26/09/2017


Triple talaq undesirable but permissible, let Muslims stop it, don't interfere as it is matter of faith for last 1,400 yrs; Hindu law of divorce more discriminatory:AIMPLB to SC

 

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Triple talaq undesirable but permissible, let Muslims stop it, don't interfere as it is matter of faith for last 1,400 yrs; Hindu law of divorce more discriminatory:AIMPLB to SC

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/triple-talaq-matter-of-faith-for-last-1400-years-aimplb-to-sc/articleshow/58694758.cms

New Delhi: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that triple talaq has been observed by Muslims for last 1400 years and questioned the Centre for calling the practice un-Islamic."Triple talaq is there since 637. Who are we to say that this is un-Islamic. Muslims are practicing it for last 1,400 years. It is a matter of faith. Hence, there was no question of constitutional morality and equity," former Union law minister and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for AIMPLB, said.The Muslim body also equated triple talaq with the Hindu belief that Ram was born at Ayodhya. "If I have faith that Lord Rama was born at Ayodhya, then it's a matter of faith and there is no question of constitutional morality," Sibal told a 5-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar."Muslim marriage is a contract through nikahnama between consenting adults and so is divorce. If both marriage and divorce are contracts, why should others have a problem," the AIMPLB asked.Sibal also referred to the fact that the source of triple talaq can be found in Hadith and that it came into being after the time of Prophet Muhammad.Responding to the Centre's stand that it will enact a law on Muslim divorce if the SC quashed talaq in all forms, Sibal asked what will happen if the SC quashed the practice and then Parliament refused. Today is the fourth day of the hearing in the case as TOI reported. New Delhi: According to NDTV, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said today  said, triple talaq is undesirable and Muslims know it, but they should be allowed to get rid of it on their own. Work is on to discourage the practice and outsiders "should not interfere", he told the Supreme Court. Triple talaq is something that should not remain permanent, Sibal said. "We don't want someone to tell us that it is bad. It is for the community to get rid of... Nobody should interfere in the matter," he added. The Constitution bench asked why the community is not taking any steps to eradicate the practice. "We are trying to educate people and working on it advising them not to resort to this," replied Siba. According The Hindu,  yesterday, beginning his arguments for AIMPLB, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the root cause for the inequality suffered by Muslim women is not triple talaq but the patriarchy found dominant in society.“But all societies, be it Hindu or Christian, are patriarchal. In a Hindu family, a father can gift his property outside his family. In Muslim law, this cannot be done,”Sibal said. According to Deccan Chronicle, Kapil Sibal argued, Hindu law of divorce and succession are more discriminatory than triple talaq which has the sanctity of Muslim personal law. Sibal said women seeking divorce under the Hindu law are waiting for years in courts to get divorce. “Is this not discrimination,” counsel asked. Similarly under Hindu succession law, a father may deny property to the daughter and give it to his son, he said. Sibal said this kind of discrimination is not possible in Muslim law as everyone gets a share. He opened his submissions saying, “Nothing is permanent, when the time comes the nation will decide.” “Personal laws continue to remain personal in the Constitution. A time will come when the different societies decide that they need to encapsulate their laws into a Uniform Civil Code,” he said. “At least till such time, we should preserve the individual customs and usages of pluralistic societies. They have to be equally protected,” Sibal submitted.He said the Hindu Marriage Act still protects religious customs and usages. “There is even existence of polyandry. Situation is highly complex and cannot be easily resolved. Over a 160 million people are waiting for Your Lordships to decide,”Sibal submitted.TOI/ Thehindu/NDTV/Deccan Chronicle

Triple talaq undesirable but permissible and not justiceable, AIMPLB tells SC

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/triple-talaq-undesirable-but-permissible-and-not-justiceable-aimplb-tells-sc-117051601461_1.html

Triple talaq matter of faith like Rama’s birth place: AIMPLB

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/triple-talaq-matter-of-faith-like-ramas-birth-place-aimplb-4658923/

Triple Talaq hearing day-4: AIMPLB says reforms in the pipeline but need time; asks SC not to interfere

http://www.livelaw.in/triple-talaq-day-4-personal-law-constitutionally-protected-kapil-sibal-read-sibals-argument-notes/

Let Muslims stop triple talaq, don't interfere: Sibal to SC

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/let-muslims-stop-triple-talaq-dont-interfere-kapil-sibal-tells-supreme-court-1694295

Is Hindu law not discriminatory?: Kapil Sibal in SC

http://theindianawaaz.com/is-hindu-law-not-discriminatory-kapil-sibal-in-sc/

Hindu law of divorce is more discriminatory: Kapil Sibal

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/160517/hindu-law-of-divorce-is-more-discriminatory-says-kapil-sibal.html

Islamic law anglicized in India, not have sanctity of pure, original” Islamic law: Centre

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/islamic-law-anglicised-centre/article18459157.ece

