28 September 2020

28 SEPT. NEWS : After Ayodhya, now politics begin over Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura; Court to hear petition seeking removal of mosque near temple on Sept 30. Farm bills: protests scale up across India




After Ayodhya, now politics begin over Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura; BJP MP says, 'Muslims to drop claim on Mosque'

Lucknow: 2 days after a civil suit was filed in a Mathura court, seeking ownership of the entire 13.37 acres of Krishna Janambhoomi land in the temple town and removal of the Shahi Idgah Masjid, politics has begun in right earnest on the issue. Former BJP MP and founder of Bajrang Dal, Vinay Katiyar, welcomed the civil suit and said that a massive movement like the one for Ayodhya should be built to 'liberate' the Krishna Janambhoomi. "It has been our resolve to free the 3 shrines at Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi. Now that the way for Ram temple has been cleared, we will work towards liberating the Krishna Janambhoomi. It would be better if Muslims voluntarily give up their claim on the land which is the birthplace of Lord Krishna," he said. BJP MP Harnath Singh Yadav echoed similar sentiments and said that Muslim should give up their claim on Krishna Janambhoomi because Islam does not permit worship on any land that has been forcibly occupied. Iqbal Ansari, the plaintiff in the Babri title suit case, meanwhile, said, that there should be an end to this kind of politics and Hindus and Muslims should now be allowed to live together in peace and harmony. "There are some with vested interest who want to keep fueling the Hindu-Muslim feud but this is not in the interest of the nation. Ayodhya dispute is over and Muslims have gracefully accepted the court verdict. There is no need to rake up other issues," he said. Senior counsel for the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ayodhya dispute, Zafaryab Jilani said that such issues were being deliberately raked up for political gains. "A compromise had already been made on the issue in 1951 but a fresh suit has been filed in court to revive the dispute. If this is not politics, then what is?" he asked. It may be recalled that the suit was filed by the 'Bhagwan Sri Krishna Virajman through the 'next friend' Ranjana Agnihotri and 6 other devotees. Agnihotri, a Lucknow-based lawyer, had represented the Hindu Mahasabha in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit in various courts, including the SC. Despite the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, being in place, the civil suit was filed in the Mathura court. The Act bars courts from entertaining litigation that would alter the status quo of a religious place as it existed in 1947. However, the Act had exempted the litigation over the ownership of the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land. The main litigant, advocate Agnihotri, told reporters that her petition had already been admitted by the Mathura court. Agnihotri said she was confident that the said Places of Worship Act would not be a problem in the adjudication of the suit filed by her.IANS /Times now


Sri Krishna birthplace dispute: Court to hear petition seeking removal of mosque near temple on Sept 30

Two district courts of Uttar Pradesh will on Sept.30 hear two separate petitions regarding the birthplaces of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna. In Lucknow, a court will hear the case regarding the disputed structure of Ram Janmabhoomi which was demolished 28 years ago, as claimed in the petition.Meanwhile, a Mathura civil court will be hearing the case of getting back the land of Lord Krishna's birthplace. In a brief hearing held on Sept.28, ADJ Chhaya Sharma approved the case for hearing. The hearing process and debate will now start from Sept.30.A group of devout Hindus has moved court for removal of a mosque allegedly built on orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1669-70 at the exact birthplace of Sri Krishna within 13.37-acre premises of Katra Keshav Dev temple in the holy city of Mathura. indiatoday


'Outsiders Trying to Spoil Harmony': Priests' Body Condemns Petition Against Mathura Mosque

After a petition was filed in a Mathura court for the removal of the Shahi Eidgah Mosque, a body of priests have condemned the petition saying it destroys peace and harmony in Mathura. All India Teerth Purohit Mahasabha has condemned the people behind filing a petition in the court for the removal of 17th century mosque. National President of the Mahasabha and senior Congress leader Mahesh Pathak said that there is no dispute between the temple and mosque in Mathura after an agreement was reached by the two sides in the 20th century.“In such a situation, some outsiders are trying to spoil the peace and harmony of Mathura by raising temple-mosque issue. There is harmony between the two communities and the existence of a religious site next to each other is an example of emotional solidarity,” Pathak said. The petition was filed by Lucknow resident Ranjana Agnihotri and 5 others, including Delhi resident. news18


Property rates soar in Ayodhya after Ram temple ‘bhoomi pujan’

Real estate prices in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh have doubled since Ram temple ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony with scores of people wishing to own a property in the holy land. Property rates started rising in the district last year after the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of the temple at the site where devout Hindus believe god Ram was born. And the prices have shot up since the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony in August this year.What has further contributed to the exponential rise in prices is limited availability of real estate as the government plans to acquire land for infrastructure projects befitting an international tourist destination, said people aware of property-related developments. Land on the outskirts of Ayodhya town, which was available at a rate of Rs 400-500 per square feet last year, is now fetching Rs 1,000-1,500.PTI


