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3 years into BJP government, unemployment rate slightly up
The unemployment rate in 2015-16 was five per cent of the labour force, up from 4.9 per cent in 2013-14, the year before the BJP assumed powerShreya Shah,India's unemployment rate has registered a slight increase since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government began its term in May 2014, despite the governments professed emphasis on job-creation, according to an analysis of government data. The unemployment rate in 2015-16 was five per cent of the labour force, up from 4.9 per cent in 2013-14, the year before the BJP assumed power. "The country has been dragged through 10 years of jobless growth by the Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government," the BJP had said in its manifesto for the 2014 general election. "Under the broader economic revival, BJP will accord high priority to job-creation and opportunities for entrepreneurship." At a rally in Agra in 2013, Narendra Modi, then campaigning for the position of Prime Minister, had sai...




After 16 years in jail, ex-AMU research scholar acquitted of terror charges
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, May 20: Former AMU research scholar and Kashmir native, Gulzar Ahmed Wani was acquitted of all terror charges by a court in Barabanki on Saturday. Wani was arrested in July 2001 when he was around 24 in Sabarmati Express blast case. In the blast that took place in August 2000 at Barabanki, 9 people were killed and several others injured.   "Today court in Barabanki acquitted accused Gulzar Ahmed Wani in Sabaramati Train Blast case 2000. The accused will feel the fresh air after he spent 16 long years in jail," said Wani's counsel MS Khan in a facebook post soon after the verdict.




Hyderabad's Abbas Khan, 13, set to showcase equestrian skills in Europe
Mohammed Shafeeq, Hyderabad, May 18: He is just 13, but his professional skills and the way he controls his horse as it leaps over obstacles has caught the attention of many in the equestrian world -- both at the national and international levels.After demonstrating his amazing skills at home, which have earned him several medals at various competitions, Abbas Hussain Khan is gearing up to showcase his talent in Europe.Buoyed by an impressive performance at a competition in Holland last year, he is now set to get specialised training in with the ultimate goal of representing India at the Olympics and becoming a world champion.This Hyderabadi boy, who recently passed his Class 9 examination from a city school, will train under Henny Schennink of Holland, a formidable name on the European coaching circuit from July. Abbas underwent a six-month training course at Stal Schennink International (SSI) in Holland last year. He will continue his training at the same centre and will also practic...




IIT-Hyderabad professor bags INSA Young Scientist award
The award will be presented to him by the INSA President during the anniversary general meeting in December 2017Hyderabad, May 16: Aravind Kumar Rengan, a professor at Indian Institute of Technology - Hyderabad has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) award in the Young Scientist category for 2017.Assistant Professor in Department of Biomedical Engineering, he is being recognized for having devised a novel way of nano delivery using liposomes and gold nanoparticles. This is useful for both imaging and therapeutics, IIT-Hyderabad said in a statement.This research, through which he was able to engineer a biodegradable nano-system for photothermal therapy of cancer and proved its in-vivo biodegradability, has got immense translational potential and can be used to treat cancer in an affordable way with minimal side effects.The award will be presented to him by the INSA President during the anniversary general meeting in December 2017."We are delighted th...




Have lost faith in Delhi Police, want new SIT: Najeeb's family
Earlier also, the court has criticized the police several times for the manner in which it has been carrying out the probe. IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, May 13: Having "lost faith" in the Delhi Police, the family of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad has appealed to the Delhi High Court to constitute a new SIT (Special Investigating Team) in the case. Meanwhile, the High Court has also strongly rapped the Police for not investigating the case "properly" and "trying to find an escape route."   Speaking to IndiaTomorrow.net, Mujeeb Ahmad, younger brother of first-year post-graduate student Najeeb who mysteriously disappeared from his hostel room in Oct 2016, said they have submitted an application with the Delhi High Court seeking constitution of a fresh SIT as they have lost faith in the current investigation team of Delhi Police.   "It has been seven months now. Though court's observation is accurate but it has come very late; it ...




