Month: December 2019

  • Missing Kashmiri student traced

    first_imgThe police on Friday traced the missing Kashmir University law student from the outskirts of the city.Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Hazratbal, Sajad Bukhari said Aqib Mushtaq Malik was found in the house of Mohammad Rafiq Bhat, a resident of Habak, Nigeen, “where he was staying as a tenant.”“The student revealed that he was under stress for unknown reasons. He spent three nights in city hospitals. After proper counselling, the student was handed over to the chief proctor, Kashmir University, in the presence of his relatives and friends,” Mr. Bukhari said.A third semester student and a resident of Shopian, Mr Malik was missing since February 21. His disappearance sparked protests on the university campus on Thursday.last_img read more

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  • Human shield: Kashmiri separatists accuse Ram Madhav of condoning Army

    first_imgHurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav of “condoning and complimenting the Army for using a civilian as a human shield”.“Finally, the cat is out of the bag. Mr. Madhav’s statement, where he condones and compliments the army for using a civilian as a human shield atop an Army vehicle, is utter contempt for locals. It reflects the BJP and the RSS’s (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) mindset,” said the Mirwaiz.The Mirwaiz was referring to a television interview where Mr. Madhav said “all is fair in love and war” in response to a question on the video.The Mirwaiz said the country that takes pride in being a democracy “brazenly endorses using violence and armed repression”.last_img read more

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  • Hurriyat backs offer of Turkey on Kashmir issue

    first_imgHurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday welcomed the mediation offer of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Kashmir issue.Describing Turkey as “an important Islamic country”, the Mirwaiz said the President of Turkey “should make efforts to end the political uncertainly prevalent in the region for decades”. Welcoming the statement of Mr. Erodgan, wherein he stated Turkey was ready to play a role to solve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, the Mirwaiz said it could act in an “imaginative way” in bringing both India and Pakistan near to finding a just solution to the Kashmir issue.last_img read more

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  • Police link radical elements to braid-chopping in Kashmir

    first_img‘Braid choppers’ still on the prowl The Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday blamed “radical elements” and detained a worker of a political party for raising “false alarms of braid-chopping”, as the Valley observed a shutdown in protest against the forcible cutting of women’s hair.The police said an investigation in north Kashmir had revealed that miscreants who attacked women this way had three objectives.Also Read  “It is aimed at disturbing peace; creating animosity between people and security forces, especially the police; and creating an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty for women to confine them to home so that the radical religious agenda of these elements is realised,” a Srinagar-based police spokesman said.The police said some 45 “trouble-mongers” had been identified in Baramulla. Of them, many raised slogans supporting Zakir Musa (who heads Al-Qaeda’s Kashmir cell) “to make their intentions public”.18 arrested for attackThe Baramulla police said they had arrested 18 persons “involved in the attack on three territorial Army men” on October 18. “A notorious stone-thrower, Qaiser Bilal Bhat, had hatched a conspiracy to get Army men killed by falsely accusing them of being braid-choppers,” the police said.On the 12 braid-chopping incidents in Baramulla, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Imtiyaz Hussain said, “Some occurred within the four walls of victims’ houses. One of the victims was consulting a psychiatrist. There are some radical elements who don’t want women to be given a free hand. They want to stop women from pursuing education and government and private jobs and this is happening right now.”Party supporter heldThe police, meanwhile, said a person who faked braid-chopping at Dooru in Anantnag had been detained.“The person, having allegiance to a political party, had tried to create law-and-order problems by enacting the drama of hair chopping,” the police said.In a separate incident, the people of Thokarpora village in Pulwama attacked a five-member group of Hizbul Mujahideen on Friday night. When the people stopped the militants for questioning, they opened fire in the air and escaped.Youth injuredA young man was injured in clashes in Srinagar on Saturday during the shutdown.The youth was allegedly hit by bullets as protesters clashed with security forces in the Nowgam area. All educational institutions, offices, markets and petrol pumps remained closed in the wake of the Hurriyat call for a shutdown.The Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) criticised the government for failing to “stop such incidents”.“Why has the State government miserably failed to investigate and demystify the plaguing menace that has disturbed the social order,” asked CPI(M) MLA M.Y. Tarigami.last_img read more

