08 September 2020

8 SEPT. NEWS: Border tensions: Indian Army denies Chinese accusations, says PLA fired warning shots in the air. 'Say Jai Shri Ram', Killers of Muslim Man in NCR Said, Police Deny Murder Was Hate Crime. Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion, state



Border tensions: Indian Army denies Chinese accusations, says PLA fired warning shots in the air


Hours after the Chinese Army claimed that Indian troops opened fire along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the Indian Army stated on Tuesday morning that it was actually Chinese troops that had fired a few rounds in the air.Following fresh tensions on the south bank, Army chief Gen Manoj Naravane briefed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the ground situation, a defence source said.“In the instant case on September 7, it was the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops,” an Army spokesperson said in a statement. “However, despite the grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner,” he stated.No shots have been fired along the disputed boundary between India and China since 1975.Stating that India was committed to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC, the spokesperson said, “China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate. At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing.”In a late-night statement on Monday, the PLA accused the Indian Army of illegally crossing the LAC and entering the south bank of Pangong Lake and the Shenpao mountain area and “outrageously fired warning shots”.Chinese troops attempted to come close to an Indian-held peak on the south bank near Mukhpari area and the incident occurred between 6 and 7 p.m. on Monday evening, two official sources said. Their attempt was to dislodge Indian troops from one of the dominating features, one of the sources stated.

 Chinese troops came very close: What happened in Ladakh that led to firing between India and China:india today


Chinese troops came very close to the Indian post near the southern bank of Pangong Tso in Ladakh with an intent to dislodge Indian troops on the heights.Sources have said the latest incident of firing in Ladakh region took place around 6-7 pm on Monday evening. The skirmish came even as Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in military-level talks with the latest meeting taking place on Sunday.A Chinese patrol team came very close to an Indian post near south Pangong Tso, said the sources.The sources further added that Indian troops preempted an aggressive posture as the Chinese closed in on the post with an intent to dominate and dislodge Indian troops holding on to the heights. The Indian troops responded with warning weapons fire.The incident took place in an area between Gurung Hills and Razangla Hills near the Pangong Lake.

 India-China tensions: LAC situation ‘very serious’, says S Jaishankar


Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar has said the situation along the Line of Actual Control, the site of the escalating military tensions between India and China, was “very serious” and called for “very, very deep conversations” between the two sides at a political level. Jaishankar was speaking at an event organised by the Indian Express. The foreign minister added that the “state of the border with China cannot be de-linked from the state of the overall relationship” between the countries. “If peace and tranquillity on the border is not a given, then it cannot be that the rest of the relationship continues on the same basis”, he said.

 Army chief briefs Rajnath Singh on firing, high-level meeting soon


Indian Army chief has briefed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh about the situation that has transpired in Ladakh early on Monday morning. An assessment of the situation from local commanders has been done by the Army Headquatres. High-level meetings are likely today in South Block with Defence Secretary, CDS Bipin Rawat and all 3 services chiefs expected to attend, reports Abhishek Bhalla.

 ‘Never saw Arunachal as part of India’: China dismisses India’s concern about missing locals


China on Monday dismissed India’s concern about five missing civilians in Arunachal Pradesh, the Hindustan Times reported. Chinese People’s Liberation Army had allegedly kidnapped five Indian villagers from Arunachal Pradesh last week.Arunachal Pradesh Police had launched an investigation on Saturday to look into allegations that Chinese soldiers had kidnapped the villagers from the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, situated along the Indo-China border in the state. The five were reportedly taken away by a team of the People’s Liberation Army from a jungle where they were hunting. Union minister Kiren Rijiju said on Sunday that the Indian Army had reached out to its Chinese counterpart over the matter.