New Delhi: What is practised in India is an “anglicised form” of Islamic law which does not have the sanctity of the “pure, original” Islamic law, Additional Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Govt, submitted before the Supreme Court on Monday.Making a short submission supplementing Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi’s arguments against triple talaq before a 5-judge Constitution Bench,Mehta said the original Islamic law had undergone many changes during its time in the sub-continent. Foremost, it had been anglicised. Further, he urged the court to direct All India Muslim Personal Law Board to delete and apologise for certain comments it had made in a counter-affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.thehindu

Triple talaq is not un-Islamic, its matter of faith:AIMPLB

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/triple-talaq-is-not-un-islamic-its-matter-of-faith-aimplb-to-sc-117051600285_1.html

AIMPLB questions Centre for calling triple talaq un-Islamic

http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20170516/3108680.html

Centre has to prove triple talaq's redundancy in Islam: SC

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/centre-has-to-prove-triple-talaqs-redundancy-in-islam-sc/articleshow/58687004.cms

If Ayodhya is a matter of faith, so is triple talaq, Kapil Sibal tells Supreme Court

http://www.india.com/news/india/if-ayodhya-is-a-matter-of-faith-then-it-is-same-for-triple-talaq-kapil-sibal-tells-supreme-court-2136594/

If faith of Hindus on Ram can't be questioned, how can validity of triple talaq be challenged: Sibal

http://www.oneindia.com/india/how-can-1400-year-old-practice-be-unconstitutional-kapil-sibal-on-triple-talaq-2435856.html

 

 

Law panel to go slow on common code; await SC verdict Law Commission Chairman

http://www.news18.com/news/india/instant-triple-talaq-is-something-that-needs-to-change-law-commission-chairman-1402995.html

New Delhi: Law Commission Chairman Justice BS Chauhan told News18 that the proposed draft on Uniform Civil Code will not be prepared till the apex court delivers its verdict in the case, which is expected in July. Justice Chauhan said the Commission will wait for the Supreme Court verdict as it is likely to observations which will be binding for all.“Court is asking a lot of questions to understand the issue and we think the court is making observations. The court will be discussing concept of religion, personal law, and also the difference between religious faith and religious practice. Essentially, what they are and how to determine them. I hope the judgment comes by July as the CJI will retire in August,” said the Law Commission Chairman. Justice Chauhan said there were multiple issues which require clarification by the apex court. “SC will have to now determine what personal law is. Personal law was first interpreted as Hindu law and not Muslim law. If you see Article 25, there are words which are tricky like public order, health and morality. Now this article has to be read subject to Article 21 and that is why we have kept quiet and want to see the SC verdict on this,” he said. On a hypothetical question around UCC’s role assuming a situation where the court strikes down Triple Talaq and upholds Talaq-e-Hasan or Talaq-e-Ahsan, Justice Chauhan said, “UCC includes right to succession, inheritance, property and other aspects…marriage and divorce may be a part of it.”“Suppose SC comes to the conclusion that Triple Talaq is a practice and it is not essential to the religion then UCC can include divorce. There are also people who believe that Triple Talaq and other 2 (forms of talaq) are unconstitutional,” said Justice Chauhan.When asked about his personal views on the subject, Justice Chauhan said the practice of instant divorce needs to change. “Polygamy is not a big issue among Muslims as the percentage is very less among them. It’s difficult to sustain a single wife now, who would take care of two. The problem is with instantaneous divorce and the court is looking into. It’s a very absurd thing for the wife and children. There was a recent instance when the wife did not have milk to feed the child and when she had asked the husband for some money, he pronounced Triple Talaq. Now this is something which needs to change,” said Justice Chauhan.Justice Chauhan said UCC will indeed be a herculean task as there is immense diversity in the country with regards to the norms being followed and practiced. “North East still has murder trials which are conducted by Panchayats. Judiciary has not been separated there. Criminal procedure code does not apply in the North East. It only applies in Shillong, and that too in 4 wards and not the entire city,” said Justice Chauhan.News18.com

Law panel to go slow on common code; await SC verdict on triple talaq

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/law-panel-to-go-slow-on-common-code-await-sc-verdict-on-triple-talaq-4658506/

Centre's proposal to enact law for Muslim marriages, divorces will amount to direct infringement on our fundamental right: Salim Engineer

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170516/jsp/nation/story_151857.jsp

New Delhi:Jamaat-e-Islami Hind secretary-general Salim Engineer told this newspaper that no one supported the instant triple talaq, but added: "Our apprehension is that in the guise of banning the instant triple talaq, Govt  wants to take away our right of 'single' talaq."He was referring to the talaq-e-ahsan (where talaq is pronounced just once but becomes effective only after a period of 3 months, at any time during which the husband can revoke the talaq) and talaq-e-hasan, a staggered divorce with 3 pronouncements of the talaq, also revocable at any time in between." This would amount to a direct infringement on our fundamental right. This would be nothing but an enforced civil code, an attempt to bring a uniform civil code through the backdoor," Engineer said.Civil rights activist Javed Anand of the Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy welcomed the Govt's offer. telegraphindia

