Tablighi Jamaat: Clarify on blacklisting 3,500 foreign nationals, SC tells govt
The Supreme Court on Monday asked Union Govt to clarify if the blacklisting of 3,500 foreign nationals from 35 countries in connection with Tablighi Jamaat gathering amid the lockdown was a blanket directive or care was taken to hear and decide the merits of each case individually. “What we have here on record is a press note. It does not say notices were issued, orders were passed and action was taken on a case-to-case basis. We do not see any individual orders here. Please take instructions on the stand of Union of India”, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar addressed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The court ordered the govt to respond on July 2, next date of hearing. 4 writ petitions, including one by a Thai national who is seven months pregnant, have challenged the Centre's decision of April 2, by which 960 foreigners were blacklisted and another subsequent decision on June 4 by which over 2,500 foreign nationals were blacklisted for 10 years from travelling to India. “No order has been passed, no notice has been issued. No individual order was given to any single person in any individual case”, senior advocate CU Singh, appearing for one of the petitioners, submitted.“There should be an order first, then only action will follow”, Justice Khanwilkar turned to address Solicitor General. “In barely 50 words, the impugned decision as reflected in the press release dated April 2, 2020 has arbitrarily first forfeited the personal liberty of more than 960 foreign nationals, belonging to 35 countries, presently in India, having entered on valid tourist visas, by merely alleging their involvement in ‘Tablighi Jamaat Activities’ despite the guidelines of Respondent No.1 MHA placing no bar on attending religious congregations or visiting religious places”, petitioners said. The decision by its very unilateral nature, infringed the principle of natural justice, particularly ‘audi alteram partem’ [hear the other side] by blacklisting foreigners present in India without first granting an opportunity of being heard or notice of any form, and resultantly depriving the aggrieved foreign nationals of their right of locomotion and travelling back to the country of their citizenship, Thai woman’s plea said. The court said Centre “owes an explanation” on why these nationals were still in the country if their visas had been cancelled. If not cancelled, the petitions would be thrown out, it observed.The petitions, filed through advocate Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi and drafted by advocates Ibad Mushtaq and Ashima Mandla, contended that en masse blacklisting of over 3,500 foreigners from 35 nations, who were currently in India without affording any opportunity to prima facie defend themselves, was an egregious and blatant violation of Article 21 of the Constitution. thehindu
Tablighi Jamaat: Were individual orders of visa cancellations served on foreign nationals, SC asks Centre
Tablighi Jamaat: SC Asks Govt Why Foreign Tablighis Were Not Deported When Their Visas Were Cancelled
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu extend lockdown till July 31
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Govts on Monday extended their state-wide lockdown till July 31 as coronavirus cases in the two cities touched a new high. Maharashtra’s cases touched 164,626, while there are 82,275 cases in Tamil Nadu.In Maharashtra, titled “Mission Begin Again”, guidelines state movement for non-essential activities will be restricted within the neighbourhoods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. An order issued by Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said private offices can operate with up to 10 % strength or 10 people whichever is more. CM Uddhav Thackeray Sunday ruled out lifting lockdown curbs completely beyond June 30, but said more relaxations would be offered to the people eventually.The Mumbai Police on Sunday said it would will seize all privately-owned vehicles that are found to have travelled beyond a 2-km radius from the houses of the owners for purposes other than going to office or availing medical services during emergencies. In Municipal Corporations of Region including Municipal Corporations of Pune, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon. Akola, Amravati and Nagpur following activities are permitted with restrictions as specified in the Orders issued from time to time. Tamil Nadu Govt on Monday extended the lockdown till July 31 in the state. The complete lockdown in force in Chennai, Madurai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts will continue till July 5. All Sundays in July (July 5, 12, 19 and 26) will be “complete lockdown” across the state.
Nagaland Govt extends lockdown till July 15
Nagaland Govt on Monday extended the lockdown in the state till July 15 to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a Govt spokesperson said.The decision to extend the lockdown was taken during the state Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Neiphiu Rio, Planning and Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs minister Neiba Kronu, who is also the govt spokesperson on Covid-19, said.
