03 November 2020

2 NOV. NEWS: Renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana booked for remarks on France killings. India rejects Pakistan’s move to grant provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan. Election Commission "Has No Power," : Supreme Court stays order revoking Kamal Nath’s star campaigner status ahead of MP bye-polls



 Renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana booked for remarks on France killings

Lucknow:Renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana has been booked by Uttar Pradesh Police for his purported remarks in support of the recent knife attacks by Islamic extremists in France.An FIR has been registered at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on the complaint of sub-inspector Deepak Kumar Pandey, who alleged that Rana, in an interview to a TV channel, made objectionable comments which are circulating on the social media. “The statements are potentially promoting enmity between different communities, can have adverse effects on social harmony and disrupt peace,” FIR added.Asked about his reaction to the recent incidents, Rana condemned the killings and use of Prophet Mohammad sketches, but said he would also have acted in the same manner as insulting a religious figure is unacceptable. Earlier, Rana spoke to several media organisations over the killings. Talking to the news channel mentioned in FIR, he had said, “If someone makes a cartoon of my father, or a disgusting cartoon of my mother, I will kill that person. If someone makes a cartoon of Indian Gods like Mother Sita or Lord Ram, which is disgusting, objectionable and regrettable, I will kill that person. When honor killing has been considered acceptable in India for thousands of years and there is no punishment, then how can you call this illegitimate.”



Muslim wing of RSS protests against Islamophobia in France; burn photos

Hyderabad: Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), Muslim wing of RSS, on Saturday took to streets to protest against Islamophobia in France and alleged support extended by French President Emmanuel Macron to groups blaspheming the Prophet. MRM leaders burnt the photographs of Macron..MRM, which has a considerable following in Hyderabad and parts of Telangana, had invited the wrath of Muslims last year as it supported CAA. MRM celebrated the Mila-un-Nabi, birthday of the Prophet, at its Telangana headquarters and distributed food to the poor. Soon after the poor feeding programme, MRM leaders lodged their protest against the French President.Telangana state MRM president MA Sattar told STOI that Muslims hold the Prophet in high esteem. “There are deliberate attempts to denigrate the Prophet. We are against any disrespect shown to Islamic personalities,” he said.Meanwhile, several Muslim organisations staged demonstrations against Macron in Old City. While some burnt the posters of Macron, others stomped on his photographs.



3 held in Ahmedabad for pasting Macron's posters on road

AHMEDABAD: Police on Sunday arrested 3 residents of a Muslim-dominated locality in Ahmedabad for allegedly pasting on a city road the posters of French President Emmanuel Macron, an official said.Macron has been facing criticism from various Muslim- majority countries over a controversy about depiction of Prophet in cartoons. PTI



 AMU student booked for remark against Macron

Agra: AMU student Farhan Zuberi was booked by Aligarh police on Saturday for his remarks during a protest march against cartoons of the Prophet in France two days ago. The students were demanding an apology from the French president for hurting sentiments of Muslims across the world.An FIR has been registered against former member of AMU students’ union, Zuberi, under section 153 A (promoting enmity) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC at Civil Lines police station, said SP (city) Abhishek.The protest march, which was led by Zuberi on the campus on October 29, condemned French president Emmanuel Macron’s stand on publication of caricature of Prophet Muhammad and demanded a boycott of French products from the Muslim community across the world.The students, who had participated in the protest to boycott French products by burning them on the campus, said they will intensify the ongoing protest.



‘Hope cases against Tablighi members will be decided swiftly,’ says SC

The Supreme Court on Monday said it is hopeful that the revision pleas against the discharge of foreign Tablighi Jamaat members be heard and disposed of swiftly, reported Live Law.Senior lawyer Menaka Guruswamy, appearing for the Jamaat members, said the pleas seeking discharge of eight people are listed before trial courts on November 10 and submitted that they should be decided upon on the same day.“There were eight petitioners who have been discharged entirely,” Guruswamy said. “The revision applications [against the discharge] are listed on November 10. Our only request is that the applications may be decided on 10th itself.”To this, the top court observed: “We hope that it is disposed off expeditiously by sessions court,” reported Bar & Bench.



Supreme Court Refuses Security To Ex-Judge Who Delivered Babri Verdict

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to extend security to former special court judge Surendra Kumar Yadav, who had delivered the verdict in the 28-year-old Babri demolition case in September. All 32 accused in the high-profile case, including BJP's founder-members LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, were acquitted on September 30 by a special court in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow.SK Yadav, 60, was to retire in 2019, but he was given extensions by the top court to hear the decades-old case which he had been handling since 2015. On his last day in the office, the former judge had delivered the verdict, acquitting all the accused. "Anti-social elements brought down the structure. The accused leaders tried to stop these people," he had said, adding that merely giving a provocative speech was not enough to prove guilt. The top court this morning said: "Having perused the letter dated September 30, we do not consider it necessary to continue (the) security." SK Yadav had sought extension of his personal security over the sensitivity of the case.



