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Modi to meet Israeli PM Netanyahu in New York

جمعرات, ستمبر 25, 2014

25 Sept, Thur. 2014

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Modi to meet Israeli PM Netanyahu in New York
New York: PM Narendra Modi will meet his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu here on Sunday during his stay in the city to attend the UN General Assembly. According to sources, PM Modi will be meeting Netanyahu on Sept.28, the day on which he will also address thousands of Indian-Americans at the famous Madison Square Garden. Modi will also meet an influential American Jewish group which had congratulated him soon after his electoral victory and hoped that under his leadership, India's ties with the US and Israel will strengthen further.  PTI
India a key strategic partner: Saudi ambassador
New Delhi: Saudi Arabia attaches much importance to its ties with India, which has been accorded the status of a "strategic partnership", and this is set to expand further in multifaceted ways in the years to come, the kingdom's ambassador to India has said. In a message to the people of India on the kingdom's 84th National Day Tuesday, Ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati said one of the signs of this growing relationship is the new, larger building of the embassy that is coming up here. The National Day celebrations, held at the Taj Palace Hotel, were attended by two Indian ministers, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla and Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. VK Singh. "We hope this will be completed next year. This is yet another sign of our expanding ties. I am sure and confident this will only grow with time," said the ambassador. IANS
Delhi may share intelligence in fight against IS
New Delhi: In the event of Washington seeking closer cooperation with India in its campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, during PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Barack Obama, New Delhi has 3 possible options. At present, officials say the cooperation extends to exchanging notes on IS propaganda and is limited to information-sharing. “It is an area of cooperation as of now,” confirmed Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, who called working with the US on IS “a major issue of focus during the Obama-Modi meeting, we look forward to enhancing that cooperation.” But the govt ’s advisers, like Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board Shyam Saran, feel it will be difficult for India to do more than extend moral support to the coalition. “US hasn’t had a great track record in fighting the IS itself, and India will have to look closely at what kind of cooperation they require before committing,” he said at the Brookings Institute in Delhi last week.The first option, however, would be to help with ground intelligence and with blocking IS attempts to enlist Muslims in the two countries.Modi and Obama are likely to announce enhanced and more real-time sharing of intelligence about the IS, that would also involve information about the fate of the 40 Indians kidnapped in Mosul 4 months ago. The release of 49 Turkish hostages this week, who had been held by the IS for 101 days, has raised questions about India’s efforts to free its men caught in the conflict. The second would be logistical support for the airplanes carrying out the attacks. At present, the US would have little need for this, given that Iraq and neighbouring countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Jordan are part of the airstrikes, and the US is launching some of them from its own aircraft carriers stationed off the Gulf. In 1991, during Gulf War I, then PM Chandra Shekhar had come under much criticism for allowing US bombers to refuel at Mumbai’s Sahar airport on their way into Iraq. Even so, India could offer a similar sort of assistance, which would perhaps find more takers today, given that the target is a terrorist group, not a functioning govt. The third, that of any kind of Indian troop involvement on the ground, is ruled out by all concerned. To begin with, the Iraqi govt has made it clear it wants no “foreign boots” on the ground. “We don’t want them. We won’t allow them,” PM  Haider Al-Abadi told AP. The hindu/AP
