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8 youth held for trespassing yellow zone near Ram bhoomi

The arrested youth have been identified as Mohd Wahid, Mohd Sayeed, Mohd Irfan, Mohd Sakir, Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Raza, Mohd Madani and Mohd Hussain <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Late on Friday night, eight Muslim youth from Rajasthan were arrested in Ayodhya after they tried to force their entry through the no-entry zone — known as yellow zone — at around 2 pm.The arrested youth have been identified as Mohd Wahid, Mohd Sayeed, Mohd Irfan, Mohd Sakir, Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Raza, Mohd Madani and Mohd Hussain, all aged between 20-30 years and residents of Nagaur district in Rajasthan.After multiple identity cards were found on their person, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) interrogated the arrested persons and sought their details from Rajasthan police.”They were moving in a suspicious manner near a sensitive barrier of Ram Janmabhoomi complex. No one is allowed to enter or go near that barrier,” said an ATS officer.Moreover, timings for entry to the disputed complex for ‘darshan’ of Ram at the makeshift temple are fixed. “How these people went up to the barrier near Katra Police station is a matter of concern and investigation,” added the ATS officer.It was the same gate from where four Pak-trained terrorists had forced entry into the complex in 1995.

Residents to approach SC for ‘new’ Hancock bridge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year and half after the 135-year-old Hancock bridge was demolished by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), there has been no development on the construction of the new bridge that was to replace it. The reason: the matter is at the Supreme Court and unless a decision comes, the construction cannot be undertaken.Demolished in November 2015, the railway overbridge connected Byculla and Dadar.The delay in construction of a new bridge in its place has been creating a lot of problems for residents of three to four major areas, who have now decided to take the matter to court.On Sunday, residents under the banner of Hancock Bridge Nirman Committee (HBNC) held a meeting, which was attended by residents from Dongri, Noorbaug, and Mazagaon among others. “We have formed the committee to take the matter to the Supreme Court and State government for starting the construction of the much-needed bridge,” said Aaamer Sayeed, one of the members of the committee.Sayeed said that the committee will approach SC to intervene in the matter. “Since the matter is pending with the court, our only option is to approach the court,” he said.However, the committee is also planning to hold mock rally to submit their protest. “We will soon hold the mock rally against the unnecessary delay, and will also want to inform city residents about the delay,” he added.At present, pedestrians and motorists have to take a longer route to the cross the railway track. “In the last six months six people have died while crossing the railway track,” Sayeed said.Even in March 2016, the Bombay High Court had directed the BMC and the Railways to respond to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking arrangement for providing pedestrians an alternative mode for crossing over the railway lines after the Hancock bridge was demolished.

Mehbooba Mufti takes dig at Manmohan Singh; says only PM Modi can solve Kashmir issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can resolve the Kashmir problem as he has a strong mandate and appealed to him to pull the valley out of morass. Mufti, whose government is battling spiralling protests in the valley, said the situation is the result of pent up anger due to failure of the UPA government to continue with the policy started by the previous NDA government in Jammu and Kashmir during her father Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed’s rule. “I say today with authority and I will be criticised for it also. If anyone can find a solution to Jammu and Kashmir problem, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”He (PM) has a strong mandate. Whatever decision he takes, the country will support him,” said Mufti, whose party is running a government in coalition with the BJP.”If anyone can take us out of the sticky spot, it is Prime Minister Modi. The nation will support whatever he decides…it is may earnest appeal…,” she said. The CM was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a flyover here.
ALSO READ Despite ban on social media, video of Hizbul militants torturing youth in Kashmir goes viralHailing the Prime Minister’s decision to visit Lahore on December 25, 2015, she said that it was a sign of strength not weakness.”He has the mandate of the people. This is his biggest power. He went to Lahore and met the PM of that country. This is not a sign of weakness but an indication of strength and power,” she said.She took a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he did not have the courage to visit Pakistan. “Before him (Modi), a Prime Minister had also desired to go to Pakistan for over ten years. He wanted to see his home there,” she said, with naming Singh.”He also would have tried to end the confrontation between the two countries, and bring J&K out of this unfortunate situation, but he had no courage to do that.” She gave credit to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former chief minister Mufti Sayeed for starting the “chapter of peace” in Jammu and Kashmir in 2002.”They tried their best to bring out Kashmir out of this unfortunate situation. He was successful to a large extent in shortest of period,” Mehbooba said. “There was ceasefire (along Indo-Pak border) during Vajpayee’s rule. There were talks with L K Advani (in Kashmir). There was beginning of the process of opening (cross -LoC) roads.”The chief minister said militancy declined during that period and there was peace on the borders.”These were not small developments. But unfortunately Mufti was out of the government and Vajpayee ji left, and the process came to grinding halt,” the PDP leader lamented.She alleged that the UPA regime at the centre and the state government did not carry forward the process thinking “everything is peaceful and there is no need to do anything further”.”There was pent-up lava. It started to come out when the youths were out on the streets in 2008 and then 2009 and 2010.This lava has now spread to the streets and we are forced to face this situation,” she said. The CM said while her government is trying to improve the situation in Kashmir, there are some forces which do not want it.”Mufti sahib, who had seen a dream, shook hands with the Prime Minister of our country Narendra Modi, who has got the mandate of the people,” she said.As the chief minister was speaking, former Minister and senior Congress leader Gulchain Singh Charak interrupted her speech and demanded setting up of two civil secretariat in Jammu and Srinagar capital cities.Charak, who later walked out of the hall in protest, was heckled by some workers after conclusion of the function. Deputy CM promises normalcy The Jammu and Kashmir government will take every step to ensure security and peace in the Valley, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said today.”Our focus (on the state) has not changed. Kashmir has been facing challenges not because of the coalition government. The situation in the Valley has been there for long,” he told reporters here.Singh was reacting to the Centre’s directive to the state government yesterday to confiscate the equipment of cable operators allegedly airing unauthorised Pakistani channels in the state and take action against them.According to reports, over 50 Saudi and Pakistani channels besides Zakir Naik’s banned Peace TV and others indulging in “anti-India” propaganda were allegedly running without necessary clearances via private cable networks in Kashmir.On being quizzed over a video showing two alleged Special Police Officers (SPOs) being tortured by militants, the deputy chief minister said, “Pakistan is playing a game in Kashmir.Terrorists are playing a game. Kashmiris are being terrorised.But the people of the state want peace and the tourism season to be normal.”The BJP leader said the government was doing its best for the development of the state. “The Rs 70 crore-flyover in Jammu is the biggest gift the state can receive. From parking lots to ring roads, the government is doing its best for the development of the state.Our main focus is to bring peace and security to the people of the state,” he said.

