Kerala Mosque Opens Prayer Hall for Autopsy of Landslide Victims


Kerala Mosque Opens Prayer Hall for Autopsy of Landslide Victims

The management of the Salafi Juma Masjid at Pothukal near Nilambur in Malappuram district threw its doors open for the autopsy of the decomposed bodies of the landslide victims cutting across religions.

Malappuram: Showcasing a rare model of humanism, a mosque in north Kerala has offered its prayer hall to perform autopsy of the people who were killed in a massive landslide at a nearby village last week.

The management of the Salafi Juma Masjid at Pothukal near Nilambur in Malappuram district threw its doors open for the autopsy of the decomposed bodies of the landslide victims cutting across religions.

The mosque is located few kilometres away from Kavalappara, a remote hamlet in the district where a large number of people and children were killed following the landslide last Thursday. Search operations are still on to trace the bodies of the people, who have gone missing and are feared to have been buried alive.

The remoteness of the place and practical difficulties in shifting the decomposed bodies to the nearest hospital, which is at least 45 km away, have forced the authorities to look for a temporary facility for post-mortem.

When the police and authorities approached the mosque management with the request, they wholeheartedly offered a portion of their prayer hall and other facilities for performing the autopsy. Thus, the prayer hall is now working as a makeshift autopsy centre and study tables there are used for post-mortem, health authorities said.

The bodies of nearly 30 people, recovered after days of searches, were brought at the mosque for autopsy till Wednesday, they said.

The noble gesture came to light after Parameswaran, a staff in the government medical college, Manjeri, posted a video of the prayer hall and the makeshift autopsy facility on social media. He said it was one of the finest examples of communal harmony prevailing in the state.

While delivering the Independence Day speech in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday lavished praised on the mosque management, saying it was a great model of communal harmony and secularism the state can proudly present before the country.

 
 

 

 



Pak-Backed Protesters Target Indian Diaspora Celebrating I-Day Outside Indian High Commission in London, 4 Arrested


Pak-Backed Protesters Target Indian Diaspora Celebrating I-Day Outside Indian High Commission in London, 4 Arrested

London: Scotland Yard said it made four arrests as thousands of protesters converged outside the Indian High Commission in London for planned protests and counter-demonstrations to mark Independence Day on Thursday, resulting in an extremely tense face-off between different groups.

The anti-India protest, organised by Pakistani groups and Sikh and Kashmiri separatist outfits, was demarcated with metal barriers from a pro-India demonstration outside India House, during which placard-waving crowds disrupted the flow of traffic and chanted slogans.

As the clashes progressed through the day, there were instances of stone-pelting and bottle-throwing, with Scotland Yard officers on duty seen tackling some of the protesters to restrain them.

The protests, which according to the Metropolitan Police resulted in one injury, was described as largely peaceful involving a small number of incidents.

Pro-India demonstrators outside the Indian High Commission in London on August 15, 2019. (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

"The event was largely peaceful but officers did have to react and deal with a small number of incidents as they happened. In total there were four arrests for Section 4 of the Public Order Act, affray, obstruction of police and possession of an offensive weapon," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

"Public order trained officers were policing today's demonstration as part of a planned operation. One person was injured during the demonstrations," it said.

Earlier, the Met Police had confirmed that it had been aware of the protests and had therefore made appropriate policing arrangements, which included considerable number of officers on foot as well as officers mounted on horses.

While the anti-India protesters chanted slogans, the counter-protesters waved the Tricolour during the face off. The anti-India crowd included the pro-Khalistan Referendum 2020 group, a regular feature outside India House during Independence Day protests over the years.

However, the turnout this year was expected to be much larger in the wake of the Indian government's move to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier in the day, the Indian High Commission hosted its annual Independence Day celebrations with a flag-hoisting ceremony, with the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, felicitating members of the World Peace Rally, which concluded in London this week after covering 105 cities and a distance of 17,000-km.

Ghanashyam also greeted the Indian Cricket Association for the Physically Challenged team, which recently beat England to win the Physical Disability World Cricket Series 2019 at Worcester in the West Midlands region of England.

