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Muslim boy lynched by berserk Hindutva forces on train


In yet another incident of brutal lynching of Muslims by communal Hindutva forces, a minor Muslim boy was allegedly stabbed to death and four others were injured on board a Mathura-bound train, police said on Friday, when an argument over a seat turned into religious slurs and triggered a mob attack on family members returning home from Eid shopping.
Incident took place on Thursday evening between Okhla and Asoti in Haryana, a distance of about 60 km.

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According to reports the victims of a small village in Haryana’s Faridabad district, said that the attackers repeatedly called them “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”, threw their skull caps on the floor, caught their beards and taunted them with terms such as “mulla”.

Police said one person was arrested on Friday and he has confessed to his involvement in the killing of Hafiz Junaid (16), which came amid several incidents of assaults on Muslims across the country over beef and cow slaughter.

According to Hindustan Times, Junaid was a student of Islamic studies in Surat, Gujarat along with his brother Hashim (20). The other injured are Md Mausin (16) and Md Moin (18).

Junaid’s elder brother Md Sakir, who boarded the train at Ballabgarh after being informed over phone by one of them, was also allegedly stabbed and is admitted to AIIMS.

Hashim said trouble started when a group of 15-20 people boarded the train at Okhla and asked the four to vacate the seat, which led to an argument.

Opposition parties accuse the BJP-led government at the Centre of not reigning in fringe groups that are allegedly targeting the minority community over issues considered sacrosanct by the Hindus.

India take on West Indies in first One Day Cricket match in Trinidad

At Port of Spain, Trinidad, India were 189 for 3 in 38 overs against the West Indies in the first One Day Cricket match, a short while ago. Ajinkya Rahane was out for 62 while Shikhar Dhawan made 87. Skipper Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh were at the crease.

Earlier, the host skipper, Jason Holder, won the toss and elected to bowl.

All India Radio is broadcasting bilingual live commentary in Hindi and English of the match. Five ODI matches and one T-20 match will be played between the two teams during the series. Bilingual live commentary of the remaining matches will also be broadcast by All India Radio. A periodic One Minute Headlines bulletin during the running commentary is also being broadcast.

Boxing: Devendro enters semi-finals to confirm medal in Ulaanbaatar Cup

India’s L Devendro Singh entered the semi-finals of the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament. The Commonwealth Games silver-medalist, Singh defeated Russia’s Dimitrii Yusopov to make the last four stage of the tournament.

Today, five-time world champion M C Mary Kom will open her campaign in the 51 kilogram category after getting a bye into the quarterfinals. Her opponent will be the winner of the bout between Russia’s Anna Aedma and Korea’s Chol Mi Bang.In the men’s draw, Mohamed Hussamuddin . K Shyam Kumar, Ankush Dahiya and Duryodhan Singh will take on their rivals in different weight categories today.

Among women, Priyanka Chaudhary and Kalawanti will take on their opponents today. Both the Indians won their respective quarterfinal bouts on Wednesday.

K Srikanth enters Men’s Singles semifinals of Australian Open

Kidambi Srikanth has entered the men’s singles semifinals of the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament. In all-Indian quarterfinal duel in Sydney on Friday, Srikanth overcame B Sai Praneeth in straight games 25-23, 21-17.

However, Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and defending champion Saina Nehwal have bowed out of the women’s singles.

In the quarterfinals, while Sindhu lost to world no.1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of the Chinese Taipei in three games,21-10, 20 -22, 16-21, Saina went down against sixth seeded Sun Yu of China, also in three games 17-21 21-10, 21-17.

Al Jazeera hit back over 4 Arab nations demand of banning it


Qatar based Al Jazeera television network on Friday hit back at reported demands by four Arab countries to close it down, calling them “nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region.”

Four Arab states boycotting Qatar have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

“We assert our right to practice our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats, and fearmongering,” Al Jazeera said in a satement.

Qatar Crisis: 4 Arab states ask Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera



Four Arab states have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands it must meet if it wants them to lift their sanctions. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have asked the Gulf state to shut down its broadcaster, Al Jazeera. They have also asked Qatar to reduce ties with Iran and close a Turkish military base.