Tense LAC makes Ladakhi team call off election boycott

NEW DELHI:A delegation from Ladakh of former BJP ministers and MPs, said on Sunday that they were withdrawing their call for a boycott of the upcoming elections to district autonomous councils in wake of the lurking danger at China border, adding that they could not let “non-tribals” exploit the newly created Union Territory.Sticking to their demand for inclusion of Ladakh in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, former BJP MP Thupstan Chhewang said a year after the creation of the Union Territory, youth were dissatisfied and not a single recruitment has been done by the administration. He however, added that their demands have been partially met.The delegation decided to call off the boycott on an assurance from the Centre that “Government of India is open to discuss protection available under the Sixth Schedule... while looking into issues related to Ladakhi people.”Union Sports minister Kiren Rijiju, who met the delegation including Skyabje Thiksey Khampo Rinpochey, the head of the Thiksay monastery in Ladakh, said, “The delegation was assured that all issues related to language, demography, ethnicity, land and jobs will be considered positively/ taken care of.”Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy will be travelling to Leh on Monday to meet the other Ladakhi leaders.


Brahmos, Akash and Nirbhay-India rolls out its missiles to counter Chinese threat: HT

500 km-range Brahmos cruise missile, 800 km-range Nirbhay cruise missiles along with Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) with a capability to target aerial threats 40 km away are at the core of India’s stand-off weapon deterrence to PLA missile deployment in Xinjiang and Tibet regions. While the PLA’s western theatre command has deployed stand-off weapons up to 2,000 km range and long-range SAMs in Tibet and Xinjiang after the Ladakh stand-off started, people familiar with the matter told Hindustan Times that the supersonic Brahmos, subsonic Nirbhay as well as Akash have been deployed to counter them by India in the worst-case scenario. Chinese deployment is not limited to occupied Aksai Chin but is located in depth positions from Kashgar, Hotan, Lhasa and Nyingchi along the 3,488 km LAC.India’s main stay in the stand-off weapons is the Brahmos air-to-air and air-to-surface cruise missile with its 300 kilogramme warhead which can take care of airstrips in Tibet and Xinjiang, or a warship in Indian Ocean.


Pakistan should tackle influx of outsiders in PoK, India tells UN rights body

India on Monday rejected Pakistan’s criticism of the human rights situation in the country and called on Islamabad to do more to tackle issues such as the persecution of minorities, enforced disappearances and influx of outsiders in PoK. Exercising its “right of reply” at a discussion in Geneva on situations requiring the attention of UN Human Rights Council, India also pointed to Pakistan continuing to be a “safe harbour for terrorists” and said more training camps and launch-pads for terrorists had come up in PoK.


Centre notifies J&K Official Languages Act after President Kovind gives his assent

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020, and the Centre has notified it in the official Gazette, the government said in a statement on Sunday. The new law allows for the inclusion of Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi, in addition to Urdu and English, in the list of official languages in Union Territory.National Conference leader Hasnain Masoodi in Lok Sabha had argued against the passage of the bill, saying that five languages will confuse the bureaucracy.


 Order in House must for division, clarifies Rajya Sabha deputy after reports allege rule-breaking

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh on Sunday cited the lack of order in the Upper House earlier this month during the passage of farm bills to defend his decision to not allow the division of votes, News 18 reported. His clarification followed media reports that footage of Rajya Sabha TV revealed that Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Tiruchi Siva and CPI(Marxist) leader KK Ragesh were in their seats when they demanded a division of votes during the passage of two farming bills in the Upper House on Sept.20. Singh had claimed at that time that he denied the Opposition’s demand for a division of votes because the legislators were not seated when they asked for a division of votes.


President nod To Farm Bills: Capt explores state law tweak; Sukhbir says ready to join any struggle

Chandigarh :Terming the President’s assent to the farm Bills as “unfortunate and distressing”, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Sunday said his government is exploring all options, including possible amendments to the state laws, to protect farmers’ interests. Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, on the other hand, said it was a “dark day for the country” as the President refused to act as the nation’s conscience”.Asserting that his government was committed to the procurement of every single grain of farmers without compromising on the pricing, Amarinder said, “All farmer organisations and other stakeholders will be taken into confidence before taking any decision on the way forward”.“The state government is already consulting legal and agriculture experts, and all those impacted by the Centre’s calamitous legislations to decide the future course of action,” he said, adding his government is looking at other options to scuttle the Centre’s new laws that are “designed to ruin Punjab’s farmers and economy”.President Kovind Sunday gave assent to The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.Meanwhile, Sukhbir said that his party will chalk out the next course of action after due deliberations.


