The Times of India – Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa joins Pannerselvam camp, says her ‘political journey begins today’

Julie Mariappan

Chennai, 14 February 2017. Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar on Tuesday night met chief minister O Pannerselvam at her aunt’s memorial on the Marina Beach here and said, “My political journey begins today.”

After the meeting, Deepa told mediapersons that Panneerselvam and she would work like “two arms of AIADMK.”

Deepa, who had earlier welcomed the Supreme Court verdict upholding the conviction of AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and her family members in the disproportionate assets case, said on Tuesday night, “They (Sasikala and others) are going to, where they have to.”

Earlier in the day, Deepa told reporters that she was always saying that Sasikala would not be accepted as leader of the party, primarily because she had impending verdict in the assets case.

“People also welcome the verdict as they do not want to see Sasikala to lead them and against her,” she said, adding that Jayalalithaa disliked her close aide from taking positions in the party. However, the dominance of Sasikala in the party had many of her supporters gaining party posts, and many relieved according to her whims.

“Our Amma (Jayalalithaa) did not like them (Sasikala clan) at all. None has any second thought about it. Sasikala had brought harm to the leader, and cheated her only to gain power and money. The court verdict has put an end to this,” she said.

Advertisements – Harinder Singh Phoolka: Jagdish Tytler had himself sought ‘Lie Detection Test’ earlier

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Dakha, Panjab, 14 February 2017. Taking on key culprit of 1984 Sikh genocide Jagdish Tytler for refusing to undergo polygraph (lie detection) test, former Advocate of Supreme Court Harvinder Singh Phoolka said that Tytler used to talk of undergoing lie detection test himself while interacting with media.

He said that the refusal of Jagdish Tytler to undergo ‘Lie Detection Test’ reveals that he was guilty of instigating Hindu mobs to kill innocent Sikh youths.

It is noteworthy here that the CBI had sought permission from Metropolitan Court of Delhi to conduct Tytler’s lie detection test to unearth the truthfulness of his statements made before the probing agency.

The case pertains to killing of three innocent Sikh youths named Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near a Gurdwara Sahib in Pulbangash area of Northern Delhi.

Phoolka said that Jagdish Tytler had bribed Giani Surinder Singh, the key witness of the case by remitting large sums of money to Canada to him. He said that the amount was initially freezed by the Canadian authorities but later the Arms and Ammunition dealer Abhishek Verma helped them in de-freezing the remitted amount.

Phoolka added that the Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, who is also proximate of another Sikh genocide culprit Sajjan Kumar, had confessed before the CBI that he helped Jagdish Tytler in making the remitted amount available to son of key witness.

He further said that the conduction of Polygraph test on Jagdish Tytler as well as Abhishek Verma was required to unearth their criminal face. He sought filing of charge sheet against the two culprits if they refuse to undergo ‘Lie Detection Test’.

Lie Detection or Polygraph Test

What is a Polygraph Test?

A polygraph, popularly referred to as a lie detector, measures and records several physiological indices such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and skin conductivity while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions.

A polygraph machine records the body’s involuntary responses to an examiner’s questions in order to ascertain deceptive behaviour. The test measures physiological data from three or more systems of the human body-generally the respiratory, cardiovascular, and sweat gland systems-but not the voice.

Are lie detector test accurate?

The accuracy of polygraph testing has long been controversial. An underlying problem is theoretical: There is no evidence that any pattern of physiological reactions is unique to deception. An honest person may be nervous when answering truthfully and a dishonest person may be non-anxious.

How does a lie detector test work?

If you’re like most people, lying makes your heart race. It makes you pant. It drives up your blood pressure and makes you drip sweat. A polygraph machine detects lies by looking for signs of these physiological changes.

Testing Procedure:

The examiner typically begins polygraph test sessions with a pre-test interview to gain some preliminary information which will later be used to develop diagnostic questions. Then the tester will explain how the polygraph is supposed to work, emphasizing that it can detect lies and that it is important to answer truthfully.

Then a “stim test” is often conducted: the subject is asked to deliberately lie and then the tester reports that he was able to detect this lie. Guilty subjects are likely to become more anxious when they are reminded of the test’s validity. However, there are risks of innocent subjects being equally or more anxious than the guilty.

