26/09/2017


INDIA:MEDIA ON TERROR CASES

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Punish my son if he's guilty, but I don't know who is Yasin Bhatkal: mother

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/201216/punish-my-son-if-he-is-guilty-but-his-name-is-not-yasin-bhatkal-mother.html

Hyderabad: After Yasin Bhatkal was sentenced to death for the 2013 Hyderabad blasts, his mother claimed that his real name was Mohammad Ahmed Sidibapa, and not Yasin Bhatkal. “We have petitioned the High Court thrice in past against branding my son Mohammad Ahmed Sidibapa as ‘Yasin Bhatkal’ but nothing happened,” she said according to a report. We do not know who is Yasin Bhatkal.My brother’s name was Mohammad Ahmed Sidibapa and we do not know why my brother was named Yasin Bhatkal,” Abdul Samad, a close relative of Yasin was also quoted as saying.However, Yasin’s mother Rehana Begum added that if he had indeed committed the crime, he should be punished, because ‘nobody is bigger than the country’.On the other hand, Yasin’s father Zarar Sidibapa, who was taken ill after hearing the news, was too grief-stricken to speak. Maqdhoom Colony of Bhatkal showed no signs of grief on hearing of the judgement, said the report. Some people said they felt sorry for the family, but did not recognise Bhatkal as he had left the place 20 years ago. Deccan Chronicle

Bhatkal:Family to approach HC against NIA court verdict

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=428450

Twin blast convicts refuse to wear prison uniform

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/Twin-blast-convicts-refuse-to-wear-prison-uniform/article16914844.ece

NIA court verdict awarding death sentence to 5 Muslim youth is a travesty of justice: CLMC

http://twocircles.net/2016dec20/1482252195.html#.WFpamPB97IU

Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee expressed grave concern over the death sentence awarded to 5 Muslim youth who were accused in the Dilsukhnagar blast case, and said it was based on an unfair trial.“This committee slams the way trial is conducted without providing any proper legal assistance. There are many errors in conducting trial, the foremost is NIA constituted a fast track court in Cherlapally high security prison. The access to the court for the advocates, media and people was restricted. It was conducted in hasty manner by avoiding due course of law,” the committee said.Hyderabad-based organisation added that conducting the trial in the four walls of a high security prison and awarding the death sentence to 5 Muslim youth by showing them as guilty of terror charges and responsible for Dilsukhnagar bomb blasts is nothing but travesty of justice. twocircles

Sentenced to death over Dilsukhnagar blasts: Family defends Aijaz Shaikh say ‘he is innocent, has been framed’

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pune-youth-sentenced-to-death-over-2013-blasts-family-defends-aijaz-shaikh-say-he-is-innocent-has-been-framed-4438008/

Pune:Family members of Aijaz Shaikh, who was sentenced to death in the Dilsukhnagar blasts case, have said that they believe he is innocent. They are now looking at various legal options to challenge the court’s ruling.Aijaz, 28, is among the 5, who were sentenced to death on over the 2013 bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, in which 18 persons were killed.“It is a ruling by the court and we respect it, but we are not satisfied with it. Right now, we are looking for legal options to challenge this ruling. We have faith in our judicial system and we believe that my brother is innocent. He has been framed,” Aijaz’s elder brother Imtiyaz Shaikh told Pune Newsline.Aijaz is married and has a child. According to his family members, Aijaz’s wife and child live with her parents.After his arrest by the Delhi Police in Sept. 2014, Aijaz’s family members had defended him, saying he was a “secular” person who had many non-Muslim friends. Anjum Inamdar, a member of the state committee of the AIMIM who has defended Aijaz since his arrest, said, “Aijaz’s only fault is that he is the brother-in-law of Mohsin Chaudhary. This is yet another case of an innocent Muslim youth being framed by investigating agencies in India. Since 2001, these agencies have framed several Muslim youths. In cases such as Malegaon blasts or the Ajmer Sharif terror attack, where re-investigations were conducted, it was proved that Muslim youths were not involved. We have been demanding re-investigation in all terror cases since 2001.” Inamdar added, “We are with the family of Aijaz and will extend all possible legal help to them.” indianexpress

NIA court decision to be challenged

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/nia-court-decision-may-be-challenged/articleshow/56083582.cms

