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Darbhanga double murder case: Six detained, SHO suspended

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Bihar engineers’ murder: 6 detained, SHO suspended

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Remo Fernandes no longer Indian citizen; summons issued through Portugese embassy

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The 62-year old singer is accused of threatening a minor girl at Goa Medical College And Hospital where she was being treated after being hit by a car driven by Remo’s son Jonah.
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Pop singer Remo Fernandes, accused of threatening a girl, had surrendered his Indian citizenship and become a Portuguese national, the Goa police on Tuesday said. He had been issued a summons through the Portuguese embassy to appear before the investigating officer, the police said.The 62-year old singer is accused of threatening a minor girl at Goa Medical College And Hospital where she was being treated after being hit by a car driven by Remo’s son Jonah.”Remo has already surrendered his Indian passport and taken Portuguese citizenship. So we had to issue him a summons through the Portuguese embassy,” inspector Jivba Dalvi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He has been asked to appear before the investigating officer at 4 pm tomorrow, while his son has been summoned at 10 am.Police had earlier asked Remo to be present on Monday, but he didn’t turn up, so a second summons was issued.”We have already submitted the summons to the Foreigner Regional Registration Office which will forward it to the embassy,” inspector Dalvi said.Remo, who resides in Goa but is currently touring Europe, has said the charges against him are baseless.

An engagement vow with a green mission

The lovers, both aged 23, feel this will help nurture a love for environment in their guests. They have also made a conscious attempt to promote the concept of re-cycling and re-use while designing the invitation.

Supreet Walia and Adheesh Parelkar

When college sweethearts Adheesh Parelkar and Supreet Walia and now entrepreneurs decided to exchange engagement vows, they decided that each of their 100 guests will be given a special return gift – a ‘tree’ each. For, the couple will plant saplings in honour of all their 100 guests and will even take care of it.The lovers, both aged 23, feel this will help nurture a love for environment in their guests. They have also made a conscious attempt to promote the concept of re-cycling and re-use while designing the invitation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We both are nature lovers and want our engagement ceremony to be environmental friendly,” said Parelkar, a resident of Teen Haath Naka, Thane who met Supreet while studying BMM at Khalsa college. The duo is set to get engaged on Saturday, December 19.”We did not want to give them a sapling or seeds. We ourselves will be planting and take care of these trees. We have chosen Thane as the location and when we started to scout for a land around Teen Haath naka, we got in touch with councillor Vikas Repale who appreciating our initiative asked us to be a part of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) tree plantation drive,” said Parelkar adding they will personally be taking care of all the expenses.”We are talking to Repale to finalise the land and dates for plantation,” he added.The couple is also in the process of setting up a basic website and plan to use it to send updates to all the guests in whose name the tree has been planted to instill a sense of belonging in them. “While planning our engagement ceremony, our key objective was to make it environmentally sustainable endeavour and right from the word go things fell in place without having to put in a lot of efforts,” shared Walia who is a resident of Navi Mumbai adding their ultimate goal was also to create a trend where in many more individuals prioritise many more environment friendly initiatives in their celebrations.The couple also took time in selecting the best way to send invites to their guests. “Our invite box was made of recycled cardboard and we consciously decided not to personalise it with our names to make sure it can be reused again. Similarly, we got the hand calligraphed guest name cards, which too can be reused as bookmarks later and we simply did away with bags altogether,” said Parelkar adding they also got diamonds for the rings certified that they were not mined from conflict regions, known as ‘blood diamonds’.KPV Aiyar, senior core faculty at Khalsa College BMM department, who has taught the couple sharing his delight said, “They are just 23 and the initiative they have taken is praiseworthy, Adheesh is extremely creative and very socially responsible and the step taken by this couple should not only encourage several others but also focus attention on the importance of tree plantation.”