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PM Modi offers unwavering support to Palestine, but hopes peace between Palestinian and Israeli sides

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/may/16/pm-modi-offers-unwavering-support-to-palestine-but-hopes-peace-between-palestinian-and-israeli-side-1605500.html

New Delhi: While hoping for an early resumption of talks between Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive resolution, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday conveyed India’s "unwavering support" to the Palestinian cause. After holding extensive dialogue with visiting Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in national capital, PM Modi India hopes to see a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel.Modi’s reaction is seen as a balancing act ahead of his upcoming visit to Israel, the first ever visit by any Indian PM.After wide ranging talks, where 2 leaders inked 5 agreements, PM Modi, while addressing joint media,he said, "We hope to see the realisation of a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel. I have reaffirmed our position on this to President Abbas during our conversation today." Modi also said that two leaders had an extensive exchange of views on the situation in West Asia and the Middle East Peace Process and agreed that the challenges in West Asia must be addressed through sustained political dialogue and peaceful means.“India hopes for early resumption of talks between Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive resolution,”Modi said while adding that at the bilateral level, India is committed to be a useful development partner of Palestine.On his part,Abbas said Palestine appreciates the solidarity India extends to its cause. "India is a friend. It has influence at the international level. India can play an important role (in the resolving Palestine Israel crisis," Abbas said.2 sides signed agreements for visa exemptions for diplomatic passport holders, in the fields of agriculture cooperation, IT and electronics, health sector and cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports. newindianexpress

India hopes for sovereign, independent Palestine co-existing with Israel: Modi

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-hopes-for-sovereign-independent-palestine-co-existing-with-israel-modi/story-EffTAb34iWDciK8Gc7qUtN.html

Abbas urges India to play its role for peace in middle east

http://caravandaily.com/portal/abbas-urges-india-to-play-its-role-for-peace-in-middle-east/

New Delhi: Ahead of his meeting with the Indian leadership including PM Narendra Modi, Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas said India should continue to play its role in restoring peace and stability in the Middle East. He also urged Israel to seize the opportunity of peace and dialogue with Palestine for a two-state solution.Speaking at a reception in his honor organized by the India Islamic Cultural Center here, Palestine President said India should use its influence to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands as the world knows that India and Israel have close ties.“We are ready for a two-state solution living Palestine and Israel side by side with peace and stability but Israel has to respond to this,” Abbas said and adding that USA, Russia and Germany all have supported our peace efforts. Caravan Daily

We want India to help in upcoming peace efforts, says Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/we-want-india-in-peace-process-says-palestine-president-mahmoud-abbas/article18459281.ece?homepage=true

India can play important role in Palestine issue: Abbas

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-can-play-important-role-in-palestine-issue-says-president-mahmoud-abbas/story-uERs6RT7cPMsL0VO3qIV8O.html

China challenges India to explain ‘meaningful dialogue’ on Belt and Road Initiative

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china-challenges-india-to-explain-meaningful-dialogue-on-belt-and-road-initiative-says-doors-open-for-new-delhi-to-join-project/story-EO0TA64jObV631oYFdv6oI.html

Beijing: China on Tuesday challenged India to clarify its call for a “meaningful dialogue” on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) despite Beijing saying that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an economic project with no implications for the Kashmir issue.China’s foreign ministry also said the “doors” for India to join the BRI would always be open.Explaining the reasons behind India’s decision to skip the two-day Belt and Road Forum (BRF) that ended in Beijing on Monday, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said: “Guided by our principled position on the matter, we have been urging China to engage in a meaningful dialogue on its connectivity initiative…We are awaiting a response from Chinese side.”Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying responded to Baglay’s remarks at a regular briefing today:“I do not know what the Indian spokesperson was trying to say. What kind of dialogue is meaningful dialogue? What kind of positive attitude does the spokesman want China to hold?“I think our position has been clear and we are always waiting. If they have the answer, they can give me the answer in a public or private way,” Hua said. She added India is always welcome to join BRI but it depends on the country’s attitude towards the mega-connectivity project.“China welcomes the participation of India to the BRI, the answer is clear,” she said. “Now it depends on what attitude the Indian side holds."HT

Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty: ICJ defers ruling after India, Pakistan present case

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kulbhushan-jadhav-death-row-icj-defer-ruling-after-india-pakistan-present-case/story-uTET05zH4gtIS472Uh0kaJ.html

The fate of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, remained uncertain as the International Court of Justice on Monday deferred its ruling on India’s petition to stop his execution.UN’ highest court in The Hague heard arguments by both sides and its president Ronny Abraham said the 12-judge tribunal would deliver its decision on whether to grant an emergency stay of execution “as soon as possible” on a date that would be communicated to the two parties.HT

