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Facebook to be available on JioPhone from Wednesday
New Delhi, Feb 13: Starting Wednesday, Facebook will be available on JioPhone, a company statement said here adding that the app can be downloaded from the Jio Appstore by all existing and new users.  "This new version of the Facebook app is built specially for Jio KaiOS, a web based operating system designed for JioPhone, so that its users get the best experience of Facebook. This will open up Facebook for potential 50 crore feature phone users in India," the statement said.  The new Facebook app for JioPhone supports push notifications, video, and links to external content. The app is also optimised to successfully accommodate the cursor function on JioPhone, the statement said.  "As promised, JioPhone will be home to the world's leading applications, starting with Facebook. Jio, the world's largest mobile data network, is built to empower every Indian with the power of data and JioPhone is an integral part of this Jio movement," said...




Violence in Allahabad over Dalit student's killing
Allahabad, Feb 12:  Angered over the killing of a Dalit student of Allahabad University, students on Monday went on a rampage, setting fire to a bus.  The angry students also laid siege to the house of District Magistrate Suhas L.Y., police said.   Brutally assaulted by four men, Dalit student Dilip Saroj died on Sunday night after slipping into a coma. He was attacked outside a restaurant in Colonelganj on Friday night.   A waiter at the restaurant, Munna Singh Chauhan, has been arrested and two policemen have been suspended.   Angry varsity students aligned to the Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha (SYS) and the All India Students Association (AISA) took out a protest march on Monday and raised anti-government and anti-police slogans.  Demanding immediate arrest of the culprits, the students also sought adequate compensation for the deceased student's family.   Saroj was a LLB 2nd year student and hailed from Pratapgarh. A video of...




Over 3,400 grooms abducted in 2017 for 'Pakadua Vivah' in Bihar
Patna, Feb 4: It may be a cultural shock for many, but more than 3,400 youths were kidnapped for forced marriage, locally known as "Pakadua Vivah" in Bihar last year, official data revealed."Pakadua Vivah is rampant in Bihar. About 3,405 youths have been kidnapped for forced marriage in the state. In most of the cases, Pakadua Vivah was solemnised at gun point or threats to their life and their families," a police official said on Sunday.  Last month, the Pakadua Vivah of an engineer in a village in Patna hit the national headlines when he refused to keep his newly wed wife after he was abducted and forced to marry at gun point.  According to the data, about 3,070 youths were kidnapped for Pakadua Vivah in the state in 2016, 3,000 in 2015 and 2,526 in 2014.  "In all such cases, either the youths and their parents have been forced at gun point for Pakadua Vivah," police officials said.  Going by the police records, on...




India's Surya Sekhar Roy Choudhury wins silver at International Young Chef Olympiad 2018
New Delhi, Feb 3:  India's Surya Sekhar Roy Choudhury has won a silver at the fourth edition of the International Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) 2018, an event that brought together participants under the age of 22 from 45 nations and which its mentor, Suborno Bose says could soon travel to other countries.  "It is the first time that we've got the trophy back home. It is an honour. I hoped I could live up to the expectations I had on my shoulders to perform. It is a superb feeling. The exposure like this, meeting chefs like John Wood and Chris Galvin, makes you want to push yourself to greater heights," Choudhury said at the conclusion of the six-day four-city event in Kolkata on Saturday evening.  Malaysia's Lai Jia Yi won the gold and a cheque for $10,000 while Scotland's Kevin McCafferty and Hong Kong's Henry Lee shared the third spot.  The grand finale saw 11 competitors creating two dishes -- a 'boned chicken dish', served with a contempora...




Caste riots: Students protest outside Maharashtra Sadan
New Delhi, Jan 4: Leftist student groups staged a demonstration outside Maharashtra Sadan here on Wednesday, demanding action against two local leaders for instigating the Bhima-Koregaon riots in Pune city in which a man was killed and many shops and vehicles were vandalised.Protestors, including members of the All India Students' Association (AISA) and the Students' Federation of India, raised slogans against state's Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging them of harbouring and promoting anti-Dalit groups and demanded the latter's resignation."The riots were pre-planned. Even before the people started coming to the place, shops were forced to shut down on the highway... The day has been celebrated for years and with much fanfare. This is the only time such a thing has happened," Abhilasha Srivastava, the Maharashtra AISA state secretary, told IANS.She emphasised that the day was now celebrated not primarily for cheering the Dalits' contri...