Delhi girls hail SC verdict in Nirbhaya gang-rape case, want public hanging of convicts
Supreme Court on 5th May upheld the death sentence awarded by High Court to all four convicts in the brutal Nirbhaya gang-rape that led to her death and caused nationwide outrage   Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, May 9: Girl students in Delhi have hailed the Supreme Court verdict upholding death sentence to four convicts of Nirbhaya gang-rape case and majority of them have also demanded that the culprits should be hanged publicly in order to deter potential criminals from such heinous acts.   IndiaTomorrow.net talked to some college girls in Delhi and found that all of them were little disappointed with the delay in judgment but welcomed the death sentence given by SC in the 2012 case.     "I am happy as well as little bit disappointed as this verdict should have come early. A lesson was must to teach such culprits. People think that life imprisonment should be given rather than death sentence. But if life imprisonment is given to the...




Facebook to hire 3,000 more workers to monitor content, remove violent videos
Over the last few weeks, we've seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook -- either live or in video posted later. It's heartbreaking, and I've been reflecting on how we can do better for our community: Mark Zuckerberg  Los Angeles, May 4: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will be hiring 3,000 additional employees over the next year to monitor content and remove violent videos, the media reported."Over the last few weeks, we've seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook -- either live or in video posted later. It's heartbreaking, and I've been reflecting on how we can do better for our community," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Wednesday."If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We're working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner -- whether that's responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down," ABC News quoted Zuckerberg's post as ...




Telangana Police trapping Muslim youth through bogus ISIS site: Digvijaya
Telangana Police termed his claim "unfounded" while state govt. asked him to show evidence or withdraw the remarks Hyderabad, May 1: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday alleged the Telangana Police of setting up a bogus ISIS site to trap Muslim youth. Police termed his claim "unfounded" while the state government asked to show evidence or withdraw the remarks.The Congress General Secretary, who is in-charge of party affairs in Telangana, made the serious allegations against Telangana police in a series of tweets."Telangana Police has set up a bogus ISIS site which is radicalising Muslim Youths and encouraging them to become ISIS Modules."The issue is whether Telangana Police should be trapping Muslim Youths in becoming ISIS modules by posting inflammatory information?"Is It Ethical? Is it Moral? Has KCR authorised Telangana Police to trap Muslim Youths and encourage them to join ISIS? If he has then shouldn't he own the responsibilit...




Delhi Police recruits 964 constables -- 433 of them from North-East
This makes Delhi Police more cosmopolitan character: Kiren Rijiju  IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 29: The Delhi Police have recruited 964 new constables - 433 of them are from the North-East. Their Passing Out Parade was held here on Friday. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, received guard of honour at the parade.   "Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji has encouraged Delhi Police to be more smart, modern & cosmopolitan. Delhi Police has done a great job to secure Delhi," said Rijiju in a tweet on Friday.   "Delhi Police Passing Out Parade with 433 Constable recruits from North-East out of 964. This makes Delhi Police more cosmopolitan character," he said.  




Universities should create environment for free exchange of ideas: President
There is need for investment in research and innovation so that we can occupy our rightful place in the international community: President  IndiaTomorrow.net, Hyderabad, April 27: Universities should be places for creating learning environment, where free exchange of ideas will take place and where mighty minds in the form of students and teachers would exchange ideas, said President Pranab Mukherjee while addressing the inaugural function of centenary celebrations of Osmania University in Hyderabad here on Wednesday.   "Osmania University was also established with this dream that it will be an institution of excellence where free minds will meet freely, interact and exchange ideas and live in peaceful co-existence," he said.    "In ancient India, India played a leading role in the field of higher learning. Universities such as Taxila, Nalanda, Vikramshila etc. had attracted mighty minds in the form of students and teachers," said the Presid...




Jamia students' drone-detecting system to be used by Airport Authority of India
A software developed by Jamia Milia Islamia students to detect "unwanted drones" at or near airports will be used for security by the Airport Authority of India New Delhi, April 25: A software developed by Jamia Milia Islamia students to detect "unwanted drones" at or near airports will be used for security by the Airport Authority of India (AAI), a varsity statement said on Monday.The programme was developed by a six-member team of students of Jamia's FTK-Centre for Information Technology, during the recently-held Smart India Hackathon.The team won the 'Nav parvartak' (New Innovator) award for the innovation and was awarded Rs 1 lakh, the statement said."The Airport Authority of India had asked the competing teams to develop a system to ensure the safety and security of airports from any unwanted drone intrusion."They were given 36 hours to achieve the task. The students are excited that AAI will now introduce the system for this security of airpor...




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...




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