These countries have now given Qatar 10 days to comply with all of the demands, which also include paying an unspecified sum in compensation. According to the list, Qatar must refuse to naturalise citizens from the four countries and revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries’ laws.

The demands, handed to Qatar by mediator Kuwait, tell Qatar to stop interfering in the four nations’ domestic and foreign affairs and refrain from giving Qatari nationality to their citizens, the official from one of the sanctioning states said.

Washington, which is a close military ally of countries on both sides of the dispute, had called for a resolution: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Qatar’s neighbours should make their demands “reasonable and actionable”.


The UAE has said sanctions could last for years. Qatar says the sanctions amount to a “blockade”, but it has ample reserves to weather the storm.

urkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik rejected the demand to close the base, saying it would represent interference in Ankara’s relations with Doha. Turkey might bolster its presence instead.

“Strengthening the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf’s security,” he said. “Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda.”

They also include severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, and the surrender of all designated terrorists on Qatari territory. Qatar denies it has relationships with terrorist groups or shelters terrorists.

The sanctioning countries demanded Qatar pay them reparations for any damage or costs incurred due to Qatari policies. Compliance with the demands would be monitored, with monthly reports in the first year, then every three months the next year, then annually for 10 years, the official said.

PM Modi on 3-nation tour of Portugal, US, The Netherlands


PM MODIPrime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three nation visit early morning Saturday. In the first leg of his four day tour, he will reach Lisbon, the Portuguese capital tomorrow late afternoon.

After bilateral talks with his Portuguese counterpart, Mr Modi will depart for Washington DC. During his two day US visit, Mr. Modi will meet President Donald Trump. This will be the first meeting between the two leaders. In the last leg of his tour, the Prime Minister will visit The Netherlands on Tuesday for bilateral talks with his counterpart. The Prime Minister is scheduled to return home on Wednesday morning.

India’s ambassador to Portugal K. Nandini Singla said, Mr. Modi’s visit to Portugal signifies the accelerated momentum in the bilateral ties on multiple fronts in recent years. The ambassador said, both countries are especially looking to deepen the partnerships in the areas of future like Science, technology and research, apart from the economic and trade relations.
The focus, however, will be on Mr Modi’s US visit. During the past three years, India US relations have grown rapidly with a new energy with increasing convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues. Last year, the two countries described it as an Enduring Global partnership in the 21st Century. The bilateral cooperation is broad based and covers areas such as civil nuclear energy, defence, counter terrorism, trade and economy, space, energy, science and technology and health.

As this will be the first meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, it will be an opportunity for the two leaders to establish their own rapport, review the relationship, impart a new vision and set priorities for future bilateral relations. Among other prominent issues that are likely to figure in talks include Terrorism, promoting economic and commercial cooperation, H1B visa rules and security in Indo-pacific region

Pakistan: 38 killed 100 injured in separate blasts in Quetta, Parachinar


At least 38 people were killed and over 120 other injured in three separate bomb blasts in Pakistan. Two back-to-back explosions rocked Parachinar, the capital of Kurram tribal agency, afternoon, in which at least 25 people were killed and 100 others injured.

Officials said, the dual-explosions took place as people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in the Turi Bazaar area of Parachinar. The second explosion took place as people rushed to provide aid and rescue the injured from the first explosion.

Earlier in the morning 13 people, including six policemen were killed and 21 people were injured in a suicide car bombing at Shuhada Chowk in Quetta.

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According to Dawn news, Parachinar District General Hospital Medical Superintendent Sabir Hussain appealed to the public for help, saying that the hospital is not equipped to handle the large number of casualties.

This is the second major bomb attack today. Early morning, at least 13 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta’s Gulistan Road area.

Local political administration officials said the twin blasts occurred in the Turi Market near Tal Adda, where a bus terminal is also located.

The second explosion targeted rescuers and bystanders who rushed to aid those who had been hurt in the first blast.