Farm bills: Congress scales up protests; tractor set on fire at India Gate, 5 detained by police

Amid growing protests against the contentious farm bills, protesters from Punjab set a tractor on fire at India Gate on Monday morning, the Delhi Police claimed. Five people have been detained by the police following the incident. The police said that the identity of the persons involved is being ascertained.Hundreds of youths including Punjab Youth Congress workers staged a protest near India Gate, marking the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh. There was some speculation that the tractor was set ablaze by a group of Punjab Youth Congress workers; however, the connection between those who set the tractor on fire and the Punjab Youth Congress could not be established. “Around 15- 20 persons gathered here [India Gate] and tried to set a tractor on fire. The fire was doused off and tractor was removed. Those involved are being identified. Probe underway,” DCP New Delhi was quoted as saying by ANI. In Uttar Pradesh, police detained chief of UP Congress Ajay Kumar Lallu along with Congress activists for protesting against farm bill. Around 1000 Congress leaders and activists have been put under house arrest across the state.


Punjab CM holds sit-in protest against farm bills at Bhagat Singh’s village

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh held a sit-in protest against the farm laws at Khatkar Kalan in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. He also paid tribute to Bhagat Singh on the latter’s birth anniversary and said we were indebted to his “supreme sacrifice”. Khatkar Kalan is the ancestral village of the freedom fighter.


New agriculture laws are death sentence for farmers: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that the agriculture-related laws are a "death sentence" for farmers whose voice has been crushed both inside and outside Parliament.PTI


‘Farm bills ploy to make corporates new landlords,’ says Kamal Haasan, attacks ruling AIADMK

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday attacked the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led Tamil Nadu government for supporting the farm bills passed recently in the Parliament, NDTV reported. He said that bills take away the state’s autonomy and a “dangerous situation” can arise if there is a scarcity or price rise of the farmers’ produce.


Farm laws: Kerala Congress MP first to move SC, protests intensify in Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

TN Prathapan, Congress MP from Kerala, on Monday approached Supreme Court challenging the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020. His petition sought quashing the 2 laws as unconstitutional and illegal. This is the first plea against the agriculture laws.


Punjab: 3 BJP leaders resign after Prez signs farms Bills

Ludhiana: 3 BJP leaders from Ferozepur district – considered a saffron party stronghold in Punjab – resigned from the primary membership of the party soon after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the 3 farm Bills passed recently by the Parliament. Those who quit include Kikar Singh Kutbewala, who was BJP Kisan Morcha president, Charandeep Singh, general secretary, Ferozepur (rural) and Angrej Singh Mintu, former block samiti member and former general secretary, Ferozepur (rural). All had been associated with party for more than 20 years.


NDA only in name…no meeting called by PM all these years: Sukhbir

Chandigarh :A DAY after snapping ties with BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday said the Modi-led NDA had lost credibility and was an alliance “just in name”.Badal said, “For the last 7, 8, 10 years or so, NDA is just in name. There is nothing in the NDA. No discussion, no planning, no meetings. I don’t remember a day in last 10 years when the Prime Minister called NDA meeting for lunch to discuss what they have in mind. Alliances should not be on paper… Before this, during Vajpayee’s time, there used to be a proper relationship. My father is a founder member of the NDA… It’s sad that we created the NDA but the NDA is not there today.”


'Don't Ruin Agriculture Sector': Karnataka Farmers Protest Against Changes In APMC, Land Reforms Acts

Pro-farmer organisations backed by a number of other social and political outfits have staged protests across Karnataka over the amendments to APMC and land reforms act. Several Congress and JD(S) workers were detained on Monday over protest against the amendments to Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act and land reforms acts made by BS Yediyurappa govt. The protestors have submitted a memorandum to PM Narendra Modi through Tahsildar in Hubballi. Karnataka Congress leaders Siddaramaiah, Congress State chief DK Shivakumar have also entended thir support and met protesting farmers.The demonstrations were against two important amendments to Karnataka Land Reforms Act and Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act passed by Karnataka Assembly despite strong objection by the opposition parties, mainly Congress and JD(S).The protesters alleged that these laws will ruin the agriculture sector as people with moneybags will purchase agricultural land to convert their black money into white and turn agriculture land into real estate business.


