13 September 2020

13 SEPT. NEWS: Yechury, Yogendra Yadav, Jayati Ghosh, Apoorvanand named as co-conspirators in Delhi riots case: Police spreads riots 'conspiracy' net, drags in eminent academics, activists. Practice yoga, eat chyawanprash: Health Ministry issues new protocol for recovered Covid patients. 'Chinese PLA’s new expansion plans on Bhutan'



Yechury, Yogendra Yadav, Jayati Ghosh, Apoorvanand named as co-conspirators in Delhi riots case: Police spreads riots 'conspiracy' net, drags in eminent academics, activists

New Delhi: In trying to buttress its claim about the Delhi riots being a “deep-rooted conspiracy” by anti-CAA protesters, Delhi police have dragged in CPI (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, renowned economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and public intellectual Apoorvanand, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy, among other prominent personalities, as persons who had, encouraged the protesters as part of a ‘plan’. The names of these eminent personalities have emerged in the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Delhi police for FIR 50/20 in connection with the alleged role of three students, two from the women’s collective Pinjra Tod – Devangana Kalita and  Natasha Narwal of JNU– and Gulfisha Fathima of Jamia Milia Islamia – in Jafrabad violence, from where the Delhi riots spread to other parts of north-east Delhi. The two founding members of Pinjra Tod, Kalita and Narwal, were arrested in the last week of May, while Fathima was taken into custody in late July. All 3 are now facing charges under various sections of the stringent UAPA. Curiously, the chargesheet annexed two entirely identical ‘disclosure statements’, in which the Delhi police claimed that Kalita and Narwal admitted to not just their complicity in the Delhi riots but also named Ghosh, Apoorvanand and Roy as their mentors to carry on the anti-CAA protests, even if it leads to violence at some stage. The disclosure statements – supposedly made independently of each other but with identical language, right down to misspellings like ‘massage’ for ‘message’ –  have quoted Kalita and Narwal as saying that they organised the Daryaganj protest in Dec.and the Jafrafad chakka jam (road block) against CAA on Feb22, at the behest of Ghosh, Apoorvanand and Roy. thewire


'Politics of BJP's Top Leadership': Sitaram Yechury Hits Out at Delhi Police's Riots Probe

New Delhi: General secretary of CPI(M), Sitaram Yechury hit out at the Delhi police’s investigation into the Feb.riots, in which several students and civil liberties’ activists have been arrested.  Responding to the allegation that he gave a speech to “provoke and mobilise” the anti-CAA protestors at the Jafrabad sit-in, Yechury tweeted, “Delhi Police is under the Centre and Home Ministry. Its illegitimate, illegal actions are a direct outcome of the politics of BJP’s top leadership.” thewire


'BJP will re-write history naming Nehru as Gujarat riots instigator': Mahua Moitra on Delhi riots chargesheet

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra on Friday trained guns at BJP-led Central government over the naming of several Opposition leaders in the Delhi riots chargesheet.She questioned why controversial BJP leader Kapil Mishra's name was missing from the chargesheet and asserted that the saffron party would soon re-write history and name former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as the chief instigator of 2002 Gujarat riots.Taking to her official Twitter handle, Moitra said, "Delhi riots chargesheet silent on Kapil Mishra but includes Yechury & Yogendra Yadav. And now certain BJP govt will re-write history textbooks naming Nehru as the chief instigator of Gujarat riots." timesnownews


IPS Legend Julio Ribeiro Asks Delhi Police Chief to Ensure Fair Probe in Riots Cases

Retired senior policeman and former Indian Ambassador to Romania Julio Ribeiro has written to Delhi Police commissioner, S.N. Shrivastava, questioning the probe into the Delhi riots cases. He has said that the Delhi Police is taking action against “peaceful protestors”, while ignoring senior BJP who made provocative, communal public speeches in the build-up to the violence. “True patriots” are being entangled in criminal cases, he argues. He has urged Shrivastava to revisit the Delhi Police’s probe in these cases. thewire


