|SC to hear pleas challenging triple talaq on May 11|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30(Agencies): The Supreme Court today fixed May 11 for commencement of hearing on pleas challenging the validity of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy practices among Muslims.
A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said the matter would be heard by a Constitution bench during the summer vacation.
On March 27, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) told the Supreme Court that the pleas challenging such practices among Muslims were not maintainable as the issues fell outside the realm of judiciary.
The Board had also said that the validity of Mohammedan Law, founded essentially on the Holy Quran and sources based on it, cannot be tested on the particular provisions of the Constitution.
It had said there was a need for “jud...|
|Terror emanating from Pak affecting India’s vision: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30(Agencies): The challenge of cross-border terrorism and large-scale ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue to have a negative impact on India’s vision for a secure and peaceful neighbourhood, the government said today.
In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India’s approach towards its neighbourhood was focused on greater connectivity, stronger cooperation and broader contacts.
Asserting that high-level visits to all countries in the neighbourhood have imparted a new energy to bilateral ties, the minister said the government has resolved “long-pending issues, extended timely assistance” to various countries.
“However, the challenge of cross-border terrorism and large-scale ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue to have a ...|
|RTI applications can be filed orally: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30(Agencies): The applications under Right to Information (RTI) Act can be filed orally, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said today.
Section 6 (1) of the Act provides that where RTI request cannot be made in writing, the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) or State Public Information Officer (SPIO), as the case may be, shall render all reasonable assistance to the person making the request orally to reduce the same in writing, he said in response to a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
The Minister was asked whether the government has taken or proposes to take any measure for acceptance of RTI applications and providing their reply in Braille.
The transparency law has provisions for citizens to file RTI request orally but nodal departments f...|
|Pak instigating Kashmiri youths through social media: Jitendra|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30(Agencies): Pakistan’s agencies are instigating youths in Kashmir through false propaganda in social media, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said today.
He asked the civil society and Jammu and Kashmir government to make the youths understand the reality, instead of getting instigated by false propaganda by few people.
“Pakistani agencies are using social media to instigate youths of Kashmir Valley through false propaganda in social media. I would appeal the youths there not to get carried away by such propaganda,” the Minister told reporters here.
His assertion comes as normal life in Kashmir Valley had been affected for past few days allegedly by some separatist leaders to protest the killing of civilians there during a clash with security forces.
Singh, Minister of S...|
|Modi govt pushes for Central control of data collection in Kashmir|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30(Agencies): The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill 2017 introduced by Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation D V Sadananda Gowda in Lok Sabha on March 20, 2017 seeks to empower the Centre to collect data from Jammu & Kashmir by superceding a state law that has been in force since 1961. At present, data is collected on Kashmir and its residents under the Jammu and Kashmir Collection of Statistics Act, 2010.
The bill has been introduced despite the fact that the Centre already has the all-important Census data on Kashmir. In addition, various other surveys by the National Sample Survey (NSS), National Health Survey, Socio-Economic Caste Census, Annual Survey of Industries have been regularly conducted in the state. No Census was conducted in 1951 and 19...|
|Modi third most successful PM in Indian history: Ramachandra Guha|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30 (Agencies): Asserting that Narendra Modi's "charisma" transcends the boundaries of caste and language, renowned historian Ramachandra Guha on Wednesday said that the 66-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party leader is set to become the "third most successful" Prime Minister of India.
Speaking at the ongoing London School of Economics (LSE) India Summit 2017 in New Delhi, the 58-year-old historian said PM Modi's "authority" and "Pan-Indian vision" put him on the same pedestal as that of Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi.
"We live in a time when Narendra Modi is poised to become, and perhaps already is, the third most successful Prime Minister in Indian history. He is the only one you would place on par with (Jawaharlal) Nehru and Indira (Gandhi) in terms of autho...|
|Yogi meets UP meat traders over closure of slaughter houses|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 30 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday met a delegation of meat traders over closure of slaughterhouses in the state.
The meet began at the official residence of the Chief Minister in Lucknow at 6 pm today.
The details of the meeting between the chief minister and the slaughterhouses representatives is yet to come.
Thousands of meat sellers in shut shops for an indefinite period from Monday against the CM Adityanath government's decision to shut down illegal slaughterhouses in the state, causing concerns over Rs 15,000-crore industry that employs 25 lakh people in the state.
