed by Justice Revati Mohite Dere, "Quarantine facilities cannot be used by the police to keep away people, who according to them, are of nuisance value. Quarantine facilities cannot be used as preventive detention or as a punitive measure,"reports legal news website BarandBench.com.The High Court was dealing with a criminal appeal for the release of K Narayanan, President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Mumbai District Committee, who had been placed under quarantine on the instructions of the police for over 14 days, although he had tested negative for a COVID-19 test.The court was informed that Narayanan had been working actively during the lockdown period by distributing food and other essential supplies to the migrant workers and that CITU had called for a national protest against the deteriorating plight of migrant workers and the poor.
Pune: On way to bring back son during lockdown relaxation, couple killed in road mishap
Pune :A couple from Pune, who were driving to Belgaum to bring back their five-year-old son from his grandmother’s house, died in a road mishap at Umbraj in Satara district in the early hours of Saturday.Police have identified the deceased as Anuja Gawade (35), who was a doctor, and Amit Gawade (38), an engineer. They were residents of Sadesataranali area of Hadapsar. Police said Anuja, a doctor, ran a clinic in Hadapsar and Amit, an engineer, worked with a company in Kharadi.Their son Anish (5) had been living with his grandmother in Belgaum since the last one-and-a-half months. As Anuja used to see patients at her clinic amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple had kept Anish in Belgaum as a precautionary measure. But they had started missing their son, and after some relaxations in lockdown were granted by Pune authorities, the couple decided to bring Anish back.
Coronavirus India : Cases near 60,000 mark; testing capacity scaled up to 95,000 per day
New Delhi : With India entering its 46th day of the lockdown, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said the testing capacity for COVID-19 has been scaled up to around 95,000 tests per day and a total of 15,25,631 tests had been conducted so far across 332 government and 121 private laboratories.Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country neared the 60,000 mark, including 1,981 deaths. While the number of active cases stood at 39,834, as many as 17,846 persons have recovered so far.As many as 129 nationals arrived in Delhi on Saturday from Dhaka in an Air India repatriation flight as part of the government’s Vande Bharat Mission to bring home stranded Indians from foreign countries. Passengers from Dubai and Muscat have boarded and are all set to fly back to Lucknow and Kochi respectively. More Indians are scheduled to arrive from London and Malaysia.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Opposes Opening of Liquor Shops, Says Move Will Hamper Fight Against Coronavirus, Increase Crimes
NEW DELHI:Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has opposed the government move to open liquor shops even as the country is fighting against the highly contagious Coronavirus pandemic.Vice President of Jamaat, Prof Salim Engineer has come out against the opening of liquor shops in the country as part of the business-resumption process under lockdown 3.0.“We are concerned and oppose the decision of the government to open liquor shops amidst the lockdown and the pandemic still raging throughout the country. As media reports are demonstrating, this has resulted in social-distancing norms being violated in many places and is bound to hamper the efforts at controlling the spread of the virus,” said Jamaat leader.He also expressed concern that the move will lead to rise in incidents of domestic violence and other crimes in the society.“With reports of a spike in domestic violence during the lockdown, this will further exacerbate the problem. Alcohol consumption may lead to a spike in the number of cases requiring medicare or engagement with the law enforcement machinery, both of whom are already hard-pressed and overburdened during the pandemic. Hence, we demand immediate withdrawal of the permission to open liquor shops and to persist with the earlier restrictions of alcohol sale,” said Prof Salim Engineer. He also said that the opening of liquor shops should not be the priority of the government even if it wants to open up the economy.India Tomorrow
‘We want to be home on Eid’: Jharkhand’s stranded labourers decry technical glitches impeding their return home
RANCHI: Given the ongoing lockdown crisis, the Jharkhand government initiated the program of bringing back the migrants stranded in other parts of the country. The government also initiated an online registration form and helpline numbers to facilitate the procedure of the migrants return. However, technical glitches are acting as a roadblock for the stranded migrants.According to a report published in Indian Express around 6.54 lakh labourers from Jharkhand are stranded in various states of the country. Confusion, lack of communication and uncertainty over ration, wages and confirmation of reaching home has caused anxiety among migrant workers.28 year old Krishna Jamuda from Paschim Singhbhum, village Baikia of Jharkhand is stranded in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh where he was working at a Maruti plant.Krishna went to work out of Jharkhand for the first time in December last year. Since the March 24 lockdown, he along with his co-workers is stuck there.“Now the biggest problem before us is going home. One week before, I applied in online registration form issue by Jharkhand government. Since then I am waiting for the confirmation but I have not received any message,” Krishna told TwoCircles.net.