 'Say Jai Shri Ram', Killers of Muslim Man in NCR Said, Police Deny Murder Was Hate Crime


Noida: On Sunday, at around midnight, 20-year-old Mohammad Sabir was told by the police that they had found the lifeless body of his father, Aftab Alam, tied to the side of his own car.Sabir wasn’t entirely surprised to hear this, he says. A few hours earlier, he had sensed that something was wrong when he received an unusual call from his father – who didn’t utter a word after he picked up the phone. Sabir heard “drunk” men on the other end of the phone asking his father if he would like to drink.  Alam said ‘no’, Sabir heard. The men then asked him his name, according to Sabir. By then, having sensed that something was wrong, he began recording the call. In the audio file of the call available with The Wire, at 8:39 minutes, one of the men can be heard saying, “Jai Shri Ram bol, bol Jai Shri Ram”.

 On Camera, Man Assaulted In UP, Dies; Second Incident In 2 Days


Mainpuri: A 45-year-old man died in hospital after a vicious assault by five men at his home in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday evening, allegedly over rumours. The incident has emerged a day after the mob-killing of a murder accused in another part of the state.Opposition parties claim the assault on Sarvesh Diwakar, who is from the Scheduled Caste community, was carried out by right-wing activists. The police have, however, denied this.Mr Diwakar used to sell confectionary on a cart and had been living in a rented home in western UP's Mainpuri along with his 16-year-old daughter who used to work as a domestic help and also study at a local school. A few days ago Mr Diwakar had sent away his daughter to live with relatives, reportedly because both of them were out of work due to the Covid pandemic and were finding it difficult to survive because of extreme poverty.


“Instead of taking him to hospital, police took him to police station,” says family of Muslim rickshaw puller beaten to death by mob in UP’s Bareilly


Bareilly: In Aonla area of Bareilly’s Uttar Pradesh, a 34-year-old man has died after a mob allegedly tied him to a tree and severely beat him. The incident took place on September 4 at around 12 pm. The video of the assault was shot and later circulated on social media.The deceased man, identified as Basit Khan (a rickshaw puller by profession), had been accused of theft by a guard of a tube well office. Basit was apprehended by a mob, tied to a tree and severely beaten for hours before the police arrived.Police and media reached the crime scene around 2:30 pm, following which both Basit and his assailants were carted off to the police station.“Instead of taking him to a hospital, police took injured Basit to the police station,” Basit’s family said.TwoCircles

 Citing Haryana’s Gau-raksha laws, advocate sends notice to officers on cattle menace


Panchkula:A city-based advocate has sent a legal notice to senior officials of the Haryana government, taking up the issue of large number of stray cattle in Haryana while citing the state’s own Gau-raksha laws. The notice was sent on Sunday.The advocate has questioned the implementation of the Gau-raksha laws and has demanded their successful implementation to curb the menace of stray cattle throughout the state within 30 days of receipt of the notice. The advocate has also threatened to move the court in case no action is taken on the notice.Calling the lack of any initiative in the matter, “criminal neglect on part of government and local authorities”, advocate Vijay Bansal who lives in Nalagrah, has demanded that all legal provisions be implemented throughout Haryana and especially in Panchkula district, within 30 days of receiving the notice.

 Palghar lynching: 18 policemen punished after enquiry; CBI probe not required, Maharashtra police tells SC


Maharashtra police has filed an affidavit in Supreme Court with details of punishment meted out to 18 police personnel for being unable to prevent the lynching of 2sadhus in Palghar earlier this year, LiveLaw.in reported.It is informed that a departmental enquiry was ordered against the police officers who were prima facie found to be negligent and in dereliction of duty with regard to handling the situation and preventing the commission of the crime.The state police further apprised the court that after the departmental enquiry was concluded, show cause notices were issued on July 27 to 6 police personnel. Having considered their replies, a final order punishing 18 officials was issued on August 21.