Manipur extends lockdown till July 15
Manipur CM N Biren Singh on Sunday said his Govt decided to extend the ongoing lockdown for another 15 days from July 1 to 15 in the state, which has so far reported a total of 1,092 cases.The lockdown was supposed to be lifted on June 30. Singh also announced that inter-district bus service will be operational between July 1 and 15 maintaining all COVID-19 safety measures and no other public transport will ply during this period.
Guwahati: 14-Day Lockdown Triggers Rise in Prices of Essential Goods
A 14-day lockdown in Guwahati came into force on Sunday evening in order to fight the rising number of coronavirus cases in the city, which the opposition Congress termed the failure of the Assam health minister.Kamrup Metropolitan district, under which Guwahati falls, was completely locked down from 7 pm on Sunday till 6 pm on July 12 with even shops of grocery, meat and all other items downing the shutters. Only pharmacies have been allowed to function.
Telangana Home Minister Mahmood Ali tests positive for COVID, admitted in a corporate hospital
Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali is currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 after he tested positive for the infection late Sunday evening.After showing symptoms for the disease, he was tested for the viral infection at a corporate hospital in Jubilee Hills Hyderabad, where he is now admitted.A source from the hospital confirmed that home minister was rushed in with fever, cough and cold. He is coping well with the treatment and is stable. Repeated calls to the minister’s personal staff went unanswered.
Over 1.70 lakh samples tested in 24 hours, says ICMR
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Monday that in the past 24 hours, India has tested over 1.70 lakh samples to detect coronavirus cases. "The total number of samples tested up to 28 June is 83,98,362 of which 1,70,560 samples were tested yesterday," ICMR said.
With 22 Lakh In Quarantine, "Unlock2" Said To Focus On Containment Zones
New Delhi: With over 5.5 lakh COVID-19 cases and more than 22 lakh people in home isolation or quarantine, tightening of the containment strategy to stop further spread of the infectious virus is likely to be the focus for "Unlock2", the next phase of the coronavirus lockdown.This means there are unlikely to be too many relaxations, apart from those already announced, in guidelines restricting movement of people and resumption of economic activities.The current phase of the lockdown - "Unlock1" - came into effect June 1 and ends at midnight Tuesday.In their conversations with the centre, states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases since "Unlock1" are either opting for an extension of lockdown or are mounting strict surveillance in containment zones."States that have seen a major spike in cases are opting for tightening of rules," a senior Home Ministry official said. Union Home Ministry is the focal point of coronavirus strategy and is collecting data regarding both positive cases and those in quarantine. Home Ministry official also said the centre is particularly worried over people currently in home isolation and who need to be under strict surveillance to ensure they do not break quarantine. According to ministry data UP and Maharashtra have contributed over 50 % of the number of people isolated at home, followed by Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The centre has already advised these states to step up surveillance in containment zones.
Congress fuel hike protest: Karnataka leaders violate lockdown norms; Delhi president detained
As fuel prices continued to climb, Congress leaders hit the streets on Monday in several cities across the country demanding rollback of back-to-back hikes.Party president Sonia Gandhi accused the Govt of extortion for hiking prices 22 times in last three weeks. In a video message, she said, “I, along with all Congressmen and others together, demand from the Modi Govt to immediately roll back the increase in prices of petrol and diesel raised during this crisis due to the corona pandemic.”“I also urge them to roll back the rise in excise duty on petrol and diesel since March this year and give this benefit to the countrymen. This will be a big relief in this period of economic crisis,” she added.Several state units of the party participated in the demonstration. In Odisha, party legislator Suresh Kumar Routray said workers will stage demonstrations in front of central Govt offices in Bhubaneswar during the day to protest the rise in fuel prices.“We demand an immediate rollback of the hike in prices of petrol and diesel,” he added.Meanwhile, in Karnataka, social distancing and all the norms to contain the spread of coronavirus infection allegedly went for a toss as party state president D K Shivakumar and former CM Siddaramaiah took out a bicycle rally till the Congress office.
NIA to seek UAPA against Davinder Singh; MHA nod likely
New Delhi: NIA will seek prosecution sanction against J&K DSP Davinder Singh and 4 others under UAPA for allegedly aiding and abetting Hizbul Mujahideen militants for planning terror attacks in Delhi and other parts of the country. NIA is likely to file a chargesheet after obtaining the sanction, in the first week of July, officials added. While speculation has emerged over Singh’s contacts with R&AW, India’s premier external intelligence agency, official sources said that NIA is unlikely to name R&AW in its chargesheet but may come out with details of his alleged links to Pakistan’s ISI.
