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100 Most Powerful Indians: Modi, Shah, Bhagwat get top 3 Ranks; Owaisi more powerful than Shiv Sena chief, four chief ministers
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat have retained their top three positions respectively in the 2017 List of Most Powerful Indians, prepared by The Indian Express. The trio had got the same position in the 2016 list.   Sonia, Rahul lose power However, both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and party's vice president Rahul Gandhi have slipped behind as the party has continued failing in elections. Sonia has slipped from Rank 5 in 2016 to Rank 9 in the current list while Rahul has slipped from Rank 9 to Rank 10. However, Rahul is followed by Rajnath Singh (11), Nitish Kumar (13) and Mamata Banerjee (14) among others.   The top 10 in the IE100 list are: Narendra Modi Amit Shah Mohan Bhagwat JS Khehar Ajit Doval Arun Jaitley Mukhesh Ambani Yogi Adityanath Sonia Gandhi Rahul Gandhi   Owaisi more powerful than Thackeray, 4 chief ministers Three-time Member of Lok...




GDP up but job security falls: Only 16% earn regular wage
Vivek Mishra & Anirban Bhattacharya,  At 19, Dinesh Manjhi is the breadwinner for his family -- three siblings and a 55-year-old mother. But his tryst with adulthood actually began at 12, when his father took him on a 1,500-km journey from their home in Bihar to a farm in Punjab to work as a seasonal worker. This way, he added a valuable extra to what the father saved to bring back home every season. Manjhi's father died of illness in 2013 and the funeral costs left him struggling with a massive debt. So the youngster juggled jobs through the year. When he wasn't labouring in Gurdaspur in Punjab, he was at home in Dumri village in Bihar's Buxar district, eking out a living as a construction worker in the neighbouring town of Muzaffarpur. This earned him Rs 100-Rs 150 day which was much better than what seasonal farm work earned him in Dumri.Manjhi's story, narrated by Sajjad Hassan in a chapter in the India Exclusion Report (2013-14), echoes the life of those described by...




Will move court if media didn't apologize for linking my son with ISIS: Najeeb's family
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, March 22: The family of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed on Wednesday lambasted a section of media including Times of India (TOI) for running a false story linking Najeeb with terror outfit ISIS. While the media mentioned unnamed police official as source of the story, the Delhi Police rubbished the story yesterday itself. Najeeb’s family today warned that if media didn’t apologize for the fake story maligning Najeeb, they would approach the court for action.   Addressing a press conference at the Press Club of India here today, Najeeb’s younger brother Mujeeb Ahmed said: “It has been six months now, but Delhi Police have not got any clue. If Delhi Police have given such information (Najeeb was searching for IS), it is because they did nothing despite a long time passed. They should suspend who has done this and if Delhi police have not done this, then they should take action against all those media includ...




Delhi Police rubbishes media reports linking Najeeb with ISIS
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 22: Hours after a section of media on Tuesday flashed a story linking missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed with terror outfit ISIS, the Delhi came up rubbishing all such reports. Dependra Pathak, spokesperson of Delhi Police, said the investigation into the case of Najeeb has not found any link to ISIS.   The Times of India and some other newspapers had run the story claiming that a forensic analysis of Najeeb's laptop had found he was browsing information on how to join the extremist group ISSI a day before he went missing (15 Oct 2016).   The English daily also claimed that Delhi Police have submitted a report in the Delhi High Court stating that Najeeb watched several ISIS-related videos on his laptop and was looking up information on the militant organisation's ideology and executions.   Rubbishing the report, the Delhi Police said it has not found any such logs from his computer and no such has been submitted to the Delhi High ...




32% Indian professionals land job via social networks: LinkedIn
The company also announced the list of top recruiting organisations in India that include communications products and services company Orange Business Services, cyber security firm VMware, management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and business process management company Genpact. New Delhi, March 21: Thirty-two per cent of professionals in India land a new job through social networks that help candidates access information about companies, their culture and opportunities at their fingertips, professional networking website LinkedIn said on Tuesday.The company also announced the list of top recruiting organisations in India that include communications products and services company Orange Business Services, cyber security firm VMware, management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and business process management company Genpact."The job market today has transformed into a candidate's marketplace wherein candidates choose their employers, as opposed to recruiters c...