Bengaluru has become epicenter of terror activities, urge HM to set up permanent NIA division: Tejasvi Surya

New Delhi: Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya met Home Minister Amit Shah and urged him to set up a permanent division of NIA so that anti-India activities that want to use Bengaluru as an incubator of terror activities can be curtailed.Calling India's Silicon Valley “epicenter of terror activities” after NIA busted sleeper cells there, Surya said that Aug.11 protests, which led to riots at DJ Halli and KG Halli, were not spontaneous but a conspiracy.“On Aug. 11, there was an incident of violence in Bengaluru where Police stations were attacked. NIA investigation into it resulted in the arrest of a few key conspirators. It has come to light that the protest wasn't spontaneous but a conspiracy,” he said. BJP MP further said that Home Minister Shah assured him that it’ll be set up soon.On Thursday, NIA arrested Sayed Saddiq Ali in Bengaluru riots case. Meanwhile, Karnataka's Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah has urged the state govt to take immediate steps to release "innocents" who were arrested in connection with the Bengaluru riots.


IS case: Subhani Haja Moideen sentenced to life imprisonment, fined ₹1 lakh by NIA court

Subhani Haja Moideen, IS recruit, has been sentenced to life imprisonment and fined ₹1 lakh by a NIA court.P. Krishnakumar, Special Judge of NIA, pronounced the punishment on Monday. The court had found him guilty on Friday and postponed the awarding of the punishment after offering the convict a chance to make comments on the findings of the court. Haja had submitted before the court that he didn’t take up armed struggle against any country and never believed that violence would bring peace. He also submitted that peace could be brought only through peaceful means. Haja was arrested on Oct.5, 2016.


Al-Qaeda case: My husband is being falsely implicated, says Samim Ansari's wife

Kolkata: NIA has said in a statement that it has arrested Samim Ansari, the tenth accused in its probe into Al-Qaeda module in West Bengal, in Murshidabad.The arrest, NIA said, was made in association with STF of West Bengal. Ansari will be produced before a special court in Delhi, it said. The agency earlier made 6 arrests from Murshidabad and three from Ernakulam. Sources said Ansari worked in Kerala for three years and returned to Nowdapara village in Murshidabad a year ago. He now works as a mason. The wife of the suspect claimed on Sunday that her husband was being falsely implicated.NIA confirmed the arrest of 25-year-old Shamim Ansari. “He has no connection with terrorists and is being falsely implicated. Some people in police uniform and civil dress came and picked him up,” said his wife Chand Tara Bibi.Ansari’s family members claimed that they were not provided a proper explanation for his arrest. indianexpress


Scientist, poet and filmmaker Gauhar Raza tears into Delhi Police for ‘sham’ 2020 riots probe

Well-known scientist, poet and filmmaker Gauhar Raza has come out with a statement condemning the Delhi Police’s actions vis-à-vis its investigation into Northeast Delhi riots which, many feel, has turned into a witch hunt of anti-CAA/NRC and progressive activists, politicians, academics and citizens while the real perpetrators are not brought to justice. He wrote:“Delhi Police, which operates directly under Ministry of Home Affairs, has been creating a narrative about the North-East Delhi violence (Feb 2020) which can very well qualify for a fictional novel on the one hand, and on the other, an eye opener for all justice loving people of India to understand how state agencies under an authoritarian rule can manufacture facts to target all voices of dissent.


Delhi police acted with bias in Delhi riots cases probe: Rai, former director, National Police Academy

New Delhi: Debunking the conspiracy theory behind anti-CAA movement and the February North East Delhi violence, ex DG, Director National Police Academy, Viaksh Narain Rai has said the Delhi police’s investigation of riots cases was highly prejudiced alleging that there has been an active conspiracy of turning victims into active conspirators. He said that in view of many allegations of bias in the probe, Center or Delhi govt should have ordered a judicial inquiry into the police investigation. Speaking at a webinar, Rai said the chargesheet filed by the police was based on very flimsy grounds and would not stand strict scrutiny of law.  Rai, who is known for cracking Samjhauta Express blast case, disagreed with the theory of conspiracy behind CAA protest as claimed by Delhi Police. MuslimMirror


Prashant Kanojia's Partner Appeals For Twitter Trend To Demand Journalist's Release

Over a month after journalist Prashant Kanojia was arrested over a tweet his partner Jagisha Arora put out a video appeal on Monday asking people to participate in a Twitter trend demanding the release of the journalist. Arora said in the video that she believes Kanojia was only arrested for standing up to the government and not a tweet and also appealed for financial assistance to fight his case in court. Arora said, “It has been over a month since journalist Prashant Kanojia was arrested. He was arrested over a tweet. He had deleted that tweet within half an hour. Despite that he was arrested from his Delhi home. The real reason for his arrested is speaking up against the government and the authorities, and speaking about the wrong doing happening in the country.” 