Heart wrenching! Father hugs dead child in UP hospital, parents cry in grief, blame doctors on tape
In a heart-wrenching incident caught on tape, parents were seen grieving over the death of their one-year-old child at a Govt hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj.An emotional father was seen clinging to the body of his son Anuj who died of fever after he was brought to the district hospital there for treatment on Sunday night.Premchand, a resident of Mishripur village in Kannauj district, is heard alleging in the video that no doctor saw his child."No doctor attended to him though we stayed there for around 45 minutes. We were told to go to Kanpur. I am a poor man; I have no money. What can I do," he is heard saying in the video that has gone viral on social media.
No further lockdown, says Punjab CM Amarinder Singh
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Monday said there would be no further lockdown and appealed the people to strictly adhere to the safety protocols.CM told the media here that the state has made arrangements to combat any emergent situation.He said there were 5,216 corona cases till June 28, of which 133 deaths had been reported. 23 patients were in high dependency unit and seven critically ill-patients on ventilators.He said Covid testing capacity would be enhanced to 20,000 per day by July end with 4 new testing labs, against the present around 10,000 per day.CM said the labour which had gone their home states are now returning to Punjab as they envision job potential in the state.IANS
“We are on the verge of starvation,” Saree weavers in Mau allege negligence by govt amid COVID-19 lockdown
Mau: Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown enforced in March, Saree weavers in Mau city of Uttar Pradesh complain of being at the verge of starvation and unable to make ends meet.The city of Mau is 316 km from the capital city Lucknow. The city is well-known for manufacturing Banarasi Sarees so much so that India’s first PM, Jawahar Lal Nehru, had called it as the ‘Manchester of Handloom’ in 1957. The analogy drew inspiration from the fact that just like Manchester City in England was known as Cottonopolis (for its cotton mills) in 19th century, Mau was known for its silk Sarees back then. “We are short of money and facing great difficulty,” says Firoza Khatoon, a widow who lost her husband 20 years ago.Firoza works as a weaver of Banarasi Sarees. She is a mother of four kids. Amid the pandemic, she finds it difficult to feed her children as “all the money that I had is now used and it’s difficult to survive now”.
Over 500,000 dead worldwide from coronavirus
Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million and more than half a million people have died from the respiratory disease, according to Johns Hopkins University. US accounts for about a quarter of all deaths.Pakistan's COVID-19 cases have passed 200,000 mark after 3,602 new infections were reported on Sunday.The US health secretary Alex Azar has warned the "window is closing" for decisive action to curb the virus as cases there surge. Australian state of Victoria has found 75 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours - the highest daily count in two months. Its top health official says the number is "absolutely concerning".
China approves COVID-19 vaccine developed by its research unit for military use
China's military has received approval for using a COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics Inc.The approval for Recombinant Coronavirus Vaccine (Ad5-nCoV) was granted by Health Bureau of the Logistics Support Department of China's Central Military Commission on June 25, for one year, CanSino Biologics said on Monday.The phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trials of the Ad5-nCoV were conducted in China.Data of clinical trials showed a good safety profile and high levels of humoral and cellular immune response, CanSino Biologics said.The overall clinical results indicate that the Ad5-nCoV has potential to prevent diseases caused by SARS-CoV-2.The use of the vaccine is currently limited to military use only and its use cannot be expanded to a broader vaccination range without the approval of the Logistics Support Department.IANS
Did Muslim scientists in AYUSH Ministry reject ‘Coronil’?