Mehbooba Mufti forced to leave women’s SHG event as protesters raise ‘azaadi’ slogans

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/mehbooba-forced-to-leave-womens-shg-event-as-protesters-raise-azaadi-slogans-4658703/

Srinagar : J&K  CM  Mehbooba Mufti was forced to leave a women’s self-help group (SHG) function here today when the crowd shouted slogans against her and even flung chairs in the air. Mehbooba, who was hastily escorted out of the venue by her security, sought to downplay the incident and told reporters that her Govt  was trying to help the women and she would continue her efforts in this regard.The chaos had begun early in the morning when some of the women — mostly from south Kashmir which has seen an upsurge in violence since July last year — raised ‘azaadi’ slogans outside the SKICC convention centre where the event was being held.The women were whisked away before the chief guest arrived but that was not the end of the trouble. The anger was evident when Mehbooba reached the venue where thousands of women from various self-help groups had gathered, an official said. The function had been organised by Rural Development Department.PTI

Kashmiri man joins militants, he was ‘victimised’ under security law

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kashmiri-man-who-escaped-from-custody-joins-militants-blames-injustice/story-eL45ESvIgK6b7FlBmdvjjO.html

Srinagar: A 23-year-old man from Shopian, who escaped from police custody earlier this month, has released a video saying he has joined the militant ranks and that “tyranny’ and “illegal detention” led him to become an insurgent.District police authorities confirmed Zubair Ahmad Turray escaped from Keegam police station in Shopian on May 1 but did not take any weapon with him. Residents of the town called for a shutdown for three consecutive days last week to protest his disappearance. “We had information that he (Zubair) has joined militants after escaping from prison. It got confirmed by his video,” director general of police, SP Vaid, said.In the video, which surfaced on social media, Turray is seen in a military uniform with a cap and 2 rifles and 2 grenades can be seen on a table in front of him.Turray begins his message with Quranic verses and says he is a “victimised” Kashmiri who escaped from a jail a few days earlier. He goes on to explain how “slavery” and the “imperialist forces” had led him to become a militant.“My journey has been very painful…I had no other way,” Turray says in the video.He says he was in jail for the last 4 years and was charged under the controversial “PSA” 4 times. He was referring to the J&K Public Safety Act (PSA), 1978 that allows the state to detain a person without trial for at least 6 months. Activists say it is ‘draconian’ and rights body Amnesty International has termed it a ‘lawless law’.Turray says that even though his last PSA case was quashed by the high court, he was placed under illegal detention for 3 months, following which he escaped.Habeel Iqbal, a lawyer who is Turray’s counsel in 3 cases currently in Shopian court, said in Feb.a PSA order on Turray was quashed and he was told by the police to report to the counter-insurgency wing of the police in Srinagar. He reported to the wing after 2 days of being set free from the prison, only to be detained and handed over to Shopian Police. hindustantimes

RSS to hold annual meeting for first time in  J&K

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rss-to-hold-annual-meeting-for-first-time-in-jammu-and-kashmir-4658565/

New Delhi: Amid the unrest in Kashmir, the RSS will hold its annual review meeting for the first time in Jammu in July, looking to send out a message to separatists that the valley is an integral part of the country. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP president Amit Shah and leaders from VHP will attend the three-day meeting which is scheduled from July 18-20, sources in the Sangh said. “The time and place of meeting was decided to send out a clear message to separatists in the Kashmir valley that the region is integral part of India and the Sangh is committed to its unity,” they added.The sources also indicated that incidents of stone-pelting and the attack on CRPF jawans could come up for discussion during the meeting.PTI

Denied haircuts by upper-caste diktat for decades, Valmikis at Sambhal village threaten to convert to Islam

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/denied-haircuts-by-upper-caste-diktat-for-decades-valmikis-at-sambhal-village-threaten-to-convert/articleshow/58687120.cms