CBI busts human trafficking racket that stranded 23 youth in France
New Delhi, Dec 30: The CBI on Friday said it has busted a human trafficking racket and booked three persons on charges of sending 23 teenaged students to France in 2016 for "a rugby training camp".The CBI on Friday also conducted searches at four places in Delhi which resulted recovery of incriminating documents and other articles from the premises of accused persons - Lalit David Dean, Sanjeev Raj and Varun Choudhary.An FIR was registered on Thursday against Dean, Raj and Choudhary, said a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official, adding "the accused had collected Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh from the parents and sent the students, aged between 13-18 years, to France on the pretext of rugby training"."After the students reached France in February 2016, they were dumped in a gurudwara."The accused persons, belonging to Delhi and Faridabad (Haryana), have been booked under chages of criminal conspiracy, cheating, trafficking of persons and forgery of Indi...




Gujarat Assembly elections: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to contest from Vadgam as independent
Gandhinagar, Nov 27: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Monday announced he will contest the Gujarat Assembly elections as independent candidate from Vadgam constituency in Banaskantha district.The Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch leader, social activist and lawyer made the announcement on his Twitter handle, hours after the opposition Congress declared its third list of 76 candidates, which failed to show candidature for Vadgam.Mevani had earlier shown disinterest in contesting the elections and had expressed support for the Congress.His announcement came after the Congress brought out its third list of candidates for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections. In a tweet, he said: "Friends, I'm contesting from Vadgam-11 seat of Banaskantha district of Gujarat as an independent candidate. We shall fight, we shall win."The Congress in its third list failed to show any candidature for Vadgam constituency, which will be contested on December 14.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal...




Tripura journo's killing: SIT arrests two more security personnel
Agartala, Nov 25: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was constituted by the Tripura government to probe the killing of a journalist by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper, on Saturday arrested two more security personnel, police said."Following their investigation, the SIT arrested Naib Subedar Amit Debbarma and TSR rifleman Dharmendra Singh, as they are found to be abettors and conspirators of the killing," a police official said.Police produced them in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court here on Saturday and the court sent them to a seven-day police custody.With the latest arrests, four security personnel, including TSR Second Battalion Commandant Tapan Debbarma, are in custody in connection with the gunning down of the journalist within the battalion headquarters complex on Tuesday.According to police, TSR Second Battalion Rifleman Nandu Kumar Reang, following an altercation, shot dead local newspaper journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik, 50, at Radha Kishore Nagar, ...




Hijab is no hurdle: Dream of bakery worker's daughter takes wings
Hyderabad, Nov 19: "I want to become a pilot." When she instinctively answered a question at an event over a decade ago, the dream of a humble bakery worker's daughter had started growing wings. Hijab-wearing Syeda Salva Fatima is now all set to join an airline and is one of the four Muslim women in India who hold a Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL). Fresh from multi-engine training in New Zealand and type-rating in Bahrain, this Hyderabad woman is waiting for endorsement from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which will enable her to fly the Airbus A320. It was, however, not a smooth ride as she had to overcome many odds to attain her life's ambition. The daughter of a bakery workCommer, Salva comes from the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Sultan Shahi in the old city of Hyderabad. What makes Salva's story stand out is her lower middle-class background and the fact that she wore a "hijab" (head scarf) during the entire course of training ...




Winds of change: Muslim girls embrace education, aim high
There is a general perception that Muslim women rarely pursue higher education, or go for competitive exams, and the social odds are stacked even higher once they get married and have kids. But women like Tasneem challenge such stereotypes. Abu Zafar, Katihar (Bihar)/Azamgarh/New Delhi, Nov 14: For Ghazala Tasneem, October 31 was not a normal day. It was the day her dream came true and she was rewarded for her hard struggle of three years. She was selected for the Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination with 65th rank and can soon aspire to be a judge."Indeed, it was difficult, but thanks to Allah, due to the continuous support and motivation from my husband and other family members, I have achieved what I deserved," says Tasneem, a housewife from Katihar district of Bihar with two sons.There is a general perception that Muslim women rarely pursue higher education, or go for competitive exams, and the social odds are stacked even higher once they get married a...