Vadodara administration asks Christian community to earmark Covid19 burial space
Vadodara :Following discussions with the Muslim community about the burial of Covid-19 deceased from the community and the need to earmark cemeteries located outside the residential areas of the city, the district administration has now approached the Christian community in Vadodara to designate a plot on one of the cemeteries located along the Ahmedabad Mumbai national highway, on the outskirts of the city.Late on Thursday evening, Father Isaac Arackaparambil, Parish Priest of the Don Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Vadodara, issued a letter to the members of the community informing them about the decision taken to designate a plot for possible Covid-19 burials in the future.
COVID-19: Gujarat man sneaks into mosque, gives untimely prayer call
AHMEDABAD: A 40-year-old man, apparently mentally unsound, has been arrested in Bhuj town in Gujarat's Kutch district for allegedly `creating enmity between different communities'.Maamad Abdulla Luhar sneaked into a mosque on Thursday midnight, gave untimely Azaan through the mosque's loudspeaker and allegedly asked the community members to come out with weapons, police said.He was slapped with sections 269 and 270 of IPC for indulging in a negligent and malicious act which was "likely to spread infection" for breach of lockdown, the police officer said.As per the preliminary probe, Luhar, who appeared to be mentally unsound, did not have any objective in mind when he made inflammatory remarks from the mosque's loudspeaker, he added. Around 2:20 am he gave Azaan using loudspeaker despite knowing it is not the time for prayer. He also announced he was the `king of Kutch' and asked community members to wake up and come out of their houses with weapons," said Agravat.PTI
Kolkata mosque offers part of premises to govt for setting up quarantine centre
Kolkata:Amosque in the city's Garden Reach area has offered a part of its premises to the state govt to set up a quarantine centre, bringing some relief to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation which had been scouting for places to build isolation units for Covid-19 suspects.Maulana Qari Md Muslim Razwi, the imam of Bangali Bazar Masjid, said on Friday that mosque committee, in keeping with the spirit of Ramadan, has decided to open the third floor of the building, spanning 6,000 square feet, for those placed under quarantine.Parts of Garden reach area figure in the list of containment zones prepared by the state. "We all know that the government had been scouting for spaces to set up a quarantine centre in the area, amid the rise in coronavirus cases in the city. We thought why not offer the entire third floor for the purpose. The floor has been cleaned and made suitable for setting up the isolation centre," the imam said.PTI
Muslim Woman Welcomed as She Sanitises Delhi Temples Amidst COVID
Imrana Saifi has redefined communal harmony amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 32-year-old burqa-clad woman has gone viral on the internet for sanitising several places of worship like temples, mosques and gurudwaras in North Delhi’s Nehru Vihar.A Twitter user shared a photo of her and wrote, “#CoronaWarrior in burqa helps sanitise Delhi temples, priests welcome her.”Saifi is a mother of three and currently fasting for the holy month of Ramadan. thequint
SIO feeds thousands of migrant laborers amid lockdown
As mainstream media continues spewing venom against Tablighi Jamaat and the Muslim communities, youth from the community are coming out in the face of all odds to help the needy.Student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in New Delhi, Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), has been helping stranded students through its relief work since the start of national lockdown in March.SIO had arranged for temporary shelters who suffered travel restrictions and during the Islamic holy month, migrant laborers are also being provided with ration across the nation.Labeed Shafi, President of SIO detailed that the relief team has registered 1000 Helpline Centres across India and assigned around 10,000 volunteers for distributing Ration Kits to 85,000+ Families.SIO prepared 25,000+ Ramadan Kits for families deprived of basic meals, 1,00,000 food packages for migrant labourers and 5000 medical kits for general distribution.