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  • Drumming up support for cleaner beaches

    first_imgDrishti Marine, the lifeguard agency manning Goa’s coastline, will embark on a unique public awareness campaign aimed at educating people on keeping beaches clean. #TeraMeraBeach is a 150-day campaign set to roll out mid-November with an innovative drumming activity led by musicians from Taal Inc.Tourist participationTourists will be encouraged to participate in activities for a litter-free beach through music and art.“Drum circles and a community art installation at Baga beach, one of north Goa’s popular beaches will be organised every evening between 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. in an effort to create an awareness on beach clean-up and teach people about the importance of waste segregation,” said Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine. The drumming activity lead by musicians from Taal Inc. will be followed by each participant of #TeraMeraBeach adding one piece from the collected waste — plastic, metal or glass — to the art installation.last_img read more

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  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath calls for action plan to develop most backward villages

    first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed officials to prepare an action plan to ensure development in some of the most backward villages of the State.Under the project, the government would look to provide basic facilities in villages with substantial populations of disadvantaged sections.The villages identified under the project would be provided with the benefits of 23 schemes run by the State, covering needs such as housing, drinking water, roads, electricity, common property resources and skill development.Across the State, 1,500 such villages have been identified for the project, a government spokesperson said.Among the villages hand-picked for the project are five forest-dwelling or ‘Vantangiya’ villages in Gorakhpur, the CM’s constituency. As a “Diwali gift”, Mr. Adityanath had in October declared these five settlements — Tikonia numver-3, Rajhi Chilbila, Aam Bagh, Rambagh and Sarkar — as revenue villages, which opened up the scope for administrative efforts to develop the area and provide inhabitants a wider range of employment and utilisation of resources previously prohibited by the Forest Act.Revenue villages are small administrative units with well-defined borders. The Vantangiyas were brought from Myanmar during the British period for afforestation programmes.The government has also selected 30 villages in Maharajganj, which adjoins Gorakhpur; some villages in Bundelkhand; 76 villages in Saharanpur along the Uttarakhand border; and 80 villages in Noida.The villages that share a border with other States or Nepal will be included in the first phase of the scheme.The spokesperson said that in a meeting chaired by Mr. Adityanath on Thursday night, the CM instructed officials to draft a scheme for the neglected villages in levels, so that funds could be utilised better. Mr. Adityanath noted that even after many years of independence, there were still villages, tolas, hamlets and pockets of villages belonging to disadvantaged castes and sections bereft of basic living amenities in the State.“He said that three-fourths of the population of U.P. is rural. For the holistic development of the State, priority should be to provide basic facilities for rural people,” the government spokesperson said, quoting Mr. Adityanath.last_img read more

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  • Parties in Bihar gear up for RS polls

    first_imgThe Election Commission is yet to declare the schedule for Rajya Sabha polls for the six seats from Bihar but political parties have geared up to explore right calculations to grab the maximum number of seats. Out of six seats, one seat of rebel JD(U) leader Ali Anwar, is already vacant while five other members—two of BJP and three from JD(U)—are scheduled to retire on April 2.Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was in Delhi for the last two days. Party sources told The Hindu that he had a meeting with party’s long-time RS member Mahendra Prasad alias King Mahendra and RCP Singh on Tuesday evening at Bihar Bhawan to discuss the RS poll prospects. Mahendra Prasad’s term too is set to end on April 2. After Nitish Kumar dumped the RJD to join hands with BJP again in July 2017, the political situation in the State too changed with numbers in the State Assembly. “Yes, in the present scenario of number games, for the ruling alliance of BJP and JD(U) it will be difficult to wrest the seats falling vacant”, admitted a BJP leader. Besides Ali Anwar, the other five members set to retire on April 2 are BJP leaders and union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Ravi Shankar Prasad and from JD(U) Mahendra Prasad alias King Mahendra, Bashistha Narain Singh and Anil Kumar Sahni.Numbers gameIn 243 strength of Bihar assembly, RJD has 79 members, JD(U) 71, BJP 52 while Congress has 27 members. A candidate will need support of at least 35 MLAs to win the RS seat. In the present situation, RJD would win two seats comfortably with nine surplus votes to be transferred to the alliance partner Congress.“It would be interesting to see if RJD would like to transfer its nine surplus votes to the Congress party or bargain with Congress for the third seat as well or, there would be cross voting by the Congress legislators”, said political analyst Ajay Kumar.. A section of the Congress leaders led by former State president Ashok Choudhury are said to be close to chief minister Nitish Kumar and have been feeling sidelined in the present state party leadership under party president (in-charge) Kaukab Quadri, he added further. Both the RJD and Congress have not declared names of their candidates for the RS poll but RJD’s national general secretary Shivanand Tiwari is likely to be one party candidate.However, the ruling party JD(U) too can easily win two seats with one surplus vote. The party, though, has not decided yet whether it would retain its retiring members or send new faces to the Upper House. Speculation in political circle is rife that chief minister Nitish Kumar and Mahendra Prasad would be the two party candidates as Mr. Kumar could be shifted to Delhi in a new role. Of late, Mr. Kumar has been provided Z-plus security and a top-bracket bungalow in Lutyen’s Delhi. “Its all rumour…why should Nitish Kumar would go to Delhi? The State assembly has a fiv- year term and the poll will be held in 2020…such rumors are being spread by opposition party RJD to destabilize our party and party MLAs but they will not succeed in their game plan”, said a JD(U) leader. However, it would be a difficult position for the BJP as the party has 52 MLAs. Two of its senior leaders and union ministers are retiring. In this case, the party may decide to shift one of them, most likely Dharmendra Pradhan, to another S tate, said a party leader.last_img read more