 
 
 
 
 



Rahul Pandey of Delhi is in Kathmandu jail, sought help from Prime Minister Modi


Rahul Pandey of Delhi is in Kathmandu jail, sought help from Prime Minister Modi

Kathmandu. I am for the 4th day in Kathmandu, fighting for the cause of poor Delhi boy, Rahul Pandey, languishing in jail. He is victim of Facebook friendship. We are able to convince here the police authorities that injustice was done to him and police came in action and lodged a complaint from her mother. But, it will not help in present case of release of Rahul. The hand of judiciary and Advocates, here is tight here on account of local laws, which clearly discriminate between a local and foreign national, when it comes to bail. I am shocked and request you all to turn this into viral post, through FB, Twitter, Insta and all possible means to press upon both Govt to end this discrimination in the larger interest of justice to one and all. The law should be based on crime, not on the basis of caste, creed, gender and nationality. Pls, friends in media help this cause, others can tag #ReleaseRahulPandey and make this post viral to reach PM Modi and PM Nepal.




Maharashtra floods: Rescue operations over, focus on relief in flooded areas


Maharashtra floods: Rescue operations over, focus on relief in flooded areas

Kolhapur: With flood waters receding in Kolhapur and Sangli, the administrations of both the districts in western Maharashtra are now focusing on providing essential supplies to people affected by the rain fury.

Rescue operations are over in both the districts, the authorities said, adding that they have started assessing losses to provide monetary assistance accordingly.

The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway (NH-4), which was submerged under flood waters last week, was partially opened for traffic on Monday after the water receded and slow vehicular movement was being allowed on it, Kolhapur's resident deputy collector Sanjay Shinde said.

Kolhapur and Sangli districts have been the worst hit following heavy rains in Konkan and western parts of the state where 43 people died in the deluge in last nine days. "Rescue operations have been completed in Kolhapur.

The national highway is open and the traffic is moving slowly. Petrol, diesel and gas supplies have been restored. Work is going on a war-footing to restore electricity and phone connectivity," Shinde said.

Relief centres have been set up and all efforts are being made to make sure the essential supplies reach the flood-affected people, he said. "The first phase, which was to rescue and evacuate flood-hit people, is over now. The second phase of providing relief material is currently underway," he said.

The third phase of conducting assessment of losses has also been started. "We have also begun the process of distributing monetary relief to the people," he said.

Shinde said the district authorities will on Tuesday review if rescue teams of the Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) could be relieved. An NDRF official currently deployed in Kolhapur said their teams carried fodder for the starving animals in Shirol tehsil in the morning.

Sangli Collector Abhijit Choudhari also said the rescue operation was completed in his district and their main focus was on providing essential supplies to people.

"Relief material is being provided to people at over 160 camps set up in the district. We are also working on assessing the losses," he said. Another official at the collectorate said the flood waters were receding rapidly in Sangli.

"Around 17 villages are marooned. Essential items are being sent there through boats as roads in those areas are in a bad condition," she said. "To check health hazards, water is being supplied to flood-hit people after being treated at filtration plants and even water tankers are properly sanitized," the official said.

Health camps have been set up at various places in Sangli and till Monday, over 10,000 people went there for check-ups and took medication, she added. Despite the flood waters receding, major rivers in both Kolhapur and Sangli were still flowing above the danger mark, an official said.

The Krishna river's water level at Irwin bridge in Sangli and the Panchganga river's level at Rajaram weir in Kolhapur was on Tuesday recorded at 47 feet, which was still above the danger mark. In Sangli, the danger mark for the Krishna river is 45 feet, while for the Panchganga river in Kolhapur is 43 feet.

 
 
 



IndiGo flight carrying Nitin Gadkari fails to take off after its pilot detects 'serious error'


IndiGo flight carrying Nitin Gadkari fails to take off after its pilot detects 'serious error'

Nagpur: A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight on Tuesday returned to the taxiway from Nagpur Airport runway after its pilot detected a "serious error." Among the passengers on board flight 6E 636 from Nagpur to Delhi was Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, an airport official said.

According to the official, the pilot detected an error while the aircraft was taxiing, after which the pilot aborted takeoff and the flight returned to the taxiway.

The pilot then made an announcement asking all passengers to de-board from the aircraft. Passengers are currently waiting at Nagpur airport for further announcements, the official mentioned. A statement from IndiGo on the matter is awaited.

 
 
 



Chidambaram only a burden on earth, says TN CM Palaniswami


Chidambaram only a burden on earth, says TN CM Palaniswami

Salem (TN): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on P Chidambaram, saying the veteran Congress leader was "only a burden" on the earth.