 Will join legal battle to free temples in Varanasi and Mathura: Akhara Parishad


Lucknow :Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has said that they would initiate a campaign to “free Hindu temples” of Varanasi and Mathura on the lines of Ram Janmabhoomi movement.At a meeting attended by the chiefs of all 13 akharas and chaired by parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri in Prayagraj, a resolution for the same was passed.“Today, we passed a resolution to free the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and the Krishna Janambhoomi in Mathura. The Muslim attackers and terrorists destroyed our temples during the Mughal era and built mosques or maqbaras. Just like the sant community ran a campaign for the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya and the matter was solved, we are determined to do the same in Varanasi and Mathura. The Akhara Parishad will also get FIRs registered in Varanasi and Mathura related to the destruction of Hindu temples,” Giri said.

 Elgaar Parishad case: NIA arrests two Pune-based Kabir Kala Manch artists over ‘Maoist’ links


Pune : NIA has arrested 2 artists of the Pune-based cultural group, Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case.The two accused, Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor, were active members of the ‘Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyaan’, a body that had organised the Elgaar Parishad, an evening conclave held at Shaniwar Wada in Pune on Dec.31, 2017, ahead of the 200th anniversary of Battle of Bhima Koregaon.The two arrests take the total number of arrests in the Elgaar Parishad case to 14, and many of the accused are rights activists, academics and lawyers. In July, NIA had arrested Delhi University Professor Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil in this case. The agency had also summoned several others, including Gorkhe and Gaichor, for questioning at that time.

 Riots: Delhi court seeks clarification of HC order on bail extensions


A Delhi court on Monday has sought a clarification from the Delhi high court as to whether the directions of its full bench, extending the interim bail of an accused by 45 days to stop the spread of Covid-19 in jail, apply to the cases of riots or not.It observed that several accused have taken interim bail on humanitarian grounds and later sought extensions, citing the order passed by the high-powered committee constituted to decongest jails in view of Covid.Additional sessions judge Vinod Yadav, whose court has been specifically assigned to hear the riot cases, said a specific trend has been noticed where a number of accused persons have been applying for interim bails on humanitarian grounds based on the order passed by the full bench of the high court.

 West Bengal says it will not implement National Education Policy for now


West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee claimed on Monday that the new National Education Policy undermined the federal structure of the country, adding that it will not be implemented in the state right now, PTI reported. Chatterjee also said he has objected to the Centre not including Bengali in the list of classical languages.“There is no question of implementing NEP in the state for the time being,” Chatterjee said. “More discussions need to be held on the matter with all stakeholders. We have expressed our reservations about certain aspects of the NEP, which have been framed without taking Bengal into confidence. They undermine the country’s federal structure and the role of the states.”

 75,809 new COVID-19 cases take tally to 42.8 lakh; record 1,133 fatalities push death toll to 72,775


India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 42,80,422 on Tuesday with 75,809 instances of the viral infection recorded in the last 24 hours, while a record 1,133 fatalities took the death toll to 72,775, Union health ministry data showed.During the same period, the number of recoveries surged to 33,23,950 pushing the recovery rate to 77.65 per cent, according to the data updated at 8 am on Tuesday.India's single-day rise in cases dipped on Tuesday, after recording over 80,000 cases daily for five days in a row. India recorded a spike of over 90,000 cases on Sunday and Monday.  COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection stands at 1.7 per cent.PTI

As Covid-19 cases surge, Centre reaches out to hotspot districts, finds glaring gaps


Centre has received detailed feedback from officers at the district level, identifying loopholes in the implementation of containment, surveillance, and clinical management strategies for Covid-19 in several states. These lapses, sources said, were among the key reasons for the massive spike in cases in recent weeks.Following the detection of nearly 6 lakh new infections in the week beginning August 31, the Centre has over the last few days made a significant change in targeting its messaging on tackling the novel coronavirus.

 Coronavirus: India in talks to join global vaccine development effort, says WHO


WHO has said that it was holding discussions with India about the country joining the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access or COVAX Facility – a global effort to develop and distribute coronavirus vaccines. The global health body added that India had “extensive experience” with vaccines.“India is certainly eligible, like all countries in the world, to be part of COVAX facility and discussions are going on in that regard,” WHO Senior Advisor Bruce Aylward said during a press briefing. “We will welcome India’s full participation as a member of COVAX. India has extensive experience with vaccines.”