Varanasi: While Gulami ka Pura locality of Azamgarh largely remained calm, a few people outside the locked house of Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi alias Tabrez, one of 5 accused in Hyderabad twin blasts to be sentenced death penalty by a NIA court on Monday, looked tense. Asadullah's family has remained incommunicado but his sympathisers have hinted at challenging the court order. It seemed that his family had anticipated the court decision and chose to leave home to avoid interaction with anyone on this issue.Asadullah's father Javed Akhtar is a reputed orthopedic surgeon of Azamgarh. For this reason, his friends started calling him doctor and Haddi. Akhtar was present in his clinic at Brahmsthan town but avoided interaction with reporters.President of Rashtriya Ulema Council Maulana Aamir Rashadi, however, said the decision of NIA court would be challenged in higher court. "I have talked to Asadullah's father and we have decided to challenge this decision as NIA court has taken decision on the basis of chargesheet of same agency," alleged Rashadi, adding Asadullah had been falsely implicated.Ex-SIMI head Shahid Badra said this decision of NIA court would be challenged as in many past cases the decisions of session court had been quashed by the high court and the accused were acquitted.TOI

Owaisi Hints at Communal Bias in Hyderabad Blasts Case Sentencing

https://www.thequint.com/india/2016/12/20/yasin-bhatkal-asaduddin-owaisi-hints-at-communal-bias-in-sentencing-of-hyderabad-twin-blasts

NIA questions Zakir Naik’s kin

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/nia-questions-zakir-naiks-kin/articleshow/56093388.cms

New Delhi: Probing Zakir Naik's terror connections, NIA has questioned his sister Nailah Naushad Noorani, his brother-in-law Naushad Noorani and his friend and associate of 21 years in IRF, Manzoor Shaikh, apart from several other relatives and colleagues. Sources said among others who were questioned by NIA in last few days were Naik's personal assistant Aslam, his office accountant Ismail Patni and his friend and colleague Amit Gazdar.Sources told TOI that Nailah, who is said to be director and additional director in 5 private companies linked to Naik — Harmony Media Pvt Ltd, Longlast Constructions Pvt Ltd, Right Property Solutions Pvt Ltd, Majestic Perfumes and Alpha Lubricants Pvt Ltd — was asked about the funding of the firms.Manzoor Shaikh, sources said, was questioned about Naik's connections in India, funding pattern of IRF and also about his controversial speeches. TOI tried to contact Naik's family members and aides but they couldn't be reached.TOI

Zakir Naik's money trail- His family has the answers

 http://www.oneindia.com/mumbai/zakir-naiks-money-trail-his-family-has-the-answers-2296708.html

NIA to interrogate ISIS suspect held from Kullu:HT

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/nia-to-interrogate-isis-suspect-held-from-kullu/story-eJukQGi2TxGP5o78lKM1UP.html

Even as Kullu police is interrogating ISIS suspect Abid Khan alias Abu Mohammad, NIA team is likely to visit the state to interrogate the suspect.Khan was sent to 5-day police remand on Sunday. Police has been interrogating him on various grounds and gathering information. “Police also interrogated the local chapel priest Kamlesh. Sources said Khan, who was living here as Paul C Neo, was sent here by a priest in Bangalore.“Both the suspect and Kamlesh have been cooperating. NIA has complete information about the arrest and soon a team will visit here,” he added.Khan had been converted into Christianity in Bangalore and living here with a name-Paul C Neo.However, his identity proofs bore his original name.Already fluent in 5 to 6 languages, Khan was learning Hebrew language in Kullu, which is mostly in practice in Israel.

DEMONETISATION

RBI withdraws Rs 5000 deposit limit for KYC-compliant accounts

http://indianexpress.com/article/business/banking-and-finance/rbi-withdraws-rs-5000-deposit-limit-old-notes-kyc-4438520/

New Delhi:In a sharp U-turn by RBI, the restrictions imposed on bank deposits exceeding Rs 5000 in old notes have now been withdrawn by the central bank. In a circular issued to banks on Wednesday, RBI said it was revoking the restrictions after reviewing the case. On Monday, RBI announced that deposits in old notes will be limited to Rs 5000, and those exceeding the sum will come under scrutiny.“Tenders of specified bank notes (SBN) in excess of Rs. 5,000 into a bank account will be received for credit only once during the remaining period till Dec.30,” RBI said.It said that customers would have to answer questions such as why they couldn’t deposit the demonetised currency so far. Only after receiving a satisfactory reply would the bank credit the amount to the individual’s account, RBI said. It also added that deposits less than Rs 5000, but cumulatively exceeding the limit, will also be duly scrutinised. And the money deposited would be only credited to KYC complaint accounts, it said. RBI set Dec.30 as the deadline for making the deposits. indian express