JNU missing student case: Court seeks students' response on CBI plea
New Delhi, Oct 30: A court here on Monday asked nine students to file response on CBI's plea seeking consent for their lie detection test in connection with the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed.After the defence counsel of students sought 10 days time to file reply, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal listed the matter for November 10 for further hearing.The court direction came after it allowed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea seeking early hearing on the application seeking consent of nine students for a lie detection test.The CBI plea has come after the Delhi High Court asked the probe agency to seek early hearing in the trial court, which had earlier adjourned the matter for January 2018.Ahmed, 27, an MSc First Year student, went missing on October 15 last year after a fight with alleged members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. However, the student body had denied any involvemen...




JNUSU seeks UGC intervene for reinstatement of GSCASH
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 28: Agitating against the decision of Jawaharlal Nehru University to dissolve GSCASH (Gender Sensitization Committee against Sexual Harassment) and replace it with Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), the students union of the university has urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) to intervene in the matter.   Holding a protest march on Friday outside the UGC office in New Delhi, they demanded reinstatement of an effective and gender sensitive body like GSCASH that is not controlled by the varsity administration and entrusted with the task of delivering justice in cases of sexual harassment and gender based violence in campus. A delegation of the JNU Students Union submitted a memorandum with the UGC officials in this regard.   "It is important to notice that GSCASH is autonomous. If the Vice Chancellor is controlling the ICC, how would we trust that something concrete will happen if a case is filed against any...




The man behind the rise of India's only Muslim business media outlet
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi / Mumbai, Oct 27: Who is this man shaking hands and shoulders with business leaders from India and UAE? An industrialist. No. A gatecrasher. A big No. He is a Special Invitee at the India-UAE Strategic Conclave 2017 at the Al-Habtoor City in Dubai. He is founder, owner and editor of an English business monthly, only one of its kind in India, and five news portals in as many languages.   He is Danish Reyaz. His journey from a one-room rented house-cum-office in a nondescript dingy lane of India's commercial capital to a position where his Maeeshat magazine becomes media partner of a premier international business conclave and he is invited as VIP has been long and strenuous.   Danish Reyaz (R) with Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange, at India-UAE Strategic Conclave 2017 in Dubai.  Danish Reyaz (R) shaking hand with Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Cultur...




Invincible: How a woman amputee created history at the top of the world
Arunima wants to tell the world that if one sets one's eyes on a goal, there is nothing that can stop him or her.Vishav,Lucknow, Oct 25: A national-level volleyball player, Arunima Sinha was thrown off a moving train by a bunch of goons in 2011. Overcoming unbearable pain as she lay on the tracks through the night, she lost one of her legs and had a metal rod inserted in the other. While most people take four to five years just to walk on a prosthetic limb, Arunima stood on top of Mount Everest just two years after the incident, becoming the first female amputee to climb the world's highest peak.Arunima's is not just a story of conquering the world's highest peak but one of her undying spirit -- of rising from hopelessness to conquer insurmountable odds and turning her handicap into her biggest strength.Defying insufferable pain as well as her detractors, she did not stop just at Everest and went on to climb five more peaks in five different continents and now has eyes set on her tough...




When these youths used water and fire to promote communal harmony
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, Oct 23: To strengthen communal harmony and peace in the society which is getting polarized on religious lines, two separate sets of youths, unconnected with each other, came up with two different innovative ideas. On a Sunday when youths in the National Capital enjoy outing, these youths, inspired by two great personalities of human history, were out on the streets with the message of peace and communal harmony - in their own way.   A group of Muslim youths, mostly students, distributed free bottled water at Connaught Place in the heart of Delhi. The "Free Water Distribution Campaign" was organized to commemorate Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in over 25 cities across the country.   "Imam Husain was brutally martyred in 680 AD at Karbala (Iraq)in a battle against the tyrant ruler Yazid. The motto of this campaign named #HusainForJustice is universal. Today we see an environment of hate ...