Indian-American teenager wins top science prize
Washington, March 16: Indian-American teenager, Indrani Das, won the top, $250,000 prize in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search competition for her research on treating brain injuries and diseases.Another Indian-American, Arjun Ramani, took the third place, which carries a prize of $150,000, for his project on networks using mathematical field of graph theory and computer programming.It is the oldest US science competition for students and is now sponsored by the medical company, Regeneron, in association with the Society for Science and the Public (SSP).Nicknamed the "Junior Nobel Prize", it was originally sponsored by Westinghouse in 1942 and Intel took it up from 1998 till last year. Twelve of the contest alumni have won Nobel Prizes.Archana Verma took the fifth place award of $90,000 for research that could lead to the development of windows that could produce solar power; Prathik Naidu received the seventh place award for a software to study human genomes and...




When Equality is Denied Everything is Denied, said JNU Dalit scholar days before suicide
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 14: Days after expressing his distress, through a Facebook post, on inequality, Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham, 27, a Dalit MPhil student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) apparently committed suicide in his room on Monday evening. "When equality is denied everything is denied. There is no Equality in M.Phil. or Ph.D. admission, there is no equality in viva voce, there is only denial of equality. Denying Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat recommendation, denying students protest in ad-block, denying the education of the marginals," said Muthukrishnan in his last Facebook post on 10th March in reference to the May 2016 UGC notification for admission in M.Phil. and Ph.D. at central universities. Since the notification was implemented at JNU in Dec last year, students have been protesting against it. Many observed hunger strike and demonstrated at the JNU Admin Bloc demanding roll-back of the UGC notification. MuthuKrishnan, a resident of Salem distric...




Ravish Kumar of NDTV wins first Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 09: Ravish Kumar, one of India's most respected journalists, has won the first Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award. Ravish is Senior Executive Editor at NDTV India, Hindi TV news channel of NDTV.  Besides citation, he will get Rs one lakh in cash award. The Kuldip Nayar Journalism Award has been set up by the Gandhi Peace Foundation.  Ravish has earlier won several prestigious awards including the Ramnath Goenka Award.




Heart-wrenching to see Gurmehar subjected to organised wrath: Mahesh Bhatt
Kolkata, March 8: Acclaimed filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt on Wednesday said it was "heart-wrenching" to see 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur being subjected to "organised" public wrath when so-called liberals had very little to say."It was heart-wrenching to see a 20-year-old girl being subjected to so much organised, kind of public wrath."I feel that society, which says is a free society, must give any individual space to fearlessly articulate his or her point of view. And the person who is asking for that free space, must also give the other person who completely disagrees with her, to express his or her view, provided that is done in a civilised manner," Bhatt told IANS here.The "Zakhm" maker was in the city to chat with select mediapersons about the forthcoming film "Begum Jaan"."Begum Jaan", a Hindi adaptation of Srijit Mukherji's stellar Bengali offering "Rajkahini", will feature Vidya Balan as a brothel's madam in Punj...




Unfollow those who threaten women, Kejriwal urges Modi
New Delhi, March 8: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pull up those who "abuse" women and to take action against them.Speaking at the annual awards ceremony of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on International Women's Day, Kejriwal made a plea to Modi to "unfollow all those who abuse and threaten women and take strong action against them".Referring to the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) and the state of women there, he said: "Senior Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai revealed the discrimination between boys and girls in the BHU campus; girls of the campus came up and spoke against injustice. Since then, those girls have been getting rape threats from the university Vice Chancellor (VC). Such goons hold position of VC because of Modi Sarkar."He made the remarks at the function and said that all days belong to women. He followed this with words of appreciation for the work done by the Commission under the lea...