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  • Video: Farmer bites off snake’s head in ‘revenge’

    first_imgA farmer bit off a snake’s head and chewed it before spitting it out. The farmer claimed that he did it for revenge as the snake had bitten him. After he fell unconscious and was rushed to a community health centre.last_img

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  • Nine CRPF men killed in Maoists’ ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district

    first_imgTwo days after Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh travelled on a motorcycle in the Injeram area of Sukma district and resolved to end the Maoist conflict using development, the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) cadres blew up a mine-protected vehicle carrying some Central Reserve Police Force personnel and killed nine of them hardly a few kilometres from Injeram on Tuesday.The incident took place on the Kistaram-Pelondi road in south Sukma, hardly a few kilometres from the Kistaram police camp.‘Maoists were wearing CRPF uniforms’Chhattisgarh police officials on Tuesday claimed that the the CRPF team was out for an area domination exercise when their Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) was blasted by the Maoists.According to some sources, the Maoists, who attacked the CoBRA team in the morning, were wearing CRPF uniforms creating confusion for the security forces.“The incident took place in the core Maoist area where firing happens with or without intelligence inputs. There was an intelligence alert after the Bijapur incident (where the Greyhounds had killed 10 Maoists recently). But this is an area where every day an exchange of fire takes place. There are two camps in that area so our jawans use bikes or MPV vehicles to move from one camp to another. This is a core area where they use black uniform,” said D.M. Awasthi, the Special Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh ANO.Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh called an emergency meeting at his residence on Tuesday evening and ordered intensification of operations in the area. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh meets the injured.  An official statement said an encounter took place between the CRPF’s 208 CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and the Maoists in south Sukma at around 8 a.m. “Seeing the response of the 208 CoBRA, the Maoists fled. Again at about 12.30 p.m., the Maoists targeted a team of 212 battalion of the CRPF on the Kistaram-Palodi road in Sukma district in which a Mine Protected Vehicle was blown up by triggering an IED (Improvised Explosive Devise),” the statement said.One of the deceased was an ASI, Ramkrishna Singh Tomar, who hailed from Madhya Pradesh. The others were all constables: Ajay Kumar Yadav from Bihar, Manoranjan Lenka from Odisha, Jitendra Singh from Madhya Pradesh; Shobit Kumar Sharma, Manoj Kumar Singh and Dharmendra Yadav from Uttar Pradesh; Laxman from Rajasthan and H.S. Chandra from Karnataka.Madan Kumar and Rajesh Kumar, who were injured, were hospitalised in Raipur.Deeply distressing: Rajnath SinghUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed the attack “deeply distressing.””I bow to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation,” he said.  “My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG @crpfindia regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.”(With inputs from Vijaita Singh)last_img read more

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  • Arijit Shashwat sent to 14-day judicial custody in Bhagalpur communal clash case