‘Umar Khalid said we have to shed blood,’ lawyer denies allegation

As the probe into the February violence continues, in one of the latest charge sheets filed by Delhi Police claims that a ‘public witness Y’ said that at a private meeting held few weeks before Feb.violence JNU student Umar Khalid said, "We will have to shed blood, this can’t go on like this. The road blockade is our last recourse. We have to bring the govt down to its knees. This government of the right-wing will not listen otherwise.”The charge sheet reads: “In the last week of Jan.2020 Umar Khalid had participated in private meeting at the office near protest site Old Bus Stand, Seelampur and in the meeting the present applicant and her associates were present there. Umar told them that only speeches were not sufficient now as the government is against Muslims.” This is when he makes the aforementioned statement. The Quint reached out to Khalid’s lawyer Trideep Pais who said the allegations were false. “This reference to and allegation against Khalid is completely false fabricated and procured illegally through duress.” thequint


Labour Rights Activists, Artists Questioned By Police, Criticise Delhi Riots Probe

Delhi Police has summoned several people in an attempt to probe the “conspiracy” behind the riots in north-east Delhi. Among those to be questioned  are 4 labour rights activists.Khajuri Khas – where the four activists were most vocal during the anti-CAA protests – was among the areas worst affected by the violence. Several reports have said that mobs chanting “Jai Shri Ram” burnt a number buildings in the area. 4 activists – Yogesh Swamy (38), Vishal Kumar (26), Sunny Singh (31) and Rakesh Kumar (30)– were called in for questioning several times between April and Aug. 4 are part of several organisations including Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, a Left-wing group that works on informal sector workers’ issues. The activists told The Wire that the line of questioning indicates the police is trying to link them to the communal violence because of their active participation in the anti-CAA protests. Sunny Swamy, a PhD scholar in chemistry from Delhi University, says that he and the other 3 were “quite active” during anti-CAA protests. thewire


Prashant Bhushan’s Petition Seeks Intra-Court Appeal in SC in Criminal Contempt Cases

New Delhi: As a prelude to challenging his conviction and sentencing in the suo motu contempt case heard by 3-judge bench of the Supreme Court presided by Justice Arun Mishra (since retired), Prashant Bhushan on Saturday filed a fresh petition in the SC seeking the right to an intra-court appeal to be heard by a larger and different bench.In the alternative, he has sought a direction declaring that review petitions filed against orders of conviction by the Supreme Court in original criminal contempt cases would be heard in open court by a different bench. thewire


CPI-M comes out in support of Kerala minister K T Jaleel says ED being 'politically used'

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid protests by the opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala demanding resignation of Minister K T Jaleel on Saturday,a day after he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate, the state CPI(M) came out in his support and flayed the central agency saying there were allegations that it was being "politically used". The party also said with the violent protests across the state, Opposition Congress-led UDF was trying to shift the attention from the Muslim League MLA M C Kammruddin's Rs 150 crore jewellery scam case. "UDF is trying to shift the attention from its MLA's multi-crore scam.Just because ED sought explanation from the minister, Congress and BJP are seeking theresignation of the minister.PTI / theweek


Residential portion of Nizamuddin Markaz be unlocked, handed over to Maulana Saad’s family: Delhi court

A Delhi court has directed the authorities to hand over the keys of the residential portion of the Markaz Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin area to the family of its chief Maulana Saad after five days from the receipt of this order, to enable the probe agencies to inspect the premises before the handover.The applicant, mother of Maulana Saad, and her family members were also directed to give an undertaking on an affidavit that they shall not obstruct the investigation in any manner and the residential portion of the property will only be used for residing by its residents only and that they will not enter any part other of the Markaz and its premises for any other purpose.HT


Chinese PLA’s new expansion plans on Bhutan: HT

After Ladakh and South China Sea, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is poised to open another front against Bhutan, with a build-up in western and central part of Kingdom in a bid to settle the border on terms favourable to China in the forthcoming 25th round of boundary talks, people familiar with the matter said. While Thimpu has been sensitised at the highest levels about PLA threat, the people added, Beijing will likely use PLA transgressions and encroachments in central Bhutan for a possible trade-off on already encroached areas and claims in the western part of the kingdom in the forthcoming negotiations. Chinese territorial claims in Bhutan include 318 sq km in the western sector and 495 sq km in the central sector. Continuing with its expansionist polices under the grab of peaceful coexistence, PLA is continuing to construct roads, build and improve military infrastructure and intimidate the miniscule Royal Bhutan Army through aggressive patrolling and denial of access, the people explained. Hindustan Times


India Readies Itself for ‘Hot Winter’ Ahead as Tense Calm Prevails at LAC With Troops Holding Position:News18