Rahul Gandhi’s poser on Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ & ‘Make in India’ embarrasses Congress

During a Q and A session in Bangalore, Rahul’s question if Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ campaigns were making headway, evoked a big Yes

Rahul Gandhi greet students on his arrival at an interactive session with students of Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru on Wednesday

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Just a day ahead of Winter Session of Parliament, where a resurgent Opposition, basking in the success of its grand alliance in Bihar was planning a blitzkrieg, to embarrass the government on various issues, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in an attempt to take potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shot himself in the foot on Wednesday.During an interaction with the students at the prestigious Mount Carmel College for women in Bengaluru, Rahul asked audience about PM’s pet campaigns ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ whether they are working on the ground, expecting a big “No”. But it misfired, with the audience rupturing in big “Yes”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Rahul’s aides in Delhi do complain, that his deviating from the text often lands in discomfiture, but the leaders at Congress headquarters were bent to make reporters believe, the audience views were fractured. “You see video once again carefully, there were both Yes and Nos as well,” said party spokesman RPN Singh.Warming up to his theme of “all talk and no direction”, Rahul said: “With the Modi government, I don’t see a clear direction, I hear a lot of talk. Are we serious? Clean your country is a strategic national government programme? Well it’s not working, is it?”A careful view of the video shows stumped Congress vice-president pressing: “You see it working?” Again, he got a louder “Yes” than “No”. But soon he recovered and said: “Ok I don’t see Swachh Bharat working very well.”Rahul then tried another question. “You think Make in India is working?” This time, he got a mix of ayes and nays. “You think youngsters in India are getting jobs?” he asked. He finally stopped asking. “I don’t see a vision that the BJP is projecting. So for the Congress…we have to come up with a potential vision for the people of India,” he said. “I am against the idea that certain people in the country have all the answers, and everybody else should not be part of the conversation,” Rahul said, adding that the “suit-boot sarkar”, his famous phrase for the government, is failing.The BJP fast, lapped up on this embarrassment, saying the Congress vice-president should check his facts before making any judgement on progress of government schemes. “Rahul Gandhi should understand that they have failed. He was answered by the students today. People are with us and we are working for them,” said union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.Instead of asking the audience at the prestigious college, which mostly comprised upper middle class, Rahul’s aides, agree instead, he should have banked on statistics to show failure of PM’s pet project. Two industrialised states, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, had rural open defecation rates in 2011 census of 67% and 76.8% respectively. In contrast, to a backward state like Manipur with all its problems had a rural open defecation rate of just 14%.Congress said, the party was not against the concept of ‘Swachh Bharat’, but against the public relations policy of this government, which negates every past exercise. “They (government) want to build individual toilets, I think their target is 12.2 crore toilets. We also built individual toilets. I can say in a hindsight, we have not patted our accomplishments as cleverly as this government,” says senior Congress leader and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. Almost 30 years ago, effort to improve rural sanitation started with Central Rural Sanitation Programme. This morphed into other sanitation programmes and is now called Swachh Bharat.But experts believe that more than funding and government nudging, the campaign, inaugurated to coincide with Gandhi Jayanti, to realise vision of ‘Clean India’ by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, needs addressing behavioral issues. “Unless Swachh Bharat accounts for mistakes made earlier, it is likely to go the same way of the rural sanitation programme launched during the administration of Rajiv Gandhi,” says Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, India’s icon of sanitation, even as from November 15 consumers all over will be paying additional 0.5 per cent cess on all services ranging from air and train tickets to eating out at restaurants and telephone bills. The cess, expected to raise an additional Rs 400 crore during this financial year, will ostensibly fund the government’s ongoing Swachh Bharat campaign. According to minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha, the fund will go to “urban development ministry and the ministry of drinking water and sanitation”. Whether the funds will go onwards to the states in keeping with other devolution moves is not yet clear. Party not against ‘Swachh Bharat’Congress said, the party was not against the concept of ‘Swachh Bharat’, but against the public relations policy of this government, which negates every past exercise. “They (government) want to build individual toilets, I think their target is 12.2 crore toilets. We also built individual toilets. I can say in a hindsight, we have not patted our accomplishments as cleverly as this government,” says senior Congress leader and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. Almost 30 years ago, effort to improve rural sanitation started with Central Rural Sanitation Programme. This morphed into other sanitation programmes and is now called Swachh Bharat.