 India rejects Pakistan’s move to grant provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan, says ‘no locus standi’

India has opposed Pakistan’s move to grant provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan, saying the government firmly rejected Islamabad’s attempts to bring material changes to a part of Indian territory, “under its illegal and forcible occupation”. Earlier in the day, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan formally announced the provisional provincial status for Gilgit-Baltistan at a public gathering in Gilgit held to mark the 73rd Independence Day of the region. Khan claimed the government had fulfilled a long-standing demand of the people of the region. The decision, he said, had been taken within the framework of United Nations Security Council’s resolutions.India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava rejected Khan’s assertions and said the government of Pakistan has no locus standi on territories it had “illegally and forcibly” occupied.“I reiterate that the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the area of so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’, are an integral part of India by virtue of the legal, complete and irrevocable accession of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India in 1947,” he said in a statement. “The government of Pakistan has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it.”



Gujjar quota protest: Trains diverted, bus services affected in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur

More than a dozen trains have been diverted and road traffic was disrupted as members of the Gujjar community continued their protest in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district, demanding reservation in education and jobs in the state, reported NDTV.“The youth are not getting employment and there is anger among them,” Vijay Bainsla, a Gujjar leader told ANI. “Our movement will continue. We have spoken to [Chief Minister Ashok] Gehlot ji four times in the past but nothing materialised. It has been two years, how much patience do they demand from us?”




Haryana: 30 detained for rioting over college student murder in Ballabhgarh

Gurugram:  30 people were detained on Sunday following a clash with the police in Ballabhgarh, as a group of over 200 persons blocked Delhi-Agra highway demanding justice for the family of 20-year-old Nikita Tomar, who was shot dead by her stalker outside Aggarwal College on Oct.26. Earlier in the day, a ‘mahapanchayat’ was held at Dussehra ground over the incident. The police said the mob blocked the highway and started pelting stones at them when they intervened, leaving 10 personnel injured.OP Singh, Faridabad police commissioner, said that the family members of Tomar had called a ‘mahapanchayat’ of 36 communities in Ballabhgarh to demand justice. Tomar’s murder has triggered communal rage in the region, as right-wing leaders are alleged to have made “hate speeches” in the ‘mahapanchayat’ held on Sunday, the police said.



Mayawati reiterates BSP will vote for BJP, other parties to defeat SP candidates in UP MLC elections

BSP chief Mayawati on Monday reiterated her stand on supporting candidates from BJP or any other party to defeat Samajwadi Party (SP) in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh MLC elections."I had said that even if we have to give the vote to any other candidate even he or she is from BJP or any other party in the upcoming MLC elections in the state to give reply to SP for its 'anti-Dalit' actions. We can support candidates of other parties but will not let the SP candidate win. BSP stands by its statement," BSP chief told ANI."However, Congress and SP are manipulating my statement for their own interest to cut Muslim people away from the BSP and to ensure that Muslims do not vote for BSP in by-polls on the seven seats," she said. However, BSP chief clarified that her party has not made an appeal to vote for BJP in any polls.ANI



Election Commission "Has No Power," : Supreme Court stays order revoking Kamal Nath’s star campaigner status ahead of MP bye-polls

New Delhi: Election Commission's order removing Congress's Kamal Nath as the star campaigner for the by-elections in Madhya Pradesh has been put on hold by the Supreme Court. "We are staying the Election Commission's order and the EC has no power," said Chief Justice of India SA Bobde."Who has given power to you (the Election Commission) to remove a candidate from the star campaigner list? It is you or a leader of the party?" Chief Justice Bobde said while hearing a petition filed by the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister."Where do you get the power to determine who will be the leader of a political party? It is for you or the party to decide who is the star campaigner?" he added.The Election Commission said it would file a response at the earliest. "The Supreme Court is supreme. The EC has been given an opportunity to file a reply in the matter, which shall be filed at the earliest," the commission said.



