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Nagpur journalist's mother, minor daughter found murdered
Nagpur, Feb 18: The mother and minor daughter of a Nagpur-based crime reporter were found murdered here on Sunday, police said.  Reported missing since Saturday, the bodies of Usha S. Kamble, 54, and her 18-month-old granddaughter Rashi were discovered by some people behind a school building in Sitabuldi area of the city on Sunday.  A crime reporter with a portal, Nagpur Times, Ravikant Kamble had reported that they had gone to the market near their residential area of Dighori on Saturday evening and never returned home.  Even as a search was launched for them, they were suspected of being kidnapped and were found murdered on Sunday, their throats slit and their bodies packed in a sack and thrown in a gutter.  Though the motive behind the double murder is being ascertained, police suspect professional or personal rivalry or financial disputes among the possible reasons.  Moving swiftly, Nagpur Police detained two suspects in connection ...




Prime accused in Dalit student's killing arrested
Lucknow, Feb 14: The prime accused in the killing of Dalit law student Dileep Saroj in Allahabad last week, was arrested from Sultanpur on Wednesday, police said.The accused Vijay Shankar was arrested from the house of Chandra Bhadra Singh, a political leader.  After a minor scuffle over some trivial issue at an eatery, Saroj was brutally assaulted by four men, led by Singh. The 26-year-old LLB student had gone into a coma and later died on Sunday.   The killing had been filmed by some passersby and had gone viral, leading to nationwide outrage.  His post-mortem had revealed that he had 30 injuries on his body, including several fractures.   Political parties had slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh over the attack and the matter was repeatedly raised by the opposition in the ongoing budget session in the assembly.  Students of the Allahabad university had gone on a rampage after Saroj's death. They had set a b...




Securitymen asked not to harass former rebels: Manipur CM
Imphal, Feb 13: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who also holds the Home portfolio, on Tuesday said that police and paramilitary forces have been asked "to stop forthwith harassing former insurgents" who have joined the mainstream.  There had been allegations of harassment to some former insurgents despite their signing the suspension of operations agreement with the government, the Chief Minister said in the state assembly in response to some observations made by Congress MLAs in the House.  Biren assured that if there were any further reports on harassment and torture to the former insurgents, strict disciplinary action would be taken up against the security personnel.  With regard to various crimes reported in the state, the government "is taking up suitable actions to curb the same", he said. Since the setting up of fast-track court for crime against women, eleven persons had been punished, he said.  The anti-corrupt...




Advocate Shahid Azmi was remembered on his 8th death anniversary
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 12: Marking the death anniversary of Advocate Shahid Azmi, various programs was organized by human rights activists and lawyers across the country. On this occasion they remembered Shahid Azmi and his sacrifices and pledged to defend human rights in the country. Shahid Azmi was a human rights lawyer who was martyred on 11th February 2010 in his office at Taximan Colony in Mumbai's Kurla locality. Shahid, during his teenage was arrested by security agencies and spent seven years in Tihar Jail. From the jail itself, hepursued a degree in law and after his release he started practicing as a lawyer. Rihai Manch organized a conference in Lucknow where social activists from all across Uttar Pradesh gathered and shared their views on various ongoing issues.  An important program was organized in Delhi by human right organization ANHAD. Here, Mohammad Amir Khan was the speaker. Amir was charged with 18 terror cases in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pra...




Extra-judicial killing in Manipur: SC asks why FIRs against victims
New Delhi, Feb 12:  The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the CBI's SIT for not properly probing alleged extra-judicial killings by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur and asked why FIRs were lodged against the victims and not against officers.  A division bench of Justices M.B. Lokur and Justice U.U. Lalit said it was "not satisfied" with the progress made by the SIT of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the investigation.  "I am sorry but there is something terrible wrong... You (CBI) filed FIR against the victim (who are dead) saying he was insurgent. File FIR immediately. Enough is enough. We are not satisfied," the bench said.  The court was hearing a PIL seeking a probe into as many as 1,528 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur.  On July 14, 2017, the apex court had constituted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising five CBI officers and ordered registration of FIRs and investigation...