The issue also came up for a discussion in Parliament with the central government claiming that only illegal slaughterhouses were closed down in Uttar Pradesh.
|Muslim women unite against triple talaq |
|Nida Khan from Bareilly writes to UP CM to end her suffering|
|NEW DELHI,Mar 30 (Agencies): While the larger Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is due to adjudicate upon the legal aspects of triple talaq and polygamy, a large number of Muslim women have raised their voice against what they call 'cruel' Islamic traditions in order to end their suffering.
Now, Nida Khan - a woman from Bareilly - has written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath urging him to abolish the Islamic practice to dissolve the marriage.
Khan, a victim of triple talaq, has taken to the social media appealing Yogi Adityanath for the abolition of what she calls 'anti-women Islamic tradition'.
Earlier, raising her voice against triple talaq, a pregnant woman Shagufta Shah had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to abolish the 'evil Islami...|
|Cong leader Jagdish refuses to undergo lie detection test in connection with 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Case|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30 (Agencies): Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who has been given a clean chit by the CBI in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, today told a Delhi court that he is not ready to undergo lie detection test as it amounts to cruelty.
Tytler's counsel objected to the test, saying the CBI has not given any reason for conducting it and the agency's plea for the test was a "gross misuse of law" and it was filed with "malafide intention".
He also filed a list of events since the riots broke out till now to which the victims' counsel said they would a reply to it.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma listed the matter for April 18 for further arguments on the CBI's plea for permission to conduct the test on Tytler and arms dealer Abhishek Verma for the purpose of furt...|
|Muslims put out banners in UP for building Ram temple in Ayodhya|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 30 (Agencies): It seems every day there is something new and unusual happening in Uttar Pradesh after BJP's firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath became CM.
Now, a major development in connection with construction of Ram Temple has taken place in Lucknow.
Reportedly, some Muslims organisations have put out huge banners in Lucknow to support the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Azam Khan, who put out 10 these hoardings across Lucknow, is the president of Sri Ram Mandir Nirman Muslim Kar Sevak Manch.
Moreover, the man behind these pro-Ram Temple banners has sought security from police for his 'bold' step, according to a report in India Today.
Noteworthy, Yogi Adityanath is an ardent supporter of building Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
Also, recently the Supr...|
|Meerut Mayor makes Vande Mataram compulsory, councillors say would resign but won't sing it|
|MEERUT, Mar 30 (Agencies): The Meerut Municipal Corporation on Tuesday barred its members from attending a meeting as they refused to sing `Vande Mataram`, the national song of India.
Mayor Harikant Ahluwalia passed the resolution after some councillors belonging to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Opposition parties clashed over the national song.
On Tuesday, seven corporators — all of them belonging to the minority community — left the Meerut Municipal Corporation House as soon as other members started singing Vande Mataram, following which a proposal to terminate their membership was passed.
BJP councillors then started raising the slogans, "Hindustan me rehna hai toh Vande Mataram kehna hoga".
The proposal put forth by Mayor Harikant Ahluwalia of the BJP also made it cl...|
|One should not be forced to sing 'Vande Mataram': Cong|
|New Delhi/Lucknow, Mar 30 (Agencies): Condemning the Meerut Municipal Corporation's move to prohibit its members from attending a meeting as they refused to sing 'Vande Mataram', the Congress on Thursday said one should not be forced to sing the national song.
"I think it should not be made mandatory to say Vande Matram, and on the other hand, people should also not refrain from saying Vande Matram. Neither the Municipal Corporation should force anyone to sing 'Vande Mataram' nor people should refuse to say it," Congress leader Rajeev Shukla told agencies.
Meanwhile, Muslim cleric Mufti Mukarram demanded a strict action against the mayor.
"I strongly condemn it. They can't force us to sing Vande Mataram. Mayor shouldn't act like this. There should be proper action against him," Mukarr...|
|Every attack on Indians in US is not hate crime: Sushma|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30 (Agencies): Every attack and death of Indians in the US should not be considered as "hate crime", External Affairs Minister said today after members in the Rajya Sabha voiced concerns over recent incidents of violence.
Replying to concerns of members over attacks on Indian abroad, she told members during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha that the government was aware of each and every death of Indians abroad and had all the figures.