    first_img However, leaders of the BJP’s ruling alliance, JD(U), said that “the law will take its own course and nobody will be spared”.Significantly, after the Bhagalpur communal clashes such incidents flared up in at least six districts of Bihar including Samastipur, Aurangabad, Nawada, Nalanda, Munger and Sasaram.The Opposition party leader Tejaswi Yadav blamed the BJP for fomenting communal tension in different parts of the State as “part of their larger design to polarize voters in the run up to the 2019 general elections” but on Saturday, Mr. Choubey accused RJD and Congress for “trying to flare up riots in Bihar” and also said that the NDA governments at the Centre and in the State would take stern action against such attempts.“We will defeat the intention of the RJD and Congress to instigate riots. The conspirators wanted to cause riots, but no one dared to do so and we have kept Bihar under control. The Bihar government and the Centre will together defeat the attempts to disturb harmony in the State”, said Mr. Choubey. BJP worker booked for Aurangabad clashes escapes from police custody  Earlier in the day, local court of Additional District and Session judge (IV) Kumud Ranjan Singh in Bhagalpur had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Mr. Shashwat. On March 26, Mr. Shashwat had moved an anticipatory bail application against an arrest warrant issued against him by a local court. The warrant was also issued against eight others in a communal clash case lodged against them at Nathnagar police station on March 17.Mr. Shashwat was allegedly leading a rally of saffron clad youths when violence had erupted in the communally sensitive locality of Nathnagar after people belonging to a minority community objected to loud music being played during the rally.Several people, including some policemen ,were injured in the clash while several shops and vehicles were set on fire.Later, Mr. Shashwat while taking shelter in Patna, had said that he would not surrender before the court as he had done nothing wrong.’FIR a piece of garbage’His father, defending him, said he was proud of his son.“The FIR filed against my son is nothing but a piece of garbage which was registered by corrupt officers of the area…my son has made no mistake…is chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram is a crime in the country?”, asked Mr. Choubey.The State BJP leaders too came in defense of Mr. Shashwat and said he had done nothing wrong. “Since he has gone to Court why should he be arrested and blamed for the clash?”, asked the Bihar BJP leaders.Also Read Communal flare-up in Bihar Hours after a local court in Bhagalpur rejected his anticipatory bail in a communal clash case, Arijit Shashwat, son of BJP MP and Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Choubey, surrendered before Patna police on Saturday midnight. He has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days.Mr. Shashwat reached the Hanuman temple near Patna railway station at midnight on Saturday along with over a dozen supporters and surrendered before the police, led by Additional Superintendent of Police Rakesh Dubey.His supporters were chanting slogans like Bharat Mata ki Jai, Jai Shri Ram and Vande Mataram. “I’d not fled anywhere…I was here and had gone to the Court,” Mr. Shashwat said. “I’ve been falsely implicated in the case…I’m a political person…if chanting slogans like Jai Shri Ram and Bharat Mata ki Jai are a crime in this country, then I’m a criminal”, added Mr. Shashwat.Also Readlast_img read more

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  • Congress stakes claim to form an alternative government in Manipur

    first_imgCongress leader and former Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh and some senior party leaders on Friday staked a claim to form an alternative ministry in the State. “We had demanded dismissal of the BJP led coalition government. In the elections held in 2017 Congress had secured 28 seats . While denying us a chance to form the ministry, governor Najma Heptulla invited the BJP leaders to form the government,” Mr. Ibobi said.The Congress leaders called on the Assam governor Jagadish Mukhi at the Raj Bhavan on Friday to stake claim for the formation of the government. Mr. Mukhi reportedly told the Congress delegates that he would look into the memorandum pointing out that he is not a regular governor of Manipur. During the one month of leave by governor Najma Heptulla, the Assam governor is looking after Manipur.Mr. Ibobi said that if he had been given chance to form the government he could have proved the majority within a few days. “We could prove our majority now if we are invited”, he added. In the 2017 elections Congress bagged 28 seats in the 60 member House, BJP had managed to win 21 seats.Mr. Ibobi told The Hindu that the party is confident that the new ministry in Karnataka will not be able to prove its majority. As a fallout we should be given the first chance to form the government in Manipur once the BJP led coalition government is dismissed.Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that since what is happening in Karnataka is a constitutional matter he would not comment on it.The political developments have come at a time when Mr. Biren Singh is under pressure to reshuffle the ministry. He however said, “Time will show when the reshuffle should take place”. Most of the BJP MLAs and other coalition partner MLAs are not happy with the composition of the ministry. Besides 12 MLAs who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries are stripped of their posts and are demanding ministerial berths.last_img read more