Sambhal: Fed up after decades of being denied haircuts at their own village due to an upper-caste diktat, Valmikis at a Sambhal village have threatened to convert to Islam, citing the recent agitation by Dalit leaders over oppression in UP . At Fatehpur Shamsoi village under Bhajoie police station here, there are about 15,000 Thakurs and Brahmins,and about 1,250 Valmikis in 250 families. For decades since Independence, Valmikis have allegedly not been allowed to get haircuts or shaves from the village barbers, because upper castes declared that if the Dalits were given haircuts, the upper castes would not get haircuts from the 'impure' implements.A month ago, a Muslim barber agreed to give haircuts to a Valmiki family. Facing alleged upper caste pressure, when the family later turned up for a shave, he refused. This has snowballed into a major agitation, with all the Valmikis of the village now threatening to convert to Islam, following the path of national president of Valmiki Dharm Samaj, Lalla Babu Dravid, who had recently announced that the community would convert in the face of atrocities."A month ago my cousins, Anil, Bhura and Birjesh Valmiki had got haircuts at Asif Ali's barbershop. Some days later, when they turned up for a shave, Asif refused. He had been beaten up by upper caste villagers because he broke the rule," said Saurabh Valmiki, 21, a villager."The other barbers (the village has five) also refused to give us haircuts or shaves in fear. We filed a police complaint against them. When the police reached the village, all the barbers had shut shop and fled," Saurabh added.Over the decades, Valmiki men have had to travel 15 to 20 km to towns like Chandausi, Bhajoie and Islamnagar to get haircuts."The barbers, under pressure from upper caste communities here, refused to give haircuts to Valmikis. The barbershops have been shut ever since," said village pradhan Chotay Lal Diwakar. On Monday afternoon, national president of Valmiki Dharm Samaj, Lalla Babu Dravid, along with other community leaders reached Fatehpur Shamsoi and called a panchayat . Ex- village pradhan Sanjeev Sharma and Bhajoie SHO Ranjan Sharma were also present. Dravid gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the upper castes in the village to reserve the diktat, or the community would leave the Hindu fold."It is because of such atrocities that the Valmiki community here has decided that if it is not resolved, they will convert to Islam. The decision is now with the upper castes," Dravid added. timesofindia

Dalits In UP Threaten To Convert To Islam After Upper Castes Deny Them Haircuts

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/05/16/dalits-in-up-threaten-to-convert-to-islam-after-upper-castes-den_a_22092593/

Muslim exodus in UP: 33 more families flee Sambhal village

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/muslim-exodus-33-more-families-flee-sambhal-village/articleshow/58687116.cms

Sambhal:Another 33 Muslim families have left Nandrauli village here in the days following an attack on the houses of some Muslim families on May 11, in the aftermath of the elopement of an inter-faith couple. Shortly after the violence, 10 Muslim families, including that of the youth who had eloped with a married Hindu woman, had fled. In the days since, 33 more families have packed up and left, rejecting appeals from various people including, the local MP, to stay back. The families who fled are now living in Badaun, Sambhal and Aligarh. Mohammad Shakeel, a schoolteacher whose family was attacked during the violence and who now lives in Gunnaur town of Sambhal, told TOI, "We have lost faith in the police and administration. My entire house was ransacked by the assailants and my sons and daughters were assaulted."Another village resident, Nafees Ahamed, 55, who has now shifted to Aligarh, said,"My children still have disturbed sleep. The memories of those horrible attacks haunt us. We were beaten up and threatened for hours."Gunnaur SDM Akhilesh Yadav said, "We have appealed to the families not to leave the village and assured them of the round-the-clock security. The administration is also providing food to families still inside the village.""We have asked the officials to prepare a list of all those who have left the village and settled in other places. We will make an appeal to them to come back to their houses and will take the responsibility of their security," SDM said. Nandrauli village, under Gunnaur police station 60 km from here, saw Muslim houses looted, ransacked, demolished and set on fire after a Muslim youth and a married Hindu woman who were having an affair fled on May 8. After the violence on May 9-10, 10 Muslim families, a total of 55 people have fled the village. Those still around are also on the verge of leaving and narrated tales of horror. Police have filed FIRs against hundreds of villagers. "Muslims comprise 10% of the total population of the village, around 350 out of 3,500. For two successive nights, I heard the cries of women and children when they were attacked, molested and beaten up. They were even attacked in the presence of police and PAC personnel, who did not intervene. Neither did the administration," village pradhan Pramod Kumar Yadav had said. timesofindia

HC notifies AG:Seeks disqualification of Adityanath as CM

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The Allahabad High Court today issued a notice to Attorney General of India on a petition seeking disqualification of CM  Yogi Adityanath and his deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya, from their respective posts.  Lucknow bench of the high court has set the matter for next hearing on May 24. A division bench comprising justices Sudhir Agrawal and Virendra Kumar passed the order on the Public Interest Litigation petition filed by Sanjai Sharma.Petitioner pleaded that a parliamentarian cannot not become the minister of a state Govt  and this is in violation of article 101(2) of the Constitution of India and as such the appointment of Adityanath as the CM and Maurya as the Deputy CM should be set aside, for both are still continuing as MPs. The petitioner also sought that their Lok Sabha seats be declared vacant. Sharma challenged the constitutionality of section 3(A) of the Prevention of Disqualification Act. Since the constitutionality of a central act cannot be tested without hearing the Attorney General, the court issued him notice. PTI

Adityanath's appointment as UP CM challenged in HC

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/yogi-adityanaths-appointment-as-up-chief-minister-challenged-in-high-court-1693885

Installation of Hindu deity near grave leads to communal tension in Alwar

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/installation-of-hindu-deity-near-grave-leads-to-communal-tension-in-alwar/articleshow/58689584.cms