"We should not consider every attack or killing (in US) as hate crime," she told the members.
She said the government is in talks with the US and the authorities there are probing all angles including hate in the crimes.
Referring to the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas in the US, Swaraj said the accused was arrested the next day but t...|
|SC refers matter to Constitution bench, hearing to start from May 11|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 30 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Thursday referred various petitions challenging the validity of triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy practices among Indian Muslims to the larger Constitution Bench.
A bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud said the matter will be heard by a five-member Constitution Bench during the summer vacation.
Hearing in the case will start from May 11, news agency agencies reported.
The apex court had earlier made it clear that it is not debating the important issue of uniform civil code (UCC). However, the petitioners had told the apex court that the matter is a serious and sensitive issue and the court should hear it.
Several women have filed petitions before the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of the trip...|
|Nigeria summons Indian envoy over attacks on African students|
|Govt assures impartial probe into attack|
|Abuja/New Delhi, Mar 30 (Agencies): Nigeria has summoned the Indian envoy in Abuja to express displeasure over the attacks on Nigerian students in India and voiced concern that the incident was not the first of its kind, the country's Foreign Office said.
On the other hand, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today assured the Rajya Sabha that there will be an impartial probe into the alleged brutal attack on African students in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.
Replying to concerns raised by some Opposition members during the Zero Hour, Swaraj said the incident was "unfortunate" and the Centre has sought a report from the state government.
"Both incidents are unfortunate. Firstly, 19 year-old boy died and thereafter there was an attack on a Nigerian student. ...On behalf of Uttar ...|
|ED attaches Rs 17.73 lakh in J&K terror funding case|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (Agencies): The Enforcement Directorate has attached Rs 17.73 lakh recovered from three Jammu and Kashmir residents who are alleged to have received funding from terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen for terror activities in the state.
The financial probe agency attached the amount from Irshad Ahmad Qureshi, Irshad Ahmad Hajjam and Firdous Ahmad Wani under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), an official said on Wednesday.
Qureshi and Hajjam were arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on March 10, 2009 from Srinagar while Wani was held later.
Qureshi told the investigators that he works as a private school principal and in November 2007, he came in contact with a terrorist Bashir Ahmad Aijaz, who offered him a proposal for distribution of money for terror acts o...|
|33 ‘Pak spy agents’ arrested since 2016: Govt|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (Agencies): As many as 33 agents of Pakistani espionage modules were arrested by security forces since 2016, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
“As per available information, during the course of neutralisation of Pakistani espionage modules for 2016 and 2017 (till March 22, 2017), 33 agents were arrested in spying activities for Pakistan backed intelligence agency ISI,” minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir said.
Those who were arrested include 14 in Rajasthan, six each in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, four in Delhi, two in Gujarat and one in Uttar Pradesh, he said....|
|Centre enhances 70 PG seats in JK Medical Colleges|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29: The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has approved enhancement of 70 more PG seats in different disciplines for the Government Medical Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir from the 2017-18 session.
As per the technical norms and student-faculty ratio, 20 seats have been increased in SKIMS, Soura, 37 in GMC, Srinagar and 13 in GMC, Jammu.
This was revealed at a meeting between Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Jai Prakash Nadda and Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat held in Union capital here today.
Bali held wide-ranging discussion on the overall health scenario in Jammu and Kashmir and drew the attention of Union Minister towards the issues of prominence that need to be prioritized to improve the patient care. The issues, which figured ...|
|DGP briefs Jitendra about Kashmir situation|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29(Agencies): Director General of Police, Jammu & Kashmir, SP Vaid, met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and held a detailed discussion with him about the prevailing situation in Kashmir, in the aftermath of yesterday's violence which resulted in the death of three persons and injuries to others as well as injuries also to the security persons.
Director General of Police informed the Minister that, as per the inputs received, Pakistan ISI was trying to instigate and provoke innocent young boys to come out from their houses and reach the site of exchange of fire. There are also recorded messages ...|
|'Man of action’ Yogi Adityanath comes to the rescue of a woman facing torture over dowry|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 29 (Agencies): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on Tuesday took a quick action when a woman from Hardoi narrated the harrowing behaviour of her in-laws for dowry.
Ritu Gupta arrived at Yogi’s public meeting in Lucknow with her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter and sought the new UP CM's help.