After the Govt imposed restrictions on Baba Ramdev’s anti-Covid medicine ‘Coronil’, several social media users are claiming that AYUSH Ministry did so because the approving scientific panel has six Muslim scientists. Is this true? #AFWAFactCheck
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China Intrudes 423 Metres Into Indian Territory In Galwan: Satellite Pics
New Delhi: China's forces in the Galwan Valley have intruded 423 metres into Indian territory, an incursion which seems to be well ahead of Beijing's own 1960 Claim Line in the region.High resolution satellite images procured by NDTV indicate that as of June 25, there were 16 Chinese tents and tarpaulins, one large shelter and at least 14 vehicles in this 423 metre stretch of Indian territory.The Chinese claim of 1960 including the exact latitude and longitude of what Beijing believed to be its boundary in this area has been spelt out in ''Report of the Officials of the Govts of India and People's Republic of China on Boundary Question.''The document, published by Ministry of External Affairs in 1960-1961, lists Indian questions and the Chinese responses in talks held between the 2 sides. In response to an Indian question on the height of some peaks and location of specific passes, Chinese side lists a series of specific coordinates of their claim, including in the Galwan river area. According to this, ''after the alignment passed over the 2 peaks, it went south along the mountain ridge, where it crossed the Galwan river at Long. 78° 13' E, Lat. 34° 46' N.''
Chinese build-up faces roadblocks in Galwan Valley
The grand deployment of Chinese troops in the Galwan river valley seems to have been cut-off into several parts due to an overflow into the river, satellite imagery reviewed by India Today TV shows. High-resolution satellite imagery, captured by Planet Labs satellites on June 25, 10 days after the unfortunate brutal combat in the Valley, suggests that the newly-built Chinese roads have washed away. The imagery also shows the reclaimed area in the valley, which the Chinese troops created by artificially reducing the width of the river, has also been filled with water, effectively cutting off rear flank from middle and forward positions. There are still no signs of a pullback by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the Galwan Valley yet even as the Indian and Chinese military commanders reached a “consensus to disengage” from all “friction areas”.
TikTok, UC Browser Among 59 Chinese Apps Banned By India
New Delhi: Centre blocked 59 apps with Chinese links that included the hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser today, amid a huge economic backlash against China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action and over 70 were injured. Sources said intelligence inputs suggested that the apps have been violating the terms of usage, compromising users privacy, and being used as spyware or malware.In a statement, the Govt said apps were blocked "in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".The statement from the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology said it had received an "exhaustive recommendation" from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre and the Ministry of Home Affairs.The ministry said it also received representations from people on "security of data and risk to privacy" regarding certain apps.
Ladakh conflict: India, China to hold 3rd Corps Commander level meet tomorrow
The third Corps Commander-level meeting between India and China over the ongoing tensions in Ladakh will be held tomorrow, sources privy to the development have told India Today. The meeting is likely to begin at 10.30 am. However, unlike the last two meetings that were held in Moldo on the Chinese side, this time the meeting will be held in Chushul on the Indian side.Sources say agenda for the meeting is to take forward the proposals made by both sides to facilitate a disengagement.All contentious areas during the current standoff will be discussed during the upcoming meeting to stabilise the situation, sources said.The last 2 Corps Commander-level meetings between the two sides were held on June 6 and June 22. Lt Gen Harinder Singh, 14 Corps Commander, will lead the Indian delegation at the meeting.
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani decides to ‘part ways’ from All Parties Hurriyat Conference
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has announced his decision to part ways from All Parties Hurriyat Conference. 90-year-old leader was a part of the Conference since 1993 and was elected as the lifetime chairman in 2003.Geelani has not mentioned the specific reasons for his resignation. “In view of the present situation, I resign from All Parties Hurriyat Conference,” Geelani said in an audio message. “I have informed all the constituents of the Hurriyat about the decision.”Geelani also wrote a detailed letter to the members of Hurriyat Conference, accusing them of inaction after the govt scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 in August. “Despite Govt’s crackdown and restrictions, it was expected from the leadership which wasn’t put behind the bars, to stand up against govt’s naked oppression and to lead and give hope to the besieged people of Kashmir,” Geelani wrote. “Despite being under arrest and restrictions, I tried to find and reach out to all of you, regularly sent messages to you but all in vain. Even after making hectic efforts to reach you, I was unable to find you.”“Now that the sword of accountability is hanging over your heads for the financial and other irregularities, you thought of calling advisory committee meeting,” Geelani added in his letter, according to NDTV.Geealani also accused Hurriyat constituents of hatching “conspiracy and resorting to lies against him” and establishing ties with Hurriyat chapter in PoK. “Instead of reprimanding them, you called a meeting in Srinagar and ratified their stand. You people have become part of the conspiracy and lies,” Geelani wrote. “The lack of discipline and other shortcomings were ignored and you did not allow a robust accountability system to be established over the years but today, you have crossed all limits and indulged in rebellion against the leadership.”In his letter, Geelani also spoke about the conflict and infighting in Azad Kashmir chapter of Hurriyat.