Lalu’s son, Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap, asks doctors to be present 24×7

Yadav, son of RJD president Lalu Prasad, gave the stern instruction after a review meeting of health department and asked the principal secretary to the health department to ensure that doctors stay at their place of posting, according to an official statement.
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Bihar’s new Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav on Tuesday asked government doctors to be present on duty round-the-clock in emergency wards in all hospitals in the state.Yadav, son of RJD president Lalu Prasad, gave the stern instruction after a review meeting of health department and asked the principal secretary to the health department to ensure that doctors stay at their place of posting, according to an official statement. He also stressed that senior doctors take at least two rounds at the wards in the evening along with regular monitoring and asked the principal secretary to the health department to keep a tab on doctors who absent themselves from duty.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minister said he would pay surprise visits to any hospital any day to see whether the order was complied with, the statement said. Yadav instructed that life saving drugs should be present in each of these hospitals so that “no patient has to roam here and there for medicines.” He also ordered to keep CT scan, MRI, X-ray machines and ventilators in good working condition and maintain cleanliness in hospitals.The minister instructed the superintendent of Patna Medical College and Hospital to ensure that no ‘dalal’ (broker) is seen roaming in the hospital to dupe hapless patients and take them to private facilities.”If need be security guards should be posted for the purpose,” Yadav said. He also asked for registration of private nursing homes.

Kerala: Nine killed in two road accidents in Mallapuram

The roads in Mallapuram seem to be killer roads as two major accidents have happened this week on subsequent days.

The roads in Mallapuram seem to be killer roads as two major accidents have happened this week on subsequent days. Malayala Manorama reported that four people were killed on Tuesday early morning in a car accident near the Biyyam Bridge on the Edappal-Ponnani road.The car is said to have lost control and overturned killing three teenagers and injuring six other people. The four people who died have been identified as Amal Krishna (15), Sudheesh (16), Athul and Savior.The report adds that Amal Krishna, Sudheesh and Athul were all members of a handball team of the Ernakumal district while Savior was a relative of one of the other members of the team. The police and locals rushed the four of them to hospital but they were pronounced dead. Two other people involved in the accident are said to be admitted at Thrissur Medical College Hospital while four others are getting treated at Thrissur’s Amala Hospital says the report.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, on Monday five people were killed and 25 injured when a tourist bus hit a lorry. Two children died in this accident. ten people were said to be in critical condition. This accident took place in the early hours of Monday when the people were returning from a wedding in Salem.

St Stephen’s staff association rejects Thampu’s proposal to amend constitution

The principal, who is retiring in February next year, has circulated a draft amendment in which he has proposed that the principal be empowered to take disciplinary action against students or staff irrespective of the Governing Body’s opinion