India’ changed norms 126 times since Nov 8: Congress on RBI U-turns

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rbi-u-turn-rs-5000-deposit-limit-congress-reserve-bank-of-india-4438598/

New Delhi:With the RBI withdrawing its earlier notification on Rs 5,000 cash deposit limit for KYC-compliant accounts, Congress criticised the central bank for “changing the norms 126 times” since PM Narendra Modi announced the scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. indianexpress

Demonetisation: Customers in spot as banks say no to deposits above Rs 5,000 despite finmin directive

http://www.firstpost.com/business/demonetisation-customers-in-spot-as-banks-say-no-to-deposits-above-rs-5000-despite-finmin-directive-3166468.html

Finance minister Arun Jaitley's clarification on Monday late night that banks will take more than Rs 5,000 deposits from customers without questioning if the amount is deposited in one go seems to have fallen flat as bankers are refusing to take such deposits without a written declaration, say various news reports. According to TOI, bankers are following the RBI's notification issued on Monday in letter and spirit which has given rise to the difficult situation.RBI and the finance ministry on Monday morning put out notifications saying customers will be allowed to deposit old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes worth more than Rs 5,000 only once before 30 Dec. Even then, they will have to satisfactorily explain to two bank officials why the deposits were not done earlier. firstpost

More pain for public as many banks refuse to accept deposits above Rs 5,000

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/more-pain-for-public-as-many-banks-refuse-to-accept-deposits-above-rs-5000/articleshow/56094054.cms

Is RBI the biggest failure of demonetisation?

http://www.financialexpress.com/economy/is-rbi-the-biggest-failure-of-demonetisation/481896/

I-T dept. raids BJP leader Waswani for allegedly laundering huge sums of black money

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sushil-vaswani-bjp-income-tax-raids-black-money-banks/1/839248.html

Bhopal:Sushil Vaswani, the BJP leader has been raided by the Income Tax department in Bhopal for allegedly exchanging large amounts of old currency notes with new ones through the Mahanagar Nagrik Cooperative bank.He was once a bus conductor in the now defunct MP Road Transport Corporation. But that was much before Vaswani made it big in MP BJP politics.He now owns three hotels and several other posh properties in Bhopal.The raid was simultaneously conducted at 12 different locations in Bhopal on Tuesday that includes his house in the Bairagarh township and the 3 hotels he owns in various parts of Bhopal.Vaswani is also the founder director of the Mahanagar Nagrik Cooperative Bank that was inaugurated by a top BJP leader in 1992. Apart from a senior BJP minister Uma Shankar Gupta, senior RSS leader Shashi Bhai Seth are also among the directors of this bank through which the disproportionate exchange of old and new currency notes has allegedly happened.Vaswani also enjoyed a minister of state status in the BJP govt  when he was appointed the chairman of the MP Housing Corporation. india today

Chandrababu’s says his comments on demonetisation distorted

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/chandrababu-naidus-says-his-comments-on-demonetisation-distorted-4438805/

A day after making critical remarks on demonetisation, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said his comments were “distorted” and that he has been supporting the exercise. He, however, said that the problems arising in the aftermath of demonetisation “continue” as “we are going (about them) in the current manner”. Ineidna express

Whoever planted the idea of demonetization didn't know elementary economics: Chidambaram

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-whoever-planted-the-idea-of-demonetization-didn-t-know-elementary-economics-chidambaram-2284965

Poll panel lists 200 parties that exist mostly on paper, will send it to Income Tax for action

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/poll-panel-lists-200-parties-that-exist-mostly-on-paper-will-send-it-to-income-tax-for-action-money-laundering-fake-4437976/

New Delhi; Election Commission of India (EC) will soon write to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) informing it about its decision to delist 200-odd political parties. A list containing details of the delisted parties will also form part of communique that EC will send to CBDT in “the next few days” for action. These political parties, many of which, EC officials suspect, could be nothing but money-laundering operations, are parties which have not contested any election since 2005 and exist mostly on paper.“This is just the beginning. We expect to weed out all non-serious parties. There are many that don’t even bother to file Income Tax returns or, if they do, they never send a copy to us,” said a source.EC data shows there are currently 7 National Political Parties, 58 State Parties and a whopping 1786 Registered Unrecognised Parties. indianexpress