9 Muslims arrested for alleged Dalit conversions: Madhya Pradesh admin. bows to Hindutva forces?
Bhopal: 3 weeks after right-wing organisations re-converted several Dalit members, who had embraced Islam in Khaniyadhana town of Shivpuri district, to Hinduism, the police have arrested 9 Muslims, accusing them of initiating the conversion to Islam. The police said the names of the 9 accused were revealed during questioning of Dalit converts who themselves were booked under the Freedom of Religion Act for changing their faith without notifying the district authorities. “The Dalit members had read Kalma in the local mosque in the presence of these 9 persons, including a Kazi, 6 or 7 months ago. There was no ceremony as such but they had accompanied the Dalits,” in-charge of Khaniyadhana police station, YS Jadaun, said. Jadaun was unable to explain how the 9 persons were arrested under the anti-conversion law when the very people they had been accused of converting to Islam had been re-converted to Hinduism at the town’s Hanuman temple.The re-conversion ceremony had taken place a day after Maniram Jatav, Tularam Jatav and 3 other family members were arrested and released on bail. “Nobody has informed us about the re-conversion,” claimed Jadaun. Maniram and others had been brought to the police station premises by Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad members before taking them to the nearby temple. “The police misled us before arresting the 9 persons. I was asked to bring them to the police station where they were taken into custody,” said municipal councilor Sajjad Ali. He claimed none of the arrested persons is a Kazi. Most of them are goat traders and offer regular Namaz, he said wondering how the arrest took place when no Dalit member had accused any one of offering money or other enticement. “This is victory of Bajrang Dal and VHP. Had we not remained alert many more conversions would have taken place. The arrests have followed our campaign. Had the district administration acted on our complaint before things would not have come to such a pass,” Bajrang Dal leader Manoj Sharma said. indianexpress
2 Muslim boys died saving a Hindu girl from drowning
Moradabad: Grief united people of different religion in UP’s most communally sensitive town Moradabad came together for the funeral of two Muslim youths who died trying to rescue a Hindu girl, Suman from drowning, although they could not save her. 3 bodies were recovered by the Army after a 36-hour operation on Sunday ¬ Danish and Noman have become martyrs in the eyes of Hindus and Muslims alike. While Hindu women showered petals from rooftops as the funeral procession of the two young men passed through the city’s streets, men from the community lent a shoulder to their `janaza.’ “For me, the two are real-life heroes, “said Sakshi Mehrotra, a resident. “Even if someone is dying on the road, people of this city remain mute spectators. But the boys proved life is more important than petty religious differences. There was heavy police deployment for the procession that began soon after special prayers for the boys. Clerics also read out prayers for the family of Suman and the jawans of the Army who had been involved in the operations.“We hope that the communal amity which this event has triggered remains in our city, “said Ikram Qureshi, a local leader. Hindustan Times
BJP-Shiv Sena poll alliance in Maharashtra over: BJP sources
Mumbai: The BJP-Shiv Sena's over 25-year-old poll alliance has come to an end, sources said on Thursday. An official announcement is expected by evening. Significantly, BJP president Amit Shah has cancelled his Mumbai visit, lending credence to speculation that the Sena-BJP alliance was heading for a split. Shah's presence in Mumbai — he was scheduled to address a meeting at the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh seminary in Uttan, in suburban Bhayander — would have helped the saffron leaders defuse the crisis. Shah decided to stay away from Mumbai as it became clear that, to quote a Sena functionary, "the party was over." timesofindia
Help us to help you, Maharashtra Muslim bodies tell saffron alliance;  they are considering to support it?
Mumbai: Don't take the Muslim vote for granted! That was the message a dozen Muslim organisations and NGOs working across the state, who came together in Mumbai on Tuesday, sent to the Congress-NCP alliance. And this motley group is not opposed to voting for the development agenda of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance if there is something in it for the minorities. Muslims constitute about 11% of Maharashtra's population and have been the core constituency of the Congress since Independence. The decision to consider supporting saffron parties was taken after an open discussion attended by over 160 leaders and activists like Firoze Mithiborwala, Maulana Athar, Maulana Mustaqeem and Salim Alware from across the state. It was also attended by representatives of organisations like All India Milli Association, All India Muslim OBC Organisation, Association of Muslim Professors, Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind (Arshad Madani), Kokan Vikas Manch and other NGOs. A core-commitee under the chairmanship of Shabbir Ansari is likely to meet Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis soon along with the manifesto of the community. Shabbir Ansari, convenor, core-committee, and president, All India Muslim OBC Organization, told dna: " Congress-NCP has been cheating the community since the past 15 years. We have realised that the secularism card has not helped the community at large. We can give BJP-Sena a chance even if they don't field Muslim candidates. Most saffron leaders are secular. A final call to support them would be taken after meeting with BJP and Shiv Sena chiefs." dnaindia
Muslims ready to ‘revolt’, vote for Sena: Mumbai Mirror
Say Congress has done little for community during its 15-year reign in state. Panel appointed to meet political parties. Is the Congress losing its captive vote-bank in Maharashtra? At a meeting held on Tuesday night by MA Khalid of the All India Milli Council, Salim Alware of Konkan Vichar Manch and Shabbir Ahmed Ansari of the influential All India Muslim OBC Sanghatan, to decide who to vote for in the assembly polls, the loudest cheers were for speakers who suggested Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.  "What worse can happen to us that the Congress hasn't done already?" speaker after speaker asked the gathering of 60-odd social and political workers. "Let's teach them a lesson by voting for the Sena-BJP. Let's openly revolt against the Congress. We are ready to suffer the consequences for 5 years," said Afroz from Kurla to applause.