The chief minister was responding to criticism of his party by Chidambaram who had reportedly said that if the Centre decided to make Tamil Nadu a union territory like it has done in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling AIADMK would not resist any such move.

Palaniswami said despite being a Central Minister for long, Chidambaram had not addressed issues concerning the state including the Cauvery river water dispute. "What schemes had he brought ?(apparently to Tamil Nadu) How long was he the Union Minister? (but) what is the use to the country... (Chidambaram) is only a burden on the earth, " the chief minister said.

 
 
 



Passage of Jammu and Kashmir bill momentous occasion, new dawn awaits: PM Narendra Modi


Passage of Jammu and Kashmir bill momentous occasion, new dawn awaits: PM Narendra Modi
 



Petition filed in Bihar court against Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah for opposing abrogation of Article 370


Petition filed in Bihar court against Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah for opposing abrogation of Article 370

Bettiah (Bihar): A petition has been filed against former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and other political leaders for allegedly opposing the abrogation of Article 370.

An advocated in Betia Court Murad Ali has filed the case under charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy for opposing the scrapping of the Article which has recently been scrapped through Presidential order. "I have filed a case against former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and other political leaders who have opposed the abrogation of Article 370," Ali told ANI.

"I have filed the case under Section 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language), 153 B, 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code," he said. Ali said that the court heard his case and transferred the case to the court of Judicial Magistrate KK Shahi. Next hearing in the case is on September 24.

In the complaint, Ali has alleged that Mufti and Omar opposed the scrapping of the Article which has created a rage for the Indian Government through print, electronic and social media. "They attempted to create enmity among the citizens of other states of India. They have hurt the integrity and unity of the nation. They have done the work of disturbing national integrity and peace," he said. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference deputy chief Omar Abdullah were taken under preventive arrest in Srinagar after the Centre scrapped Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

 
 
 



Ladakh rejoices over UT status, no legislature a concern


Ladakh rejoices over UT status, no legislature a concern

Leh: "This is the best gift given by the Central government to the people of Ladakh, who always had to take the burden of Kashmir's hegemony," said Member of Parliament from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal amid a huge applause in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Celebrations and congratulatory messages started in Ladakh on Monday right after Union Home Minister Amit Shah declared the removal of Article 370 and announced the region was being reclassified as a Union Territory (UT). The jubilation continued on Tuesday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had promised the residents of Ladakh the UT status ahead of the parliamentary polls back in 2014. Even though nothing came out of it, the Ladakhis trusted the BJP again in 2019 and finally, got what they were promised.

In 2018, former BJP MP from Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang had resigned from the Lok Sabha on the grounds that the UT status was the demand of the people and the party was not able to meet it.

The issue created an uproar in the region, with people vowing to teach the BJP a lesson in 2019. However, it was only after the local and national BJP leadership intervened that the BJP candidate Jamyang Tsering Namgyal won the 2019 polls by a huge margin.

Apart from the UT status, the Ladakhis were also overjoyed by revoking of Article 370, which was considered discriminatory by the residents of Jammu and Ladakh. MP Namgyal said Ladakh wanted separation from Kashmir for more than 30 years due to the discrimination the locals faced.

In February, Ladakh was granted divisional status with a separate divisional commissioner, Inspector General of Police and division-level offices.

By Arjun Sharma

 
 
 



Indian Army offers Pakistani counterparts to take slain soldiers bodies


Indian Army offers Pakistani counterparts to take slain soldiers bodies

New Delhi: The Indian Army on Sunday offered its Pakistani counterparts to take the dead bodies of its soldiers who were killed in a foiled infiltration attempt in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The Pakistan Army has been offered to approach with white flag and take the dead bodies lying on the Indian side for last rites," Indian Army sources said.

Pakistan is yet to respond to the offer, the sources added.

The incident took place in Karen sector after a Pakistan Border Action Team's attempt to infiltrate in India was foiled on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1.

Five to seven terrorists and possible SSG personnel were killed. Four bodies were still lying in the open along the Line of Control (LoC), sources said on Saturday.

During the past one week, there has been a rise in infiltration and BAT attempts besides frequent ceasefire violations to disrupt peace along the LoC in the state.

Following these incidents, the Amarnath Yatra was cut short by two weeks and pilgrims and tourists were asked to leave the Valley.

 
 
 



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