OTHERS

PM Modi took bribe from Sahara India 9 times in 6 months, says Rahul Gandhi

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/pm-modi-took-bribe-sahara-india-9-times-6-months-says-rahul-gandhi-this-big-earthquake-he-was-709356

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday made a sensational revelation by saying that PM  Narendra Modi had been bribed nine times over a course of 6 months by employees of the Sahara India, according to notes in their diaries. This could well be the tremor Gandhi was talking about last fortnight, saying there would be an earthquake if he was allowed to speak in Parliament. Speaking at Mehsana in Gujarat — a state where assembly elections are due next year — Gandhi also said records of this monetary exchange to the tune of Rs 40.1 crore have been lying with Income Tax (I-T) Department for more than two years, but no action had been initiated. He called for an independent enquiry into the allegations. Gandhi told the rally: "Employees of the Sahara group wrote in their diaries nine times in 6 months that they had given money to Modi [when he was CM  of Gujarat]. I-T department raided the Sahara group on Nov.22, 2014."He added:"The proof has been lying with them for 2 and a half years, and no action has been taken in this regard. An independent enquiry must be initiated into this." IB Times

Modi received Rs 40 crore from Sahara before he became PM: Rahul Gandhi

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rahul-gandhi-attacks-modi-over-demonetisation-says-he-made-fun-of-labourers/

PoK, Kashmir, Pakistan, Bangladesh belong to India, says RSS's Indresh Kumar; also slams Personal Law Board

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/pok-kashmir-pakistan-and-bangladesh-belong-to-india-says-rsss-indresh-kumar/articleshow/56088570.cms

Agra: Taking on ex-J&K CM Farooq Abdullah for his recent comments questioning India's claim over PoK, senior RSS functionary, Indresh Kumar said not only PoK but Kashmir, Pakistan and Bangladesh too belong to Hindustan, as they were carved out only in 1947. Launching a scathing attack on Farooq, Indresh, who was talking to media on sideline of RSS's Muslim Manch Sammelan, said, "he (Farooq) should not forget that even his entire family property is the property of Indian ancestors, as Kashmir had no existence prior to the partition". He warned that such provocative and divisive statements would not be tolerated. It may be recalled that while addressing a rally in Chennab on Nov 25 Farooq had taken a dig at India's claims over PoK and stated, "Is this your fathers' property". He had also stated, "PoK is presently under Pakistan occupation. It is not the personal property of India so that it could make a claim over it like an inherited property of forefathers." After Abdullah, Indresh took on another prominent Muslim leader and president of Asaduddin Owaisi over his opposition to chanting 'Bharat Mata ki jai'. He said, "God should give some sane sense to Owaisi, as despite his opposition people had started chanting the slogan". He said he had advised Owaisi to shun "violence and hardline" if he wanted to attain some stature outside Hyderabad."Whosoever opposesthe philosophy of One India One people will not be able to last", he said. Talking to media, Indresh, while referring to opposition from a section of Muslims against triple talaq, said, "such people must realize they have to respect the laws of the country they live in. India is a secular country and Muslims cannot have laws for themselves."He said that Muslim Personal Law Board was trying to impose 2 nation theory by claiming that they should have a separate set of rules according to their religion. "The time has gone when they could again try to divide Bharat", he said adding that all Maulanas, Imams and MPLB (Muslim Personal Law Board) members should note that their two nation theory would not work.Indresh also announced the Manch would collect money for divorced (triple talaq) women and the same would be used for their welfare. TOI

Massive rally marks merger of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen factions: thehindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/Massive-rally-marks-merger-of-Mujahideen-factions/article16916978.ece

Kozhikode: With several contentious issues between them remaining unresolved, the two major factions of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) officially cemented their relationships by holding a massive rally on Kozhikode beach on Tuesday.The reunification of the KNM led by TP Abdulla Koya Madani and the breakaway faction Kerala Naduvathul Mujahideen (Markazu-DHAVA) led by Hussain Madavoor after their 14-year split saw thousands of activists taking part in the much-awaited historic event.As many as 10 resolutions, including call for unity of the Mujahids for the empowerment of the Muslim community and against superstitions and rituals, were adopted at the rally. It also exhorted the activists to resist the designs of the imperialistic-Zionist forces to create an atmosphere of anti-Islam globally.The merger also resulted in a new organisational structure coming into being after a general council meeting held at the Mujahid centre in the morning.