Tense calm prevailed over the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh for the fourth night on Saturday. Officials told News18 that though troops continued to hold their respective positions, there has been no incident anywhere along the Line of Actual Control since External Affairs Minister S Jaishanker met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. Saturday night was the fourth straight night when at North Bank of Pangong Tso, between Finger 3 and Finger 4, 1,500-2,000 troops from each side held onto their positions overnight."The situation is status quo. Local commanders have been talking and ensured that things do not escalate," an officer in the security establishment told CNN-News18.Officials said the status quo is expected to continue till the corps commander-level talks scheduled this week. Sources said the China study group could meet in Delhi on Sunday to finalise modalities of corps commander level talks. news18


India’s strict lockdown pushed its Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis deeper into debt

As millions in the country dealt with a loss of livelihood and food insecurity during Covid-19-induced lockdown, marginalised and minority communities fared much worse, a survey representative of nearly 1,00,000 families in 11 states has found.As livelihoods of Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and Nomadic and Denotified Tribes disappeared, the loss of income caused an increase in the uptake of loans, including from local moneylenders at high rates of interest.Further, in a majority of these community hamlets, people have not received government relief. Most also reported facing discrimination in relief provision, the survey led by Praxis India, a Delhi-based non-profit, found. Children have dropped out of school to support families in remunerative labour in nearly half the 476 hamlets and mohallas (urban areas) where the survey was conducted. Ostracisation and discrimination against these communities also worsened during the lockdown, representatives of 31 locations (7.25%) said.The data was collected between April and June by civil society organisations including National Alliance Group of Denotified and Nomadic Tribes and Gethu Group workers’ think tank, led by Praxis. .


Ahmedabad’s largest Muslim ghetto excluded from minority-specific development plan

Union and the state govts have notified 24 minority concentration areas (MCA) of Gujarat for minority-specific development work under PM’s Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK). Godhra in Panchmahals district figures in list of MCA. However, Juhapura -- one of the largest muslim ghettos in Ahmedabad -- is not part of the list.A Gujarat government committee headed by the chief secretary finalized the first phase of Rs 200-crore minority specific development plan of these 24 MCAs. Under PMJVK-MCA scheme, 60% grant is funded by the Union government while 40% will be allocated by the state govt.Highly placed sources in government said that on the basis of the proposal sent by the state government, Centre has approved nine blocks and 15 other areas as MCA in Gujarat. “Population of minority communities has been taken into consideration to formulate the proposal. A committee chaired by the chief secretary has approved the first phase of the minority concentration areas development plan prepared by the state social justice and empowerment department.”Social activist Dev Desai said, “Minorities, especially Muslims, face discrimination here. For other minorities like Buddhists or Jains, a lot of developments with technology take place. Juhapura faces major issues of water, drainage and other basic facilities. Since the highway is heavy with traffic, councillors have been writing to the authority to build several bridges so that people can cross it safely. However, nothing has happened on this front.” ahmedabadmirror


Bihar: Hemant Soren announces his party will fight Assembly elections with RJD

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday met Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi and announced that their parties will jointly contest the Bihar Assembly elections, reported PTI. The polls are due in November.“We will fight Bihar elections together,” Soren told the media while exiting the hospital, where Yadav is admitted. He added that the RJD leader’s health was much better. scroll


‘Swami Agnivesh was a defender of democratic values’: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

New Delhi: President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Syed Sadatullah Husaini, has expressed his deepest condolences over the demise of renowned human rights activist Swami Agnivesh.In his condolences message, the JIH President has said, “Swami Agnivesh has always played a significant role in safeguarding democratic values, strengthening communal harmony and fighting communal forces in the country.Besides, he has been active throughout his life, fighting for the rights of bonded laborers, campaigning against child labour and drugs, and defending the human rights.” After the demolition of the Babri Masjid, leaders of different religions formed ‘Dharmik Jan Morcha’. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and its leaders were also part of the Morcha and Swami Agnivesh was also actively involved, representing Arya Samaj. In the same period, FDCA was also formed.He was one of the founders of the forum. The purpose of FDCA is to promote democratic values in the country.”Referring to his personal relations with Swamiji, the Jamaat President said that 18 years ago, he was part of a delegation with Swamiji that visited Gujarat for several days to restore law and order after the riots. He said, “after that, Swamiji continued to be with us in various meetings, conferences and campaigns and actively cooperated with us everywhere in the struggle for fostering communal harmony and restoring law and order and eliminating certain moral evils.” theindianawaaz


Ex-CBI chief’s ‘good riddance’ tweet on Swami Agnivesh death taken down by Twitter