Hundreds of students march carrying 'I Am Not Afraid Of ABVP' placards
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 04: Several hundred students from various colleges and universities, mostly from Delhi University, took out a protest march against the Ramjas College violence on Saturday. They were shouting slogans against ABVP, a student group linked to the ruling BJP. Some members of ABVP had allegedly beaten up students, teachers and journalists over a seminar at Delhi University's Ramjas College last week.  They took out the march from Mandi House to the Parliament House.  On 21 and 22 Feb, some members of ABVP had allegedly beaten students and teachers for inviting JNU research scholar Umar Khalid to the seminar at Ramjas College. Even though because of their objection, the organizers had cancelled invitation to Khalid, ABVP students vandalized the program and assaulted fellow students, both male and female.  Students protest against ABVP in New Delhi on 4 March 2017.  Umar Khalid is a research scholar at JNU. He along w...




Never been more afraid to speak my mind: Arshad Warsi
Mumbai, March 2: Actor Arshad Warsi, who usually does not mince words on issues of public concern, says he has never felt more afraid of expressing his beliefs and opinions.Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur has been for over a week in news for her online campaign against the ABVP. While cricketer Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda were condemned for seemingly mocking at her via their Twitter posts, some other celebrities have spoken up in support of the girl and for upholding freedom of expression in the country.Arshad tweeted on Thursday: "Never been more afraid to speak my mind or the truth, as I am now, considering the present scenario. Really hope things get better."In view of the current political scenario in India, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on Wednesday said social media platforms are being used to create polarisation in the nation.Gurmehar Kaur had posted on Facebook a picture of herself holding a placard that read, "I am a student from Delhi University. ...




Ramjas College: NHRC notice to Delhi Police over allegations of police excesses
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 28: The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner on a complaint that police personnel attacked a female student and snatched cameras from media persons, who were recording the incident outside Ramjas College in Delhi University Campus on 22nd February.   "Allegedly, some journalists, covering clashes, were slapped, punched and kicked by the policemen. The Commission has taken on record complaints as well as media reports making similar allegations including threats to some students on social media," said NHRC.   The rights body has sought a detailed report from Delhi Police in four weeks. On 21 and 22 Feb, some members of ABVP had allegedly beaten students and teachers for inviting JNU research scholar Umar Khalid to the seminar at Ramjas College. Even though because of their objection, the organizers had cancelled invitation to Khalid, ABVP students vandalized t...




Delhi witnesses historic protest demonstration against ABVP
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 28: India's National Capital on Tuesday witnessed a historic massive protest demonstration against ABVP - saffron youth group linked with the ruling BJP and its mentor RSS. Thousands of students, youths and teachers came out on the streets against ABVP. Members of ABVP had allegedly vandalized a seminar at a Delhi college, beaten students, teachers and media persons.   On 21 and 22 Feb, some members of ABVP had allegedly beaten students and teachers for inviting JNU research scholar Umar Khalid to the seminar at Ramjas College. Even though because of their objection, the organizers had cancelled invitation to Khalid, ABVP students vandalized the program and assaulted fellow students, both male and female.   When Gurmehar Kaur, a college student in Delhi and daughter of martyred soldier, raised flag against ABVP and posted a strong comment against it on her facebook, she was trolled by pro-ABVP people, abuses were hurle...




Gurmehar's college comes out in her support
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 28: The Lady Shri Ram College, where Kargil martyr's daughter Gurmehar Kaur is an under-graduate student, has come out in her support over her stand against ABVP.  "We, the faculty members of the English Department, Lady Shri Ram College unequivocally and strongly support our student Gurmehar Kaur and her right to express her opinion on issues that embroil our university," said the department in a statement. Gurmehar is a first year student of English Honours at the college.  Gurmehar, through a facebook post on 22nd Feb, had condemned violence and vandalism carried out allegedly by some members of ABVP, a youth wing linked to the ruling BJP, at the Ramjas College. ABVP members had vandalized a seminar where among others JNU research scholar Umar Khalid was invited as a speaker, beaten up students, teachers and also some media persons.   "The brutal attack on innocent students by ABVP is very disturbing and should be ...