Missing JNU student: Delhi Police to conduct lie detector test on Najeeb Ahmed’s friend

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/missing-jnu-student-delhi-police-to-conduct-lie-detector-test-on-najeeb-ahmeds-friend-4438279/

New Delhi:Delhi Police will on Wednesday conduct a lie detector test on missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s room partner Kazim. Crime Branch unit of the Delhi yesterday entered into its second day of search operations at the JNU campus. More than 600 police personnel have been deployed at the University for the searches including the District Commissioner of Police and a dozen other senior cops.Crime Branch team on Monday reached the JNU to begin its probe into missing student Najeeb Ahmed’s case.ANI

Anthem Row: For Kerala director, old rivalry, new chapter

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/anthem-row-for-kerala-director-old-rivalry-new-chapter-kamal-film-festival-stand-up-national-anthem-4437851/

 For Kamal, 59, director of the International Film Festival of Kerala that ended last week, controversy is not new. What upsets the Left-leaning director is that Sangh Parivar activists refer to him by his given name — Kamaluddin Mohammed Majeed — whenever there is a controversy. The latest run-in has been over playing the national anthem at the film festival. Police picked up a dozen delegates who had failed to stand up when the anthem was being played before a show. “We asked all delegates to stand up for the national anthem. But the police action at the theatre was unfortunate. Police didn’t inform us about the move,” said Kamal, appointed chairman of festival organiser Kerala State Chalachithra Academy by LDF govt. BJP youth wing Yuva Morcha targeted Kamal, advising that “Kamaluddin Mohammed Majeed” move to Pakistan.“Over the years in the film industry, I have been known as Kamal,” said the popular director, who has made mainstream Malayalam films for 3 decades now.“Even my parents used to call me Kamal. I don’t remember ever being called Kamaluddin at home. I don’t know what they [BJP] meant by calling me Kamaluddhin. Why cant they address me as Kamal even if they want to criticise me?” indianexpress

Kerala Police go back on sedition, UAPA cases against writer, activist Kamalsy Prana

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/kamalsy-prana-kerala-police-go-back-on-sedition-uapa-cases-against-writer-activist-4437926/

National anthem arrests: Is Kerala's Left struggling to hold its own against rightwing politics?

http://scroll.in/article/824722/national-anthem-arrests-is-keralas-left-struggling-to-hold-its-own-against-rightwing-politics

Insult to national anthem is not sedition:Justice Srikrishna

http://www.news18.com/news/india/insult-to-national-anthem-is-not-sedition-justice-srikrishna-1325850.html

Maharashtra: 3 lakh Muslims take out silent march in Beed, demand quota

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/maharashtra-3-lakh-muslims-take-out-silent-march-in-beed-demand-quota-4437999/

Mumbai: Over 3-lakh Muslims turned up in Beed Tuesday to take part in a rally seeking reservation in job and education for the community.The rally was the fourth in a series of silent marches planned across Marathwada by the Muslim Aarakshan Sangharsh Kruti Samiti, an umbrella organisation of all political, social and religious organisations run by the community. The protesters held placards also demanding no interference in Muslim Personal Laws, no targeting of innocent Muslims in the name of terror and immediate search operations to find missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed. The 3-hour march ended with the handing over of a memorandum to the deputy collector of Beed. Nearly 1,000 policemen were deployed to provide cover to the march covering a distance of 3 km. The next two marches will be held in Osmanabad and Parbhani.

Ahead of Mumbai Municipal polls: 25,000 Muslim youths likely to join BJP next week

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/ahead-of-bmc-polls-25000-muslim-youths-likely-to-join-bjp-next-week-4437946/

Mumbai: Ahead of the elections to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), BJP is making all attempts to woo Mumbai’s Muslims to enhance its tally in the civic body. Nearly 25,000 Muslim youths are likely to join the BJP next week, claims the party. According to BJP leaders, these Muslim youths are from areas such as Malvani, Bandra (W) and Bandra (E), Mohammed Ali Road, Madanpura, Kurla, Govandi and other areas who will join the party at a function to be organised next week. The function is likely to be organised in South Mumbai.“PM  Narendra Modi had said he wanted to see a computer in one hand and Quran in other hand of the Muslim youths, which is why they are attracted to BJP. The community is seeing the work in last 2 to 3 years by BJP govt,” said Haider Azam, vice-president of BJP’s Mumbai unit.indian express

Hong Kong scraps visa-on-arrival for Indians: Here are the new guidelines

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/hong-kong-scraps-visa-on-arrival-for-indians-here-are-the-new-guidelines-4438642/