New Delhi:Twitter has taken down former interim chief of CBI and retired IPS officer M Nageswara Rao’s tweet in which he termed the death of social activist Swami Agnivesh a “good riddance”.Twitter said the tweet violated its rules against abuse and harassment and has temporarily limited some of the account features. indianexpress


Former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad, Who Quit Lalu Yadav's Party Days Ago, Dies In Delhi

New Delhi:Veteran Bihar politician and ex-RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh - he submitted his resignation on Friday - died Sunday morning at AIIMS in Delhi. He was 74 years old.Singh tested positive for COVID-19 in June, after which he was admitted to AIIMS in Patna. He was re-admitted to AIIMS in Delhi, where he was being treated for post-Covid complications.His condition deteriorated rapidly over the past two days and he was placed on a ventilator. He died at around 11 AM after complaining of breathlessness, according to PTI.


Second marriage lawful but is cruel to first wife, says Karnataka HC

Bengaluru: Karnataka High Court has said that contracting a second marriage by a Muslim may be lawful, but it causes enormous cruelty to the first wife.The Kalaburagi division Bench,comprising Justices Krishna S Dixit and P Krishna Bhat recently dismissed an appeal to set aside a trial court judgement, which justified the dissolution of marriage in a case filed by Ramjanbi, first wife of the appellant Yusufpatel Patil. “Though contracting a second marriage by a Muslim may be lawful, it more often than not, causes enormous cruelty to the first wife,justifying her claim for divorce,” the bench observed.PTI / theprint


Scuffle among minority leaders of Congress party over Burkha remark in Telangana

HYDERABAD: A meeting of Congress party to discuss and prepare the election strategy for elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation was marred by a scuffle among the leaders from the minority wing of the party on Friday evening. Followers of minority leaders Feroz Khan, Osman Al Hajri and Mohammed Ghouse pushed each other and almost came to blows over a remark on burkha clad women. During his speech, Feroz Khan said there was a need to check bogus voting mainly by burkha clad women and that face recognition technology should be demanded in every polling booth.Osman raised a strong objection to the remark stating Feroz cannot generalise and dishonor all burkha clad women and it was an insult to the community and the religion.TOI


Kapil Sibal: ‘If nominations are norm, and (internal) polls an anathema, we may as well change Cong constitution’

A day after Congress president Sonia Gandhi carried out a reshuffle of the party organisation and recast the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Kapil Sibal, senior Congress leader and one of the 23 signatories of the recent letter to Sonia, calling for sweeping changes in the party, speaks with The Sunday Express about the shake-up. He contends that if the party thinks elections are anathema then it might as well change its Constitution. indianexpress


Alleged Gang of Eve Teasers Lynch Gujjar Muslim Farmer in Jammu Village, One Arrested

New Delhi: A 42-year-old farmer Shabir Chuadhary was lynched by an alleged gang of eve teasers near his home in Phalian Mandal village in Satwari Police limits on the outskirts of Jammu city on Thursday evening.The victim’s relatives allege that it was a pre-planned murder by the gang which belong to a “non-Muslim Community”. They accused a person named Mahesh of masterminding Shabir’s murder.The attack comes at a time when Muslim Gujjar community are facing tough times in Jammu.Mahesh, they say, is a history-sheeter and has recently been to jail. He was accused of teasing and harassing women and girls from Gujjar Muslim community, a minority in Jammu, in his locality. The community had on several occasions raised complaints about his misbehaviour with elders from the majority Hindu community. Couple of weeks ago, he was caught by people and handed over to police.“He came out after spending six days in police custody,” said Naseeb Ali Chaudhary, who identified himself as a cousin of Shabir. According to him, Mahesh and his gang started threatening men from Muslim community.“They targeted Shabir because he had raised objections about Mahesh’s actions,” Naseeb alleged while talking to Clarion India on Sunday. clarionindia


J&K: Sopore woman’s 18-yr battle ends in fear, and hope of at least seeing son’s body