J&K police warn people against sharing posts related to arrest of deceased militant’s mother
J&K Police on Sunday warned people against sharing social media posts protesting the arrest of a mother of a deceased militant, saying they will be charged under UAPA. Police described the posts as “anti-national” and said that sharing them amounted to “glorification of terrorist activities and threatening and denting image of law enforcement agencies”. This came days after Naseema Akhtar, a resident of Rampur in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district, was booked under UAPA for allegedly recruiting 2 militants and arranging arms and ammunition for them. She is currently lodged at a women’s police station in Anantnag. Akhtar’s son, Tauseef Sheikh, was killed in an encounter with military forces in 2018, according to The Quint. She has been also accused of brandishing an automatic weapon while posing with her son for a photograph, according to first information report filed at DH Pora police station. The news of Akhtar’s arrest, along with photograph, is being widely circulated on social media. Police, however, said that all users uploading the posts have been identified and will soon be arrested. “Many social media posts have been generated and shared which have twisted the facts of the matter in order to cause disturbance of peace and tranquility,” it said. “Police has taken cognisance of the matter and anyone trying to instigate others through whatsoever means will be prosecuted against.”
Farooq Abdullah Calls J&K's New Domicile Law 'Illegal, Unconstitutional'
Srinagar: “The new domicile law for J&K is illegal and unconstitutional and it is not acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” National Conference leader and MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah said on Sunday.“When we are saying that we are united against everything that they have done, which is illegal, unconstitutional, how do you think am I going to accept what is unconstitutional, “Abdullah said in Anantnag district in response to a question by reporters on new domicile law for the union territory.As per the new domicile law, non-permanent residents who have residency proof of at least 15 years in J&K are entitled to get domicile certificates. Prior to the reading down of Article 370, only state subjects were allowed to buy land and apply for Govt jobs in Jammu and Kashmir.
Karachi terror attack LIVE: Grenades lobbed, firing at Pakistan Stock Exchange building; 5 killed
Pakistani Stock Exchange building in Karachi came under attack after a group of terrorists lobbed a grenade at the entrance and stormed inside, firing indiscriminately on Monday. At least 5 people have been killed in the terrorists attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange building. The deceased include 2 police personnel.According to the initial reports, the terrorists launched a grenade attack at the main gate of building and then stormed it, firing indiscriminately. The terrorists are still inside Pakistan Stock Exchange building.
Mann Ki Baat: PM belittled contribution of ordnance factories post-Independence; not a single word on China
PM Narendra Modi – who does not hesitate to blame Pakistan for even trivial things that happen along LAC – has maintained radio silence for weeks over Chinese incursion in Ladakh.People expected that PM will finally say something about it in his radio show Mann Ki Baat on Sunday but the PM, who gleefully talked about the Balakot strike, has not only disappointed the general public but also even his own supporters.Interestingly, Modi did not hesitate to attack the country’s first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru without naming him. Further, he evidently lied about the defence sector at the time of Independence.PM Modi said, “Friends, before Independence, in the realm of the defence sector, our country was ahead of many countries in the world. There used to be a multitude of ordnance factories. Many countries that lagged behind us then are ahead of us now”.“After Independence, we should have made efforts in the defence sector, taking advantage of our prior experience….We did not. But today, in the field of defence and technology, India is relentlessly endeavouring to advance on those fronts…. India is taking strides towards self-reliance,” added Modi.But records suggest that Modi, whose Govt has allowed 100% FDI in the defence sector, once again spread untruth by lying about the defence sector. According to scrutiny of facts available in the public sphere:
J&K: 3 army porters detained for ‘suspicious’ use of WhatsApp
3 locals working as porters for the army were detained by the security forces on Monday for using WhatsApp platform in suspicious manner in J&K's Poonch district.Police sources said three men belonging to Poonch district were working as porters in an army unit in Bhimber Gali area of Poonch district."During routine monitoring these persons were found using WhatsApp in a suspicious manner. "Their use of WhatsApp was treated as 'sensitive' and their numbers were also added in some WhatsApp groups which raised suspicion."Questioning of these persons is going on, but so far nothing adverse has found," sources said.IANS
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Delhi Riots: 11 Muslim, 2 Hindu Places of Worship Damaged Say Cops
In response to queries under RTI, Delhi Police has revealed how many places of worship were damaged during the Delhi Riots. According to official figures given by the police, eight mosques, two temples, 2 Madrasas and one Dargah were damaged during the riots.This data was given by the police in response to two separate queries filed by Delhi-based RTI activist Yusuf Naqi.In response to Naqi’s query asking specifically about the number of Muslim places of worship - mosques, Dargahs and Madrasas - attacked, damaged or burnt, police said, “As per report of all SHOs/NED, as per available record, 8 mosques, 2 Madrasas & 1 Dargah were damaged in this district".However, this is different from the figure given by the Delhi Waqf Board, according to which 19 mosques had been damaged during the riots.Then regarding a query on Hindu places of worship, the police responded, “as per available record, two temples were damaged in this district. The police declined to provide the details of specifically which Muslim and Hindu places of worship were damaged during the communal violence citing that the information was “sensitive” in nature.