‘Anti-Brahmin’ posts on social media: 5 more held for murder of Dalit lawyer in Kutch

Ahmedabad :2 days after Kutch-based Dalit activist-cum-lawyer, Devji Maheshwari, was murdered allegedly by a Mumbai-based man over his alleged “anti-Brahmin” posts on social media, police detained five more accused in the case on Sunday. So far, six accused, including Bharat Raval, a resident of Malad West in Mumbai and native of Rapar, have been detained in the case even as a SIT comprising seven senior police officers of Kutch Range was formed on Sunday to investigate the case.



Prasar Bharati's Threat to PTI on 'Anti-National Reporting' Did Not Have Board Clearance

New Delhi: Prasar Bharati board never approved of the strongly-worded letter which the head of its news service sent to PTI in June, terming it “anti-national” and threatening it with financial sanctions for  interviewing the Chinese ambassador to India. The news agency had also earned the ire of right-wing commentators for running a tweet with a quote from India’s ambassador in Beijing which said Chinese troops needed to move back to their side of LAC in Ladakh. Thought neither ambassador Vikram Misri nor the Ministry of External Affairs ever denied the accuracy of PTI’s tweet, it irked government managers since it contradicted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s televised claim that “no one has intruded” into Indian territory.In light of the revelation that the Prasar Bharati board did not approve the text of the letter dashed off to PTI, questions are now being asked about who prompted the public broadcaster’s senior official to send it. RTI applications filed with the Prasar Bharati board by Venkatesh Nayak, head of Access to Information Programme at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, have revealed that the public broadcaster never approved of the letter that was sent to PTI.


From RBI & govt banks to LIC, Rs 205 crore to PM Cares from salaries

New Delhi :IT’S NOT just a wide range of central educational institutions, at least 7 public sector banks, 7 other leading financial institutions and insurers, and the RBI, have together contributed Rs 204.75 crore from their staff salaries to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) fund, RTI records accessed by Indian Express show.Of these, records show, LIC, General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and National Housing Bank also contributed over Rs 144.5 crore separately from their CSR allocation and other provisions.This takes the total contribution from 15 government banks and institutions that responded to RTI queries from Indian Express to Rs 349.25 crore.


Top corporate salaries reveal disparity in pay & non-compliance by Reliance

A compilation of data from Annual Reports of the top NIFTY50 companies reveals that Reliance Industries Ltd is the only private company in the list not making the mandatory disclosure in its Annual Report.A press release by economists Reetika Khera and Meghna Yadav, who compared the reports, points out that since 2015, a Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) rule requires that publicly traded companies disclose the remuneration to their top management vis-à-vis other employees.The disclosures are mandated under Section 197(12) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 5(1) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014.But RIL has withheld the information in its Annual Reports since 2016-17 and states that the information is available at the company’s registered office and anyone interested in the information can obtain it from there.


Data | Indian Railways spent ₹101.77 for every ₹100 earned in FY19, says CAG

Indian Railways spent more money than it earned in FY19, according to the CAG’s latest audit report. In the last 5 years, the Railways has consistently fallen short of the projected earnings. As a result, its dependence on extra-budgetary resources such as funds from LIC has increased significantly. The financial situation of the Railways may worsen due to the effects of COVID-19-related lockdown.In FY19, the Railways spent ₹97.29 to earn ₹100, that is, its operating ratio, represented by the blue line, was 97.29%. CAG observed that the Railways had “window dressed” this figure by including advances paid to it for freight handling for FY20.


Trump paid more taxes in India than in US: Outrage in US over NYT report

US President Donald Trump did not pay his income tax for 10 of the 15 years before the 2016 election, and only $750 the year he ran for the presidency and in his first year in the White House, a media report has revealed. New York Times newspaper revealed this information on Sunday after obtaining Trump's tax information for the last 20 years, The Hill news website reported. The Times said it reviewed tax returns relating to the President and the companies owned by the Trump Organization going back to 1990s, as well as his personal returns for 2016 and 2017, reports the BBC.It said the President paid just $750 in income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, while he paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the past 15 years, "largely because he reported losing much more money than he made". Later in the day during a White House briefing, Trump denied the allegation and called the report "totally fake news".Meanwhile, an ad released by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign slammed Trump over The New York Times' revelation. Other Democrats also took to social media to slam Trump.IANS


Hyderabad: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind provides financial aid to pvt teachers

Hyderabad: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Hyderabad branch provided financial assistance of Rs 5,000 each to 300 teachers working in private schools on Sunday.Azam Ali, city secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami said that their organisation had come forward to assist the teachers in view of the closure of educational institutions since last six months. He said in the next phase, few hundred more teachers would be provided financial assistance.


