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Delhi Government to Launch Campaign Against Drug Abuse
New Delhi, Sep 19: The Delhi government will launch from Wednesday a year-long awareness campaign against drug use, Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said here on Tuesday.The campaign, to start from the Ambedkar University, will feature seminars, street plays and competitions. Several celebrities will be involved in the campaign.Drug use is a major problem among the children in Delhi, Gautam told the media. He added that the government would take the awareness campaign to colleges, schools and colonies.The minister said he had written to the Lt Governor and senior police officers but the situation had not improved."If police work properly, it can be stopped easily, but they don't have the will," he added.Asserting that strict investigation is needed to end this menace, Gautam said the government can't do it without the help of police.As part of the campaign, the Delhi government proposes to conduct around 1,200 street plays against drug use and has signed 12 drama c...




NSUI Demands Recounting of Joint Secretary Post Result, May Move Court
New Delhi, Sep 14: The NSUI on Thursday approached the Delhi University Grievance Cell demanding a recounting of votes polled for the post of Joint Secretary in the students' body election held on Tuesday."We have given our complaint to the grievance cell. We are also planning to move the High Court, depending on the decision of the cell," the Congress party's student wing member Neeraj Mishra told IANS.The NSUI supporters have been demonstrating outside the cell since Wednesday, he said."They (the grievance cell) have given us time till today evening. If we are not satisfied with their decision we will move the High Court," the National Students Union of India member added.In a major comeback after five years, the NSUI on Wednesday bagged the posts of President and Vice President of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), while its arch-rival ABVP secured the posts of Secretary and Joint Secretary.The NSUI has been alleging malpractice in the counting of votes ...




Congress-backed NSUI wins top DUSU posts, setback for ABVP
New Delhi, Sep 13: In a major comeback after five years, the Congress' student wing NSUI on Wednesday bagged the posts of President and Vice President of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), dealing a jolt to the RSS-affiliated ABVP that won the Secretary and Joint Secretary posts, with the latter result hotly contested by the NSUI.Officials had earlier said the National Students Union of India (NSUI) bagged three seats but later announced that the Joint Secretary post went to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), sparking a row.The NSUI has vowed to contest the results in the Delhi High Court, claiming that it had won three seats.The ABVP had three posts in the outgoing panel of the DUSU.The poll results were declared a day after the voting which had a 42.8 per cent turnout.The NSUI's Rocky Tuseed is the new DUSU President -- a post the Congress' student wing held last in 2012. Kunal Sehrawat will be the new Vice President. ABVP's Mahamedhaa Nagar and Uma Shankar won t...




Our Victory at Delhi University is Rejection of Divisive Ideology: NSUI
The mandate is a clear indication that student fraternity have restored their faith in Congress, Rahul: NSUI  IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 13: The victory of the student wing of Congress party in the Delhi University students union election has boosted their morale.   According to reports, NSUI (National Students' Union of India) has won top two posts of President and Vice President whereas BJP's student wing ABVP could get the posts of Secretary and joint secretary. In the last year election, NSUI had won just one seat.   "This mandate is a clear indication that student fraternity have restored their faith in @INCIndia & our beloved leader Sh.@OfficeOfRG," tweeted NSUI.  This mandate is a clear indication that student fraternity have restored their faith in @INCIndia & our beloved leader Sh.@OfficeOfRG (2/4)— NSUI (@nsui) September 13, 2017   Also this mandate shows that students throughout the country have reje...




Social Media Influence Increasing Suicides
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day A. Shekar Reddy, Suicide is increasing in the younger generation due to the influence of the social media, peer pressure, alcohol and drug usage."Suicide" is derived from the Latin word for "self murder". It is a final act that represents the person's wish to die. There is a range, however, between thinking about suicide and acting it out. Some persons have the idea of suicide but they will never act on it; some plan for days, weeks or even years before acting out. Others take their lives seemingly on an impulse, without premeditation.Lost in definition are intentional misclassification of cause of death, accidents of undermine cause and the so-called chronic suicides. For example: death through alcohol and other substance abuse, consciously poor adherence to medical regimes for diabetes, obesity & hypertension.Men commit suicides more than four times as often as women; however, women are four times more likely t...