“If only they give me a handful of bones of my son, if only they show me where he has been buried… I would hug that mound of soil and only that would relieve me of my heartache,” says 74-year-old Bakhti Begum at her home in Tragpora in north Kashmir’s Sopore.For nearly two decades, Bakhti Begum has waged a lonely battle against the mighty network of State-backed counter-insurgents in Kashmir, under police protection, with even her lawyer pulling out under threats. On Aug.28, in a rare conviction in a case against counter-insurgents, Additional Sessions Judge, Baramulla, Naseer Ahmad Dar held Abdul Qayoom Tantray guilty of abducting her son Manzoor Ahmad Wani, 28, and sentenced him to 10 years and a fine of Rs 50,000.But it acquitted the counter-insurgent on charges of murdering the 28-year-old. Having already served 14 years behind jail during the trial, Tantray walked free and is now back at home in Tragpora, just a few hundred meters from Begum’s house. indianexpress


Practice yoga, eat chyawanprash: Health Ministry issues new protocol for recovered Covid patients

Amidst a surge in coronavirus cases across the country, Union Health Ministry Sunday issued a new ‘Post Covid-19 Management Protocol’ for patients who have recovered from the deadly infection. The ministry’s recommendations include daily practice of yoga, morning or evening walks and a tea spoon of chyawanprash with warm water or milk.Apart from the medication recommended by allopathic doctors, the Health Ministry also encouraged the use of a number of herbal remedies, such as ‘Ayush Kwath’, ‘Samshamani vati’, ‘mulethi powder’ and warm milk with haldi. Sharing the extensive list of suggestions, Health Ministry tweeted, “A holistic approach is required for follow up care and wellbeing of all post-Covid recovering patients.” indianexpress


With almost 95,000 cases in 24 hours, India's COVID tally crosses 47 lakh

India's coronavirus tally crossed 47 lakh on Sunday with 94,372 infections reported in 24 hours. However, 37,02,595 people have reportedly recuperated, pushing the national recovery rate to 77.8 per cent. India has a total coronavirus tally of 47,54,356, with a death toll of 78,586; 1,114 people died in a span of 24 hours to Sunday. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 5,62,60,928 samples have been tested up to Sept. 12 with 10,71,702 samples being tested on Saturday. theweek


Amit Shah Admitted to AIIMS: 'Complete Check Up Before Parliament Begins,' Says Hospital                                                                                                                                                                                              

New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah, who recently underwent treatment after testing positive for COVID-19, has been admitted to AIIMS here.Hospital authorities have said in a press note that this hospitalisation is “for 1-2 days”, for a “complete medical check up before the Parliament session begins.” 55-year-old minister was admitted to the hospital at 11 pm on Saturday. thewire


Media circus and bitter reality: 21 million jobs lost but nowhere on TV: nationalheraldindia

The disparity between newspaper headlines and what 24X7 TV news broadcasts daily couldn’t be any wider. If newspapers are frontpaging the unprecedented GDP growth rate contraction by - 23.9 per cent, or the fourdecade-high unemployment figures, with 21 million jobs lost in the wake of the COVID-19 induced lockdown, our TV channels are focused on hounding Rhea Chakraborty. Despite little evidence against the young actress, former girlfriend of the late Sushant Singh Rajput, Chakraborty is subjected to a daily witch-hunt, and if the BARC ratings are an indication, that’s exactly what the Indian news viewers want to see on their TV screens.According to a report in the portal Newsminute, TV editors are quelling dissent in the newsroom by citing the soaring TV ratings, compelling the reporters to engage in the public mobbing, shoving and jostling of the 28-year-old actress, while she’s being summoned and arrested by government investigative agencies. Channels like Republic are pestering Chakraborty’s retired Army doctor father, the security guards in the building, the drivers, neighbours, and of course friends and family members. Reporters are stationed outside the multistorey building where the Chakrabortys live, and anyone going in or out, including officers of Mumbai Police, are being subjected to humiliation, mistreatment and harassment. nationalheraldindia


NEET to be held today as India’s coronavirus tally crosses 47 lakh

NEET, for admission to medical courses across the country, will be held on Sunday. The Supreme Court had earlier this month rejected petitions to postpone NEET and the Joint Entrance Examination in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The JEE has already been held from September 1 to 6, and the results declared.


Tamil Nadu: 5 NEET aspirants die by suicide in week before exam

Five candidates for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test died by suicide in Tamil Nadu this week, NDTV reported. Aditya, the son of a scrap merchant from Dharmapuri, who could not clear NEET last year, was found dead at his home this week. Two other students Jotishri, and Motilal, son of a trader in Tiruchengode town of Tamil Nadu, also died last week. Motilal was to appear for the exam this week. A 19-year-old woman from Madurai and Vignesh, a farmer’s son in Ariyalur, who couldn’t afford a private college last year, also died by suicide this week, the police said.Jothishri, Aditya and Motilal killed themselves on Saturday, The Hindu reported.