The woman alleged that her in-laws have been torturing her and demanding Rs 2 lakhs. She had been trying to seek police's action in the case for the last seven months, but all her efforts remained futile.
“I filed a FIR against my in-laws but no investigation was done,” she said, adding that she was forced to leave home and not even provided a meagre amount to fulfill the basic needs of her daughter.
The UP CM promised the lady of action and within minutes, she received a...|
|'We're young, unmarried; want to return to mainstream' - Two Islamic State suspects plead guilty before Delhi court|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (Agencies): Two suspected members of the dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday moved an application before a court here, pleading guilty to the charges levelled against them.
Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam alias Abdul Sattar Sheikh and Mohammed Farhan alias Mohammed Rafiq Shaikh have pleaded guilty to the charges before District Judge Amar Nath.
The judge has listed the matter for April 10.
The court has asked National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file a reply on the plea.
What's the case?
The NIA had arrested Sheikh, Farhan and Adnan Hassan alias Mohammad Hussain in January last year for involvement in a conspiracy to identify, motivate and radicalise, recruit and train Indians in the country as well as other countries.
Both Sheikh and Farhan in their appl...|
|Hyderabad woman escapes sexual slavery in |
|HYDERABAD, Mar 29 (Agencies): A harrowing case of human trafficking has come to light in which an Indian woman, facing sexual abuse in Saudi Arabia, is leaving no stone unturned to free herself from the clutches of her tormentor.
The story is of a woman from Balanagar in Hyderabad, who was lured by an agent in the city, who promised her a job in a beauty parlour in 2014.
However, she was forced to take up the job of a domestic help after arriving in Saudi Arabia, reported The Times of India.
The woman has gone into hiding after fleeing the house where she was working in Riyadh. She now wants to somehow reach the Indian Embassy in Riyadh.
According to the daily, the woman was sexually harassed frequently by her employer's 25-year-old son who would forcibly take her into his room. The t...|
|Left to die on road, pregnant Lucknow woman writes to PM to end 'triple talaq', says 'I voted for BJP'|
|LUCKNOW, Mar 29 (Agencies): Shagufta Shah, a mother of two and a 'triple talaq' victim from Lucknow, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to abolish the 'evil Islamic tradition' at the earliest.
Reports said on Wednesday that Shah decided to write to the Prime Minister about her ordeal after she was 'disowned' by her husband when she refused to abort her third child.
In her letter, Shah spoke eloquently about the pain she was subjected to when she became pregnant for the third time and how her husband Shamshad Sayeed wanted her to terminate the pregnancy, fearing that the third born may also be a girl.
Shagufta, who refused to budge down to the unreasonable demand, was tortured, beaten mercilessly by her husband and thrown onto the streets before being serve...|
|Shiva Temple attacked with powerful remote-controlled bomb in Manipur's Moreh|
|IMPHAL, Mar 29 (Agencies): An incident of attack on a Hindu temple was reported on Wednesday.
This Hindu temple on the Indian side of the India-Myanmar International Border was attacked on Wednesday, causing concern among local officials and people.
It's the second largest temple in the Northeast -- and popularly known as Shiva temple.
The temple was inaugurated over 18 years ago by the Tamil Sangam Moreh in association with the trading community settled at Moreh, Manipur's border town.
The town has a mixed population of Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
What happened actually?
It was attacked with a powerful remote-controlled bomb around 8.45 a.m, police said.
No casualty was reported.
Troopers of 11 Assam Rifles and local police rushed there soon after the blast.
|Balbir Singh to be Cong nominee|
|NEW DELHI, Mar 28: Former MLA Balbir Singh has been chosen as a Congress’ nominee for the biennial election to Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council thus giving a clear hint that party has reached an agreement with the National Conference to fight LC polls also in alliance.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi approved the candidature of Balbir Singh who will represent the Jammu province, the party said in a statement.
The elections to the six seats of the Legislative Council of Jammu and Kashmir will be held on April 17, and the counting will be held the same day.
Yesterday, BJP and PDP fighting LC polls in alliance had announced the names of five candidates.
BJP has fielded GL Raina on safe seat of Kashmir, Pradeep Sharma on Poonch reserve seat and Vikram Randhawa on Jammu seat while P...|