United Electoral Fight Against Saffron Camp Again Wins, At JNU
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 10: Once again, the students union election at the Jawaharlal Nehru University has shown that even a less than robust united secular fight against saffron camp can easily win. The joint fight of three left students groups - AISA, SFI, DSF- saw the left camp sweeping the JNU polls on Saturday. The win on all top four posts - president, vice president, general secretary and joint secretary - was despite the fact that CPI-backed AISF and Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Phule Students' Association (BAPSA) had fought the poll independently.   Left-unity made a clean sweep in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) polls on Sunday grabbing all four seats for the central panel.   In the vote count concluded in early hours of Sunday, the election office announced Left alliance's Geeta Kumari as the President-elect for the JNUSU, who defeated the closest candidate Nidhi Tripathi of the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)...




I Say No To Fear & Hatred, say young and elderly in one voice
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 7: The cold-blooded murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru has shocked and saddened millions and millions, but rather than sitting at home, hundreds and thousands of them coming out in different parts of the country saying: I Say No To Fear & Hatred, Silence Is No Longer An Option and Your Bullets Do Not Scare Us.   One such gathering of spirited people - men and women, young and elderly - was seen at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday.  Eminent citizens protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 7 Sep 2017 against the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh  Gathered at the call of #NotInMyName campaign of filmmaker Saba Dewan, they were from different walks of life - students, teachers, journalists, poets, writers, social activists, human rights activists...Many were known and renowned and many others unknown common people.   Some known faces included: Saba Dewan, Manoj Mitta, Manisha S...




Ram Rahim Sentencing: Our Stand Against Dera Chief Vindicated, Says Son of Murdered Journalist
Chandigarh, Aug 28: The son of a journalist, who had first exposed sexual exploitation of female disciples of Dera Sacha Sauda sect by sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2002, on Monday said that their stand against him had been vindicated following his conviction and imprisonment for 10 years for the rape of two woman followers.Anshul Chhatrapati, the son of murdered Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chandra Chhatrapati welcomed the CBI special court judgment awarding 10 years imprisonment to the Dera chief.His father was shot dead, allegedly by sect supporters at the behest of the sect chief, in October 2002 after he wrote about shady activities inside the sect headquarters near Sirsa in his vernacular newspaper "Poora Sach" in 2002.The murder case is pending before the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Panchkula and hearing of final arguments is likely to be held next month.The anonymous complaint from one of the female disciples (Sadhvi) exposing the sexu...




OBC creamy layer bar raised, panel to work out sub-categorisation
New Delhi, Aug 23: The government on Wednesday raised the creamy layer ceiling by Rs 2 lakh as it announced setting up of a commission to work out sub-categorisation within Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for a "more equitable distribution of reservation benefits".At the same time, the government emphasised that there will be no review of reservation.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that OBC families earning up to Rs 8 lakh per annum will not be considered in the creamy layer. Earlier, this ceiling was Rs 6 lakh per annum."The proposal is that there will be sub-categorisation within the OBC list for the purposes of central government employment. In this connection, the National Commission for Backward Classes had given its recommendation in 2011," Jaitley said while briefing the media after a Cabinet meeting.He said the Parliamentary Standing Committee gave the same recommendation in in 2012-13. "After inter-ministerial consultations, it was accepted...




Shouldering Relief to Flood-hit Villages in Bihar
IndiaTomorrow.net, Patna, Aug 22: While media reports say a large number of areas marooned by flood waters in Bihar are yet to get even the first help from the government, young Samaritans have been seen loading relief materials on their shoulders and walking in water to reach the cut-off villages as residents there are without food and water for days.    Members of SIO carrying relief materials on their shoulders to affected villages in Bihar Members of SIO (Students Islamic Organisation of India) took relief materials to several villages in East Bihar districts of Araria and Purnia which are badly affected by floods for the last 10 days.  Members of SIO distributing relief materials among villagers in flood-affected Bihar. According to the government, more than 300 people have been killed by flood in the last one week while locals say the toll could be much much higher and will be known once the water recedes from the villages. Several other civi...