Then the actual test starts. Some of the questions asked are “irrelevant” or IR (“Is your name Fred?”), others are “diagnostic” questions, and the remainder are the “relevant questions”, or RQ, that the tester is really interested in.

The different types of questions alternate. The test is passed if the physiological responses to the diagnostic questions are larger than those during the relevant questions (RQ).

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Human Right Without Frontiers International – Morocco religious authorities rule leaving Islam is no longer punishable by death

Joseph Hartropp

Christian Today, 06 February 2017. The High Religious Committee of Morocco has retracted a previous ruling that apostasy from Islam is punishable by death and says that Muslims may now change their religion.

Previously the committee, which holds the responsibility of issuing Fatwas (Islamic rulings), had stated that defection from Islam merited the death penalty. Now however, the committee has retracted its position, Morocco World News reports.

In a document titled The Way of the Scholars the committee defines apostasy not as a religious issue but a political one.

“The most accurate understanding, and the most consistent with the Islamic legislation and the practical way of the Prophet, peace be upon him, is that the killing of the apostate is meant for the traitor of the group, the one disclosing secrets, […] the equivalent of treason in international law,” it says.

Apostasy is described as something that in the earliest period of Islam was punishable for its political consequences – those who fled Islam might disclose the secrets of the nation to its enemies.

The context of apostasy and its punishment, the committee suggests, was predominantly pragmatic and political. Such tensions are no longer relevant to most cases of apostasy, it says.

The committee noted too that in various instances the Quran speaks of apostasy being punished in the life to come, but not in this present life. For example, it says (2:217): “And whoever of you reverts from his religion [to disbelief] and dies while he is a disbeliever, for those, their deeds have become worthless in this world and the Hereafter, and those are the companions of the Fire, they will abide therein eternally.”

The document also said that the prophet Mohammad, during the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, followed the tradition that anyone who renounced Islam must be allowed to return to Quraich, Islam’s greatest enemy at the time.

Christians represent a small minority in Muslim-majority Morocco. Moroccan Christians have previously spoken up for their faith and challenged the harsh anti-apostasy laws, despite the threat of persecution.

Late last year the US State Department released its annual report on religious freedom, which included serious concerns about harsh and dangerous laws against blasphemy and apostasy in certain parts of the world, which are used to target vulnerable religious minorities.

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Dawn – Nation on right side of history, no attack can stumble us: PM Nawaz Sharif

Lahore, 14 February 2017. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that the fight against terrorism is about right and wrong, and “we as a nation are on the right side of history in this war”.

The premier passed the remarks while chairing a high-level meeting to review law and order situation in Lahore after Monday’s suicide attack which killed 13 and injured more than 80.

The federal interior minister, defence minister, adviser on national security, Punjab chief minister and other provincial cabinet members attended the meeting.

The prime minister also appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan Army and other law enforcement agencies, saying they have given “matchless sacrifices” to acquire successful results in the war.

“No one should think that we will stumble in this struggle due to such terror attacks. Our enemies will be defeated by our national resolve,” reiterated Sharif.

“We will soon see the end of this cancerous terrorism and it’s ideology,” he added.

Counter Terrorism Department Additional Inspector General Rai Tahir also briefed the premier and said around 12 possible terrorists attacks were foiled in 2016 whereas CTD Punjab killed 231 terrorists during the same time period.

Tahir added that 769 terrorists have been arrested, adding the law enforcement officials are working diligently to restore peace and stability in the country.

‘Such incidents cannot affect our efforts against terrorism’

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Lahore on Tuesday and chaired a security meeting at Lahore Corps Headquarters and reiterated the claim that such incidents cannot affect our ongoing efforts against terrorism.

He appreciated efforts of “intelligence agencies in tracing culprits of last night’s blast”, read a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

Talking about its linkage to sabotage forthcoming Pakistan Super League final match at Lahore, the army chief said that the military will extend full support to all concerned for holding the event as scheduled.

Later, General Bajwa also visited bereaved family of deceased DIG Mubeen and offered fateha. Talking to the mother of the deceased, the army chief said the sacrifice of her brave son and those by the nation shall not go waste.

“We have to defeat this inhuman brutal mindset and as a nation we shall,” he was quoted as saying.