Clerics urge people not to go out for Eid shopping
Kolkata: With little more than two weeks to go for Eid ul-Fitr, clerics on Thursday appealed to the entire community to avoid shopping and use the money to help the needy. "In view of the Coronavirus pandemic, we request all the Muslims not to go to market for Eid shopping. Whatever good clothes they have they should perform Eid namaz wearing it. There is no happiness in Eid this year because our mosques are closed due to the nationwide lockdown. We are not performing Taraweeh namaz – special prayer performed at night by the Muslims during the holy month at mosques," said Qari Fazlur Rahman, a senior cleric who leads the Eid prayer at Red Road every year.millenniumpost
Coimbatore:Mosque pelted with stones
Coimbatore: Tension prevailed for some time at Periyanaickenpalayam on Thursday night after stones were hurled at a mosque. Police acted fast and diffused situation by nabbing a suspect.Secretary of Sunnath Val Jamath Masjid A S Abdul Rahman had lodged a complaint against C Manojkumar, 29, of Periyanaickenpalayam with the Periyanaickenpalayam police. “Glass window of the century-old-mosque were damaged after Manojkumar and some other people threw stones. No one was injured in the incident as the mosque was closed due to the lockdown,” a police officer said.“Manojkumar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. He is not affiliated to any political party,” the officer added.TOI
11 booked in Godhra for celebrating Covid-19 recovery
Vadodara :Godhra police on Saturday booked 11 persons, including a Covid-19 recovered man, and another group of about 50 persons for allegedly gathering to celebrate his return from the hospital. Godhra ‘B’ division police is investigating the incident.The recovered patient, who is in his mid-40s, had arrived back home on May 7 from GMERS hospital in Gotri of Vadodara where he had been undergoing treatment for 14 days.The police said that a group of men, mostly neighbours and friends of the patient, gathered near the Masjid-e-Abrar in Voharvad area of the city to welcome him. Police initiated a probe when it learnt about the gathering and booked 11 persons who have been identified. Fifty others were also booked for assembling despite prohibitory orders being in place, in view of the lockdown, but they are yet to be identified.
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Muslim organisations demand withdrawal of FIR against Delhi Minorities Commission chief
NEW DELHI: Prominent Muslim organisations on Friday demanded withdrawal of the sedition case filed against Delhi Minorities Commission chief Zafarul Islam Khan. In a joint statement in support of Khan, several Muslim clerics and leaders condemned the FIR and said Khan was being “punished” for speaking up for the oppressed. Khan was booked after he shared a post thanking the Muslim countries for taking note of the alleged persecution of Muslims in India.Calling Delhi Police “biased”, clerics and Muslim leaders from different parts of the country alleged that the case against Khan is just another form of “targeting” Muslims.“One may differ with the content of Dr Khan’s tweet and he had issued a clarification regarding the same. However, according to reports, Delhi Police officers reached his residence without any prior notice and were adamant to take him along with them. This kind of action during the lockdown, exactly before Iftar time, against the head of a quasi-judicial institution, gives an idea about the level to which the police can stoop,” read the statement jointly issued by 20 Muslim personalities.The leaders said that after failing to arrest those responsible for the huge loss of life and property during the riots of North-East Delhi in Feb this year, the Delhi Police is targeting Muslims in different ways.“Ignoring the nefarious activities, poisonous speeches, statements and organized attacks, well known to the whole world and punishing those who raise their voice for the oppressed or to target those who oppose the government policies at the hands of the police, is extremely dangerous for the entire country. We demand that the government should immediately take back the FIR against Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan and stop the Delhi Police from taking action against innocent citizens,” the statement said. The signatories of the statement included Arshad Madani of Jamiat Ulema e Hind, Tauqeer Raza Khan of Bareilly's Milli Ittehad Council, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini of Jamaat e Islami Hind, Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas of Welfare Party of India, Labeed Shafi of Student Islamic Organization of India, Dr Manzoor Alam of All India Milli Council Navaid Hamid of Muslim Majlis e Mushawaat.
Haryana: 250 members of 40 Muslim families convert to Hinduism
HISAR: About 250 members of 40 Muslim families from Bidhmira village in Haryana’s Hisar district embraced Hinduism on Friday and performed the last rites of a 80-yearold woman according to Hindu customs. Earlier, about 35 members of six Muslim families also embraced Hinduism at Jind’s Danoda Kalan village on April 18.According to villager, these families of Bithmada used to live at Danoda Kalan village before Independence.Satbir, the new convert, said his mother Phooli Devi died a natural death on Friday and the Muslim families of the village decided that since they lead the Hindu way of life, they should declare themselves to be Hindus and decided to do the cremation as per Hindu rituals. Earlier, the dead were cremated according to Muslim customs, he said.Satbir claimed that he was from Doom caste and has heard of his Hindu ancestors embracing Muslim under pressure during the time Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. Their entire village celebrates Hindu festivals but the last rites of the dead are done according to Muslim religion, he said. Asked whether there was pressure on them to convert, he denied it, saying no villager had misbehaved with anyone.Attempts to reach the village sarpanch remained futile as his phone was switched off. However, a village youth, Majid claimed that as earlier the people of his society were not educated, they did not know the old things. “Now many people are educated and they have convinced everyone to do this (change religion),” he said. “It is only when we bury our dead, that the villagers looked at us differently. Therefore, looking at the future of children, we decided to convert,” he said.Muslim Welfare Organization state president Harfool Khan Bhatti said he knew about the Danoda Kalan incident village but did not have much information about Bithmara village. “The conversion of Danoda Kalan village happened to avail the benefit of the scheduled caste category as they belong to the Doom caste,” he said.Doom caste has been kept in SC category, but according to a 1951 notification, Muslims and Christians citizens of Doom caste cannot avail the reservation benefit, he said. When the case of Mohammad Saddiq, who became an MLA on Congress ticket from a reserved seat in Ludhiana, went to Supreme Court, he won the case by saying that he was Mazhabi Sikh and not a Muslim, Bhatti pointed out.