No religious profiling for garba, Gujarat govt says
Ahmedabad:The state home department has issued a directive that strict action will be taken against anyone found asking a garba enthusiast his religion at a Navratri venue. Following a series of meetings between home department and police officials on Wednesday, it was decided that asking someone his religious identity at a garba venue will not be tolerated. Strict action will be taken against those making such enquiries, including cancellation of permission for organizing the garba. Additional chief secretary (home) SK Nanda said, "Navratri has always been a symbol of 'Sadbhavana'. Granting entry to a venue on the basis of religion goes against its spirit.  Nanda added that the state home department has issued directives to all police commissioners and district superintendents of police to deploy police personnel at garba venues. timesofindia
62-yr-old Muslim has Navratri prayers by heart: TOI report
Bijnor: Saddan Kamali, a 62-year-old Muslim, who otherwise dons a skull cap, wears a red tilak on his forehead and wears a kurta-pyjama and red stole during the Navratri season. For the past nearly half century, he has lent his voice the jagrans (prayer sessions) organised during Navratri. He knows all the songs by heart. What is more, he is not the only one in his family to have been associated with Hindu prayer functions. For the last two generations, members of his family have been singing and playing musical instruments at Hindu processions and plays. It all started when his grandfather Tara Kamali began playing the violin in the city's Ramlila. That work was taken up also by his father, who would play the dholak in Ramlilas. For Kamali, singing prayers at jagrans during Navratri came as an inheritance. Times of India 
In Haryana’s poorest Mewat, subsidies go to dead & fake
Mewat: Farmers Hatti, Ibrahim and Hurmat, of Dhana village in Haryana’s Mewat district, died several years ago — the first two in 2001; Hurmat in 2006. But according to the Haryana Horticulture Department, they applied for — and received — subsidy under the National Mission on Micro Irrigation (NMMI) in 2011.“When we went to the district horticulture department office to claim subsidy in 2013, we were told that subsidy in my father’s name had been released in 2011,” Ibrahim’s son Javed, also a farmer in Dhana, said.“My father Ibrahim died in 2001 at the age of 75. The department claimed that he received subsidy of 1.48 lakh,” he said. Official records show Hatti “claimed” the subsidy in 2011. But his nephew, Ali Mohammad, has a death certificate that shows Hatti was long dead by then.“We were told by the horticulture department that he had already claimed subsidy, and the family was not eligible for it for the next five years,” Ali Mohammad said. In Dhana in Punhana tehsil, some 100 km south of Delhi in one of poll-bound Haryana’s most backward regions — with some of the worst social indicators in the country — cases of the dead ‘claiming’ govt  subsidy abound.Indianexpress
To counter hate campaign, Jamaat-e-Islaami Hind launches peace and love campaign in UP
New Delhi: To counter the impacts of the saffron hate campaign in Uttar Pradesh, the state unit of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has launched a 10-day Peace and Love Campaign. Through the campaign, Jamaat members and leaders are meeting non-Muslims with a message of peace and communal harmony and holding rallies and interfaith public meetings in over two dozen districts of western Uttar Pradesh – the region has been the centre of aggressive hate campaign of Sangh Parivar, BJP and their sister outfits in the name of false propaganda of ‘Love Jihad’ and forced conversions. The campaign started on 21st Sep with a public meeting in Saharanpur. The program was addressed by Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Omari, national president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Mohammad Salim Engineer, National Secretary. During the campaign, Jamaat is holding over 50 public meetings in several districts including Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Bijnor, Rampur, Moradabad and Aligarh. Besides state leaders of the Jamaat, many of these meetings will be addressed by central leaders including secretaries Mohammad Salim Engineer, Mohammad Iqbal Mulla and Ejaz Ahmed Aslam. State leaders of the Jamaat including Ashhad Jamal Nadwi, Dr. Farhat Hussain, Maulana Sirajuddin Nadwi and Saqib Hussain Falahi are also addressing the meetings. bhatkallys

Hate speech: Clean chit to Bhagwat, Togadia, Azam
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday gave a clean chit to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, VHP leader Praveen Togadia and SP leader Azam Khan for allegedly making "hate speeches" saying "no cognizable offence" was made out under its jurisdiction as alleged in a plea seeking lodging of an FIR against them.Police made the submissions before Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria in an action taken report (ATR) saying they have sent the complaint to Mumbai Police on Sept.17 as the alleged incident had taken place there. "It is submitted that there was no incident mentioned in the complaint which ever happened under the jurisdiction of Tilak Marg Police Station. The entire incident took place in Mumbai. So the complaint was sent to Mumbai on September 17.No cognizable offence (is) made out under jurisdiction of Tilak Marg Police Station," the police said. The court had earlier directed the station house officer of Tilak Marg Police Station to file an ATR on a plea filed by Kamran Siddique who had alleged that "Bhagwat, Togadia and Khan willingly and deliberately with intention to disturb peace in India tried to distort the communal harmony while promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion and region". The court has fixed the matter for hearing on Oct. 7. Timesofindia
