Ambedkar’s statue damaged, Dalits protest – The tribune
Students under open sky after roofs blew away in storm – The himalyan
Sangrur torture: National SC panel intervenes – The times of india
Separate quota sought – Nyoooz
Hamas demands: Let us join the PLO – Arutz sheva
Mangaluru: SDPI holds huge protest; slams government on Zakir Naik ban – Sahil online
Ambedkar’s statue damaged, Dalits protest
Kurukshetra, January 2
Members of the Dalit community blocked traffic at Ambedkar chowk for over five hours to protest against desecration of his statue in Ladwa on Saturday.
Traffic was disturbed on the Ladwa-Yamunanagar and Ladwa-Karnal roads as the protestors formed a human chain and sat on the roads.
Protesters said the statue has been damaged and we will continue to protest till the guilty are arrested. A finger and spectacles of the Dalit icon have been damaged and the community will not tolerate such incidents.
The protestors also raised slogans against the government and Ladwa MLA Pawan Saini and burnt an effigy. Police was deployed to keep the situation under control.
Senior community members said, “A 21-member committee will meet Saini on Sunday to demand the instantiation of a new statue. If our demands were not fulfilled, we will block the national highway.” — TNS
BAJURA: The Navadurga Primary School located in a Dalit community in Kanda village of Bajura district is running classes under the open sky, after the blow of its roofs by a storm around seven months ago.
Last year in May-June, the roofs and other physical infrastructures of the school were destroyed by the wind.
The school that has a 66 students upto grade three hence was closed in the monsoon last year.
Local Dalit people are running the school on their own expenses as there is no help from the District Education Office (DEO) expect the permission for the establishment of school.
The school administration has already informed the DEO about the problem, the school said.
The DEO, however, has not extended any help.
The times of india
Sangrur torture: National SC panel intervenes
Talking to newsmen at the Circuit House here, Raj Kumar Verka, vice-chairperson of the commission, said attacks and atrocities by the police on dalits have increased during SAD-BJP government rule in Punjab.
Manga was reportedly rounded up from his meat shop couple of days ago on the suspicion that he was selling liquor illegally. A wooden stick was inserted in his anus following which the victim was admitted to the Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. Doctors attending him stated that Manga would recover in a week’s time.
Talking to the inspector general of police and deputy inspector general of police of Patiala range, under which Sangrur falls, Verka said he would prepare a detailed report on the atrocities of the police on dalits and send it to the Punjab government and the Centre. Verka met Sangrur deputy commissioner as well.
Punjab State Human Rights Commission also intervened and ordered another probe against the police. Three cops had been arrested by Sangrur Police on Friday.
Separate quota sought
Summary: There should be separate quota for transgenders cutting across all communities, the members feel. Other members including Vyjayanthi and Rachana are keener that the Telangana government constitute a Commission for protection of the rights of transgenders. Vis-à-vis the numbers and diversity of BCs in the State, the benefits that could be reaped by transgender persons will be insignificant, opined the Telangana Hijra Transgender Samiti members. Telangana Government’s decision to include transgender persons under the Backward Classes has not evoked much enthusiasm from the community’s representatives here, though BC leader and legislator R.Krishnaiah went to press against the decision. Even for a dalit transgender, to be clubbed with the rest of the dalits is no relief,” said Karthik Bittu from the Samiti.
Telangana Government’s decision to include transgender persons under the Backward Classes has not evoked much enthusiasm from the community’s representatives here, though BC leader and legislator R.Krishnaiah went to press against the decision. Vis-à-vis the numbers and diversity of BCs in the State, the benefits that could be reaped by transgender persons will be insignificant, opined the Telangana Hijra Transgender Samiti members. “It is not an ideal situation for the transgenders to be competing with the rest of the BCs who would be clearly in a better position than the former. Even for a dalit transgender, to be clubbed with the rest of the dalits is no relief,” said Karthik Bittu from the Samiti. There should be separate quota for transgenders cutting across all communities, the members feel. Other members including Vyjayanthi and Rachana are keener that the Telangana government constitute a Commission for protection of the rights of transgenders..
Hamas demands: Let us join the PLO
Khalil al-Haya, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, declared on Saturday that Hamas will not participate in meetings of the preparatory committee of the Palestinian National Council, the parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), because the group is not part of the PLO.
Al-Haya said Hamas was ready to join the preparatory committee within the framework of a comprehensive reconciliation agreement to establish a new Palestinian National Council to support the “intifada”.
In an interview with Hamas’s Palestine newspaper, Al-Haya said that the first step should be the convening of a meeting of the PLO’s interim leadership to discuss two issues: The latest terror wave, which Hamas refers to as the “Al-Quds Intifada”, and the mechanisms for implementing the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah.
Al-Haya accused Palestinian Authority chairman and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbas of being unwilling to accept the principle of partnership and of striving to achieve exclusivity in the Palestinian leadership.
Meanwhile, Ismail Radwan, another senior Hamas leader, also rejected Abbas’s call from last week to establish a national unity government because, as he put it, it was an attempt to circumvent the reconciliation agreement and require the government to act in accordance with the policy of the PLO with regards to Israel.
It should be noted that Hamas wants to integrate into the PLO in order to take control of the organization, which is internationally recognized as the sole representative of the Palestinian people, and whose Executive Committee is defined by the UN General Assembly as the “Provisional Government of the State of Palestine.”
Hamas and Fatah are longtime rivals which have continued their never-ending war of words despite a unity agreement signed in April 2014 which sought to end seven years of bad blood.
The unity government between Hamas and Fatah collapsed in June when Abbas decided to dissolve it amid a deepening rift between the sides.
Since then, the sides have continued to verbally attack one another, with Hamas making the harshest of the comments.
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has criticized Hamas for creating a shadow government in Gaza and blocking efforts to reach political unity.
Hamas has in turn accused the PA of executing a plan to “eradicate” the movement from Judea and Samaria, saying that an arrest campaign of over 200 members was carried out by the PA to target reconciliation efforts between the two factions.
Mangaluru: SDPI holds huge protest; slams government on Zakir Naik ban
Mangaluru: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) held a huge protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office on Friday against the ban on entry of Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik to Mangaluru.
Dr Zakir Naik was supposed to deliver a speech in an event organised by the South Karnataka Salafi Movement (SKSM) on January 2 at Nehru Maidan in Mangaluru. Days before the event saffron groups protested against the entry of Zakir Naik following which Mangaluru City Police Commissioner S Murugan issued a ban order on Naik’s entry. However, the Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara has just postponed the event by two months.
Ilyas Mohammed Thumbay, National Chief Secretary of SDPI addressing the gathering slammed the district administration and congress government for banning the entry of Dr Zakir Naik. He said that though Section 144 was imposed in Moodbidri, the district administration allowed the Sangh Parivar activists to take out rally with swords and baton in hands. The entry of Naik was banned because the Sangh parivar had opposed it.
SDPI was denied permission when they wanted to organize awareness program against communal terrorism. This clearly shows that the district administration and Congress government are terrorized by Saffron groups.
He also recalled the incident where MLC Ganesh Karnik was caught admitting that RSS has strengthened its hold on police department and the fact that 60 percent of the police personnel are from the RSS.
During the protest Dalit Sangharsha Samiti leader Ananda Mittabail, Former Mayor K Ashraf, SDPI state secretaries Alphonso Franco, Akram Hasan, district president Haneef Khan Kodaje, vice-president Ataullah amongst others were present.
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