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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 ...




JNU VC misguiding media: JNU Students Union
New Delhi, Feb 20: The Jawaharlal University Students Union (JNUSU) on Sunday launched another attack on the university's Vice-Chancellor (VC), accusing him of disingenuity and "feeding" the media with false information.The students union expressed its unhappiness over likely seat-cuts if the UGC notification under contention is implemented. They were most sore about the possibility of M.Phil and Ph.D. seat-cuts for the OBC candidates, who had received a substantial quota boost as a result of the 93rd constitutional amendment.The 93rd amendment to the Constitution mandates 54 per cent increase in intake of OBC students, taking 2006 as the base year for calculating expansion of seats for OBC reservation."The present number of seats in the JNU has been fixed as part of the implementation of OBC reservation and the associated expansion of seats mandated by the 93rd amendment of the Constitution," the JNUSU said in a statement."Even the agenda of 142nd Academic Cou...




JNU Row: Yechury takes JNUSU officials to Rashtrapati Bhawan
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 18: CPI-M General Secretary and former JNU Student Union president Sitaram Yechury on Friday took a delegation of current JNUSU officials to the Rashtrapati Bhawan to apprise the President of India with the situation erupted at the university in the wake of the controversial UGC admission policy. The delegation included JNUSU president Mohit K Panday.   The delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee as Visitor of JNU and reportedly sought his intervention.   The JNU administration has implemented the May 2016 notification of UGC regarding admission in MPhil and PhD courses at central universities. As the new policy restricts number of scholars under each professor and assistant professor, it is said to have resulted in massive cut in seats for MPhil and PhD courses.   Demanding withdrawal of the UGC notification, some students have been on hunger strike at JNU for around three weeks. JNUSU has organized several protest marches. ...




Hundreds march in Lucknow for missing JNU student Najeeb
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, Feb 12: Hundreds of people including students and social activists took out a protest march in the state capital on Sunday seeking justice for JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who mysteriously disappeared in October last year from his university hostel room in Delhi, a day after his scuffle with some members of ABVP, youth wing of the ruling BJP. Students have since been protesting inside JNU and outside.   The march in Lucknow was led by Najeeb' mother Fatima Nafees. Several student leaders from JNU also took part in it. The march started from Parivartan Chowk and concluded at the Gandhi Pratima. Holding placards with messages, the marchers were shouting slogans against the government as well as political parties for not making it an issue of election campaigns in the state.  Similar protest march was held in Najeeb's hometown Badaun in the state on 8th Feb.




From Jamia Nagar to Jamshedpur, nationwide signature campaign underway for Najeeb
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 11: Today is 119th day since Najeeb Ahmed mysteriously disappeared from his hostel room at JNU, day after his scuffle with some student members of ABVP. Seeking justice for Najeeb, who hails from Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh, SIO - national student body - is running a signature campaign in different parts of the country.   SIO has targeted to collect 2.5 million signatures which will accompany a memorandum to the National Commission For Minorities.   "This situation is alarming for our constitutional rights, communal harmony and social justice. The incident of Najeeb and Rohit Vemula is a threat to the students from Dalits, SC, ST, OBC & Minority communities in the country and safety of Educational Institutions is now a prime concern for all the student fraternity," said Mohammad Kashif in Jamshedpur district of Jharkhand. He informed that a silent protest march will be taken out here on Sunday.   In Badaun, Naje...




Missing Najeeb: Students, social activists to protest in UP cities to draw political parties' attention
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 7: Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, social activists and members of Students Islamic Organisation of India have planned to hold protest demonstration in some cities of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh in order to draw the attention of political parties towards the case of Najeeb Ahmed who mysteriously disappeared from his JNU hostel room here on 14th October last year, a day after scuffle with some members of ABVP, youth wing of the ruling BJP.   "All parties had promised to act on Najeeb's case, but none is now raising it in the election campaigns. Why is it not an issue in Uttar Pradesh when a local youth (Najeeb hails from Badaun district in UP) has gone missing," asked social activist Wasiq Nadeem.   He informed that the protest demonstrations will be held in Badaun (8 Feb) and Lucknow (12 Feb) under the banner of Forum For Justice For Najeeb. He said the events are being organized at the call of Najeeb's mother. Besides si...




JNU students protest at HRD Ministry over UGC admission notification
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 2: Scores of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Thursday held a protest demonstration outside the Human Resource Development or HRD Ministry here demanding rollback of University Grants Commission's admission notification which gives about 100% weightage to viva for admission in MPhil and PhD courses in central universities.  The students holding various placards were shouting against HRD Ministry and UGC which had issued the notification in May 2016. JNU adopted the notification in Dec 2016. Some students are on hunger strike at JNU demanding withdrawal of the notification.   After the protest at HRD Ministry, office bearers of JNU Students Union submitted a memorandum with the ministry.   Students' Objections and Apprehensions Students are apprehended that if this notification is implemented there will not just be a massive cut in seats for M.Phil/PhD, the students will also face discrimination o...