Alwar:Tension prevailed at Scheme 3 family area near the Mazar (Grave) of Syed Baba on Monday in Alwar when some people attempted to install an idol of Lord Hanuman near the grave.However, intervening on time, the administration did not allow such installation and ensured law and order. Police also spoke to members of both communities and urged them to follow the pact in this regard that took place between the communities a year ago.According to police, some people were adamant to install an idol of Dashmukhi Hanumanji. However, when they were not allowed to do so, Hindu outfits decided to organise a protest and a Mahaarti (veneration) at Kotwali police station."Some people had also given call for Bandh in Alwar city. However, we spoke to them and urged them to ensure that law and order and communal harmony is maintained. Responding to it, they have called back their protests," said a senior police officer. Tension erupted when people of Muslim community were irked after seeing an idol of Lord Hanuman and complained about it to ADM, city, Mahendra Meena."While police approached the spot, large number of people from both communities gathered. Some people also informed that the matter was settled in writing a year ago and still some people are attempting to disturb peace and communal harmony," said an officer. Police invited members of both communities and urged them to maintain the written pact in this regard as agreed by both a year ago.TOI

HC transfers missing JNU student Najeeb’s case to CBI

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New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Tuesday transferred the investigation into the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, missing since last October, to CBI from the police with immediate effect.A bench of Justices GS Sistani and Rekha Palli transferred the matter to the CBI on a plea by the student’s mother after the Delhi Police said it has no problem with such a direction. The court said the probe by the CBI would be supervised by an officer, not less than the rank of a DIG. While transferring the matter, the court noted that the Delhi Police had implemented all directions and suggestions given by the court. The matter will be taken up next on July 17. The student had gone missing a day after an altercation with some ABVP students on the night of Oct.14, 2016.The court was hearing a plea by Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, seeking the whereabouts about her son who went missing from the JNU campus and is yet to be traced.Now she is seeking dismantling of the SIT and setting up of an independent SIT of police officers from outside Delhi.PTI

Batla House encounter case: Court drops charges against L-18 flat caretaker Abdul Rehman

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/2008-encounter-case-court-drops-charges-against-batla-house-caretaker/articleshow/58694215.cms

New Delhi: Abdul Rehman, caretaker of the Batla House where two suspects of Delhi serial blasts were killed in a police encounter in 2008, was on Tuesday discharged in a case by a Delhi local court. His counsel advocate MS Khan informed TOI about the development. Rehman was arrested on Sept.21, 2008, for allegedly forging the lease agreement of L-18 flat in Batla House colony near Jamia Nagar. Earlier his defense counsel MS Khan had argued that the police had failed to recover the original rent agreement that was alleged to have been forged. "In the FIR, the complainant has also admitted that he had handed over the keys to the applicant to let out the flat on rental basis to a good tenant. Once the keys were handed over what was the reason for him to forge rent agreement," he had argued.TOI

Terror suspect sent back to Tihar jail after appearing in court

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2017/may/16/terror-suspect-sent-back-to-tihar-jail-after-appearing-in-court-1605311.html

Cuttack: Terror suspect Abdul Rehman was sent back to Tihar Central Jail after being produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate, First Class(JMFC) at Salepur here on Monday. Rehman (38), who was allegedly running a Madrasa at Bilteruan village within Tangi police limits here, was arrested during a joint operation of Delhi and Odisha police from his house at Paschimakachha village under Salepur block on Dec.15, 2015 night on charges of radicalising youths for terror activities.Rehman’s counsel Arunoday Mohanty prayed for commitment of the case to Sessions Court besides pleading for the accused to be lodged in Choudwar Circle Jail instead of being sent back to Tihar. Court, however, refused to entertain the plea. Mohanty said JMFC considered the scheduled date for Rehaman’s appearance before Patiala House Court on May 23, 2017 and posted the further date for production of Rehman in the local court to May 29. newindianexpress

Kolkata imam Barkati’s term may be terminated tomorrow, says Mosque board head: HT

http://www.hindustantimes.com/kolkata/endgame-for-kolkata-imam-barkati-s-term-may-be-terminated-tomorrow-says-tipu-sultan-mosque-trustee-board-head/story-JRygHft1GMbmMD35UYmNIJ.html

Kolkata : Syed Noor ur Rahman Barkati, Islamic cleric from Kolkata who recently threatened jihad in India, will be sacked as head of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan mosque.“He is a blot on our community,” Shahezada Anwar Ali Shah,head of the mosque’s trustee board, said on Tuesday while confirming that Barkati’s sacking will likely be announced on Wednesday evening. Barkati headed the mosque for 28 years.He fell out of favour with Mamata Banerjee, one of his strongest backers once, last week after he warned of a ‘jihad’ if India was declared a Hindu state and also refused to take off the red beacon from his car.