Muslim cleric questions Sonu Nigam’s ‘motive’ for rant on azaan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Muslim cleric Sayeed Mufti Mukarram on Monday condemned Sonu Nigam’s rant against azaan, the muslim call to prayer, saying the singer wants to attract media attention and that’s why he is making such ‘objectionable’ comments.Seemingly annoyed by the sound of azaan, Sonu tagged it as ‘forced religiousness’ and wrote, “God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India.”When asked about Sonu’s unnecessary comment on azaan, Mufti told ANI, “‘I strongly condemn his words. The azaan has been done this way since last 40-50 years. Either he wants to be highlighted by this matter or maybe he has some other motive. I feel, without any reason he is making the issue of azaan objectionable.”Continuing, “Azaan starts at dawn. Thousands of people at that time had already gone to morning walk. Whenever azaan happens, it is time to get up and not to sleep. We do not give azaan at midnight. So if azaan happens at morning, I don’t think there should be any problem regarding this.”He also feels that Muslims use ‘slow volume’ while doing azaan and shared that in Islam, the Prophet has said to take care of their neighbours.”Our prophet says that we should take care of our neighbours, so if we play loud speakers in slow volume that does not mean we are doing hooliganism or we want to wake up everyone. I feel that every religion should play loud speakers in slow volume, so that it doesn’t affect anyone,” he said.Taking a dig at singer’s ‘there was no electricity during the time of Prophet’ remark, he said that ”There was neither any film industry at that time too nor singers. So we are making a use of modern technology.”Mufti concludes by appealing to all the religious places that they should play loud speakers with slow volume.