Delhi: Gun-toting riot accused says got carried away by YouTube
Shahrukh Pathan, who was pictured pointing a pistol at a policeman during the Delhi riots, got excited after watching a YouTube video on anti-CAA protests at Maujpur Chowk, his disclosure statement to police has said. Following this, he joined the protest, pelted stones and fired at police officers, it stated.A photo of him brandishing the pistol had gone viral online. “I dropped out of BA second-year course. My brother and I work in socks manufacturing… On 23/02/2020 I saw on YouTube that a protest against CAA was underway at Maujpur Chowk and got excited. On 24/02/2020 around 11 am, I went to Maujpur Chowk, where two groups, pro-CAA and anti-CAA, started pelting stones at each other. I also started pelting stones, and I also had a pistol with me, which I pointed at police officers and fired. I can identify the other accused from the protest footage and help in their arrest. I made a mistake, please forgive me,” Shahrukh’s statement read.Police have named him in two cases. He has been charged with rioting and other relevant sections for allegedly pointing a gun at head constable Deepak Dahiya during the riots on February 24. He was arrested from Uttar Pradesh in March and is currently in judicial custody.
Pleas seek FIRs against Kapil Mishra, cops in Delhi riots
New Delhi: Aggrieved by the alleged inaction of Delhi Police on their complaints, a few individuals in the national capital have moved Courts seeking registration of cases against provocateurs, rioters and police personnel for their alleged complicity in the riots that took place in northeast Delhi in Feb. The petitions -- private complaints filed with local magistrates under Section 156 (3) of CrPC – also accuse Delhi Police of shielding rioters.Jami Rizvi, one such complainant, has sought registration of First Information Report against BJP leader Kapil Mishra for allegedly using intemperate language to “incite hatred and enmity against minorities and members of Scheduled Castes and ST”.
As Family of Two Brothers Killed in Delhi Riots Await Justice, Police Point to WhatsApp Hate Group
New Delhi: Shabeena Amir sits in the corner of her in-laws’ small, two-room house in Mustafabad, on a single bed with a curtain separating her from the rest of the family—her parents-in-law, 2 kids and three brothers-in-law. She usually sits in silence, which is only interrupted by her sobs. She was not always like this, she says.She is currently observing iddat (a period of waiting observed by Muslim women after their husband’s death). Her husband Amir Ali had been killed during Delhi riots. She spends almost all the 24 hours of a day sitting on the same bed, as she cannot go out or meet people except her own family during this period. “All I think about is my husband… I never got to say goodbye to him. The last time I saw his body, it had gory bruises all over,” she says. While Delhi Police say case is still under investigation, they have pointed to a group on WhatsApp that was apparently used by those involved in “active rioting”. The police said the group, created on the intervening night of Feb.25 and 26, had 125 members. 2 members of the group have joined the investigation, the police.