New Delhi:Before the start of the holiday season, Hong Kong’s decision of scrapping visa-free 14 day stay for Indians has come as a shocker for many. With free visa on arrival facility, Hong Kong had been a popular tourist destination for Indians. The new guidelines, however, now underline that from Jan.23, people traveling from India to Hong Kong will have to register online in advance to avail the visa-free 14 day stay.indianexpress

Contrary to reports, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi opted for operational Commands multiple times

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/contrary-to-reports-lt-gen-praveen-bakshi-opted-for-operational-commands-multiple-times-4438251/

Chandigarh:Contrary to the reports that Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi. GOC-in-C Eastern Command, who has been passed over for promotion as Army Chief, has only served in the deserts of Rajasthan, details of his career profile emerging now show that he had on multiple occasions asked for operational Commands. The Indian Express spoke to several senior Army officers who are known to Lt Gen Bakshi and who have had a parallel career trajectory as him and who are familiar with the efforts he made to ensure a well rounded service profile.“When he was approved for the rank of Lt General Bakshi had met and requested the then Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, to be allotted an operationally committed Corps in the North East which could be 3 Corps or 4 Corps. However, his request was not acceded and he was instead given the Command of 9 Corps which is headquartered in Yol in Himachal Pradesh,” said a senior officer. indianexpress

Meerut tense, RAF, PAC, out as missing Muslim trader’s body recovered from drain

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/meerut-tense-raf-pac-out-as-missing-muslim-traders-body-recovered-from-drain/articleshow/56090110.cms

Meerut: Police force from three districts as well as contingents of RAF and PAC were deployed in a tense Meerut after police recovered the mutilated body of a Muslim businessman from a drain near Kankerkhera region of Meerut. Naeem Gaddi, 42, had been missing since Dec.12 and his family had alleged that he had been abducted.Soon after his body was found, violence hit parts of the city leaving two photo journalists injured and their cameras broken. According to police sources, Gaddi was allegedly murdered by his own partner's nephew Abhishek Sharma.

Section 144 imposed in ‘communally sensitive’ Meerut till Jan 31

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/section-144-imposed-in-communally-sensitive-meerut-till-january-31/story-w5mMEU0LtcXJCeHeXvehgI.html

Naroda Patiya case: Gujarat High Court allows free case papers to six victims

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/naroda-patiya-case-maya-kodnani-gujarat-high-court-4438024/

Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Tuesday allowed 6 victims of the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre to get case papers running into over 1.25 lakh pages free of cost from the registry of the court.The victims had filed a petition earlier this month to get the case papers free of cost after the registry demanded Rs 1.18 lakh printing cost from them. Victims Fatimabibi Sheikh, Farzanabanu Pathan, Dilawar Saiyed, Jannatbibi Sheikh, Ishrat Jahan Saiyed and Ruksana Qureshi moved the application through advocate K N Shashtri, seeking copies of the case papers without any charges.During the hearing, a division bench of Justices Harsha Devani and A S Supehia asked SIT lawyer if the victims, who have also filed appeal petitions against 11 persons who were acquitted, can be given the papers free of cost. Indian  express

India should ‘shun enmity’ and join CPEC: Pak General

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-should-shun-enmity-and-join-cpec-pakistani-general-4438849/

Islamabad:In a surprise move, a top Pakistani General has invited India to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying New Delhi should “shun enmity” with Islamabad and jointly reap the benefit of the multi-billion dollar project. Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz, Commander of the Southern Command which is based in Quetta, yesterday said this while speaking at an award distribution ceremony at Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) headquarters.PTI

Law permitting backdoor acquisition of property stirs controversy in J&K

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/backdoor-property-acquisition-law-stirs-debate-in-jammu-and-kashmir/story-LmbjxkNysWh2iPtwQwyS5L.html

Srinagar: It's a law ostensibly meant to aid the recovery of debts but could result in the back-door acquisition of property by non-Kashmiris in J&K. Little wonder then that it's stirred a hot debate in the state, where only Kashmiris are permitted to acquire property.J&K  govt  contended in the High Court that the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act that parliament passed in 2002 wasn't applicable in the state due to its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.The ruling came in 2015 on a challenge to a State Bank of India decision to enforce the act to recover its dues from a defaulter. The Supreme Court overturned this last week.Passed by Parliament in 2002, it states: "If borrower of financial assistance makes any default in repayment of loan or any installment and his account is classified as non-performing asset by secured creditor, then secured creditor may require before expiry of period of limitation by written notice to the borrower for repayment of due in full within 60 days by clearly stating amount due and intention for enforcement.""Where he does not dischage dues in full within 60 days, then without intervention of any court or tribunal secured creditor may take possession (including sale, lease, assignment) of secured asset, or take over management of business of borrower or appoint manager for secured asset or without taking any of these actions may also proceed against guarantor or sell the pledged asset, if any," the act says.IANS