Kashmiri Pandits lost their regional identity after PDP-BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Conference leader Sameer Kaul today alleged that the Kashmiri Pandits have lost their regional identity when the PDP formed an alliance with the BJP. “When the PDP-BJP government was formed, I had a shocking realisation that my community Kashmiri Pandit community was sold by (former chief minister and PDP founder) Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) by taking it out of regional identity,” he told reporters here. Kaul, who yesterday joined the NC, also said that he had opposed the BJP for its thinking and philosophy, and fought against the party from when he was in PDP for four years. “But, I did not know that there was already an arrangement (between the PDP and the BJP) behind my back. It was a political arrangement,” he said, alleging it was a part of the PDP-BJP alliance to handover a part of Kashmiri society (Pandit community) to the BJP. Kaul, who was the national spokesman of the PDP, said Kashmiri Pandit community lost their regional identity the moment they were “sold out” to the BJP by the PDP. “They lost their home and hearth, and their political identity the moment they were sold out by the PDP to the BJP. They (Kashmiri Pandits) are now a part of the BJP agenda and for that the BJP has bought them in lieu of the few MLC seats,” he alleged. He also said that the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) between the PDP and the BJP was a “misappropriation” of the separatists’ agenda. “The AoA, with the BJP, was nothing but the Hurriyat’s agenda. They (PDP) stole Hurriyat’s food (agenda) from the plate and tried to eat themselves which was wrong. It was misappropriation of the Hurriyat agenda,” he claimed. He said in the last 60 years, 25-27 per cent of space was created and preserved for Hurriyat so that they also indulge in their own politics in that space. “They (Hurriyat) have every right as citizens of J-K to take forward their politics. They have every right to do politics in a non-violent way if they have differences with the country’s philosophy… this was done because they have their own politics like who is the bigger separatist leader, which is the real and stronger Hurriyat…there was politics in that as well. “When separatists indulged in their politics, only then could you (PDP) have talked about governance, development and mainstream politics. But what you did is that when the government was formed, you said we will show you how to handle them. You took their plate, which PDP should not have done,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t risk your lives for me, junior Mufti tells voters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Don’t risk your lives for my victory. First and foremost, protect yourself.” That was Mufti Tasaduq Hussian, younger brother of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency for April 12 bypolls.Tasaduq was speaking after kick-starting his election campaign at Anantnag here on Saturday. His unusual appeal comes against the backdrop of militant threats and separatists’ calls for boycott of by-elections to Srinagar and Anantnag constituencies, to be held on April 9 and 12 respectively. Militants had even put up posters in Pulwama district asking people to stay away from the polls.A trained cinematographer from the US, Tasaduq is a known name in the Bollywood. He made a debut in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara in 2006 and his camera work received rave reviews. Tasaduq went on to win Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography and Star Screen Award Best Cinematographer in 2006 for Omkara. Tasaduq teamed up with Bhardwaj again in 2009 for Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra starrer Kaminay, which was received well on the box office.”Let me tell you that I am always with you…I want to tell you to be happy. We will continue to meet. Inshallah (God willing) whether I become MP or not, but we will win,” he said.Tasaduq, who formally joined PDP on his father Mufti Mohommad Sayeed’s first death anniversary on January 7, has been a reluctant politician. In fact, sources said late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed wanted Tasaduq to join politics and contest elections in 1996 when he was in the Congress. However, he was then under-aged to contest polls.Eventually, late Mufti convinced his eldest daughter Mehbooba Mufti to contest assembly polls from home constituency of Bijbhera in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Mehbooba won the election and later became the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader despite being the first-time MLA.Tasaduq’s foray into electoral politics has come at a worse time given that PDP led government is battling mounting anger and unpopularity in its traditional bastion of south Kashmir. The South Kashmir region was the epicentre of last year’s unrest and most of the killings and pellet injuries were reported from this region.Meanwhile, police arrested JKLF leader Mohommad Yasin Malik on Saturday in a bid to prevent him from leading the anti-election campaign. Several other leaders were either put under house detention or detained in police stations.”The move is aimed at preventing the JKLF chief from carrying out an election boycott campaign,” said the JKLF spokesman.