Rahul, Akhilesh hold joint press conference, say our goal is to defeat communal forces
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, Jan 29: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday kicked off the joint campaign of SP-Congress alliance for the state assembly elections.  Addressing a jam-packed press conference here ahead of the joint roadshow in this capital city this afternoon, Rahul said both parties have formed this alliance to defeat communal forces in the elections. He also said all like-minded groups are with the alliance.  "Ganga and Yamuna are joining and from here will emerge Saraswati of development," said Gandhi. "From the platform of this alliance, we want to tell BJP and RSS that we won't allow you to divide people of Uttar Pradesh. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are all united, we won't allow you to divide them on any issue," said Rahul Gandhi.  The alliance has created a catch-line for the campaign - that is UP Ko Ye Saath Pasand Hai (UP lik...




Delhi Police raids missing JNU student Najeeb's home in UP
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, Jan 28: In search of Najeeb Ahmed, who mysteriously disappeared from his hostel room of JNU in Oct last year, a team of Delhi Police allegedly raided the home of Najeeb's grandmother and uncle in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh in early hours on Saturday.   According to the family, there were around 40 policemen in four police vehicles. They searched the home around 4 am today.   "They did videography of the house and took IMEI nos of mobiles," Najeeb's younger brother Mujeeb told IndiaTomorrow.net.   Najeeb, 27, a first year M.Sc. student, went missing from the JNU hostel in Delhi on Oct 14, a day after an alleged scuffle with some members of RSS student wing ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad).   Najeeb's family has also filed habeas corpus petition in the Delhi High Court.   In the last hearing on 23 Jan, the Delhi Police told the court that nine students accused of assaulting Najeeb are not cooperati...




Missing JNU student: Nine students not joining probe, Police tells HC
Senior advocate, Colin Gonsalves appearing for Najeeb's mother, said the nine students were given "VIP treatment" by the police and their custodial interrogation was not taken till date.  New Delhi, Jan 23: The Crime Branch of city police on Monday told the Delhi High Court that nine students, who were served notices to join the investigation related to missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, had failed to come forward, raising doubt about their involvement. A division bench of Justice G.S. Sistani and Justice Vinod Goel was informed by the Crime Branch that notices have been served to these nine students (of who two are ex-students) through Vice-Chancellor of JNU but none of them joined the investigation. "Since the students did not come forward for interrogation it raises doubts in the mind about their involvement," Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for Crime Branch, told the bench. "Practically if some person is given notice, he should come for...




Free expression in varsities under threat: Manmohan Singh
Kolkata, Jan 20: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said independent thinking and free expression at Indian universities were under "threat" in the wake of unrests at the University of Hyderabad (HCU) and Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).He stressed that attempts to suppress peaceful dissent is undemocratic."I believe every university must give the freedom to pursue knowledge even where the knowledge may be at odds with established intellectual and social traditions. We must guard this freedom zealously," he said at the Presidency University here."Regrettably, independent thinking and free expression at Indian universities are now under threat," he said.Political interference in academic appointments is highly short-sighted, he said."Recent attempts to interfere with free expression of student community at the HCU and JNU are of particular concern," he said."Attempts to suppress peaceful dissent is not only inimical to l...




Pro-Rohith Vemula students detained in Delhi
New Delhi, Jan 17: About 250-300 students, staging a demonstration here to mark the first death anniversary of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, were on Tuesday detained when they blocked the crucial Janpath road in Connaught Place area of New Delhi, police said.Following a protest call from JNU Students' Union, around 1,000 students from the JNU, Delhi University, and the Jamia Milia Islamia, among other universities, took out a rally from Mandi House, intending to go to Ministry of Human Resource Department (MHRD), only to be faced with elaborate barricading at Janpath.The police corralled the students at the red light near Janpath Metro Station and ferried them in three buses to Parliament Street Police Station.Rohith Vemula, a PhD scholar at Hyderabad University, committed suicide on this day last year. In his suicide letter, he accused the university administration of persecution and discrimination on the basis of caste.Earlier in 2016, his fellowship was stopped as a disciplinary acti...