Owaisi’s AIMIM eats into ‘secular’ parties’ votes but not enough to help BJP win, data shows

New Delhi: Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM has announced its plans to contest about 50 seats in next month’s Bihar assembly elections — about one-fifth of the total seats — hoping to make a mark in the state politics despite the drubbing it faced in the previous assembly polls.But immediately after Owaisi’s announcement, came the response from opposition RJD leaders, who accused the Telangana-based party of being “BJP’s B-team”, and helping the latter win by dividing the ‘secular’ votes.This is not the first time Owaisi has been labelled the ruling party’s B-team. The charge only gets magnified every time the AIMIM tries to make inroads into a new state.However, an analysis of the seats contested by AIMIM in the last six years across the states of Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand shows there is little substance to the theory that the party eats into the votes of the so-called ‘secular’ parties, or plays a decisive role in BJP’s victory.


Illegal properties of ex-MP Atiq Ahmed’s aides demolished in Prayagraj

Lucnow:Joint teams of Prayagraj Development Authority and Rajkiya Asthan demolished two structures in Beli area of the city on Sunday that belonged to associates of former MP Atiq Ahmad.A heavy force was deployed in the area during the drive following a protest by Samajwadi Party leader Richa Singh and some locals on Saturday.After completing the demolition of the house of Arshad which remained incomplete on Saturday, the teams demolished a two-storeyed lodge of Bhutto which was constructed on state land.Later, the teams evacuated house of Kammu, a former aide of Atiq Ahmad and demolished it in the evening.


Another FIR against Bhiwandi AIMIM chief for extortion; 3 held

Thane:Police on Monday registered one more FIR against Bhiwandi unit president of AIMIM for allegedly extorting money from a builder, an official said. A local journalist and two other persons have been arrested in this connection, he said.Mohammad Khalid Shaikh alias Guddu(47), who heads AIMIM in Bhiwandi town here in Maharashtra, and his 3 associates were arrested last week for allegedly kidnapping and extorting money from a builder, police said.PTI


TRS leader arrested in a girl rape case; protest broke out: Siasat report

Hyderabad: Police arrested Madhu Yadav a local TRS leader for his alleged involvement in rape and abetment to suicide of a Muslim girl. The accused was apprehended by the police after the investigators altered the sections in the case. Madhu Yadav arrest officially announced by the senior police officials. “The accused will be sent to judicial custody on Monday morning, we have invoked maximum sections of relevant laws against the accused”said ACP Rajendra Nagar K Ashok Chakravarthy. To nail the accused we are gathering scientific evidence and awaiting post mortem report ACP said. Meanwhile, protests broke out in and around Hyderabad demanding justice to the deceased girl and her family. On Sept.25, a girl working as a maid at the residence of Yadav committed suicide at his bed room after he sexually harassed her, forcing her to resort to extreme step. siasat

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Hyderabad: Congress has demanded that Telangana government constitute a SIT to inquire into the alleged rape and murder of a girl by a local TRS leader.Congress minorities cell city wing chairman Sameer Waliullah along with TPCC spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin among others met the family members of the victim at their residence in Moinabad on Sunday. Speaking to media persons later, Waliullah said the family members of the victim are accusing TRS leader Madhu Yadav. However, the police are trying to show girl's death as suicide. The girl, 18, was found murdered on Sept.25 under Moinabad police limits. TOI


AMU alumnus Dr Bushra Ateeq wins India’s highest science award

Dr Bushra Ateeq, an alumnus of AMU, has been honoured with India’s highest scinence award Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2020 for her outstanding work in the field of Medical Scineces.The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India, the late Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar. The prize is given each year for outstanding contributions in science and technology.MuslimMirror 




NCRB wants its automated facial recognition system to detect mask-covered faces too

New Delhi: National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) now wants the facial recognition system it plans to adopt to detect faces even when covered by face masks.The agency has an active tender calling for bids from interested vendors to build the planned National Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS). While the tender has been reportedly extended 12 times, the last day for filing has now been fixed for 8 October.In a clarification issued earlier this month about the centralised application, the agency said it expects AFRS to recognise faces covered with face masks.“For mask-wearing faces, test cases will be included in the evaluation,” it said, adding that vendors who propose a system without such a provision will lose marks during evaluation.This clarification came after the interested vendors raised questions over partial face matching while replying to the 147-page request for proposal (RFP) document the NCRB had released. However, the face-mask requirement could prove to be a tough ask for the vendors. According to the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, facial recognition algorithms created before the pandemic “generally perform less accurately with digitally masked faces”.