Ayodhya seers, youths: Jobs, education more important; Ram Mandir a political gimmick
Saiyed Danish for IndiaTomorrow.net, Ayodhya, Feb 26: As UP polls proceed towards the fifth phase of polling, high-octane drama and personal attacks are gaining momentum in the campaigning by various parties. Different regions of polling have seen different ways leaders of belligerent parties attracting the voters. Especially, third phase onwards, where signs of polarization are rampant. On February 20, PM Narendra Modi in his Fatehpur speech raked up the controversial ‘Shamshaan-Kabristan’ issue and claimed that devotees in Diwali do not get as much electricity as Muslims do in the month of Ramzan. It invited the ire and wide spread condemnation from his opponents.  Attempt of polarizing voters in the UP East belt, where Yogi Adityanath, MP from Gorakhpur, and his Hindu Yuva Vahini commands influence in the adjoining district, is happening without any filters.   From Vinay Katiyar to Adityanath, BJP leaders are openly resorting to communal rhetoric replacing...




Ramjas College: Students recall how violence took place
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 24: Even as the Delhi Police has transferred the probe of Ramjas College incident to its Crime Branch, many students have come out narrating what actually happened on Tuesday and Wednesday, in which more than a dozen students and teachers were wounded. Some of the students who witnessed the violence on both days have alleged that the Police personnel mostly remained mute spectator when a group of students allegedly associated with ABVP assaulted fellow students, teachers and media persons.   On 21st February (Tuesday) "We came there (Ramjas College) to talk on idea of University and culture of protest ABVP disrupted the event. ABVP members pelted stones and did lathi-charge on common students of Ramjas College and Delhi University," an eyewitness told IndiaTomorrow.net.   "Violence was continued over us and police were shamelessly supporting them," DU student alleged.   "Protest is...




After JNU, now DU becomes flashpoint of Right-Left tussle
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 22: Around the first anniversary of infamous anti-national slogan controversy of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the flashpoint between Hindu-Right youth group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and left-aligned student groups seems to have shifted to a new location. The Delhi University, another central university in Delhi, has witnessed violent clashes between the groups twice in the last two days.   On Tuesday, a two-day seminar titled ‘Culture of Protest’ was organized by the Dept. of English, Ramjas College of Delhi University. Among others, the seminar was to be addressed by JNU research scholar Umar Khalid, who, along with Kanhaiya Kumar, was arrested and sent to jail last year for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans.   The ABVP, which dominates the students union in Delhi University, raised slogans denouncing Khalid as an "anti-national" and forced the organisers to suspen...




Rohith Vemula gets mention in Amnesty's annual report
IndiaTomorrow.net, Hyderabad, Feb 22: Rohith Vemula, the Dalit PhD student of Hyderabad University who committed suicide at the varsity hostel in January last year, has got mention in the Amnesty International's Annual Report 2016-17 released today in Paris.   "Dalits and Adivasis continued to face widespread abuses. According to official statistics released in August, more than 45,000 crimes against members of Scheduled Castes and almost 11,000 crimes against Scheduled Tribes were reported in 2015. Dalits in several states were denied entry into public and social spaces, and faced discrimination in accessing public services," said Amnesty.   "In January, the suicide of Dalit student Rohith Vemula led to nationwide protests and debates on the discrimination and violence faced by Dalits in universities. In March, the police arrested students and faculty peacefully protesting at the University of Hyderabad, where Rohith Vemula had studied," said Amnesty...




Telangana CM donates gold ornaments worth Rs 5.6 Cr even as hundreds of youths protest for jobs
IndiaTomorrow.net, Hyderabad, Feb 22: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao on Wednesday gave another massive donation in form of gold ornaments - reportedly on taxpayers' money - to a temple even when hundreds of unemployed youths were protesting in different parts of the state seeking jobs from the government.   According to reports, the CM offered gold ornaments worth Rs 5.6 crore at the famous Lord Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. This was not his first donation as CM.   According to The Indian Express report, in October last year, he had donated a golden crown weighing over 11 kg and worth Rs 3.65 crore to goddess Bhadrakali in Warangal. Earlier, he had presented a crown and necklace to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala and a nose stud to goddess Kanaka Durga in Vijayawada.   It is said that he had made a personal pledge to offer ornaments in temples if Telangana was formed. But reports say that after becoming CM in June 2014, he has been fulfilling the ...




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