Farooq Abdullah, Tasaaduq Syed to contest JK Lok Sabha by-polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah and son of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Tasaaduq Sayeed are all set to contest the state Lok Sabha by-poll elections slated on April 12. Abdullah will contest from National Conference (NC) ticket from Budgam and Sayeed from Anantnag to contest the by-polls. According to the Election Commission, elections for the constituency will be held on April 12. The seat fell vacant on account of Mehbooba resigning from her Lok Sabha membership and contesting from the assembly segment in the same constituency. As per the notification, last date of filing nominations has been fixed on March 21, while as scrutiny of papers will be held on March 22 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is March 24. The by-poll for the Anantnag Assembly seat was necessitated due to the death of her father and former J and K chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. By-election for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat will also be held in the same month ? on April 9 and counting of votes will be held on April 16. The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat was vacated by former PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra who had resigned last year in protest against alleged brutalities on Kashmir protesters. The by-elections in Kashmir will be a major test for the PDP-BJP coalition government due to the simmering public anger over the use of pellet guns against protesters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Missing’ Hyderabad NRI murdered over extra-marital affair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year-old NRI working with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, who had gone missing from Falaknuma area here last week was found murdered and his body buried at an under-construction house, police said today. Police yesterday got exhumed the body of Syed Imran, who was employed as Customer service Officer in National Bank of Abu Dhabi, and said that he was killed for having extra marital affair with a city-based woman. On February 4, Syed Imran’s mother had lodged a complaint with Falaknuma Police stating that his son had gone missing following which a missing case was registered. During course of investigation, it was revealed that Imran had met one lady at Rythu Bazaar in Falaknuma and had left with her on a two-wheeler on February 4, DCP (South Zone) V Satyanarayana said. During the probe, police picked up one Saif Bin Sabeth Barabood, who told police that the missing person was having extra marital affair with the wife of his elder brother Sayeed Bin Sabeth Barabood and also his elder sister. Sayeed Bin Sabeth Barabood, working as servant in Qatar Army came back to Hyderabad and met his younger brother and got confirmed the information about the extra marital affair of Syed Imran with his wife and sister and he hatched a plan along with Saif Bin and his wife and lured Imran through his wife to Rythu Bazaar from where they went to Jamalbanda, the DCP explained. “They later killed Imran by cutting his throat with a knife after sprinkling chilly powder in his eyes and caused his instantaneous death and buried his body,” the senior police officer said adding further investigation is in progress to bring-out the total facts and to unravel conspiracy hatched by the accused persons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minor girl alleges rape by neighbour in Bundi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-year-old girl of Mali community was allegedly raped by a man in Bhajneri village in Bundi district, police said today. The minor along with her family complained to the police alleging that she was raped last evening by 30-year-old Suraj Nath, living in her neighbourhood, who offered her a ride while she was going out for some work, sub inspector of Dei police station Abdul Sayeed said. However, the rape is not confirmed yet as the medical examination report of the victim is to be received, he said. She alleged that last evening around 4 PM she was going to nearby fields when the accused on pretext of dropping her offered a lift and took her to some other area where he commited the misdeed, he said. Hearing the cries of the victim, a youth reached the spot but the accused managed to flee before that, Sayeed said. Based on the victim’s complaint, a case of rape under Section 376 (rape) of IPC and relevanr sections of the POSCO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act was lodged against Nath, the SI said. The statement of the victim before the magistrate would be recorded later today, Sayeed said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: Pak army defends Hafiz Sayeed’s detention, India’s concerns over H1-B visas, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pak army defends Hafiz Sayeed’s detention, says it is in ‘national interest’In an unusual move, Pakistan’s army on Tuesday said the detention of the Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was a “policy decision in the national interest” as the government announced that the Jamat-ud Dawa leader’s 90-day house arrest could be extended if required. Read more hereSC raps TN govt for not following law during protest, but no stay on Jallikattu new actSupreme Court while hearing Tamil Nadu’s new ordinance on Jallikattu on Tuesday refused to stay the new act, but agreed to hear a plea against the law. The apex court also notice to the state asking them to respond on new Jallikattu act in six weeks. Read more hereMallya row: CBI moves extradition plea, court issues non-bailable warrantCourt issued non-bailable warrant against Vijay Mallya in IDBI loan default case after CBI moved an affidavit seeking his extradition. Read more hereH-1B visa issue: India says conveyed interests, concerns to USWith reports that President Donald Trump is set to sign a new executive order aimed at overhauling H-1B and other work visas, India today said it has conveyed its “interests and concerns” to the US. Read more hereWait, what? Bigg Boss 10 winner Manveer Gurjar is already married, here’s picture proof! The Bigg Boss winner is not single, like he claimed on the show. Read more here

Taking forward his father’s dream, Tasaduq Mufti joins PDP on Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tasaduq Mufti, the son of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party at a function to commemorate his father’s first death anniversary on Saturday. Tasaduq, a famed cinematographer, joined the party in the presence of his sister and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who was there along with her cabinet and party colleagues.In his brief speech at the function, Tasaduq thanked the party workers for their love and affection towards PDP. “I have remained aloof from politics all my life. But today I have joined the PDP officially and it is a very important day of my life. I will walk with you and take your aspirations along,” he told the party men.He said his dream was to clean up politics in Kashmir. “I have felt the pace of government work. The speed with which work happens here, what dream can be realised?” he asked.Welcoming her brother into the party fold, Mehbooba said Tasaduq — like his father, the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed — has a dream to do something for Jammu and Kashmir. “Tasaduq has his own identity and his own work. No one in Mumbai knew him as Mufti Sayeed’s son till his second term (as chief minister). Like his father, he wants to do something for Jammu and Kashmir,” she said in her address.Known for his cinematography in movies like Omkara and Kaminey, Tasaduq is an American Film Institute graduate. He is known in Bollywood as Tassaduq Hussain and does not use the famous Mufti surname.

Mehbooba visits father Mufti Mohammad’s grave on his first death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti visited her father’s grave, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, at Bijbehara in Anantnag district to offer prayers on his first death anniversary on Saturday.Mehbooba, accompanied by Works Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri, PDP General Secretary Sartaj Madni and few relatives, visited Mufti’s grave this morning and offered prayers for the founder patron of the ruling party, officials said.Mufti, former chief minister of the state, died at AIIMS hospital this day last year after he was admitted due to severe infection.Although PDP had planned several rallies across the valley to mark Mufti’s first death anniversary, snowfall over the past four days put a spanner in the works. However, the party has organised a function at Indoor Stadium later in the day to pay tributes to the departed leader.

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