‘Order CBI probe into Wakf Board functioning’:TOI
Hyderabad: AP State Minorities Commission (APSMC) on Wednesday threatened to drag Andhra Pradesh and Telangana govt s to court if they denied CBI permission to probe the functioning of the Wakf Board. "The commission received a lot of complaints about the previous board's functioning which is why we are demanding a CBI probe," APSMC chairman Abid Rasool Khan told TOI adding that SC in 2008 had instructed undivided AP to conduct an inquiry into alienation of wakf land, no objection certificates, leasing and overall management of the institutions over the past 22 years.
Allahabad HC issues notice to Azam Khan for holding an office of profit
Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan over the office for profit issue. The court asked why Khan should not be disqualified as an MLA since he is also the Vice Chancellor of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur.The Court served a notice based on a PIL which pointed out that he can't hold two posts. Azam Khan has been given six weeks to reply. CNN-IBN
With canal and hut, India stands up to China on disputed frontier: Reuters
New Delhi: Earlier this month, the Indian Army stationed on a remote Himalayan plateau built a small observation hut from where they could watch Chinese soldiers across a disputed border. The move so irked China's military that it laid a road on territory claimed by India and demanded that the tin hut be dismantled. India refused, destroyed a part of the new road and promptly raised troop numbers in the area. PM  Narendra Modi is making good on election promises of a more robust national security policy, and the fact that around 1,000 soldiers from each side are facing off in Ladakh is evidence even mighty China is not off limits.No shots have been fired, and a brief border war between the world's two most populous nations was fought 52 years ago. But Indian military officials said the situation in the Chumar area of Ladakh had been unusually tense in recent weeks, highlighting a simmering disagreement between the nuclear-armed neighbours that is back on the agenda at the highest level. timesofindia
PLA plays down Ladakh standoff
Beijing: Playing down the continuing standoff at the Ladakh border region, China's military today said such incidents are "sometimes inevitable" but the situation is under "effective control" with the joint efforts of the two sides. PTI
BJP trying to divide people, Modi unable to stop Chinese incursion: Nitish Kumar
Ex Bihar CM  Nitish Kumar today hit out at BJP, accusing it of practicing divisive politics and charged the Narendra Modi-led govt  with doing "nothing" to prevent Chinese incursion into Indian territory. "He(Modi) had said during Lok Sabha elections that Indian land under China's control will be freed and lesson will be taught to Pakistan."During the recent visit of China's President Xi Jinping to India, Chinese army entered into Indian territory. We want to know where is the 56-inch chest now.What happened today when Chinese army is entering our territory. Nothing is happening," he said. business-standard
SC forms panel to assess Kashmir flood relief operations
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday formed a five-member committee to assess the ground situation in the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. The panel will be headed by a senior registrar of J&K High Court and will have secretary (revenue, relief and rehabilitation) of the state, a nominee of the central govt and the two presidents of J&K Bar Association as its other members. A bench led by Chief Justice RM Lodha ordered the setting up of the committee so as to take stock of the rescue and rehabilitation operations in the state and report back to the court with incontrovertible findings. The court directed the committee to file its report within two weeks before it and also before the J&K HC, where a PIL on the issue of securing relief to flood victims has been filed separately. indianexpress
Sanjay Dutt gets jail inmates to donate 1 day’s wages to J&K victims
With relief efforts and help pouring in for people in the flood-affected areas of Kashmir, Sanjay Dutt too, has initiated a drive among his inmates in Yerwada Jail.  Each of them has donated one day's wages, whatever their capacity. We hear Dutt has proposed to the prison authorities if they could take it ahead and send the collected amount to the PM's relief fund. TOI
Relief material for J&K lies in neglect on railway platforms