80-year-old Muslim woman cremated as per Hindu rituals in Hisar village:HT
Govt asks Twitter to remove tweet by BJP MP Tejasvi Surya linking terrorism with Islam
New Delhi: Union government has asked micro-blogging social media site Twitter to remove 121 posts from its platform, among them is a controversial tweet from BJP’s young MP Tejasvi Surya.Taking note of the incendiary content put by Bengaluru MP in 2015, Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) asked Twitter to remove it. The development came to light through Twitter’s filings with a third-party database, which makes such requests public. As per the filing, Surya’s tweet was one of 121 tweets requested by the Government of India to be “withheld” on its platform.“In short: true, terror has no religion. But the terrorist definitely has a religion, and in most cases, it’s Islam,” the reprehensible tweet from BJP’s youngest MP read.The legal notice was sent by the government to Lumer database which is run by Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Centre which compiles such requests from Google and Twitter.Times Now
Kerala Police books Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary under non-bailable sections
Kochi :An FIR has been filed at the Kozhikode Kasaba police station in Kerala against Zee News editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary based on a complaint accusing him of spreading religious animosity and hurting sentiments of the Muslim community in connection with a programme aired on the television network on March 11.The segment anchored by Chaudhary on March 11 focused on different kinds of ‘jihad’, using a flow-chart describing them.The case was filed against Chaudhary under non-bailable section 295 A of the IPC, based on a complaint by Adv P Gavas, the state joint secretary of the All India Youth Federation (AIYF), the youth wing of the CPI in Kerala. Gavas said he decided to file the complaint against the anchor after watching a clip of the programme sent by a friend two days after it aired.“The programme that this channel telecast is not rooted in a system that we believe in. We acknowledge and believe in the constitutional obligations towards all religions and the secular values of this country. This programme stands in stark contrast to such beliefs. It is against a particular religious community,” Gavas said over the phone from Kozhikode where he practices as a lawyer.
Big relief for Arnab as Shillong Police put FIR against him on hold; actress Kavita Kaushik and Saif Ali Khan’s co-star Kubbra Sait lash out at Republic TV founder
In a relief to Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami, the police in Meghalaya have put on hold an FIR filed against him for launching a wilful defamatory diatribe against Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The latest relief for Goswami came days after FIR actress Kavita Kaushik slammed him for his rant against Sonia Gandhi.The complaint against Goswami, who hails from Assam, was filed by the Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress soon after the controversial anchor faced widespread condemnation for communalising the lynchings of two Hindu monks in Maharashtra’s Palghar last month.Cops in Meghalaya have said that the decision to put on hold the FIR against Goswami was to comply with the order of the Supreme Court. Over 150 police complaints were filed against Goswami across India after he was seen to be launching an extraordinary personal attack against Sonia Gandhi on his TV show. Fearing imminent arrest by cops in Mumbai, where he resides, Goswami had moved the Supreme Court, which entertained his plea out of turn and provided him three-week protection from the arrest.
Amit Shah clarifies on rumours: ‘I am perfectly healthy, do not have any disease’
New Delhi :Seeking to end the rumours about his health making rounds on social media, Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday declared that he is healthy and is not suffering from any disease.“I want to clarify today that I am perfectly healthy and I do not have any disease,” Shah said in a note he posted on Twitter. Sources said BJP was keen to nix the rumours as “they were false and ill-intended.”The Home Minister said for the past few days, there have been rumours about his health on social media. “Some even tweeted praying for my death,” Shah said. The former BJP president said he did not pay attention to the rumours as he was busy in the government’s fight against coronavirus pandemic. “The country is currently fighting a global epidemic, the coronavirus and as I keep busy being the home minister of the country, I did not pay attention to all of this. When this came to my notice late at night, I thought that all these people should enjoy their imaginary thoughts. So I did not give any clarification.”