 Unlock 4.0: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort to reopen for tourists on Sept. 21


Taj Mahal and Agra Fort will be open for tourists from September 21, said Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh. The monuments have been closed to the public since a nationwide lockdown was imposed in March to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

 Rajasthan: Many places of worship open their doors for devotees


JAIPUR: Months after being shut in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many places of worship in the city opened their doors for devotees from Monday.In Jaipur, Khole Ke Hanumanji at Laxman Dungri and Iskcon’s Akshay Patra on Goner Road reopened with precautionary measures in place.Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in Jaipur with a capacity of 2,500, too started functioning from Monday. Mufti Syed Amjad Ali of Jama Masjid said, “We have made a rule that only half the capacity of the mosque will be filled to read namaz and maintain social distance. On normal days, our count does not cross more than 50, except on Friday. We have advised other mosques to follow the govt guidelines.”Ajmer Dargah too opened its doors on Monday. District authorities made a visit to the dargah to monitor the arrangements. St. Andrews Church at Chandpole has decided to remain closed till Sept. 30. TOI

 4 More Murthal Dhabas Sealed after 14 Staffers Test Positive for Covid-19, Sanitisation Efforts On


Days after over 60 employees of roadside restaurant Amrik Sukhdev and 10 workers of Garam Dharam in Haryana's Murthal tested positive for the novel coronavirus, four more roadside eateries on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway were sealed as 14 staffers tested positive for the infections.Last week, the Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba, situated on the NH-44, was sealed and sanitised as per the protocol. A sub-divisional magistrate along with field teams was instructed to implement the containment measures, Sonipat DC SL Punia had said.

 IMA ponzi scam: CBI files chargesheet against two government officials for allegedly taking bribe


CBI has filed a chargesheet against two government officials in connection with a multi-crore fraudulent scheme run by Karnataka-based I Monetary Advisory, or IMA, group and its entities, PTI reported. The company has allegedly duped more than 30,000 people of Rs 5,000 crore.CBI officials told the news agency that the chargesheet was filed last week against former village accountant Manjunath and former Assistant Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban district LC Nagaraj.

 Amid GST row, Centre signals it will not borrow


As the Centre and non-BJP ruled states continue to face off over the mechanism to meet the compensation deficit under GST regime, the Union Finance Ministry is unlikely to cede to the states’ demand that the borrowing should be done by the Central government. In fact, government officials pointed out that states had parked about Rs 1.8 lakh crore in T-Bills, suggesting that they were not short of funds.“While it is true that states too are keeping the powder dry, just like the Centre, for the coming quarters, they cannot complain that they do not have money to spend,” said a government official who did not want to be named. The official said states have, on an average, borrowed about 2.75 per cent of their GSDP so far, against 3 per cent of their GSDP.States, however, said not all of them had huge funds invested in T-Bills. “There is also a variance in the expenditure needs of states. For some, the committed expenditure (salaries, pensions and interest payments) as a percentage of total expenditure is high. On top of this, their revenues have taken a bad hit,” said a state government official.

 Indian Economy To Contract 10.5% In 2020-21: Fitch


New Delhi: Fitch Ratings on Tuesday projected a contraction of 10.5 per cent for India's economy in the current financial year.Last month, official data showed that the country's GDP shrank 23.9 per cent in the April-June period, in one of the sharpest contractions in the world. That was triggered by one of the most stringent nationwide lockdowns in the world."GDP should rebound strongly in 3Q20 (October-December) amid a re-opening of the economy, but there are signs that the recovery has been sluggish and uneven," Fitch said.

 Bihar Assembly election: LJP keeps options open


Continuing its tough stance against JDU President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Lok Janshakti Party after a crucial meeting of its Bihar state parliamentary board, has decided to shortlist 143 candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls. NDA ally could field candidates against the JD(U).

