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Tamil students in Delhi come out in support of protesting farmers
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 23: Scores of Tamil students studying at different colleges and universities in Delhi and came out on the street on Sunday in support of the farmers from their state protesting in the National Capital for past one and half months.   What apparently provoked the students and other professionals from Tamil Nadu to hold protest demonstration was the Saturday protest of the 100-odd farmers who drank urine to stress their demand for loan waiver and drought-relief fund from the central government.   50-60 youths from Tamil Nadu, either studying or doing job in Delhi, took out the march from India Gate to Jantar Mantar but they were detained at India Gate as Section 144 of CrPC is in place in the area. The Police released them at a place away from India Gate and from there they continued march to Jantar Mantar in solidarity with the farmers.  Tamil students detained in Delhi on 23 April 2017 while protesting in a pr...




Indian-American Surgeon General asked to resign by Trump administration
Murthy will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health ServiceWashington, April 22: Indian American Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, appointed by former President Barack Obama, stepped down after he was asked to resign by the Trump administration as part of a move to appoint new leaders in key posts.He was replaced temporarily by Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses to serve as Surgeon General. She has a doctoral degree in philosophy and a master of science in nursing and health policy, the New York Times reported on Friday."Today, Dr Murthy, the leader of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump Administration," the US Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.Murthy will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service. He was confirmed as Surgeon Gene...




Ensure safety of Kashmiri youths: Rajnath to states
Rajnath Singh's remarks came a day after six Kashmiri students studying in Mewar University were were beaten up by some locals in Chittorgarh district New Delhi, April 21: Condemning the attack on Kashmiri students in Rajasthan's Mewar University, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday appealed to all state governments to ensure safety of Kashmiris."I appeal to all the chief ministers to ensure safety of Kashmiri youths. No Kashmiri should be harassed. If such incidents happen, action should be taken," Rajnath Singh told the media here.The minister also said he has asked the home ministry officials to circulate an advisory in this regard.Rajnath Singh's remarks came a day after six Kashmiri students studying in Mewar University were beaten up by some locals in Chittorgarh district.Dubbing the incident as "unfortunate" the minister said: "Kashmiris are citizens of India and part of our family. They should not be harassed. I condemn the attack."(...




Hanging Kulbhushan Jadhav would be travesty of justice: Umar Khalid
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 15: Often in the line of fire from Hindu-right groups and army of self-proclaimed ‘nationalists' on social media, JNU research scholar Umar Khalid has denounced death sentence to an Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistan army court.   "Hanging Jadhav would be a travesty of justice and everything needs to be done [should be done] to stop it," said Umar Khalid.   He says he is against death penalty in principle.   "The recent capital punishment given to #KulbhushanJadhav by Pakistan army court reeks of vendetta and must be stopped at all costs. Beyond the legal specificities of the case, I am principally opposed to capital punishment as a form of punishment. It is vindictive, retributive and a medieval form of justice. Moreover, army courts hardly provide any scope for the accused to defend themselves and their proceedings are pre-determined," said Khalid, who is facing sedition charges in an alleged anti...




Panjab University: Students clash with police over fee hike, slapped with sedition charges
Chandigarh, April 11: Around 50 people, including students, police personnel and even journalists, were injured as students, protesting a massive fee hike for various courses, clashed with police on the Panjab University campus here on Tuesday.Police took over 50 students into custody and slapped sedition charge on those indulging in violence.Tension prevails on the campus following the clashes.Some of the nearly half-a-dozen media persons injured in the clashes had to be rushed to hospitals here with serious injuries.Police resorted to baton charge, use of water cannons and tear-gas to disperse the agitatators who had gathered near the Vice Chancellor's Office complex.The protesting students pelted stones at the police and broke window panes and flower-pots and damaged other university property.Later, a few students, who were being chased by the police, entered a gurdwara on the campus and took refuge there. Police officials surrounded the shrine to get the students out.Teaching was a...