Jammu: At a time when J&K CM  Omar Abdullah is seeking a special rehabilitation package from the Centre for the flood-hit state, his administration is struggling to handle relief material that has already reached the state. For the last four days, platforms of Udhampur station are clogged with nearly 53,298 bags of rice. The supplies were left out in the open even as it rained in Udhampur on Wednesday. Railway officials are clueless regarding what is to be done with the material. “They (administration) have not touched those wagons so far,’’ said Udhampur station superintendent Randhir Sharma.The officials entrusted with dispatching relief material said they had not received instructions regarding distribution of the supplies. “We do not know how many truck loads of relief material have to be sent and where,’’ said M Ali, Assistant Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department. “These will be dispatched in trucks immediately after we get instructions from the administration in the Valley,’’ he added. Sources said a goods train carrying 42 wagons loaded with rice bags reached Udhampur on Sept.20. On the same day, a special train brought 5 wagons of relief material from Jammu. The railways informed the administration, but for the first three days, all wagons remained stationed in the railway yard. On September 23, the 42 wagons that brought rice from Chhattisgarh and Bihar were unloaded. 5 other wagons, however, remained at the yard as there was hardly any space left at the station to unload them, sources added.
Take concrete measures to rehabilitate flood-affected traders: Geelani
Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat (G)Syed Ali Geelani today cautioned the govt  that they should take concrete measures to rehabilitate the flood-affected traders, farmers and the people who have been rendered homeless before the winter season arrives. He said, “If they (govt ) are not in position to do that or any other reason is there, then they should issue me my travel documents so that I can collect donations in the foreign countries and help my people to start a new life and compensate their losses.”He said that by helping the flood victims, govt is not going to do any favor to them. “Because on the one hand from last six decades India is looting the natural resources of Jammu & Kashmir and on the other hand the govt collects huge taxes from the same traders and shopkeepers who were affected by recent flood,” he said.Rising Kashmir
Kashmir floods: Carpet industry incurs losses worth $5 bil
Srinagar: Caked with mud and soaked in putrid water, Qazi Mohammad Yahya’s ruined handmade carpets and Pashmina shawls reflect Indian Kashmir’s economic devastation from the region’s worst floods in a century. More than 450 people were killed when the floods, triggered by heavy monsoon rains, swept this month through the Himalayan region and into neighboring Pakistan, leaving hundreds of villages submerged and tens of thousands of residents homeless. As the waters recede and the clean up finally begins, business owners, including those selling Indian Kashmir’s most famous exports, are beginning to count their losses — at least $5 billion by conservative estimates. “My 35 years of earning is gone,” Yahya said outside his home in the picturesque region’s main city of Srinagar as water-logged carpets collected from one of his showrooms were unloaded from a truck. “The loss is incalculable,” a grim-faced Yahya added, staring at muddy bundles of what had been handspun fine cashmere wool to make Pashmina shawls. “Most of my finest carpets are lying elsewhere in the flooded city.”IINA /TCN
After VHP’s call to ban their entry to garba events, Muslims say thank you
Ahmedabad: Muslims are coming out strongly with their own take on the “love jihad” campaign by VHP. Ex Congress MLA from Bharuch — Mohammed Patel — has written an open letter to VHP thanking the right wing outfit for imposing ban on Muslim boys participating in the garba. Patel has questioned why checking of hotels and guest houses should not be done on other days through the year when Muslim and Hindu youth indulge in “sexual encounters”. Patel thanked VHP from saving Muslims from committing sin under Shariat laws. In his letter, Patel says, “I am grateful that the right wing organisations are doing what Muslim leaders failed to do to prevent their community members from joining garba festivities which is against Islam. We should guard our girls – Hindu and Muslim – to ensure that they do not cross the line of the religious sanctions to indulge in their social mingling.” Patel said he “feels strongly” about the love jihad concept and opposes inter-religious unions that require one partner to change their religion. In Vadodara, local Muslim leaders have warned their community members to stay away from the garbas in order to prevent any controversy. indianexpress
Family of Maqsood killed by tiger wants justice:IANS
New Delhi: The family of the 20-year-old youth who was mauled to death by a white tiger at the Delhi zoo on Wednesday demanded strict action against the security guards who "did not act" when the victim fell into the enclosure."My son was not at fault. It should be investigated whether he jumped or was pushed into the enclosure. But the security guards posted at that time should have acted," Mehfooj, father of Maksood who was killed by the tiger on Tuesday, told IANS. Mehfooj is a labourer and lives in Delhi's Anand Parbat area with his family."The tiger was standing in front of him (Maksood) for more than 10 minutes. It was a long period of time in which the zoo staff could have saved my son," he said.