 India successfully tests hypersonic missile


Chandigarh:India on Monday successfully flight-tested a Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range (Wheeler Island) in Balasore, Odisha.The technology has been developed by DRDO.With the successful launch, the organisation has demonstrated capabilities for highly complex technology that will serve as the building block for NextGen Hypersonic vehicles in partnership with industry, DRDO said in a tweet.


Egypt: Lawyers say Morsi's son killed by 'lethal substance'


Lawyers for the family of Egypt's ex-president Mohamed Morsi said they obtained information showing his youngest son was killed by "a lethal substance" and not a heart attack as authorities earlier claimed. Abdullah Morsi, 25, died a year ago on September 4 in a hospital in Giza, southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo.A government report at the time said Abdullah was driving his car when he had sudden spasms, and he was immediately taken to a hospital, but doctors were unable to revive him.Several local news sites reported the death saying there was no criminal suspicion, while noting Morsi's son had suffered several previous health scares, and that he was saddened by his father's recent death.Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, died on June 17, 2019, after years in prison while awaiting trial on charges that he and legal observers said were politically motivated.

 Saudi hands jail terms to 8 in final Jamal Khashoggi verdict


Saudi Arabia’s state TV says final verdicts have been issued in the case of slain Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi after his family announced pardons that spared five from execution.The Riyadh Criminal Court issued final verdicts Monday against 8 people.The court ordered a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for five, with one receiving a 10-year sentence and two others being ordered to serve seven years in prison.The trial was widely criticized by rights groups and an independent UN investigator, who noted that no senior officials nor anyone suspected of ordering the killing was found guilty.HT

 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, allegedly poisoned, now out of induced coma, say doctors


Doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Monday that he is out of an induced coma and his condition has improved, BBC reported. Navalny had allegedly been poisoned.Navalny, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, collapsed on a flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20 after drinking tea at the airport. His allies said he was deliberately poisoned, but Russian authorities have said there was no evidence of this.

 Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion, state


Sudan’s transitional government agreed to separate religion from the state, ending 30 years of Islamic rule in the North African nation.Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu, a leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North rebel group, signed a declaration in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday adopting the principle.“For Sudan to become a democratic country where the rights of all citizens are enshrined, the constitution should be based on the principle of ‘separation of religion and state,’ in the absence of which the right to self-determination must be respected,” the document states. The accord comes less than a week after the government initialed a peace deal with rebel forces that’s raised hopes of an end to fighting that ravaged Darfur and other parts of Sudan under ousted dictator Omar al-Bashir. The larger of two factions in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, which has fought Sudanese troops in the nation’s border states, has refused to sign any agreement that doesn’t ensure a secular system. AP

 PA ready to talk with Israel based on international resolutions


Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said on Sunday that the leadership is ready to return to a political track with Israel based on international resolutions and agreements already signed by the two sides, Wafa news agency has reported.Shtayyeh made his comments during a meeting with the German Minister of State Niels Annen in Ramallah.The PA official praised Germany’s rejection of Israel’s annexation plans and support for the two-state solution. He stressed that the solid international and Arab position and the will of the Palestinian leadership and people combined to thwart the plans.

 Tunisia: Ennahda condemns terrorist attack in Sousse


Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Sousse governorate and those behind it.This came after police in Tunisia chased and shot dead three suspected militants after they attacked two police officers, killing one of them, in the coastal city of Sousse.Ennahda said: “Such operations are treacherous and cowardly, and Tunisians will only increase cohesion, solidarity and adherence to civil peace.”

 Charlie Hebdo’s decision to republish Prophet Muhammad cartoons spark widespread protests


 French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo‘s decision to republish the cartoons featuring Prophet Muhammad, that had prompted the 2015 terror attack in its Paris office, have led to widespread protests across the world.People from several countries like France, Nigeria, Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Chechnya and Yemen have taken to the streets to agitate against the cartoons that depict Prophet Muhammad. Any form of visual depiction of the Prophet is forbidden in Islam and is considered blasphemous.


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 *Media Dept. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: Compiled and edited by Anwarulhaq*



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