Student's mother calls off fast after Yechuri, Vijayan assure action
Thiruvananthapuram, April 10: A mother fighting to seek justice for the death of her son, called off her fast on the fifth day on Sunday night after CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assured her of action.Mahija, currently admitted at the Medical College hospital here after she was roughed up by police on Wednesday while she and her relatives was going to meet the state police chief to demand justice, was on a fast there along with a close relative.They were demanding arrest of the remaining accused who was responsible for the death of her son Jishnu Prannoy and action against the police officials who roughed them up.It was after a two hour discussion on Sunday evening led by State Attorney K.G. Sohan and Special Public Prosecutor C.P.Udayabhanu with her relative Sreejith and others that the fast was called off."The state government has given us a written agreement that all the demands that we raised have been met. We fully trust th...




Kerala mother slams govt. ad on son's death
Thiruvananthapuram, April 8: An advertisement in newspapers detailing the sequence of events on the action taken in the alleged suicide of Jishnu Prannoy has been slammed by the engineering student's mother and family members.The advertisement titled 'Jishnu Case - The truth behind it', has been released by the Kerala government on Saturday which mentioned the action taken by it on the issue.Prannoy was found hanging in January on the campus of the Nehru College of Engineering and Research, in Thrissur.Initially, Prannoy's death was dismissed as a case of suicide, but after his mother Mahija protested, police have taken up the case again as she has been firm on her belief that her son was 'killed' by the college authorities.Speaking to the media, she said: "Right from day one after I lost my son, the case has been turned upside down.""It was after 90 days, we decided to come to the state capital to seek justice by staging a protest before the office of the police chief.&...




Mother slaps legal notice to Times of India for linking her son Najeeb with ISIS
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 8: The mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed has slapped a legal notice to Times of India, one of country's national English dailies, for linking Najeeb with global terror group ISIS.   "Times of India carried an unfounded, baseless, inaccurate, inciteful and manifestly derogatory and defamatory news article on the front page headlined ‘Missing JNU student saw IS videos: Cops'" reads the legal notice issued by lawyer Vrinda Grover on behalf of Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees.   On 21st March this year, the Delhi edition of TOI had published the story wherein quoting unnamed Delhi Police official, it was claimed that an analysis of Najeeb Ahmed's electronic devices had established that he had viewed websites that contained material on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It also said that Najeeb's search history included searches for "ways to join IS".   The article further stated that "Delhi Pol...




A student commits suicide every hour in India
In 2015, the number of student suicides stood at 8,934. In the five years leading to 2015, 39,775 students killed themselves. The number of attempted suicides, many unreported, is likely to be much higher. By Devanik Saha,Arjun Bharadwaj, a 24-year-old management student, committed suicide by jumping out of a 19th-floor hotel room in Mumbai. Media reporting suggested he had been depressed about failure in exams and repeatedly talked about ending his life on social media. There were also suggestions he was battling drug addiction.Bharadwaj's story made the headlines -- likely because he killed himself at a five-star hotel and discussed suicide methods on Facebook -- but it is no exception: Every hour, one student commits suicide in India, according to 2015 data (the latest available) from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).In 2015, the number of student suicides stood at 8,934. In the five years leading to 2015, 39,775 students killed themselves. The number of attempted sui...




Court stays order in missing JNU student Najeeb's case
New Delhi, April 6: A sessions court here on Thursday stayed a lower court order that directed nine JNU students to appear before it to record their consent or refusal for a lie-detector test in case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed.Additional District and Sessions Judge Siddharth Sharma stayed a magisterial court's order dated March 30 and fixed May 3 for further hearing in the matter.After the stay by the sessions court, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass adjourned the matter pending in his court for May 4. On March 30, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had ordered the nine Jawaharlal Nehry University students to appear before it on April 6 "without fail". The court was hearing a Delhi Police plea for recording consent/refusal of these nine students for polygraphy. As per the National Human Rights Commission, the lie-detector test is not authorised by law and must be regarded as illegal unless it is voluntarily accepted, the students' la...