‘Slapped’ Muslim cleric refuses to seek bail, says ‘Khuda will do him justice’
Ahmedabad: Sufi Imam Mehdi Hasan who was arrested for his controversial remarks on the Navratri festival, was assaulted by a youth outside the Thasra court in Kheda district, where he was produced by the local police on Wednesday. Hasan was sent to jail in judicial custody till October 2 after he refused to apply for bail and told the court, “Khuda mera insaf karega (Almighty will do justice for me).” The cleric was arrested a day before for allegedly describing garba as entertainment for the doers of “demonic deeds” hurting religious sentiments. He came into the spotlight in Sept.2011 when he offered Narendra Modi, then CM, a skull cap, when greeting him on the Sadbhavana fast. Modi had refused to wear the cap. indianexpress
Pawar to seek creation of new Malegaon dist
Sharad Pawar has stressed on the need to carve a new minority district of Malegaon out of Nashik for proper development of the powerloom town."The bifurcation of Nashik district has been delayed for past many years, but now we will try our best to create a new Malegaon district and it will be developed," Pawar said on Tuesday. PTI
Haj pilgrims forced to stay in dingy hotels, dirty rooms
Agra: Going on Haj pilgrimage once in a lifetime is considered to be the religious duty of every devout Muslim. And the govt s of India and Saudi Arabia are said to be taking all possible steps to ensure that the Muslims going on Haj fulfill their religious duty in peace.However, if reports coming in from Saudi Arabia are to be believed, Muslims from India are being forced to live in miserable condition by the Saudi authorities. Maulana Uzair Alam, who had gone to Saudi Arabia from Agra, said on phone that nearly 700 Muslims from Agra were cramped in less than 200 rooms in a dingy hotel by the Saudi authorities. Alam said that they were charged money on twin-sharing basis, but four to five people were asked to accommodate in a single room. He said the rooms were dirty and people were being forced to sleep on the floor.indiatoday
Centre moves out 50 bureaucrats in 'midnight massacre'
New Delhi: In one of the biggest bureaucratic reshuffles in recent times, the Centre transferred close to 50 officers of additional and joint secretary level over the past two days. Given the scale of the reshuffle and the fact that orders for 48 of these officials were issued late Tuesday night, the shake-up is being dubbed by babus as "midnight massacre".As many as 40 of those transferred are Indian Administrative Service officers while others belong to Indian Revenue Service, Indian Postal Service, Indian Forest Service and Indian Civil Accounts Service, among others.A majority of these officials were holding post of joint secretary in various ministries making the reshuffle as one of the biggest such exercises at the Centre. Sources said such massive transfers are generally seen in states such as Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu but they were so far a rarity at the Centre. After the elections, the bureaucracy was abuzz with expectations of a major reshuffle at the secretary level, but other than changing the revenue secretary, the BJP govt  has stayed with top-ranking officers and even gave a 6 month extension to cabinet secretary Ajit Seth.TOI
Not sure PM meant what he said about Muslims: Owaisi
Ignorance, lies pose as truth in RSS' history books: Sitaram Yechury’s article for Indian Express
ATS drones to hunt for SIMI men on the run;TOI report
Lucknow: The ATS and STF of the UP Police will now engage drones to look for SIMI fugitive from Khandwa jail wanted in connection with the blast in Bijnor. SIMI fugitives were last spotted by some locals near Khurrampur jungles on the Bijnor-Uttarakhand borders on Tuesday morning. Ever since more than 1,000 jawans led by another 100 officials from the ATS, STF, IB and NIA have been combing the jungles on foot but to no avail. The sleuths are confident that the suspects were very much in Bijnor as they had no money or cell phones.