British Foreign Secretary meets Suu Kyi
Nay Pyi Taw, Feb 11:  British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday met his Myanmar counterpart and de facto leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi here, a day after his visit to refugee camps in east Bangladesh sheltering around 690,000 Rohingya refugees.  In a statement ahead of the visit, the British Foreign Secretary said he would be "talking to State Counsellor Suu Kyi and other regional leaders about how we can work together to resolve this appalling crisis", reports Efe news.  On Saturday, Johnson visited Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh to hear first hand accounts of suffering by the members of the mostly Muslim minority at the hands of Myanmar security forces.  He described the current situation as "one of the most shocking humanitarian disasters of our time" and said his aim was to achieve a "safe, dignified return" for the Rohingya refugees.  Human rights organisations have documented widespread abuse by the Myanmar A...




3 arrested for assault on Kashmiri students in Haryana
Chandigarh, Feb 3: The Haryana Police on Saturday arrested three people for allegedly assaulting two Kashmiri students in Mahendergarh town in south Haryana.  "Guilty will be punished. The incident began over a minor collision of motorcycle of the accused. Three people have already been arrested and senior officer (SP) is on the spot," Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted on Saturday after the matter was raised by his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.  The police had earlier on Saturday registered a case following the alleged assault on two Kashmiri students a day ago.  The two Kashmiri youth, Aftab Ahmad and Amjad, students of the Central University of Haryana near Mahendergarh town, around 125 km from Delhi, were discharged from hospital after first aid late on Friday night.  Both were allegedly assaulted by local youth on Friday evening when they had gone to the market. The Kashmiri students have alleg...




Rajya Sabha disrupted over Kasganj clashes, Delhi sealing
New Delhi, Feb 2: Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were disrupted on Friday as opposition parties, including Samajwadi Party and Aam Aadmi Party, raised the issue of communal clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj and the sealing drive in the national capital. As the House met for the day, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien finished the important legislative business after making obituary reference for those killed in a road accident in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. He then, allowed the members to raise their issues during Zero Hour.  Raising the issue of communal clashes at Kasganj, SP members Ramgopal Yadav and Naresh Agarwal accused the state government of "suppressing the voices of minorities" and sought a reply from the government.  "Minorities are being exploited at Kasganj. With the help of administration their houses are being vandalised and their voices are being suppressed. They are being arrested," Yadav said.  As ...




Court orders release of nine men in Kashmir terror funding case
New Delhi, Feb 1:  A court here on Thursday ordered the release of nine persons arrested with demonetised currency that was alleged to be used for funding terror in Jammu and Kashmir.  National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Judge Tarun Sahrawat directed their release with immediate effect, if not required in any other case, after the central agency submitted that the possession of the demonetised currency does not fall under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or any scheduled offence handled by the NIA.  The nine persons are Pradeep Chauhan, 47, Bhagwan Singh, 54, Vinod Shreedhar Shetty, 47, Shahnawaz Mir, 45, Deepak Toprani, 60, Majid Yousuf Sofi, 27, Ejajul Hassan, 38, Umar Mushtaq Dar, 27, and Jaswinder Singh, 53.  Three hail from Jammu and Kashmir, two from Delhi, two from Mumbai, and one each from Uttar Pradesh and Nagpur.  The NIA arrested them from Jai Singh Road near Rajiv Chowk on November 7 last year during its ongoing p...




Rohingya killings have hallmarks of genocide: UN official
Seoul, Feb 1: The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar on Thursday repeated allegations that the killings of Rohingyas by the Myanmar Army bear "the hallmarks of a genocide". At a press briefing in Seoul where she is based, Yanghee Lee described her visit to the refugee camps in Bangladesh and other areas in the region to discuss the crisis, Efe news reported.  At least 688,000 Rohingyas have fled Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched an offensive in response to rebel attacks on government outposts on August 25 last year. Lee said that Myanmar's actions were "amounting to crimes against humanity." "These are part of the hallmarks of a genocide," she said.The Myanmar Army has been accused of committing human rights abuses by NGOs and refugees, while the UN said there were signs of "ethnic cleansing".(IANS) 