After Years of Neglect, Ansari Muslims' Demand for Representation Queers RJD's Pitch

Mahua/Vaishali: At Chapaith village of Mahua, Parvez Alam finds it difficult to contain people’s excitement about his candidature. “Shaant rahe (Maintain silence, please),” he appeals to his supporters who flank him from all sides. All of them are cheering him on with slogans of victory, but Parvez, the Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav-led Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) candidate from Mahua, looks visibly discontented. “I am fighting for our community’s rights. People from all backward communities will vote for us. We have been with the people through thick and thin. They know us. The RJD, on the other hand, has betrayed us,” he says.RJD, Parvez claims, made him wait until the last moment to give him a ticket despite the fact that he had “applied” for it months ago. “There was eventually no communication from the RJD’s office. As a result, I and many like me from the Ansari Muslim community had no choice but to leave the party,” he says.“I had contested from Kanti on an RJD ticket and got 48,000 votes. Yet, the party thought it fit to nominate an unknown person from the constituency,” Parvez tells The Wire. Tejashwi Yadav’s elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav is the sitting legislator from the Mahua assembly seat, but has given it up to contest from Samastipur’s Hasanpur. Parvez Alam fumes at the RJD for not considering him to replace Tej Pratap in Mahua.



Mumbai's Islam Gymkhana bans rummy

MUMBAI: 129-year-old sea-facing Islam Gymkhana near Marine Drive, a popular sports hub and centre for socio-cultural activities, is in the eye of a storm after its president Yusuf Abrahni banned rummy and other card games on its premises. Claiming that some members indulged in gambling while playing rummy, Abrahni closed the card room on Friday, which was Eid-e-Milad or Prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary. The dissenting members have alleged that “a very religious” Abrahni is changing the gymkhana’s “liberal” character and turning it into a “madrassa”.“If Abrahni knew that some members gambled at the gymkhana, why didn’t he lodge a police complaint?” asked Ishtiaq Ali, a member. “It is a club, not a madrassa. He should not play the religion card.”Defending his decision, Abrahni, also a former Congress MLA, said: “We encourage all games and sports, but some members, in the name of playing rummy or cards, gambled. Our records show that there were five guests for one member at the cards room.”“Ever since I took over as president last year, we have added over a dozen games, including tennis, badminton, volleyball, a women’s recreation section, a modern gym, jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna bath and spa. Those who say I have turned it into a madrassa should explain which madrassa has spa and steam bath facilities,” he said, adding that a swimming pool is in the pipeline and its multi-purpose turf hosts football, volleyball and cricket matches.





Schools reopen in these states from today. Guidelines and other rules here

Schools in Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Uttarakhand reopened from today after a gap of more than seven months in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision is in line with the government's recent guidelines allowing schools to reopen and leaving it upon the states and union territories to decide whether to start classes or not. According to the guidelines, students have the option of not going to school and continuing online learning. However, if a student decides to go to school, parents written consent will be mandatory.




WHO chief goes into quarantine after contact with coronavirus patient

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday said that he was self-quarantining after someone he was in contact with tested positive for Covid-19. “I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19,” he tweeted. “I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with WHO protocols, and work from home.”He also strongly advocated for the compliance of health guidance. “This is how we will break chains of Covid-19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems,” the world health body chief said. “My WHO colleagues and I will continue to engage with partners in solidarity to save lives and protect the vulnerable.”Tedros has been at the forefront of the world’s battle against the pandemic.




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Indian-Americans Among Joe Biden's Major 800 Fundraisers For US Polls

Washington: US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has released the names of major fundraisers, including Indian-Americans, who helped him raise at least $100,000 for his election campaign this year.The list, released on Sunday, contains the names of 800 major donors, including a few dozen Indian-Americans. Topping the list of Indian-Americans are well known community leaders Swadesh Chatterjee, Rameshk Kapoor, Shekar N Narasimhan, R Rangaswami, Ajay Jain Bhutoria and Frank Islam.Among other prominent Indian-American bundlers are Neil Makhija, Rahu, Prakash, Deepak Raj, Raj Shah, Rajan Shah, Radhika Shah, Jill and Raj Singh, Nidhi Thakar, Kiran Jain, Sony Kalsi and Bela Bajaria.Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has also been listed as a bundler.



New Zealand Gets Its First-Ever Indian-Origin Minister

Melbourne: Priyanca Radhakrishnan on Monday became New Zealand's first-ever Indian-origin minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inducted five new ministers into her executive.Born in India, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, 41, went to school in Singapore before moving to New Zealand to further her education.She has spent her work life advocating on behalf of people whose voices are often unheard - women survivors of domestic violence, and migrant workers who have been exploited.She was elected first as a Member of Parliament belonging to the Labour Party in Sept. 2017.




 Quran doesn’t tell people to fight any more than Gita, Bible, Torah. Why pick on Muslims:Zainab Sikander





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