Netizens Launch Campaign For Release of AMU Activist Farhan Zuberi
New Delhi:A month after a 22-year-old student activist of Aligarh Muslim University, Farhan Zuberi, was detained and charged with sedition by police in Uttar Pradesh; netizens started a Twitter trend, #ReleaseFarhanZuberi. They alleged he is being framed for his activism against CAA.Zuberi was nabbed along with one of his colleagues on May 29 in Mandrak near Aligarh while he was on way to pick up another colleague in a car. The police filed a case of sedition, section 124, and attempt to murder, section 307, against him in connection with the protests and violence on university campus on Dec.15 last year. Police had booked nearly as many as 1,000 students in the case.The activists say by slapping serious charges on the students and detaining them the police is criminalising the right of the students to protest. CAA triggered a wave of peaceful protests in India. Muslim women took to street and began indefinite sit-ins across the length and breadth of the country demanding revocation of the “discriminatory” law which critics say goes against the secular and democratic spirit of the constitution of the country.The protests were followed by reprisal in the form of large-scale violence in parts of Delhi unleashed by rightwing Hindutva goons allegedly aided and abetted by the police.
'Dalit-Muslim Unity Is the Only Way to Stop March of Hindutva in Bengal:Joint Action Committee for Bengali Refugees head
President of Joint Action Committee for Bengali Refugees, Sukriti Ranjan Biswas, speaks to The Wire about CAA, NRC and BJP's support base amongst Bengali Dalits at a time when the assembly polls are fast approaching. He said, "It’s commonly known that the BJP is a party driven by Hindutva ideology. In the Indian context, this means that the party is naturally anti-Muslim. But I’d like to begin this discussion with a reminder that the party is in equal measure anti-Dalit Hindu. If we forget this fact, then any discussion of CAA and NRC will be misleading, as in fact we can already see. We must not forget how BJP’s wishes to deceive Dalit Hindus by their calls for Hindu unity. CAA is a useless and innocuous law. It is useless in the sense that it cannot give Indian citizenship to immigrants residing in India illegally. Especially Bengali immigrants who have been displaced from their original homeland in East Pakistan or Bangladesh…they cannot acquire citizenship by fulfilling the conditions of this Act. In fact, the issue of citizenship applies mostly to Bengali immigrants. It applies to Hindu or Sikh immigrants from (West) Pakistan or Afghanistan too, but their numbers are insignificant, and they can acquire Indian citizenship under this law. It can be said that this law was designed with these numerically insignificant people in mind. CAA is also an innocuous law in the sense that it does not actually harm anyone directly. It is not possible even for Muslims to lose any of their rights, now or in the future, under this law. It’s not possible for CAA to break the limitation of the earlier 2014 deadline. Hence it’s incorrect to infer that this law is a significant step on the way to creating Hindu Raj in India."
Hyderabad: Police book case against anti-Islam Instagram page
Hyderabad: Central Crime Station (CCS) police of Hyderabad on Saturday booked a case against admin of an Instagram page 'Islam Murdabad'.According to police, the complaint was filed by one Syed Azmath Hussain, president of TS Shia Youth Welfare Association. In his complaint, the complainant alleged that the admin of the page has morphed the photos of Mecca and Madina. Moreover, the admin has also placed a morphed photo of Quran in an insulting manner. Based on the compliant, we have filed a complaint and have written it to Instagram to de-activate the account and have also started investigation to trace out the admin for disrupting the peace and harmony amongst communities by posting such derogatory images, said KVM Prasad, ACP of Cybercrime.
Bihar Legislative Council Election: 9, Including Two Muslims Elected Unopposed
Patna: 9 candidates – 3 each from the ruling JDU and the main opposition RJD, 2 from BJP and 1 from Congress – were elected unopposed to the Bihar Legislative Council on Monday. They had filed nomination papers on Thursday. Their victory was declared after passage of the deadline for filing nomination papers today.JD-U’s newly-elected MLCs are Prof. Ghulam Gaus, Kumud Verma and Bhishma Sahni while RJD’s are businessman Farukh Shaikh, BISCOMAUN Chairman Sunil Singh and Prof. Ram Bali Chandravanshi. BJP had field Sanjay Mayukh and Samrat Chaudhary. Congress had fielded its acting state president Samir Kumar Singh. It had announced to field former MP and party leader Tarique Anwar but could not proceed with his name on technical ground.Last week, 5 out of 8 Legislative Council Members of RJD had formed a new group and joined the ruling party. Couple of days back, former MLC of JD-U Jawed Iqbal Ansari had joined the RJD
UN rights chief Israel's annexation plans 'illegal'
Israel's aim to annex parts of the occupied West Bank is clearly "illegal", UN' human rights chief said on Monday, warning that the consequences could be "disastrous".Just days before Israel intends to kick-start plans to annex its West Bank settlements and parts of the strategic Jordan Valley, Michelle Bachelet added her voice to the chorus urging PM Benjamin Netanyahu to drop proposal. "Annexation is illegal. Period,"UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement. "Any annexation. Whether it is 30 % of the West Bank, or 5 percent," she said, urging Israel to "listen to its own former senior officials and generals, as well as to the multitude of voices around the world, warning it not to proceed along this dangerous path."International condemnation of the possible Israeli annexations has mounted ahead of July 1, when Israel could take its first steps towards implementing part of a US-proposed Middle East plan.US President Donald Trump's proposals, rejected outright by the Palestinians, pave the way for annexing key parts of the occupied West Bank, including settlements long considered illegal by the majority of the international community.