JNUSU Calls Commission Findings on Vemula Suicide 'Stupid'
New Delhi, Aug 17: The report that said Rohith Vemula was not a Dalit and that his suicide was not a result of any political and administrative discrimination was dismissed by the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) on Wednesday as "stupid" and just another act in a series of "manipulatory tactics" by the Centre.A one-man Commission, constituted to look into the suicide of Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula, came up with its findings on Tuesday stating that the scholar did not commit suicide because of any pressure exerted by Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya or university's Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile and that it was a decision "of his own".But the student body of Jawaharlal Nehru University, governed by Leftist parties, refused to trust the findings of the Commission."It's not just Hyderabad University, but in all the central universities that the Centre is engaging in manipulatory tactics. The report's findings are stupid in t...




Rohith Vemula wasn't Dalit, Didn't Commit Suicide Due to External Factors: Report
New Delhi, Aug 16: Hyderabad University Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula did not commit suicide because of any pressure exerted by union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya or university's Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile and that it was a decision "of his own", an inquiry commission has found."(T)he suicide did not relate to any activities of the university administration or the political leaders (then HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya), including Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile. It was wholly a decision of his own."His suicide note is on the record, which shows that Rohith Vemula had his own problems and was not happy with the worldly affairs," said the report of the commission set up by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.The one-man commission, headed by Allahabad High Court judge (retd.) A.K. Roopanwal, was constituted in 2016 following Vemula's suicide that triggered protests by students in Hyderabad and elsewh...




Gorakhpur Tragedy: Protest Held at Uttar Pradesh Bhawan in Delhi
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Aug 14: Scores of students, social workers and human rights activists on Monday staged a protest demonstration outside the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan in Delhi over the deaths of children at a government hospital in Gorakhpur - the parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.   In the last one week, more than 70 children have reportedly died at the state-run BRD Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur - some of them allegedly due to shortage of oxygen supply at the hospital.   The protestors were shouting slogans against the BJP government of Uttar Pradesh. They also demanded resignation of CM Yogi. JNUSU president Mohit Pandey, social activist Nadim Khan and SIO PR Secretary Syed Azharuddin addressed the gathering.  Facing strong criticism of the Opposition, the Yogi government has ordered magisterial probe into the deaths of children.




Gorakhpur Tragedy: Yogi Govt. Removes Dr Kafeel Khan Who Saved Many Children
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi / Gorakhpur, Aug 14: In an unexpected move, Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath government has removed Dr Kafeel Khan whose quick decision-making ability saved lives of several children at the Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College and Hospital. The government has sacked him even as he was being hailed in the media for his heroic deed. The Yogi government has not offered any reason for Dr Khan's sacking.   Dr Khan has been terminated as the Nodal Officer for the Department of Pediatrics on Sunday just after the visit of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to the hospital where more than 70 children have reportedly died in the last one week. Dr. Bhupendra Sharma has been appointed as new Nodal Officer for the department.   Dr Kafeel Khan, as head of the Department of Pediatrics of the hospital, had managed to save lives of many children admitted in the hospital by arranging 3 oxygen cylinders with the help of his friends...




Massive Maratha March for Reservation Takes Mumbai by Storm
Mumbai, Aug 9: Mumbai was engulfed by a 'Maratha storm' as lakhs of people from the politically powerful community began their first, biggest and final mammoth 'mook morcha' (silent procession) here on Wednesday, seeking reservation in jobs and education.The official 'mook morcha' took off from the Byculla Zoo and onto the Azad Maidan -- a distance of around six km -- with lakhs marching peacefully and silently but making a loud political statement for the ruling establishment.While the majority were on foot, there were some adventurous Marathas who came on bicycles and some others riding horses, a few even dressed like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj -- the idol of all Maharashtrians, grabbing attention of the media crews positioned strategically across south Mumbai.Several top leaders of various political parties also joined the procession and interacted with the participants.Started on August 9, 2016, with processions in 57 cities, the Maratha Kranti Morcha made its maiden entry in the ...