JNU: Not getting fellowship money for months, say research scholars
Perhaps this is not less than an irony that a large number of students have not got their scholarships at JNU, the top varsity of the country, for past several months.  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 6: "Since January, I have not got scholarship. I had opted for higher education thinking that the government would help. But I am in huge debt right now," says Jitendra, 2nd year master degree student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).   Jitendra was getting MCM (Merit-cum-Means) Scholarship which has stopped for last three months, forcing him to borrow money to run his daily life at the university hostel.   "I am taking money from our parents, teachers and friends. I am in the middle of our research but would not be able to continue it for long in absence of scholarship," said Jitendra who is perusing masters in Persian language.   This is not just the story of one student at JNU, the premier university of the co...




NSUI marches to HRD Ministry against UGC gazette, autonomy issue
New Delhi, April 3: The National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Monday carried out a protest march to the Union HRD Ministry here demanding revocation of a controversial UGC gazette and also raising concern over grant of 'autonomy' to DU colleges.The march proceeded from the NSUI office, on Raisina Road, to the nearby office of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry."We wanted the HRD Ministry to revoke the UGC gazette and also to stop its attempts to give autonomy to Delhi University colleges," the students wing's National Secretary Vivekanand Pathak told IANS over phone.The demonstrators were also caught in a minor scuffle with police deployed at Raisina Road where they were stopped from moving further by barricades.Following a 2009 University Grants Commission (UGC) order, the Jawaharlal Nehru University has slashed its M.Phil and Ph.D drastically. An earlier 900-plus seat intake has reduced to 100-odd across all centres of the university.The UGC order recommende...




Youth Survey: 48% don't identify with any party; 35% highly religious
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 3: About half of India’s youth population do not identify themselves with any political party while 35% of them are highly religious, says a survey conducted by CSDS-Lokniti (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) in partnership with KAS. The survey was done in April-May 2016 and its results were published in The Indian Express today. Some 65% (i.e. more than 800 million) of India’s 1.25 billion people are aged 35 or under. The survey was conducted among 6,122 individuals between ages 15 and 34 in 19 Indian states. The survey done last year found that 48% of the youths don’t identify themselves with any party. While 20% likes BJP, 10% Congress and 4% socialist parties and 2% left parties. Some 16% like other parties that may include Aam Aadmi Party also. On religiosity, the survey found 12% youths are very highly religious and 23% high religious while 25% have moderate religiosity and 36% low religiosity. Some ...




Let there be debate, dissension but not intolerance: President
IndiaTomorrow.net, Kolkata, April 2: The atmosphere in our institutions should be free from both physical as well as mental violence. Indians could be described as argumentative but never intolerant, said President of India Pranab Mukherjee while speaking at the 52nd Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta here on Saturday.   "In ancient India, seats of higher learning such as Nalanda, Vikramshila and Taxila attracted mighty minds from all over the world and truly became a confluence of civilizational thoughts and ideas," said the President.   Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he said: "I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any".   "If our feet are firmly on the ground, we will not be blown off by ideas from outside.  India is a land of tolerance. ...




Court seeks detailed report on Ramjas College incident
New Delhi, March 30: A local court on Thursday asked the Delhi Police to file a detailed action-taken report against those who allegedly raised anti-national slogans at the Delhi University's Ramjas College.Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra sought the report from the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police and listed the matter for further hearing on April 27.The court's instruction came after the Delhi Police filed a status report on Thursday. The court observed that the report was absolutely silent on the slogan-raising aspect of the incident on February 21.The court also noted that the report was also absolutely silent in respect of the complainant and the charge of sedition that found a mention in the FIR.The court was hearing a criminal complaint filed by Advocate Vivek Garg, who alleged that "massive anti-national slogans and activities were raised by leaders and students of the All India Students Association (AISA) and the Students' Federation of India (SFI) in Ramjas Coll...




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




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




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




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




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




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