SC seeks Centre's response on Rohingyas
New Delhi, Jan 31: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the Centre's response on a plea that the BSF was stopping Rohingya refugees from entering India. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the response as counsel Prashant Bhushan complained that the Border Security Force was preventing them from crossing the Myanmar border by "sprinkling chilli powder". Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta urged the court that it should not interfere in the matter as the "constitutionally empowered executive was seized of the matter and the diplomatic process is on to deal with the situation". Appearing for the National Human Rights Commission, senior counsel Gopal Subramanium initially told the court that he was in agreement with what Mehta was saying and that the NHRC was only concerned with the Rohingyas present in India. The next hearing of the matter is on March 7.(IANS) 




Myanmar 'ready' to receive Rohingyas from Bangladesh
Yangon, Jan 23: Myanmar authorities said on Tuesday that they are ready to initiate a gradual repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh despite an announcement of delay by Dhaka due to incomplete preparations. Speaking at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye said Myanmar will receive the verified returnees at Taung Pyo Letwe and Nga Khu Ya reception centres. He said that the Hla Pho Kaung will be the transit camp for the returnees. Asked that why no displaced people were sent back yet from the Bangladesh side on the designated Tuesday, the minister replied that coordination will continue with the other side's working group on the repatriation process for further action, Xinhua reported. In accordance with the deal on the repatriation reached between the two countries on January 16, Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to repatriate the refugees under a physical plan starting on Tuesday. The crisis e...




9 Rohingya Muslims killed in Myanmar police firing last night
Naypyidaw, Jan 17: At least nine people were killed and 12 others injured during overnight clashes with police trying to clear a protest in restive southwest Myanmar, from where hundreds of thousands of members of the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority have fled an Army campaign. The police fired on the crowd on Tuesday night when the protesters surrounded a police station in Mrauk-U after authorities had banned the public gathering, Efe news reported. The demonstrators were commemorating the loss of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mrauk-U, in Rakhine, which in 1785 was occupied by troops from Mandalay, the seat of Myanmar monarchy at the time. The injured were taken to a hospital in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state. Rakhine, one of the poorest states in Myanmar, is also home to the Rohingya community, the victims of an ethnic cleansing campaign led by the Myanmar Army, according to the UN.The alleged persecution has forced more than 700,000 Rohingyas to flee in th...




Rape Victim Bengal girl seeks permission to end life
Kolkata, Jan 13: A 17-year-old girl in West Bengal's East Midnapore has appealed to the district authorities to allow her to kill herself as she has become pregnant after allegedly being raped by a man on the promise of marriage, police said on Saturday. "We got intimation from District Magistrate's public grievance cell that a girl has sought permission to kill herself after being raped by a man of same village on the promise of marriage," Sutahata Police Station's Officer-in-charge Jaleswar Tewary told IANS. She felt that it would be difficult for her to stay alive as an unwed mother, Tewary added. Victim's mother alleged that while the accused was absconding, the accused's parents, who had earlier agreed to their marriage, were opposing the proposal now. "A case was registered and accused's father has been arrested," the police officer said.Earlier in the day, a West Bengal Human Rights Commission team also visited the victim's home at Sutahat...




Freedom of expression should not be absolute: Ruskin Bond
Bhubaneswar, Jan 12: Amid the growing controversy over the release of Bollywood film "Padmaavat", celebrated author Ruskin Bond on Friday said freedom of expression should not be absolute. "I don't think freedom of speech should be absolute. We should consider ourselves lucky to live in the country. There is no better place to live than India," said Bond at the third edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM) here. "Shall I like to live in China, shall I live in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Syria, Lebanon or some other country... definitely not," said the author. Bond was reacting to a question on the controversy over the film "Padmaavat" and literary freedom. The cherubic Mussoorie-based author, who draws inspiration from nature, spoke on climate change and said people should look after their natural surroundings which have made life possible to live in. He said paper books can never be replaced even with the ad...