J&K : Backdoor acquisition of property under Sarfaesi Act stirs controversy

http://www.firstpost.com/india/jammu-and-kashmir-backdoor-acquisition-of-property-under-sarfaesi-act-stirs-controversy-3166982.html

Ex- Kashmiri sarpanch killed in custody: Wife

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/Ex-sarpanch-killed-in-custody-Wife/article16916553.ece

Srinagar: The family of a former sarpanch, who the police and the Army say was killed in an encounter on Dec.1 in south Kashmir, has filed a petition before the High Court complaining it was a “custodial killing.”The wife of Sajad Ahmad Malik, 36, accused the police of implicating him in a “false and frivolous” case.“Despite the court granting bail, the deceased was not released by the Dooru police station and was kept in detention. He was murdered by the local Station House Officer in a fake encounter in Anantnag,” reads the wife’s petition. According to the police, Malik participated in anti-govt street protests and was killed “after he decamped with a policeman’s rifle”.thehindu

China sticks to its stand on Masood Azhar despite NIA charge sheet

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/china-sticks-to-its-stand-on-masood-azhar-despite-nia-charge-sheet/articleshow/56104587.cms

Beijing: India's move to charge sheet Masood Azhar in the Pathankot terror attack appears to have not made much impact on China as Beijing today said any move by New Delhi to bring about a UN ban on the JeM chief must be in line with rules and procedures laid down by the Security Council. "On the question of listing in the 1267 Committee, I have expressed the Chinese position many times," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told PTI in response to a question on NIA listing Azhar, the head of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, as terrorist in the charge sheet on the attack on an air force base in Pathankot in January this year. PTI

Maharashtra: Mujeeb an independent wins council president post on Ashok Chavan turf

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/maharashtra-independent-wins-council-president-post-on-ashok-chavan-turf-4437995/

Mumbai:A 46-year-old headmaster of an Urdu school has unsettled ex-CM  Ashok Chavan, having wrested control of the post of president of Mudkhed Municipal Council. Mudkhed is the former constituency of Chavan and was seen as his turf over the last 15 years. Mujeeb Jahagirdar Ansari’s win, perceived as a sign of the growing alienation of Nanded’s Muslims from Chavan, is even more bitter for the former CM  because his party, the Congress, has won 15 of the 17 seats in Mudkhed council.The present polls for 212 municipal councils and nagar panchayats are first to be held after the Maharashtra govt decided to revive the process of direct elections for municipal council presidentship with a view to make the civic body’s administration more effective and efficient.indianexpress

BJP using UCC to destroy Muslim identity: Karat

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/BJP-using-UCC-to-destroy-Muslim-identity-Karat/article16912242.ece

Kannur; Accusing the BJP of using the issue of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) as a weapon to obliterate the identity of Muslims in the country, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Prakash Karat has said that the fundamentalist position insisting that instant and arbitrary triple ‘talaq’ is ordained by Islam will help communalists create a communal divide in the country. Addressing a seminar on ‘Uniform Civil Code and the Left’ organised by the coordination committee of minority cultural groups loyal to CPI(M) here, Karat said BJP govt  was trying to conflate and combine the issue of the misuse of the instant and arbitrary use of triple talaq with the enforcement of the UCC. Alleging that the Sangh Parivar had a planned agenda to demonise the Muslim community, he said the attempt was to portray Muslims as alien to the Indian mainstream.the hindu

Quality reporting and quick reporting; lessons from Allahabad HC’s triple talaq verdict: Arunima Bhattacharya

http://www.livelaw.in/quality-reporting-quick-reporting-lessons-allahabad-high-courts-triple-talaq-verdict/

Triple Talaq great system, flawed practice:Dr CP Muneer Keyi

http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/comment-reader-edit-triple-talaq-great-system-flawed-practice-2284212

A.G.Noorani's the code vs the Talaq:A Critique, By Umair Azmi

http://twocircles.net/2016dec20/1482232799.html#.WFpPDPB97IU

Madras HC directs govt to crack down on Shariat courts Read Order

 http://www.livelaw.in/madras-hc-directs-govt-crack-shariat-courts/

India tops UK to become 6th largest economy of the world

http://www.financialexpress.com/economy/india-tops-united-kingdom-to-become-6th-largest-economy-of-the-world/481849/