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  • Embrace democracy-loving monarchs: Tripura CM

    first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday appealed to the “indigenous” people of the State to forget the communist legacy of the CPI(M) and embrace “democracy-loving monarchs” who had worked for the welfare of all.“There was an effort to make people forget our kings and remember Stalin and Lenin. Who knows who they are? Does any indigenous person know about them? What will happen by knowing about them?” Mr. Deb asked the audience.He was addressing an event organised by the BJP to thank the Centre for renaming the Agartala airport after Maharaja Birbikram Kishore Manikya, the last ruler of princely Tripura.“Manikya kings were democracy-loving monarchs. Tripura did not have any oppressive rule like the Tsarist regime in Russia,” he said.The Chief Minister said all indigenous people should have images of Maharaja Bir Bikram at their homes and know that he was the architect of modern Tripura.“Maharaja Bir Bikram’s thoughts are still relevant for the development of the indigenous people. So, forget them (Stalin and Lenin),” Mr. Deb said.The Agartala airport was constructed in 1942 on land donated by the Maharaja, an official statement said in New Delhi on July 4 after the Union Cabinet had approved the renaming.TMC opposes moveThe Tripura unit of the Trinamool Congress has, however, opposed the renaming of the airport after the king.“Kings of Tripura exploited the people… We severely oppose renaming of the airport after such a king and demand to name it after leaders who developed democratic Tripura into a modern State,” State Trinamool chief Ashish Lal Singh said.last_img read more

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  • ‘Tender floated for Gaurav Yatra even after HC notice’

    first_imgThe BJP government was caught on the wrong foot in the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday, when the petitioners in a public interest litigation claimed that a tender of ₹23 lakh was floated for Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ‘Gaurav Yatra’ in Sirohi district on the pretext of a “development exhibition for a VIP visit”, even when the matter was sub judice.The High Court was hearing the PIL, moved by lawyer Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma and social activist Sawai Singh, alleging misuse of government machinery and challenging the reported expenditure from the treasury for the Yatra which is a BJP’s programme ahead of the State Assembly election. The petitioners filed a fresh application contending that the State government had misled the court and was guilty of contempt, as it had claimed that a previous order issued to the Public Works Department (PWD) to make arrangements for setting up the stage, sound system and decoration for the march had been withdrawn.A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog asked the State government to file its reply and posted the matter for hearing on August 25. The impugned e-tender was floated by the PWD, Abu Road, on August 14 for a work order worth ₹23 lakh during the Gaurav Yatra’s stopover in Pindwara town.The BJP submitted an affidavit, in compliance with the High Court’s direction, with the details of expenditure made during the Yatra’s first phase. The affidavit, which did not append any bills with it, stated that an expenditure of ₹1.07 crore was undertaken for the Yatra.The State government had earlier informed the court that the Yatra was being organised by the BJP and no public money was being spent on it.last_img read more

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  • Violence mars panchayat board formation in Bengal

    first_imgThere seems to be no end to the violence during rural polls in West Bengal. Almost 100 days after the results were declared, violence erupted again in six districts of the State on Monday over panchayat board formation. Four persons were killed in the violence. A panchayat board is formed to govern an area under one gram panchayat in rural areas. Boards for 80% panchayats were formed in May, days after the panchayat results were declared. But for the remaining 20% seats, the process of board formation started after August 24, when the Supreme Court ruled out repoll for these seats where the Trinamool Congress had won unopposed.On Monday, four persons died in two districts — Malda in north Bengal and Purulia in south-west. At the Gopalpur gram panchayat under Manikchak police station in Malda district, violence broke out between two factions of the TMC supporters over the election of the head of the respective panchayats. Salem Sheikh, a TMC supporter, was killed on the spot where Azharuddin Sheikh, another local, died of injuries. Sheikh was injured in a crude bomb explosion. In Purulia, the situation in the Ghagra gram panchayat in Joypur area of the district turned volatile. BJP supporters clashed with TMC activists over electing the village pradhan and the police had to intervene. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh alleged that the police opened fire at the protesting party supporters, killing two of them. The dead, according to the BJP, have been identified as Nirajnan Gope and Damodar Mondal. Violence over board formation was also reported at Deganga in North 24 Parganas, Canning in South 24 Parganas, Belpharai in Jhragram and Falakata in Alipurduar district. While in most of the districts, the clashes were a result of rival sections of the TMC trying to elect their candidate as gram pradhan, clashes at Belpahari took place between the BJP cadres and members of the Adivasi Samanvay Manch, allegedly backed by the outlawed CPI(Maoist).On Saturday, TMC worker Lal Mohammad died of injuries in a crude bomb explosion in Uttar Dinajpur district. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged all political parties to maintain peace and said there was no need for such confrontation at the panchayat level.“The panchyat elections are local elections. Three of our supporters have been killed, two of their (BJP) supporters are killed… In some places, for instance Purulia, there has been direct confrontation with the police, where our party people were not involved,” she told journalists at the State secretariat. Ms Banerjee said that she has been ‘saddened’ by such incidents and added that 30 members of her party have been killed in panchayat polls. Students attackedMeanwhile, members of the Leftist outfit Young Bengal were allegedly assaulted by supporters of the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad when they were distributing leaflets for their upcoming convention. Six members of Young Bengal were injured in the attack near Surendranath College in north Kolkata.last_img read more