Raids on Chidambaram, Lalu houses; Opposition cries vendetta

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/raids-on-chidambaram-lalu-houses-opposition-cries-vendetta-roundup-117051601075_1.html

New Delhi: Premises of 2 top opposition leaders, P. Chidambaram and Lalu Prasad, were on Tuesday raided by CBI and IT officials with Karti Chidambaram accused of getting pay-offs for helping a media company get FIPB clearance, while the former Bihar CM  was accused of "benami" land deals -- actions the opposition denounced as vendetta by the BJP-led central Govt .The day began with raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation in New Delhi, Chennai, Gurugram and Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, while the Income Tax raided 22 locations in Delhi and Gurugram on a number of premises said to be owned by Lalu and kin.CBI raided the residence of Chidambaram and his son Karti in Nungambakam in Chennai, after registering an FIR on Monday night in which it was alleged that his son could have benefited to the tune of Rs 3.5 crore for helping in the clearance of an FIPB proposal of media company INX Ltd when his father was at the helm in the North Block. Senior RJD leader and ex-Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said the IT raids are part of the BJP's political vendetta against rivals. "BJP has been conspiring against Lalu Prasad for his vocal criticism and his bid to unite all non-BJP parties ahead of 2019 general elections," Singh said. Reacting to the raids on Chidambaram and his son, the Congress said: "The truth is that revenge has become a DNA of the BJP. Neither Chidambaram nor any Congress leader or any other leader of opposition will be deterred, would be cowed down or would fear the politics of revenge and vendetta."IANS

Bihar Muslim man kills minor daughter after wife marries another person

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bihar-man-kills-8-year-old-daughter-after-wife-marries-another-person/story-aNih4l7RV2nUFFK1N9g1XM.html

Katihar: An impoverished man in Bihar’s Katihar district, 304 km east of Patna, allegedly strangled to death his 8-year-old daughter after being told that his estranged wife had married another person.Police said the incident took place at Laliyahi in Katihar town police station area on Monday.“Mohammad Mustaque, 40, lost his cool when he came to know that his wife had married another man in New Delhi. In a fit of anger, Mustaque started beating up his daughter Suhani and finally strangled her to death,” town police station SHO Anupam Kumar said.Mustaque, a daily wager, had been arrested and sent to jail after his mother-in-law lodged a complaint with the police on Monday evening, SHO said.Kumar said Mustaque’s wife Dukhni Khatun, 35, left for New Delhi with a son and a daughter 5 months ago and had been living there with her sister since then. Their 3 other children — one son and two daughters — were staying at Katihar with Mustaque, he added. “Mustaque had been staying at the house of his in-laws after his marriage about 20 years ago. With the small earning as a daily wager, he was finding it difficult to support his family, resulting in frequent quarrel with his wife. Upset over this, Khatun left her husband 5 months ago and went to New Delhi,” the SHO said.HT

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US says Assad using 'crematorium' to hide mass killings

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/syria-crematorium-hide-mass-killings-170515165918005.html

The US administration has accused the Syrian government of installing a crematorium in a military prison in order to destroy the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners.Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for the state department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, gave reporters satellite pictures apparently showing snow melting on the roof of the facility."Beginning in 2013, the Syrian regime modified a building within the Saydnaya complex to support what we believe is a crematorium," he said, referring to a military jail north of Damascus."Although the regime's many atrocities are well documented, we believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of the mass murders taking place in Saydnaya."Jones said the information came from credible humanitarian agencies and from the US "intelligence community" and that as many as 50 people per day are thought to be hanged at Saydnaya. aljazeera

Trump defends sharing ISIL-related ‘highly classified intelligence information’ with Russia

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/donald-trump-confirms-sharing-intelligence-russia-170516133028476.html

Donald Trump has confirmed in a series of tweets that he shared information with Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Kislyak, respectively Russia's foreign minister and ambassador in Washington, DC, while hosting them in the Oval Office.The US president defended his move on Tuesday, saying he had an "absolute right" to do so as commander-in-chief and that he discussed "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety". A report by the Washington Post newspaper quoted 2 US officials saying that Trump shared highly classified information about a planned ISIL operation, supplied by a US ally in the fight against the armed group also known as ISIS. Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.The disclosure put a source of intelligence on ISIL at risk, according to the Washington Post, which broke the story on Monday.The White House reacted to the reports, but did not deny that classified information was disclosed in the May 10 meeting between Trump and the Russian diplomats.Trump entered the debate personally after Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, and HR McMaster, US national security adviser, issued statements saying that no sources, methods or military operations were discussed at the Russian meeting. McMaster said the story was false.The Kremlin dismissed the reports as "complete nonsense". And Russia's foreign ministry spokesperson took to Facebook to describe the reports as "yet another fake".The developments come close on the heels of Trump's contentious dismissal of James Comey, FBI director, who was investigating allegations of Trump's ties to Russia.Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, has been a central player in the controversy surrounding possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia's election meddling. The alleged Trump disclosure comes in advance of his first overseas trip to the Middle East and then to the NATO leaders' summit in Brussels.Bob Corker, the Republican head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the allegations "very, very troubling". Aljazeera