Coimbatore: Terror suspect’s trial begins: thehindu report
The trial of terror suspect Hyder Ali (45), of Ukkadam, in connection with the case registered against him by the Coimbatore City Police for allegedly attempting to murder a few leaders of Hindu outfits on Sept.1, 1989 came for hearing at the Coimbatore District Court yesterday. Hyder Ali was named as the 10 accused in the case. Ali, who was hiding for about 24 years, was arrested by the CB-CID Special Investigation Division in Palakkad District, Kerala, in June this year.TheHindu 
IM planned terror attacks in Muzaffarnagar to avenge riots, claim intelligence sources: ibnlive report
New Delhi: According to a revelation during the interrogation of Ajaz Sheikh, the IM was planning attacks in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar. Delhi Police Special Cell sources say that the mails that were supposed to be sent after the strikes were recovered from Ajaz's laptop. The mail was drafted by Ajaz's brother-in-law and IM fugitive Mohsin Chaudhary in Pakistan.
Turks relocating to IS territory; say the group offers them protection from perils prevailing in Turkey: AP
Istanbul: Asiya Ummi Abdullah doesn't share the view that the Islamic State group rules over a terrorist dystopia and she isn't scared by the American bombs falling on Raqqa, its power center in Syria. As far as she's concerned, it's the ideal place to raise a family. In interviews with The Associated Press, the 24-year-old Muslim convert explained her decision to move with her toddler to the territory controlled by the militant group, saying it offers them protection from the sex, crime, drugs and alcohol that she sees as rampant in largely secular Turkey."The children of that country see all this and become either murderers or delinquents or homosexuals or thieves," Umi Abdullah wrote in one of several Facebook messages exchanged in recent days. She said that living under Shariah, the Islamic legal code, means that her 3-year-old boy's spiritual life is secure. "He will know God and live under his rules," she said. As for the American bombs being dropped on the Islamic State group, she said: "I only fear God." Ummi Abdullah's experience the outlines of which were confirmed by her ex-husband, Turkish authorities, and friends illustrates the pull of the Islamic State group, the self-styled caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria that has sent shockwaves around the world with its bloodthirsty campaign. It also shows how, even in Turkey one of the most modern and prosperous of the Muslim countries entire families are dropping everything to find salvation in what Turkish academic Ahmet Kasim Han describes as a "false heaven." Legions of others in Turkey have carted away family to the Islamic State group under far less public scrutiny and in much greater numbers. In one incident earlier this month, more than 50 families from various parts of Turkey slipped across the border to live under Islamic State, according to opposition legislator Atilla Kart. Kart's figure appears high, but his account is backed by a villager from Cumra, in central Turkey, who told AP that his son and his daughter-in-law are among the massive group. The villager spoke on condition of anonymity, saying he is terrified of reprisals.It isn't clear how many families have followed Umi Abdullah's path, although anecdotal evidence suggests a powerful flow from Turkey into Syria. In Dilovasi, a heavily industrial town of 42,000 about halfway between Istanbul and the port city of Izmit, at least four people including a pair of brothers recently left for Syria, three local officials said. Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk to the media, said that dozens of people from surrounding towns were believed to have left as well. Economictimes / AP
For Australian Muslims, security crackdown is code for racial profiling: Reuters
Sydney: Prominent Australian Muslims say their community is being unfairly targeted by law enforcement and threatened by right-wing groups, as the govt's tough new policies aimed at combating radical Islamists threaten to create a backlash. Authorities are on high alert since massive counter-terrorism raids last week thwarted what the govt said was a plot by the Islamic State militant group to publicly behead a random member of the public. Local Muslim leaders privately say racial tensions could spiral quickly out of control. In 2005, brawls between locals from the largely white Cronulla neighbourhood and Lebanese Muslim youths from the western Sydney area at centre of the current security crackdown quickly degenerated into days of bloody riots involving thousands of people. DNA
Egypt courts jails 99 Morsi supporters
Two Egyptian courts on Thursday sentenced 99 supporters of ousted president Morsi to prison for allegedly committing acts of violence and assaulting policemen during recent demonstrations, judicial sources have said. Shubra Criminal Court sentenced four Morsi supporters to ten years in jail each and six others to seven years each, while slapping a minor with a suspended one-year jail term for allegedly committing acts of violence and damaging public property in October. Once the judges read out the sentences, the ten convicted men chanted slogans against the court and "military rule." The verdicts can, however, still be appealed at a higher court within 60 days, a judicial source said. worldbulletin      
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