Unlock 5.0: Economic activities, cinema halls and other likely relaxations

India is nearing the conclusion of the fourth stage of nationwide Unlock, which will come to an end on Sept. 30. Unlock 4, which began on Sept.1, saw the central govt give various significant relaxations like resumption of Metro services for the first time since late March, and partial reopening of schools for classes 9-12. Now, with the fifth stage of Unlock set to begin from Oct. 1, speculations are mounting over new relaxations that the Centre may allow. Last week, in his virtual meet with chief ministers of seven worst-affected states, prime minister Narendra Modi suggested steps be undertaken for implementation of the idea of ‘micro-containment’ zones. With festive season round the corner, there are expectations Centre would open up more activities for Unlock 5. More economic activities are likely to be allowed from October with physical distancing Also, on Saturday, West Bengal became the first state to allow theatres and cinema halls to open from October 1.


Delhi airport to resume flight operations at T2 terminal from Oct

New Delhi: Delhi airport will resume flight operations at T2 terminal from October 1, said its operator DIAL on Monday.The airport has been operating flights from the T3 terminal only since March 23, when flight operations in India were curtailed drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic.“The resumption of operations at T2 will be with 96 air traffic movements (48 departures and 48 arrivals) per day and increase progressively up to 180 by end of October,” said a DIAL press release.


Saudi to reopen Mecca facilities for visitors in Oct

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have allowed facilities in Mecca to reopen for visitors starting from next month after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the media reported.President- General for Affairs of the Grand Mosque and Prophet's Mosque Abdulrahman Al Sudais has directed the gradual reopening of the King Abdulaziz Complex for the Kaaba Kiswa, the Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques' Architecture and the Grand Mosque Library, Gulf News reported on Saturday citing state-media.IANS


Coronavirus: India’s total cases breach 60-lakh mark, more than 50 lakh people recover

India’s coronavirus count on Monday rose to 60,74,702 after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported 82,170 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. The country’s toll went up by 1,039 to 95,542. More than 50 lakh people have recovered so far. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan warned against complacency, adding that India is still far away from achieving herd immunity. Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 3.31 crore people and killed 9,98,074, according to Johns Hopkins University.




 Armenian, Azerbaijan clash: battles continue in Nagorno-Karabakh region as calls for calm grow

Battles between Armenian and Azerbaijan forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh have continued overnight, as international calls for calm after the heaviest fighting between the two sides in years grew.The Armenian defence ministry on Monday morning reported fighting throughout the night, while Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said Armenian forces were shelling the town of Terter.The clashes between two former Soviet republics, which fought a war in 1990s, were the latest flare-up of a long-running conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway region that is inside Azerbaijan but is run by ethnic Armenians. Defence ministry officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said on Monday 15 more servicemen had died overnight, bringing their total military fatality count to 32 since clashes erupted on Sunday morning.Both sides, meanwhile, reported civilian casualties. Nagorno-Karabakh separatists said one Armenian woman and a child were killed, while Baku said that an Azerbaijani family of 5 died in shelling launched by Armenian separatists.Azerbaijan claimed it captured a strategic mountain in the region that helps control transport communications between Yerevan and the enclave. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “extremely concerned” and called on the sides to stop fighting and return to talks. European Union, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Pope Francis also urged both sides to stop military actions and return to negotiations. Turkey, an Azerbaijan ally, said it was talking to members of the so-called Minsk Group, which mediates between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Erdogan, promising support for Azerbaijan, said Armenia was “the biggest threat to peace in the region” and called on “the entire world to stand with Azerbaijan in their battle against invasion and cruelty”.


Kremlin calls on Azerbaijan, Armenia to stop Karabakh fighting

The Kremlin urged Azerbaijan and Armenia to stop all military activity that could further inflame tensions over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and said the fighting was a cause for serious concern in Moscow.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was following the situation very closely and that the conflict had to be resolved through diplomacy.


Iran calls for talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Iran’s policy of facilitating talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan and avoiding military conflict remains unchanged.“We believe an immediate cease fire, abandoning hostilities and beginning bilateral talks is the only certain solution to this situation,” he said during his weekly press conference, adding, “the region cannot take more violence”.


Azerbaijan denies Turkey sent it fighters from Syria

Azerbaijan has rejected a statement by an Armenian official saying Turkey had sent fighters from Syria to support Azerbaijani forces amid intensifying fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.The Interfax and RIA news agencies on Tuesday quoted Vardan Toganyan, Armenia’s ambassador to Russia, as saying Ankara had sent some 4,000 fighters from northern Syria to its close ally, Azerbaijan. An aide to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev swiftly denied reports.


Israel’s ‘silent transfer’ of Palestinians out of Palestine

Occupied East Jerusalem – As more Arab countries normalise relations with Israel, it presses on with a policy of “silent transfer” – an intricate system that targets Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem with residency revocation, displacement through house demolitions, barriers in obtaining building permits, and high taxes. Palestinian researcher Manosur Manasra notes Israel launched this policy of transfer against Palestinians in East Jerusalem almost immediately after the 1967 war and the subsequent occupation of the eastern part of the city.The policy continues to this day with the aim to dominate East Jerusalem.Home demolitions in West Bank did not stop despite the coronavirus pandemic.According to the UN, there was a nearly fourfold increase in the number of people displaced from Jan-Aug 2020, and a 55 percent rise of structures targeted with demolitions or confiscations compared with a year earlier.