After George Floyd, raw talk, racial reckoning among US Muslims
As a young student, Hind Makki recalls, she would call out others at the Islamic school she attended when some casually used an Arabic word meaning "slaves" to refer to Black people."Maybe 85% of the time, the response that I would get from people ... is, 'Oh, we don't mean you, we mean the Americans,'" Makki said during a virtual panel discussion on race, one of many organized in the wake of George Floyd's death."That's a whole other situation about anti-Blackness, particularly against African Americans," said Makki, who identifies as a Black Arab Muslim.In recent weeks, many Muslims in US have joined racial justice rallies across the country and denounced racism in sermons, statements and webinars. American Muslims, Black and non-Black, are also having raw conversations like Makki's as they grapple with questions of racial equity, tensions and representation in their own faith communities."Everyone is talking about this, like from the uncle who's been here since the early '70s, was a retired doctor somewhere, a retired board member of a mosque to ... a high school student in the suburbs," Makki, an anti-racism and interfaith educator, said in an interview. "The question needs to be pushed further than what words, what slurs you're using, which you shouldn't be using. How can we reach equity ... in the spaces that we actually can change?"Muslims in America are diverse. No racial or ethnic group makes up a majority of Muslim American adults, and 20% are Black, according to a 2017 survey by Pew Research Center. Margari Hill, executive director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, says she has seen a surge of interest, questions and demand from Muslim communities for her expertise: Can she look at a statement or provide topics for a program? Are there resources in Arabic or Bengali? Is it more appropriate to say Black or African American? Can she talk about anti-Blackness?"There's been a lot of calling out and calling in and deep reflection," she said. "We're asking people to be committed to, like, unlearning, you know, and building authentic relationships" that last beyond current moment. Questions about how much change the flurry of discussions can spark echo those about a larger, national reckoning. "The openness of all different corners of the Muslim community to have this conversation in a really robust way is unprecedented and it is commendable,"said Imam Dawud Walid, executive director of Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. At Islamic Society of North America, where the current elected board of 10 directors has no African Americans, executive director Basharat Saleem said the organization has been working to boost diversity but acknowledged that more must be done.AP
Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump over killing of Gen Qassem Soleimani
Iran has issued an arrest warrant against US President Donald Trump and dozen others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. Iran has also asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump, a local prosecutor reportedly said Monday. While Trump faces no danger of arrest, charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and US since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said that Iran accuses Trump and more than 30 others for their involvement in strike that killed Gen Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3 this year. The accused face “murder and terrorism charges," IRNA reported. Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else sought other than Trump, but stressed that Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends. Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it
President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet and the White House said the president had not heard “the one statement” on the video. Video appeared to have been taken at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and showed dueling demonstrations between Trump supporters and opponents.“Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” Trump tweeted. Moments into the video clip he shared, a man driving a golf cart displaying pro-Trump signs and flags shouts ‘white power.” The video also shows anti-Trump protesters shouting “Nazi,” “racist,” and profanities at the Trump backers.“There’s no question” that Trump should not have retweeted the video and “he should just take it down,” Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told CNN’s “State of Union.” Scott is the only Black Republican in the Senate.“I think it’s indefensible,” he added.
China forces birth control on Uighurs to curb Muslim population
Beijing: Chinese govt is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on govt statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.”The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show. Even while the use of IUDs and sterilization has fallen nationwide, it is rising sharply in Xinjiang.
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