Valson Thampu

The proposal by St Stephen’s Principal Valson Thampu to amend the 102-year-old constitution of the institution was outrightly rejected on Monday at the meeting of the college’s staff association which said it will appeal to higher authorities to discard the move.”The proposal was discussed during the specially convened meeting of the staff association and 26 members opposed the move to amend the constitution. We will appeal to the higher authorities including the university and the Church of North India (CNI) to consider the repercussions of the amendments and reject the proposal,” a staff association member said. Thampu, who also came to the meeting for few minutes, did not answer any questions raised by the teachers regarding the amendments.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The principal, who is retiring in February next year, has circulated a draft amendment in which he has proposed that the principal be empowered to take disciplinary action against students or staff irrespective of the Governing Body’s opinion. He has also called for giving a major say to CNI in the functioning of the college, handing over the faculty appointments and admissions to the Supreme Council and amending the composition of the GB.The amendment also proposes to replace St Stephen’s College Trust, which currently runs the college, with a proposed St Stephen’s Educational Society, which will have the power to establish Stephen’s-like private institutions across the country.”If the amendment is passed the Governing Body (GB) which so far takes a call on all important issues, will be reduced to a toothless body. Also with changes in the composition of the GB, the role of teachers will be marginalised,” another member said. The move to amend the constitution has also attracted the ire of the college alumni who have criticised the proposal as an attempt to make St Stephen’s a Christian ghetto.While university statutes say that the move to amend the constitution in deviation of the rules laid down in the ordinances, can result in de-recognition of the institution, Thampu has been claiming that it is the Supreme Council’s decision to make the amendments and there is no violation of procedures or law in the same. The amendment draft will be placed before the Governing Body meeting on November 30.

Chennai’s Anna University cancels exams and classes due to heavy rains

Tamil Nadu witnessed heavy rains in the past ten days and consequential flooding in several regions killed over 100 in related incidents.

College of Engineering in Anna University’s Guindy Campus, Chennai.

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Examinations and classes for students of Anna University in Chennai have been cancelled due to heavy rain, reports ANI. The university will remain shut from November 23-28.Meanwhile, schools and colleges are set to reopen in three adjoining districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur on Monday after remaining closed for nearly ten days in view of the monsoon fury.Several parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry continued to receive rains on Sunday and the Met office warned that more rains are expected in the next 24 hours as the trough of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal moved near Kanyakumari sea.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The trough of low pressure has moved westwards near Kanyakumari and coastal districts will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours”, Director of Regional Meteorological Centre here SR Ramanan said. For the city and its neighbourhood, the forecast would be cloudy while there may be moderate rainfall in one or two places, he said.Tamil Nadu witnessed heavy rains in the past ten days and consequential flooding in several regions killed over 100 in related incidents.With inputs from PTI.

Here’s how you can help Tamil Nadu’s first transgender engineering student

Grace Banu. Image credit: Milaap

The story of Grace Banu is nothing short of inspirational. Banu happens to be Tamil Nadu’s first transgender student to have bagged an engineering seat in the state’s premier college. She had filed a petition in the Madras High Court to demand that Tamil Nadu State Public Commission allow transgender persons to appear for the entrance exam.The petition was just one of Banu’s fights for transgender rights. She had to face and fight discrimination several times in her life.After she came out as a transgender in 2008, she was disowned by her family but was embraced by the transgender community. She even finished her education in Computer Sciences and secured a job in a software company Chennai in 2011. However, Banu had to quit working after she faced discrimination at her workplace.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But that did not stop her. She began afresh and pursued an engineering course. She passed the entrance exam for the college but could not take admission being a transgender applicant.She finally got admitted to a private college, Sri Krishna College in Arrokonam. She is now a third-year student of the college’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) department.Banu has overcome many a hurdles to come so far and become a beacon of hope for not just the third gender, but everyone who faces systemic discrimination.Despite having come so far, she is now facing financial hurdles and is finding it difficult to continue her education. She has spent her savings and Rs 70,000 that she borrowed from friends, says a News Minute report. But she needs money for her university exam fees and for food, travel and rent. “I do not have money to survive for the next one and a half years of my college. I would like to get a monthly stipend to cover my expenses. My family does not support me any manner. I can’t lead a life of dignity without raising some money,” she told the publication.While her friends and supporters are pitching in, Banu still needs a helping hand to complete her education. Sinthu Govindaswamy, a business consultant, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for Banu.Banu has campaigned for making the society more inclusive. Will people now rally in her hour of need?Here is how you can help Banu and make a difference in her life

Stephen’s constitution amendment: Teachers slam principal Thampu’s proposal

College principal Valson Thampu, who is retiring in February next year, has circulated a draft amendment to select college teachers in which he has proposed that the principal be empowered to take disciplinary action against students or staff irrespective of the GB’s opinion