Labour reforms the antidote to India's perpetual job crisis
India has missed the bus on all three of these fronts. Industrial development never took place in India and the economy became service-led right away. Amit Kapoor,The lack of jobs is beginning to haunt the Modi government. The Reserve Bank of India's recent Consumer Confidence Survey shows that public perception is also beginning to take account of the fact that there are no jobs available in the economy. According to the survey, 43.7 percent of responders felt that the employment situation had worsened as compared to 31.9 percent a year ago.The official unemployment numbers, which hover at around five per cent, will never reflect the true picture since in a developing economy, where poverty is high and unemployment benefits are virtually non-existent, no one can afford to remain out of the workforce for long. They usually find employment doing odd jobs or in the agricultural sector.However, job creation numbers do give a clearer picture. According to the Labour Bureau, the Indi...




HC slams CBI for 'complete lack of interest' in tracing Najeeb Ahmed
New Delhi, Oct 16: The Delhi High Court on Monday slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its "complete lack of interest" in tracing out JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, who went missing a year ago.A bench headed by Justice G.S. Sistani, ticking off the central probe agency, said, "There was complete lack of interest" in pursuing the case.The court also expressed reservations at the CBI for making "contradictory statements" in front of the court - against what was submitted in the status report of the case in a sealed cover.While the CBI said call details records (CDR) of the accused persons in the case have been analysed, the court noted that it is not mentioned in the status report.The court said the CBI should reveal what it has found in its investigations so far. Not happy with the lack of details in the status report, the bench said the DIG was not properly supervising the investigation."If this is the supervision of the DIG, what will hap...




Youths leaving BJP? Samajwadi Party's student wing sweeps students union poll in Yogi's Uttar Pradesh
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, Oct 15: In a big setback to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP, the student wing of Samajwadi Party - the party which was trounced by BJP in the state Assembly polls just six months back - has swept the students union elections at the prestigious Allahabad University.   The Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, student wing of SP, has won four of five posts including president and vice president. ABVP, associated with the BJP, could win just one seat of general secretary.   BJP had ousted the Samajwadi Party from the power in the state assembly elections early this year. BJP had won 325 seats in the 402-member Assembly - in the 2012 Assembly polls, it had won just 47 seats. And Samajwadi Party was reduced from 224 seats in the 2012 polls to just 54 seats in the 2017 polls. After the landslide victory, BJP leader Yogi Adityanath was made chief minister of the state.  




Missing Najeeb: Big protest outside CBI headquarters over slow probe
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 13: Alleging the CBI for slow probe and attempts to dilute the case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, his family members, along with around 200 students, human rights activists and social workers, protested outside the headquarters of the federal investigating agency here on Friday. More than four months after the Delhi High Court transferred the probe to CBI, no breakthrough has come in the case. The court had ordered CBI to take over the probe following failure of the Delhi Police to make any headway even six months after the case was registered.   Today's protest demonstration was organized on the eve of the first anniversary of Najeeb's mysterious disappearance. One year ago (15th Oct 2016), first-year postgraduate student Najeeb had mysteriously disappeared from the university hostel room less than 24 hours after an alleged scuffle with members of a Hindu-right student group ABVP - Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, th...




Where is my son? A year on, painful question remains unanswered for this mother
"When Najeeb took admission in JNU I wished and blessed him for becoming a big famous man. But I had never thought that he would become famous this way."  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, 12th Oct: "Main hamesha yahi dua karti rahti hun ki bas mera baccha mujhe wapas mil jaye (I always keep praying that I get back my child)," says this mother who has not been able to sleep properly for one year - since her eldest son mysteriously disappeared from India's top central university in Delhi. Tired and weak though, she has kept her hope alive.   Najeeb Ahmed, resident of Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district had cracked entrance exams for M.Sc. (Biotechnology) at four premier universities of the country. His family was glad as he was selected at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Jamia Millia Islamia, Hamdard University and Aligarh Muslim University. He had preferred JNU over country's three premier minority institutions and got admission there t...




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