 

WORLD 

Russian envoy's killer had protected Erdogan: Report

http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2016/dec/21/russian-envoys-killer-had-protected-erdogan-report-1551643.html

Istanbul: The young Turkish policeman who killed Russia's ambassador to Ankara this week had provided security for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 8 times since the July 15 failed coup bid, a report said on Wednesday.Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, pumped nine bullets into ambassador Andrei Karlov at an art exhibition centre on Monday evening, before he himself was killed by Turkish police.Altintas, a member of the Ankara anti-riot police for two-and-a-half years, had been on duty at eight events attended by Erdogan since July, the Hurriyet daily said.At such events he was part of the second wave of Erdogan's security after the personal bodyguard team of the president, wrote Hurriyet's writer Abdulkadir Selvi, known for his contacts in the ruling elite.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told US counterpart John Kerry in a phone call on Tuesday that Turkey believed the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it blamed for the July 15 coup bid, was behind the assassination plot.Hurriyet's Selvi said that on the day of the July 15 coup, Altintas had called in sick to the police. But it was not clear what he did that night.AFP 

Mystery deepens over assassination of Russia envoy in Turkey

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161221-mystery-deepens-over-assassination-of-russia-envoy-in-turkey/

Moscow, Ankara present united front post Russian envoy's murder

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/moscow-ankara-present-united-front-post-russian-envoy-s-murder-116122100577_1.html

Aleppo evacuation will be complete 'in days'

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/aleppo-evacuation-complete-days-161220110301897.html

The evacuation of Aleppo should take no more than two days, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers say, following a rare breakthrough and show of unity by world powers over Syria that allows UN monitors to observe the operation.A total 37,500 evacuees have so far left the war-torn Syrian city and the goal is to complete all evacuations by Wednesday, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish foreign minister,   wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.The evacuation of of Aleppo would be complete in a maximum of two days, Sergey Lavrov,  Russia's foreign minister,  said.

Zurich Mosque Attacker Suspected of Links to Occult, Not Terror

http://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/2016/12/20/zurich-mosque-attacker-suspected-of-links-to-occult-not-terror

A man, who opened fire on people praying in an Islamic center in Zurich before killing himself, isn’t suspected of ties to terrorism, according to the police.“There were certain indications that the perpetrator may have had an interest in the occult,” Christiane Lentjes Meili of the Zurich police said in a press conference on Tuesday. “There is no indication of a link to terrorism or to Islamic State.”24-year-old man, who had a Swiss passport, entered the central Zurich mosque on Monday afternoon and injured three people. Bloomberg

Berlin attack part of global jihad against Christians:Trump

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/Berlin-attack-part-of-global-jihad-against-Christians-says-Trump/article16910948.ece

Washington: US President-elect calls the assassin of Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov to Turkey a “radical Islamic terrorist”. US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday termed the terror attack in Germany a part of a global jihad against Christians and called the assassin of the Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov to Turkey a “radical Islamic terrorist” even as the Obama administration condemned the incidents in a more measured tone. thehindu

Algeria’s Justice & Development Front, Ennahda to merge

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161221-algerias-justice-and-development-front-ennahda-to-merge/

Algeria’s Justice and Development Front and Ennahda movement signed a merger agreement yesterday.The head of the Justice and Development party, Abdullah Jaballah, signed the agreement on behalf of his party with Mohamed Douibi, secretary-general of the Ennahda movement in Algiers.Jaballah said during the signing ceremony: “I hope the governing authority in the country will not consider this project a threat.”“The merger is not a threat to anyone, but aims to serve the community and the state,” he said. middleeastmonitor

Egypt and Saudi Arabia halt cooperation agreements

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161221-egypt-and-saudi-arabia-halt-cooperation-agreements/

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have halted or delayed the implementation of a majority of the agreements signed between the two countries, Lebanon’s Al-Khabar has reported. Citing a diplomatic source, the newspaper said that apart from agreements signed with Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, a majority of investments supported by figures associated with Saudi Defence Minister Mohammed Bin Salman have been completely halted after Saudi Aramco stopped supplying oil to Egypt. middleeastmonitor

Israeli ambassador backs Trump pledge to move US embassy to Jerusalem

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161221-israeli-ambassador-backs-trump-pledge-to-move-us-embassy-to-jerusalem/

 






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