Morocco: No peace without recognition of Palestinian rights

Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that there can be no peace without giving Palestinians their rights.“There can be no just or lasting peace unless the Palestinian people can exercise their legitimate right to establish an independent and viable state with Jerusalem as its capital,” explained Othmani. “We categorically reject all of the unilateral measures taken by the Israeli authorities in the occupied Palestinian territories, whether in the West Bank or in Jerusalem. Such measures only fuel tension and instability in the region.”The prime minister also said that failure to settle the Palestinian question and to resume the Middle East peace process is a source of “grave concern” to Morocco.


UAE envoy says Israel postponed West Bank annexation for normalisation deal

UAE’s Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al-Otaiba, claimed that his country has stipulated that Israel postpones its plans to annex large areas of the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, for a long time before it signed the normalisation agreement with the occupation state, Israeli Maariv newspaper reported.According to the paper, Al-Otaiba explained that Abu Dhabi also stipulated that the postponement period shall not be revealed.


Fatah delegation arrives in Egypt for reconciliation, elections talks with Hamas

A delegation from Fatah arrived in Cairo yesterday to meet Egyptian officials and members of Hamas for reconciliation talks and to discuss the upcoming general elections.Fatah spokesman, Hussein Hamayel, said the meeting follows those held last week in Turkey and later in the Qatari capital, Doha, adding that the talks in Cairo will focus on the reconciliation.


Saudi says G20 leaders summit to be held virtually on Nov 21-22

G20 leaders summit will be held virtually on Nov. 21-22, Saudi Arabia said on Monday. The summit will focus on protecting lives and restoring growth by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down foundations for a better future, the govt said in a statement.” G20 has contributed over $21 billion to support the production, distribution and access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines,” the statement said.Reuters


Jordan’s monarch dissolves parliament ahead of November election

Jordan’s King Abdullah has dissolved parliament, paving the way for an election in Nov. Under constitutional rules, the government must resign within a week.In July, Jordan’s electoral commission set Nov.10 as the date for a parliamentary election after the monarch called for countrywide polls to be held at the end of the parliament’s 4-year term. The king issued a royal edict ordering the dissolution of parliament effective on Sunday. The assembly comprises 130 legislators, mainly pro-government tribal officials, businessmen and ex-security officials. The main political opposition in the country comes from a party drawn from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, but it faces legal curbs on its activities.


Former Mali Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane named transitional PM

Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw has named former Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as prime minister.The appointment on Sunday opens the way for the country’s neighbours to lift sanctions imposed after its August military coup. A civilian premier was the precondition for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift sanctions it imposed two days after the August 18 coup removing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, which the military government claimed inflicted no casualties.


One in 4 children could miss school after Beirut blast: IRC

A quarter of the school-age children in Lebanon’s capital risk missing out on school after last month’s deadly port explosion, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) aid group has warned.“With 163 schools damaged by the Beirut explosion, at least one in four children in the city are now at risk of missing out on their education,” it said in a statement on Monday, referring to the August 4 blast.



Pakistan opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif arrested in corruption case

Pakistani authorities have arrested Shehbaz Sharif, leader of the opposition and president of the country’s main opposition party, on corruption charges, the latest high-profile arrest of an opposition figure by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. Sharif was arrested from the premises of the high court in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, shortly after the court rejected his application for bail in a money laundering case.


Canada arrests man for lying about joining Islamic State, carrying out executions

A 25-year-old man was arrested by Canadian police for allegedly lying about joining Islamic State and carrying out executions on the group’s behalf. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation found that the man in fact had no links to the group whatsoever, The Guardian reported.Shehroze Chaudhry, who went by the name Abu Huzayfah al-Kanadi, was charged under the country’s terrorism hoax laws on Friday. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.“The charge stems from numerous media interviews where the accused…claimed he traveled to Syria in 2016 to join ISIS and committed acts of terrorism,” RCMP said in a statement.In 2016, Chaudhry claimed that he had travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State. On social media he alleged that he had joined the group’s religious police and had carried out at least two executions on Islamic State’s behalf, The Guardian report stated.He even repeated these claims in multiple media interviews over the years. However the police investigation found several discrepancies in his testimonials. “Hoaxes can generate fear within our communities and create the illusion there is a potential threat to Canadians, while we have determined otherwise,” RCMP superintendent Christopher deGale said.




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