Tobacco-related deaths will rise to 8 mn by 2030: Report
Geneva, Jan 10: The global total annual number of deaths linked to tobacco consumption will increase from the current six million to eight million by 2030, according to a study by the World Health Organisation and the US National Cancer Institute.Around 80 per cent of smokers across the world live in low and middle-income countries, and will pay a higher price in tackling the economic consequences of the addiction, said the study released on Tuesday."The number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from about six million deaths annually to about eight million annually by 2030," says the report, titled 'The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control'.Although tobacco consumption is declining at the global level, there is a great risk that WHO will not meet its target of reducing tobacco consumption by 30 per cent by 2025, the study adds.Another section of the study looks at the consequences of passive smoking for individuals and also for public health systems, which...




Over 90% people say demonetization affected common people more than the corrupt: Survey
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Jan 8: A people's referendum over the impact of demonetization on common people and vulnerable sections after the 50 days time sought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proved the government's claim of having ended hardships to the people false. Moreover, the referendum shows that the demonetization has not curbed corruption, rather made the life harder for common people. The referendum was conducted during a 3-day Janmat Padyatra by social activists and students across the national capital covering people from different walks of life like domestic workers, students, auto-rickshaw drivers, construction workers. They shared their grueling experience on the "Note Ban" through their voting.  Responding to the survey question - "Note Ban caused suffering for the common people rather than the corrupt - and people's suffering continues even after 50 days have passed: YES or NO?", more than 90% of the respondents res...




Modi's rise result of hate-mongering by BJP's troll army in digital media: Congress
New Delhi, Jan 5: The Congress on Wednesday said the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is directly linked to the rise of abuses and hate-mongering in the digital media by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The party also dared the Prime Minister to constitute a special committee under judicial supervision to identify and punish the troll army, involved in suppression of opinion, promoting hate, communal polarisation and scandalous content, and issuing threats."...creating and propagating fake news and attacking individuals based on their race, gender, religion, region and caste has been the modus operandi of the BJP," said Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar."While the Prime Minister talks about "Beti Bachao" movement, his party members and supporters keep on attacking, trolling and threatening opponents, particularly women online," he added.Kumar said: "It is unprecedented that the Prime Minister of the country follows, meets and actively encourages su...




Rift may harm Samajwadi Party in coming Assembly polls, say voters
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Jan 3: The month-long infighting leading to break-up in the Samajwadi Party seems to have annoyed a section of voters in the state. While some say it is likely to harm the party in the upcoming 2017 Assembly elections, some others say the whole thing is a drama just to divert people's attention from Mayawati.   "When Assembly elections are round the corner, the changes in Samajwadi Party are not good and they will not benefit the party. Rather, they may have to face loss in the elections," says Mehul Sagar, a student.    "Akhilesh government has done good development work. Rather than getting involved in infighting, Akhilesh should focus on work," he added.   "Mulayam and Akhilesh are father-son. Before Akhilesh, Mulayam himself formed a group and it will certainly harm them. People know about the development work of Akhilesh but the recent infighting will harm them," says...




This is also a way to celebrate New Year
IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, Jan 1: "Daru Nahin Doodh Ke Saath, Karen Nav Varsh Ki Shuruaat" (Not liquor but with milk, let's start the New Year) is the slogan given by Asthma Care Society of Jaipur. Every year since last 12 years, New Year eve is celebrated here by serving milk to everybody who comes to the main gate of Rajasthan University in Jaipur on the eve of New Year.   "The interest of people is increasing in the healthy thought of drinking milk instead of liquor" says Mr. Dharmveer Kateva, chief organiser of the event.   This year, about 7500 liters of milk were served from 7 pm till 12pm on 31st December. A huge gathering could be seen at the "DaruNahinDoodh....." pavilion with every one smiling and eager to have a glass of hot milk flavored with elaichi and garnished by fine dry fruits.   With the gaining popularity of the event, now most of the political and social leaders as well as celebrities of the city visit the p...




Students march in Solidarity with Aleppo, appeal for peace
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Dec 25: Aiming to promote peace, over hundred students with human rights activists took out a march in solidarity with the victims of Aleppo genocide here at Jantar Mantar on Saturday. Paying homage to the lives lost in Aleppo city and other regions of Syria during Syrian crises, they urged to the international community to come forward to aid the civilians and establish peace there. The march was called by Roshni Gulati, an ex-student of Delhi Public School, RK Puram joined by many students and civil society members.   "Our hearts have ached for a long time, every time we see an article in our news feed about the skyrocketing death toll. Today it is Aleppo, tomorrow it will be Idlib or some other place. No one deserves to be uprooted and thrown away like worthless flesh. The root of everything is greed and hatred. As we march today, we wouldn't shout slogans against Assad or against the rebels or against any terrorist g...




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