Trump accused of sharing confidential IS-related information with Russia

http://www.firstpost.com/world/donald-trump-accused-of-sharing-confidential-islamic-state-related-information-with-russia-3447592.html

Last 1,000 rebels leave Damascus under evacuation deal

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170516-last-1000-rebels-leave-damascus-district-under-evacuation-deal/

Over 1,000 insurgents and their families left an opposition-held district of Damascus, completing an agreement between Syrian Govt  and rebels, Syrian state media outlets and a war monitoring group said.Well over 3,000 people have left  Qaboun in 2 days of evacuations, paving the way for the Govt to regain control of the area, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.They headed for areas still under opposition control east of the Syrian capital, or for the northwestern province of Idlib, also held by insurgents, it said. middleeastmonitor

US-led strike on IS-held Syria town kills 23 civilians: Monitor

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-us-led-strike-on-islamic-state-held-syria-town-kills-23-civilians-monitor-2438995

A US-led coalition air strike on Monday killed 23 civilians in eastern province of Deir al-Zor, a Syrian town held by the Islamic State group on the border with Iraq, a war monitoring group said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike on the town of Albu Kamal hit around 3:00 am local time. They also said that jets thought to belong to the US-led coalition hit the town of Al-Bukamal near the border with Iraq. The warplanes struck near a residential area and a mosque, wounding dozens more. Those killed in the strike were civilians displaced from other areas controlled by IS, including Syria's Deir Ezzor and Raqa provinces, and neighbouring Iraq. Islamic State-linked media outlet Amaq said coalition strikes killed 15 people and wounded 35 others in Al-Bukamal. A spokesman for the US-led coalition against Islamic State could not immediately be reached for comment. Deaths came after another strike by the US-led coalition in Raqa province yesterday that killed 12 women,monitor said. Reuters

Geneva VI peace talks on Syria begin

http://aa.com.tr/en/europe/geneva-vi-peace-talks-on-syria-begin/819272

Geneva: UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Tuesday met a Syrian regime delegation at the first day of a sixth round of peace talks in Geneva.The new round of talks is expected to end on Friday. The delegation from the Syrian regime is headed by Bashar al-Ja’aafari. The opposition is led by Nasr al-Hariri from the High Negotiations Committee.De Mistura will meet separately with each delegation at UN offices.The main discussions are to focus on a new constitution, governance, elections and the fight against terrorism.Upon arrival in Geneva Hariri said: "The road to Syria's freedom runs through Geneva. AA

Report documents evidence of attacks on Rohingya

http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/report-documents-evidence-of-attacks-on-rohingya/819061

Yangon: A Rohingya advocacy group urged the Govt  of Myanmar on Tuesday to cooperate with a UN fact-finding mission as it presents new evidence of attacks against Muslim civilians in western Rakhine state.The London-based Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) published a new report that contains evidence Rohingya have been targeted in an organized manner by state forces in northern Rakhine state during military operations since last Oct.“What is new about the material contained in this report is that it documents, through photographs, testimony and forensic analysis, physical evidence of attacks against civilians,” BROUK said in its report. The report was based on more than two dozen interviews with Rohingya refugees in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, who fled the Maungdaw area last year. Anadolu agency

China gears up for mass collection of DNA samples of Muslims in Xinjiang region

http://www.firstpost.com/world/china-gears-up-for-mass-collection-of-dna-samples-of-muslims-in-xinjiang-region-3449606.html

Beijing:China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that's been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said today. Police in western China's Xinjiang region confirmed that they are in the process of purchasing at least $8.7 million in equipment to analyse DNA samples.Observers from Human Rights Watch said they've seen evidence of almost $3 million in additional purchases related to DNA testing. They warned such a collection programme could be used as a way for authorities to beef up their political control.The move comes after Chinese authorities in 2016 reportedly required Xinjiang residents to submit DNA samples, fingerprints and voice records to obtain passports or travel abroad.If used at full capacity, the new equipment could be used to profile up to 10,000 DNA samples a day and several million a year, said Yves Moreau, a computational biologist specialising in genome analysis and DNA privacy at University of Leuven in Belgium.AP

Hamas: Israel collaborators admit killing top commander Mazen

 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/hamas-suspects-confess-killing-mazen-faqha-170516102716419.html

The 3 men accused of assassinating a senior Hamas commander in March have confessed to the crime and admitted that they received instructions from Israel for carrying out the killing, according to Gaza officials.Mazen Faqha, of Hamas's military wing, was fatally shot in the head and chest at the entrance of his Gaza City home on March 24."The three collaborators confessed that they received instructions to surveil Faqha and his home," Major General Tawfiq Abu Naim, commander of internal security forces, said in a news conference on Tuesday.A "large security operation" resulted in the arrest of "a network of 45 Palestinian collaborators" within the Gaza Strip, he added. Aljazeera

 





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