Varun Gandhi slams social media users for ‘vulgar, morally reprehensible’ comments on Amit Shah’s health
BJP MP Varun Gandhi has lashed out at social media users for ‘vulgar, morally reprehensible’ comments on Home Minister Amit Shah’s health. Gandhi, who won his last Lok Sabha polls from Pilibhit constituency in Uttar Pradesh, said that the senior BJP leader will be ‘around for many more victories to come.’
Centre Exempts Donations to Ram Temple Trust from Taxes
New Delhi: As an extraordinary step, the central government has granted tax exemption to donors contributing to the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. In a notification issued on May 8, the Central Board of Direct Taxes categorised the Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra, the site of the temple, as “a place of historic importance and a place of public worship of renown” under clause (b) of sub-section (2) of Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. This would allow for deduction of taxes to the extent of 50% to those who donate to the Trust from this financial year, 2020-21. Section 80G of the Income Tax Act allows for donations made to specified relief funds and charitable organisations to be considered as deductions from their gross total income before being eligible for taxable income.
Vizag gas leak: Angry residents protest outside LG Polymers, demand closure of chemical plant
Hyderabad :Two days after 11 people died of gas leakage at the LG Polymers plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam, residents of the affected villages held a demonstration outside the factory Saturday, demanding that the government shut down the plant or shift it elsewhere.Families of three of the deceased persons brought the bodies which were handed over to them after post-mortem and kept them outside the factory gates for a few minutes, demanding action against the factory managers and the company.Several youths also tried to jump the gates and enter the factory. The protesters left after police intervened and minister M Srinivasa Rao assured them that action would be taken against the factory after a probe is completed.
Delhi violence: CPI (M) leaders move HC for early hearing in plea to make public list of arrests
CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has approached the Delhi High Court seeking an early hearing in her plea for directions to police to make public the list of people arrested in connection with communal violence in northeast Delhi in February this year.The application for preponing the date of hearing of the petition is likely to be listed on May 12.The main petition, which has sought that a list of those arrested be put up outside police control room and police stations in the district, should be updated on a case-by-case basis. It is listed for hearing on June 16.The application for early hearing said the country is suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has declared nationwide lockdown due to which people are not allowed to go out except for essential services.However, Delhi Police has continued its probe in connection with certain FIRs related to the Delhi violence and as per media reports, the MHA has directed police to ensure that the probe does not slow down and insisted that arrests should continue, resulting in around 50 arrests in the first two weeks of the lockdown itself, it said.
Rights group says Saudi Arabia is holding a senior prince since March
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Saturday that Saudi Arabian authorities recently detained and are holding incommunicado Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, who had previously been netted in an anti-corruption drive and released in late 2017. US-based rights group, citing a source with ties to the royal family, said Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, a son of late monarch King Abdullah, was detained by security forces on March 27 while self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic at a family compound northeast of the capital Riyadh.Reuters could not immediately independently verify the detention. The Saudi government media office did not immediately respond to a detailed Reuters request for comment. Earlier in March, authorities had detained King Salman’s brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, and former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was replaced in a 2017 palace coup and placed under house arrest, sources had told Reuters.
US to recognise Israel’s annexation of 30% of West Bank area
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has confirmed that the US is ready to recognise 30 per cent of Israel’s annexation of the occupied Palestinian West Bank, Israel Hayom reported.In an interview published on Friday, Friedman announced that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must negotiate with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas over the establishment of a Palestinian state in 70 per cent of the occupied West Bank, and the US will recognise Israel’s annexation of the other 30 per cent.“There’s really three things left that have to get done,” Friedman expressed, stating that: “The mapping has to get done. The [Israeli] government has to agree to the freeze on half of Area C, and most importantly, the government of Israel has to declare sovereignty.”
Sudan to hand Muslim Brotherhood members to Egypt
Sudanese authorities are planning to hand over members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group to authorities in Cairo, Al-Ittihad newspaper reported citing Egyptian security sources that it did not name.The Egyptian nationals, who are allegedly members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned by Cairo in 2014, were arrested in Sudan in February as they made their way to Turkey.The Emirati newspaper added that the Egyptians include five members of the Hasm movement, which was formed by the former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Kamal. Egypt considers the movement a violent arm of the Brotherhood.Muslim Brotherhood leading member Mohamed Al-Halwagi, who was delegated by the Brotherhood to deal with the situation in Sudan, used to maintain relations and to coordinate with authorities in Khartoum during President Omar Al-Bashir’s rule.
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