Valson Thampu

Teachers have slammed a proposal by St Stephen’s principal Valson Thampu for amending the college’s 102-year-old constitution even as a meeting of the Governing Body (GB) during which the draft was to be tabled was postponed on Friday.College principal Valson Thampu, who is retiring in February next year, has circulated a draft amendment to select college teachers in which he has proposed that the principal be empowered to take disciplinary action against students or staff irrespective of the GB’s opinion. He has also called for giving a major say to the Church of North India (CNI) in the functioning of the college. “The draft was supposed to be placed before the GB in a meeting scheduled on November 23, but that meeting was today postponed,” a senior college official said told PTI although he did not elaborate on the reason behind the postponement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, teachers at the college claimed that the draft was prepared without consulting them and is not only going to pave the way for “dictatorial” functioning but would also make the institution inaccessible for “non-Christian” students and faculty. Thampu, however, claimed that it is the Supreme Council’s decision to amend the constitution and there is no violation of procedures or law in the same.”Whatever has been proposed is very much within the ambit of the law. I can challenge anyone to find any legal or procedural loophole in the same,” he said. Nandita Narain, mathematics professor at college, said, “This attempt by Thampu at the tail-end of his tenure is aimed at eliminating any kind of democratic set up in college. From admissions to appointments, the elected bodies will have no say in it and, on top of it, the principal will be the sole disciplinary action-taking authority.”Another teacher, speaking on condition of anonymity, claimed that “the principal has to be Christian, faculty appointments have to be in favour of Christians, activities will be conducted to promote the religion”.”If the draft is approved, the college will become practically inaccessible for non-Christian students and faculty,” the teacher added. The draft says that admission of students and appointment of faculty be handed over to the college’s Supreme Council (SC), which consists of six members of the CNI. The amendment also proposes to replace St Stephen’s College Trust, which currently runs the college, with a proposed St Stephen’s Educational Society, which will have the power to establish Stephen’s-like private institutions across India.As per the draft, the GB will have to “control the policy, development and direction of the institution and administer the finances and control the income and expenditure of the institution”. It has also been proposed that the minimum teaching experience needed for a candidate to apply for the post of principal be removed.Thampu has also sought increased powers for the principal and the Supreme Council while proposing that the number of teacher representatives in the GB be cut down by half. Earlier, 15 years’ teaching experience along with a Ph.D in the relevant subject was the criteria for selection of the college principal. But, according to the draft, an applicant needs to be a “senior teacher of repute”, an Indian national and a member of the Church of North India.If the draft constitution is approved, the principal shall also have the power to decide “which staff members shall reside in the institution’s staff quarters” and also recommend increments. Making the GB “toothless”, the draft has also proposed that power be granted to CNI to “veto, over-rule, supersede, amend, modify, and/or suspend any decision taken by the Governing Body.”

World Toilet Day: World’s first ever toilet college to be operational from March 2016

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World Toilet College, being touted as the first such effort being made internationally, will be operational from March next year, its developers announced on Thursday on the occasion of United Nations World Toilet Day.The first such college, being built with an intention to share knowledge about toilets including its modelling in scientific manners and creating awareness amongst public towards giving up open defecation in line with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, will come up in Rishikesh, they said.Informing about the initiative during a conference organised by Jagran Pehel to mark the Day, the developers – Parmarth Niketan, World Toilet Organisation (WTO), makers of Dettol and Harpic RB South Asia – said the college will be open for all those who want to learn and train others in know-how of toilets.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This college is being developed to impart knowledge relating to toilets. There are so many people working on the issue in the country. All of them need to be given a single platform. All the knowledge has to be brought together.”A toilet is being built for every 30 seconds. But how to design, build toilets, what should be its model, all these aspects need to be taught about and the same be passed on to others. We will do it through the college. We have built enough temples, now people need to be trained in constructing toilets,” Swami Chidanand Saraswati said.He further said the developers aim to target young children “as they can be easily honed”, but added admissions will be open for all “whomsoever is interested in working on the issue”.”We want people with interest in eradicating the problem of open defecation to join us. We are trying to see we do not charge fees to those who want to learn from here,” he said.The first facility at Rishikesh will have a capacity of training 1000 students to begin with, he said. The length of course to be undertaken will vary from three hours to three months, Saraswati added.The conference was also addressed by chairman of Jagran Pehel Sameer Gupta, WTO founder Jack Sim, Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati, sarpanch of Haryana’s Gomla village Radhe Shyam Gomla, RB India manager (external affairs) Ravi Bhatnagar and others.