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  • Why are women raking up the past now? asks Sindhutai Sapkal

    first_imgNoted social worker Sindhutai Sapkal spoke out against the #MeToo movement on the sidelines of a function in Ahmednagar district on Monday.Dr. Sapkal said that the women who made allegations of sexual misconduct ought to have spoken out at the time of the incident instead of raking up the past now. She expressed concern that unverified accusations could damage the reputations and careers of innocent people.Dr. Sapkal said, “Why are the accusers suddenly raising their voices now about the allegedly shameful incidents that occurred to them 10 or 15 years ago? They should have spoken out about the injustices against them the moment the incidents took place.”The septuagenarian social worker, who is known as the ‘Mother of Orphans’, has adopted more than 1,000 orphaned children in the State. Last year, the Pune-based activist was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar for her tireless work for the welfare of orphans.She said, “If the accusers are daughters, sisters and wives of somebody then so are the men who happen to be someone’s son, brother or husband.”last_img read more

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  • No coercive act against Gautam Navlakha: Bombay High Court

    first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Friday directed the police not to take coercive action against activist Gautam Navlakha till then.A Division Bench was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by him and Anand Teltumbde seeking to quash the FIR against them and by Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves.Advocate Yug Choudhary, appearing for Mr Navlakha said all the allegations against him are baseless and that he is an intellectual. However, assistant public prosecutor Aruna Pai Kamat said the government has enough material to prove the case. She produced certain documents relied by the Supreme Court and the Pune sessions court in deciding the case. She informed the court that some information was extracted from the laptop of another activistcurrently in judicial custody Rona Wilson, was also found from the laptop of Mr Navlakha. She also mentioned three letters written by Mr Navlakha and said that the case diary has more incriminating details against him.Senior counsel Mihir Desai representing Mr. Teltumbde told the court that he is not arrested and therefore sought to quash all criminal proceedings against him.He said Mr Teltumbde is a senior professor and regularly writes books and does not have time to plant bombs. Mr Desai argued that Mr Teltumbde is not associated with Elgar Parishad or Bhima Koregaon and only differs on the history of Bhima Koregaon.The court has asked the government to produce additional documents and case diary in the case on November 1 and also did not provide any relief to Mr Ferreira and Mr Gonsalves till the same day.Meanwhile, the same court granted protection to Father Stan Swamy from arrest till October 31.last_img read more

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  • India, through the eyes of an Emirati

    first_imgWhen Abdullah Nasser Al Ameri was 15 years old, he was overwhelmed by the fascinating city of Mumbai — but he did not think that he would fall in love with India for the rest of his life.Back then, in 1969, Al Ameri was saving his pocket money to visit India. Now the Emirati is 63 and the author of On the Banks of the Ganges.Read it at Gulf News Related Itemslast_img

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  • India’s deep but forgotten roots in South-east Asia

    first_imgThere were other deities like Ganesha in Thailand, which were clearly of Hindu origin. Of course, Buddhism was itself an artificially separated religion; its concepts flew seamlessly from the earlier streams of thought enshrined in the Vedas.But the biggest Indic influence I saw was in the diffusion of Sanskrit into the languages of the region. Bahasa, bumiputera, samudra, rasa, jaya and raja were just a few of many Malay words that were rooted in Sanskrit.And yet , to my surprise, the museums I visited in Malaysia were more focused on European colonial powers, which became significant only during the last 400 years.Read it at Straits Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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  • US tariff threat stuns Indian shrimp farmers

    first_imgThe Indian shrimp farming industry has been thrown into a spin following the news that it is facing a near threefold increase in tariffs on shrimp imports into the United States.The move by the US Department of Commerce is being seen as an anti-dumping measure and the proposal is to raise duties from the current level of 0.84 per cent to 2.34 per cent.The news hit the share prices of Indian fish farming and shrimp feed companies yesterday, with falls of up to six per cent. Read it at Fish Update Related Itemslast_img read more

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  • June to Heighten Job Worries for H-1B Spouses

    first_imgThe Trump administration has reiterated its intention to undo the existing policy enabling spouses of H-1B workers to obtain work permits in its recent “spring regulatory agenda”. Over a lakh Indian spouses hold the permit, referred to as employment authorisation documents (EADs).Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

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