Centre says Rohingya refugees have links with Islamic State, Amit Shah testifies in Gujarat riots case: Top stories to bring you up to date
Centre says Rohingya refugees have links with terror groups, Amit Shah testifies in Gujarat riots case, Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar arrested, Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s party to contest 2018 Pakistan election: here are top stories to bring you up to date.india Updated: Sep 19, 2017 07:44 IST
Centre says Rohingya refugees have links with Islamic State and ISI, tells SC to not interfere with deportation
Many Rohingya refugees have links with the Islamic State and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, the government told the Supreme Court on Monday, as it sought to win legal backing to deport tens of thousands of them for being a “serious security threat” to India. The government also said if allowed to stay, the Rohingya refugees would exhaust natural resources meant for Indians that could culminate in hostility towards them and lead to social tension and law and order problems. It said the plan to deport Rohingya refugees was a policy decision and the court should desist from interfering. In response, the court said it will soon take up the question of whether it has jurisdiction over the matter. Read the story here.
Saw Maya Kodnani in assembly building, hospital: Amit Shah testifies in Naroda Gam riots case
BJP president Amit Shah told a special court on Monday that he had seen former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani in the state assembly and later at a government hospital the day deadly riots broke out in parts of the city in February 2002. Deposing as a defence witness for Kodnani, who is accused of inciting a mob that killed 11 people in the city’s Naroda Gam area, Shah testified that he saw her in the assembly building in Gandhinagar between 8.30–8.40 am on February 28, 2002. Shah said he saw her again later the same morning at the civil hospital in Sola, Ahmedabad. “I reached there between 9.30 and 9.45 am,” he told the court. HT has a copy of his deposition and subsequent cross examination. Read the story here.
Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar arrested in Mumbai in extortion case
Thane police on Monday arrested Iqbal Kaskar, India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim’s brother, in connection with an extortion case. The Thane Anti-Extortion Cell, led by encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, took Kaskar in for questioning from his Mumbai residence in the evening. He was later arrested. “Kaskar called a builder from Thane around four months ago and tried to extort money from him. The builder lodged a complaint with the police a few days ago. When we traced the number, we confirmed it was Kaskar’s,” a police officer from the anti-extortion cell said. Read the story here.
India, US, Japan call for respecting territorial integrity in a dig at China
India, Japan and the United States on Monday called for the respect of “international norms” and “sovereignty and territorial integrity” on connectivity initiatives, delivering a thinly veiled joint reminder to China on its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). “On connectivity initiatives, the importance of basing them on universally recognised international norms, prudent financing and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity was underlined,” a statement released by the three countries said. The remarks came at the end of a trilateral meeting that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj held with Rex Tillerson and Taro Kono — her US and Japanese counterparts — on the sidelines of the UN general assembly meeting in New York. This was her first meeting with Tillerson. Read the story here.
Military can use new China-Nepal highway, move likely to ‘irritate’ India
A new strategic highway in Tibet will link the region to Nepal and can be used for military purposes, state media reported on Monday. Experts said the 25-metre wide highway can be used by armoured vehicles and serve as a runway for military aircraft if required. India is likely to be “irritated” by the development, the state media reported. “The Tibet highway between Xigaze airport and Xigaze city centre officially opened to the public on Friday, a short section linking the national highway to the Nepal border which experts said will enable China to forge a route into South Asia in both economic and defence terms,” the Global Times said. Read the story here.
Demand for Gorkhaland: Stress and anxiety cases increase as Darjeeling bandh races towards 100 days
When political parties enforce a one-day bandh, people usually take it as a holiday. But stretch it to 100, and the results can be depression and stress. Psychiatrists, counsellors and teachers have started reporting cases of stress and anxiety in the north Bengal hills as the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills approaches the 100 days mark. Over the past 96 days — the shutdown began from June 15 following a police raid on the residence and office of GJM chief Bimal Gurung — shops and educational institutions, business establishments and entertainment zones have remained closed, turning the hills into a vast open prison. Financial insecurity, political instability and disruption of Internet services have compounded the sufferings of the people. Read the story here.
Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s party to contest 2018 Pakistan election
After an encouraging start in Sunday’s bye-elections to a parliamentary seat in Lahore that was held by former premier Nawaz Sharif, the political party formed by the Jamaat-ud-Dawah has signalled its intention to contest Pakistan’s general election next year. The Milli Muslim League (MML), which has not been recognised by the Election Commission, came in at third place in the bye-polls, behind the ruling PML-N and the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Sheikh Yaqoob, the independent candidate in the bye-elections who was backed by the JuD, told media that the MML “will field candidates in every constituency of the country in next year’s election”. Read the story here.
Alwar lynching: Fearing gaurakshaks, Pehlu Khan’s driver now ferries vegetables
Arjun Kumar Yadav, who was driving the truck attacked by alleged cow vigilantes killing dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in April, doesn’t transport cattle anymore. Instead, the 23-year-old, also a key witness in the case, ferries vegetables to villages on Jaipur outskirts, incurring a monthly loss of Rs 10,000. Yadav’s family members, in Chomu town near Jaipur, said the financial loss was a small cost to pay as long as it doesn’t risk their son’s life. On April 1, it was in the pickup truck owned by Yadav that Pehlu Khan was transporting cattle before he was waylaid and lynched by a mob. Read the story here.
First you eat meat, then meat eats you: Maneka Gandhi
Union minister of women and child development Maneka Gandhi made a pitch for vegetarianism on Monday, saying humans are natural vegetarians and meat consumption harms them. The women and child development minister was speaking at the launch of a film The Evidence-Meat Kills, directed by Mayank Jain, that scientifically explores the effects of meat consumption on human body. Studies done over the last three decades have shown, with empirical data, that meat is bad for human body, Maneka said. “Everything about every part and organ of the human body is vegetarian. When we put an alien substance like meat into the human body, we become prone to diseases,” she said. Read the story here.
India vs Australia: Lucky to have a player like Hardik Pandya , says Virat Kohli
The victorious India and Australia landed in Kolkata on Monday after Virat Kohli’s team put up a fighting display to clinch the rain-hit opening ODI in Chennai overnight. There is threat of rain over Thursday’s second game at Eden Gardens as well. However, Hardik Pandya’s rapidly growing stature as all-rounder has created all the buzz. The man Virat Kohli had compared to England’s match-winner Ben Stokes recently, took the game by storm, hitting a career-best 83 off 66 balls. Kohli hailed the 23-year-old as the man who made the difference. “Hardik believes in himself, and his innings was the game-changer. He possesses all three skills equally and we are lucky to have him,” Kohli said. Read the story here.