AMU to Start Admission Process from October 23

Aligarh Muslim University will begin its admission process from October 23, according to an official notification. The entrance tests for admission to various university courses were postponed earlier due to the coronavirus pandemic.According to Controller of Examinations Mujibullah Zubairi, wearing masks will be mandatory and social distancing will be observed by increasing the number of test centres. The candidates found suffering from fever will be allocated special isolation rooms at the examination centres, he added. The university will hold examinations in phases. In the first phase from October 23 to November 10, it will hold admission tests for several courses, including BA, BSc, BCom, BEd and MBA.


'People succeed due to talent': After Kangana Ranaut's comment on 'Islam dominated' film industry, Shiv Sena hits back

 Shiv Sena has said that the foundation of the Indian film industry was laid by Dadasaheb Phalke, a Maharashtrian, and artists have achieved success in the industry due to talent and not religion.Shiv Sena said that the foundation of the Indian film industry was laid by Dadasaheb Phalke, a Maharashtrian, and artists have achieved success in the industry due to talent and not religion.The comment in the editorial ofparty mouthpiece `Saamana' comes against the backdrop of actor Kangana Ranaut's recent tweet that she staked her "life and career" in an "Islam dominated" film industry, and made films on Rani Lakshmibai and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. "Many artistes have been awarded Bharat Ratna and also Nishan-e-Pakistan," Saamana noted. Referring to the criticism that it is dominated by the "Khans", the newspaper said at one time the industry was dominated by Punjabis and Maharashtrians. Many Muslim actors adopted Hindu screen names such as Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, it said, adding that what mattered was only talent and not the person's religion.




Anti-Netanyahu protesters keep up pressure on Israeli leader

Thousands of Israelis protested against PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Saturday over his alleged corruption and the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.The crowd rallied outside Netanyahu's residence, blowing whistles, waving signs and flags and calling for his resignation.Smaller protests were held along bridges at major intersections in cities across Israel.Israeli media estimated that about 10,000 people attended what has become a weekly demonstration in Jerusalem. Organisers said that as many as 25,000 people joined the protest. The country is in a recession as a result of the pandemic and the unemployment rate is hovering above 20 percent. Some critics of the prime minister say he is preoccupied with his corruption trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Reuters


Israeli rights group Machsom Watch says  Israel uses 3 strategies to erase Palestine religious sites

Machsom Watch, an Israeli rights group, has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities use three strategies to erase Palestinian religious sites, Al-Quds Al-Araby reported.In a lengthy report, the rights group disclosed that many Islamic sites are spread across Israel and the occupied territories, named after prophets and scholars.Israeli NGO conveyed that pilgrims used to visit the sites for prayer during the religious holidays or for recovery from illnesses. Sometimes, they visited these places to organise family gatherings. middleeastmonitor


Erekat attacks Kushner: ‘Kushner’s plan is not peace, but legitimises settlement, annexation and apartheid'

Saeb Erekat, secretary of Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), attacked Jared Kushner, special advisor to US President Donald Trump, for his recent statements regarding the deal of the century and promising to proceed with its implementation.Erekat conveyed that many Arab countries objected to the actions of UAE at the meeting of foreign affairs ministers, and that Abu Dhabi’s supporters will be known when they participate in the ceremony of the signing of the agreement in Washington.“Kushner claims that President Trump’s plan was put forward to preserve the two-state principle,” according to Erekat, considering Kushner’s statements as “disregarding humanity”. middleeastmonitor


Palestine factions call for PLO to leave Arab League

Palestinian resistance movements have called for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to withdraw its membership from Arab League after its disavowal to support the Palestinian cause and fight normalisation with Israel, Anadolu Agency reported. Palestinian factions accused Arab League of implementing US and Zionist agendas, expressing their rejection to the normalisation and considering it a “treachery” for Palestinian cause and a “stab in the back” of the Palestinian and Arab sacrifices. middleeastmonitor


Egypt's Sisi hails Bahrain, Israel normalisation

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has said he considered the normalisation agreement between Israel and Bahrain a step toward peace in the region, Anadolu Agency reports.