Guard yourself against political links, President tells IAS trainees
New Delhi, Aug 4: Cautioning young IAS trainees to guard themselves from being identified with one or the other political dispensation or individual, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said that they are mandated to serve the people first.  Addressing the participants of the 119th Induction Training Programme of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, the President said that as public servants, they need to be role models in their personal conduct."There is also a perception that, over time, certain officers get identified with one or the other political dispensation or individual. You must guard against this," he said, stressing the the most important challenge before them is to give confidence to the people of India that civil servants are fair, honest, professional and efficient."In your professional conduct, honesty and integrity, humility, and sensitivity to the diversity of India and of our society are non-negotiable."A question ...




Bodoland Minority Student Leader Shot Dead
Guwahati, Aug 2: Tension gripped parts of Assam after two unidentified assailants shot dead Lafikul Islam, President of the All Bodoland Minority Students' Union (ABMSU), on Tuesday afternoon.Police said two motorcycle-riding assailants shot at Lafikul in Basugaon area in Kokrajhar district around 3.30 p.m. from a close range. He was immediately taken to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Two persons have been detained so far in this connection.Later in the day, ABMSU supporters blocked roads by burning tyres and shouted slogans in Basugaon and other adjoining areas, protesting the killing.Leader of Opposition in the Assam assembly Debabrata Saikia condemned the student leader's murder and termed it "a failure on the part of the state government to maintain law and order"."Late Islam boldly raised his voice against the injustice meted out to people living in Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts by the government as well as by a section of people," said ...




#UnitedAgainstHate: Impressive Bike Rally Taken out against Lynching
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 30: With the sole motive of uniting the society against communal hatred and culture of lynching, peace activists took out an impressive bike rally in Delhi on Sunday morning. Besides Delhi, such rallies were taken out in dozens of other cities in different states.   Concerned with the growing trend of lynching that is result of communal hatred, the activists took out the bike rally from Mandi House area in the heart of Delhi to Nuh in Haryana - the state which has witnessed two deaths in lynching in the last four months.    Wearing white T-shirts with #UnitedAgainstHate printed on them, the youths were shouting slogans, on and off, against politics of hate, lynching and cow vigilantism.   Some were carrying the National Flag - Tiranga on the bonnet of their bikes.  Pahlu Khan, 50, who hailed from Mewat in Haryana, was lynched by a brutal mob of cow vigilantes in Alwar district of Rajasthan on 1st A...




Promoting Urdu Through Visual Arts
Shiraz Husain has been selling his products through a community page on social media platform Facebook titled "Khwaab Tanha Collections". Somrita Ghosh,New Delhi, July 26: There was a time when Urdu couplets written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz or Ghalib were read from books or heard at 'mushairas' (poetry recitations). But now a Delhi-based artist is giving a pop-culture twist to Urdu literature by taking it to t-shirts, coffee mugs and posters.Meet Shiraz Husain, who is attempting to revive the Urdu language. When pages failed to get enough attention from readers, especially from the youth, Husain adopted the path of the visual arts to reach out to larger audiences."There are artists like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Manto, Amrita Pritam, Jaun Eliya, Parveen Shakir, Mukti Bodh who are less celebrated. My attempt is to draw much deserved attention towards Urdu and try to revive its fading glamour," Husain told IANS. The 30-year-old artist's life shuffles between his day-time ...




Sub-Inspectors Recruitment Process Cancelled in UP after Paper Leak
Lucknow, July 26: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday cancelled the complete recruitment process of Sub-Inspectors after allegations of paper leak, said Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh.The recruitment process was underway since July 17 and was to go on till July 31.The DGP said that the special task force (STF) of the UP Police has been asked to probe the paper leak.On Monday, two exams to be held on July 25 and 26 were cancelled but now the decision has been taken to cancel the entire examination process, he said.It was for the first time an online examination was being conducted in 22 districts of the state for police recruitment. New dates for the exam will be announced after the STF probe is complete.ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said the company conducting the exams will be lodging an FIR in the case and added that a preliminary probe has revealed that that the system had been hacked at the company level.The recruitment for posts of Sub-Inspectors (2,707 males and 6...




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