Rights body objects Haj Guidelines for differently-abled, writes to Minority Affairs Ministry to facilitate Haj for them
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Dec 28: Objecting over the new Haj Guidelines (2018-22), a rights body has urged to Minority Affairs ministry to drop the provisions that bar differently-abled people from undertaking Haj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.  In a letter to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the National Platform for Rights of Disabled (NPRD) said that some provisions "blatantly discriminate" against persons with disabilities but are also “in violation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWDA), 2016”.  Strongly criticising the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Minority Affairs making  differently-abled ineligible for Haj,  NPRD said that it is discriminatary as well as objectionable as it refers to them as “crippled” and “lunatic.”   The 'eligibility for Haj' under the guidelines mentions that any Indian citizen who is a Muslim can apply for the pilgrimage except t...




Labourer's Murder in Rajasthan: Rights bodies demand resignation of CM Raje and HM Kataria
In a horrific incident, on Wednesday, Mohammed Afrazul, 48, a laborer from Malda in West Bengal was stabbed to death by a man aged around 35 in Rajasthan's Rajasamand district. Afrazul was also burnt after killing.Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,Jaipur, Dec 8: Several human rights groups on Thursday, strongly condemned brutal murder of a Muslim labourer in Rajasamand district of Rajasthan. Holding the state’s BJP government unable to control regular incidents of hate crime against Muslims, they demanded immediate resignation of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and state’s Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria. Rights groups also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Raje both must issue a “clear” and “unambiguous condemnation” on such hate crime against Muslims.  They also urged for immediate arrest of all the killers and attackers in hate crimes in Rajasthan. In a joint statement rights groups said, “All organisations o...




SC notice to Centre on plea against repeated prohibitory orders to ban protests in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec 5: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Central government on a plea questioning the repeated imposing of prohibitory orders in central and New Delhi -- the heart of the national capital -- to ban protests and demonstrations.The bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan observed that it is important to frame guidelines on the right to protest, so as to ensure that the fundamental right of citizens to protest is balanced with avoiding any inconvenience that may be caused to the public.The court also issued notice to Delhi Police.Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) empowers an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in an area.In 2017, police has issued prohibitory orders six times - in January, March, May, July, September and the latest in October.Moving the top court through its founder member Aruna Roy, the PIL petitioner organisation Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS) has sought quashing of th...




Swami Agnivesh urges SC to probe alleged torture of Hadiya by RSS affiliate, demands to withdraw NIA in the case
This entire Love Jihad phenomenon was unnecessarily created by the BJP and RSS combine that Muslim young men are carrying out this to convert Hindu girls to embrace Islam. All this is bogie and they (RSS-BJP) just want to polarise Hindu votes. Polarisation for the political purpose has been their game plan: Swami Agnivesh Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, Now 30: Renowned social activist and Arya Samaj Leader Swami Agnivesh has urged the Supreme Court (SC) to take notice of Hadiya’s statement given to media on Wednesday that she was tortured by a Yoga center of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) during her parents’ custody, in Kerala. Demanding the withdrawal of NIA in the case Agnivesh also rubbished the “Love Jihad phenomenon” as “bogus” saying it was concocted by RSS to polarize Hindus for political gain.Condemning RSS, Swami Agnivesh said, “This is very unfortunate that as Hadiya told about this Yoga Center that she had ...




I want to meet my husband, says Hadiya
Salem (Tamil Nadu), Nov 29: Hadiya, the Muslim girl sent to a homeopathy college here by the Supreme Court for completing her studies, on Wednesday said she wants freedom to meet her husband Shafin Jahan."I had said in the court that I want to meet the people I love. I want freedom. I want the freedom to meet and talk to the people I love," said the 24-year-old girl, whose marriage to her Muslim lover was annulled by the Kerala High Court."I don't know whether I'm going to a prison again," she said about her stay in the college where she has been allowed to complete her house surgency course in 11 months. She was talking to the media a day after reaching the college on Supreme Court orders on Monday.Born Akhila, the girl converted to Islam and married Jahan while still studying. Her parents came to know about it after she refused to participate in a religious ceremony at home near Vaikom in Kerala.Suspecting his daughter to be a victim of 'love jihad', her father As...




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