Jordan: Bahrain, Israel normalisation deal not welcomed

Jordan announced today that necessary steps to achieve a fair peace should come from Israel after Bahrain and Israel announced a normalisation deal, Anadolu Agency reports.Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Israel should stop procedures to undermine the 2-state solution and end its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Morroccan Tawheed and Islah Movement described the agreement as a betrayal to Palestinians.


Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh  visits southern Lebanon after 27 years


Beirut: Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh visited Nabatieh, in southern Lebanon on Saturday, where Israel placed him in exile in 1992.Haniyeh visited the town of Marj al-Zohour, where he and 400 other Hamas members and the Islamic Jihad Movement stayed in exile, Hamas said in a statement.Describing the period of exile as a stage that accomplished a strategic transformation in the history of the Hamas and the Palestinian people, Haniyeh said: "That period laid the groundwork for the basis of relations between resistance movements and some regional countries."A common history was written in the region between Lebanon and Hamas, he added. Israel exiled 415 members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad from West Bank and Gaza Strip to Lebanon after Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian resistance group, Hamas, seized an Israeli soldier in 1992. Anadolu Agency


Report: Facebook most common platform for anti-Palestinian racism in Israel

Facebook, as well as several Israeli mass media outlets, is the most common media platform used to deliver anti-Palestinian racism and incitement, a specialist report has concluded.A quantitative report conducted in August by the Arab Centre for Media Freedom, Development and Research (I’LAM) found that Facebook accounted for 30 per cent of the racism and incitement, followed by Israel Hayom with 18 per cent, Maariv with 14 per cent, Yedioth Ahronoth with 12 per cent, ending with Twitter with ten per cent.


Egyptian court sentences Muslim Brotherhood's top leader to life

CAIRO:An Egyptian court sentenced on Saturday the Supreme Guide of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, Mohamed Badie, to life in prison over a violent 2013 incident, official media reported.Along with Badie, Mohamed El-Beltagy, Safwat Hegazi, and 9 others of the group's leaders were sentenced to life in prison in a retrial over a police station incident in the coastal Port Said province that followed the ouster of late president Mohamed Morsi, according to state-run Ahram Online news website.The retrial comes after the Court of Cassation canceled in 2017 previous jail sentences against the defendants and ordered their retrial, Ahram Online added. The sentence is not final and can still be challenged in front of the Court of Cassation, according to Ahram Online.Xinhua


Bomb attacks injures 21 civilians in Syria

At least 21 people were injured in two bomb attacks in Ras al-Ayn, northeastern Syria, local security sources said today, Anadolu Agency reports.The explosives detonated near the town post office, according to the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.At least 21 people, mostly children and women, were injured in the attack and referred to the closest hospital.



Lasting ceasefire in Afghanistan only after govt implements 'Islamic' system: Taliban

Doha:A lasting ceasefire in Afghanistan will be reached once the government system in the country becomes 'Islamic', Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office, said on the sidelines of the ongoing peace talks in Doha. "Islamic Emirate wants the system of government to become Islamic. When this is done, a ceasefire will be reached on that day," Sputnik quoted Shaheen as saying.  Abdullah Abdullah, the chairperson of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, said, "I thank the Taliban for agreeing to the talks to the Afghan government. Today is the day to discuss ending the war, ending the pain of Afghans. We have come together to end the 40-years war to end political violence with the Taliban." The negotiations, where the two warring sides will sit face-to-face for the first time, will start on Monday.The Afghan government's 21-member negotiating team was led by Masoom Stanekzai, a former intelligence chief. On the other hand, the Taliban was led by Mawlavi Abdul Hakim, the group's chief justice and a close aide of the group's chief Haibatullah Akhunzada, Al Jazeera reported.ANI




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·        Speaking on economy: Why unemployment could become a bigger headache for government:Udit Misra


·        Global Fallout of Islamophobia and Sectarianism;Ram Puniyani


·        Gyanvapi Kashi Vishwanath Temple must be reconstructed:Subramanian Swamy, BJP leader


·        Why are Some Women From Shaheen Bagh Celebrating?Ismat Ara


·        Houses will observe the form of parliamentary democracy with the spirit absent and the soul missing:P Chidambaram


·        Dr S Jaishankar seeks scapegoats to justify foreign policy failures:Aakar Patel


·        China Closing on India at PoK, Opens New Flashpoint:Dr Syed Ali Mujtaba


·        Before foiling Chinese moves, India worked on plan for almost a month: indianexpress


·        Taliban at Afghan deal table, Delhi signals shift, attends Doha meeting: Shubhajit Roy


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