In January this year, 25 people were killed and 87 others suffered injuries when a bomb went off during peak business hours at a crowded vegetable market in the city. In what appeared to be a sign of growing cooperation among extremists, two banned groups had come forward to claim the deadly assault, with one describing the incident as a suicide attack.

पाकिस्‍तान में तीन अलग-अलग बम विस्‍फोटों में छह पुलिस कर्मियों सहित 38 लोग मारे गये

पाकिस्‍तान में आज तीन अलग-अलग बम विस्‍फोटों में कम से कम 38 लोग मारे गए और एक सौ 20 से अधिक घायल हो गए। आज तीसरे पहर कुर्रम कबायली एजेंसी में पाराचिनार में दो लगातार हुए बम विस्‍फोटो में कम से कम 25 लोग मारे गए और सौ अन्‍य घायल हो गए। अधिकारियों ने बताया कि यह दोनों विस्‍फोट पाराचिनार के तुरी बाजार इलाके में उस समय हुए जब भारी संख्‍या में लोग इफ्तार और ईद की खरीदारी में व्‍यस्‍त थे।

इससे पहले आज दिन में पाकिस्‍तान के क्‍वेट्टा में शुहादा चौक पर आत्‍मघाती कार बम विस्‍फोट में छह पुलिसकर्मियों सहित 13 लोग मारे गए और 21 अन्‍य घायल हो गए। पुलिस का कहना है कि यह विस्‍फोट गुलिस्‍तां रोड पर ब्‍लूचिस्‍तान पुलिस महानिरीक्षक कार्यालय के पास हुआ। बलूचिस्‍तान के एक प्रवक्‍ता ने बताया कि एक वाहन में जा रहे संदिग्‍ध हमलावर ने पुलिस कार्यालय को निशाना बनाते हुए सुरक्षा घेरे को तोड़ते हुए विस्‍फोट से अपने आप को उड़ा दिया।

प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्‍द्र मोदी तीन देशों की यात्रा पर


प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्‍द्र मोदी आज तीन देशों की यात्रा पर जा रहे हैं। अपनी चार दिन की यात्रा के पहले चरण में वे कल दोपहर बाद पुर्तगाल की राजधानी लिस्‍बन पहुंचेंगे।

पुर्तगाल के प्रधानमंत्री एंटोनिओं कोस्‍टा के साथ द्विपक्षीय वार्ता के बाद प्रधानमंत्री अमरीका की राजधानी वाशिंगटन के लिए रवाना होंगे। दो दिन के अमरीका प्रवास के दौरान श्री मोदी वहां के राष्‍ट्रपति डोनाल्‍ड ट्रम्‍प से मुलाकात करेंगे। दोनों नेताओं के बीच यह पहली बैठक होगी। अंतिम चरण में प्रधानमंत्री मंगलवार को हॉलैंड पहुंचेंगे।

इस बीच, पुर्तगाल में भारत की राजदूत नंदिनी सिंगला ने कहा है कि प्रधानमंत्री की पुर्तगाल यात्रा हाल के वर्षों में विभिन्‍न क्षेत्रों में दोनों देशों के संबंधों में आई मजबूती को दर्शाती है।  सिंगला ने कहा कि दोनों देश विज्ञान, प्रौद्योगिकी, अनुसंधान, आर्थिक और व्‍यापार के क्षेत्र में आपसी संबंध मजबूत करना चाहते हैं।

माननीय नरेन्‍द्र मोदी जी की कल की पुर्तगाल यात्रा किसी भारतीय प्रधानमंत्री द्वारा पहली द्विपक्षीय यात्रा है। यह यात्रा पुर्तगाल के प्रधानमंत्री आन्‍तोनियो कौश्‍ता के भारत प्रवास के केवल साढ़े पांच महीने बाद ही हो रही है। इससे यह साबित होता है कि दोनों देशों के बीच संबंधों में काफी तेजी आ रही है और दोनों नेताओं के बीच होने वाली वार्ता द्विपक्षीय संबंधों को बढ़ावा देने का सार्थक प्रयास है।