Hyderabad: VHP, Bajran Dal activists protest after student abused for observing Ayyappa Deeksha

The college principal has reportedly refused to suspend the teacher.

A first-year student of Railway Degree College in Secunderabad was allegedly verbally abused by his PT teacher for observing Ayyappa Deeksha. Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists protested against this on Wednesday, demanding that the college suspend the teacher. A report in The New Indian Express states that protesters gathered outside the college demanding the teacher’s suspension and accused him of making objectionable comments against the student, G Pratish. The student reportedly claimed that the teacher asked him to leave the class as he had taken ‘deeksha’ and also used derogatory language. The teacher allegedly asked the student if he came to college to study or to perform puja. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pratish then filed a complaint with the Osmania University police station, says the report. V Ashok Reddy, station house officer, OU police station, has been quoted as saying, “The physical education teacher passed some objectionable remarks and asked the student to get out of the college. We have taken the complaint against the teacher and are conducting investigations. No case has been registered as of now.” The college principal has reportedly refused to suspend the teacher.

Kerala Khap Panchayat? Education Minister doesn’t want boys & girls to share seats

I have no idea if boys and girls are sitting intermingled in any college in the state,” he told media personnel.

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In remarks that have triggered a controversy, Kerala Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb said he was not in favour of boys and girls sitting next to each other in college campuses. However, he said he had nothing against students sitting in separate chairs together in the class. “I have no idea if boys and girls are sitting intermingled in any college in the state,” he told media personnel.”I have nothing against students sitting in separate chairs,” he said, adding he had not received any complaints from Farooq College where the management had suspended a student for allegedly defying its directive not to share seats with girls in the campus. Dinu K, a first year student of the college, had been suspended last month for being part of a group of boys and girls who sat next to each other on a bench in the classroom in their campus, going against the management’s diktat.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students were asked to bring their parents and tender written apologies for ‘defying disciplinary rules’. Though all the others complied, Dinu refused to do so saying he had not committed any crime, following which he was suspended. He moved the Kerala High Court which stayed his suspension. An aided college lecturer in Malappuram was dismissed from service recently for allegedly supporting through a Facebook comment the students of Farooq College who are protesting against the gender discrimination. While the lecturer, C P Muhammed Shafeeq, guest lecturer of English department of Sullamusalam Science college, Areekode, claimed he had been suspended for supporting Dinu, the college management said it was for “obscene” language used in the post. Meanwhile, various students unions, including Kerala Students Union and All India Students Federation have threatened to go on agitation if the minister does not withdraw his statement.

Four months after suicide, failed student declared class topper

Distraught after being declared failed in his favourite subject, a 17-year-old electronics engineering student had committed suicide but four months on a re-evaluation has found that he not only passed the subject but topped his class.

Distraught after being declared failed in his favourite subject, a 17-year-old electronics engineering student had committed suicide but four months on a re-evaluation has found that he not only passed the subject but topped his class.The “callous” evaluation process has left the parents of Mohammad Adnan Hilal numbed, who feel that it is not a case of suicide but “murder” as their son actually secured 48 marks in Physics and not 28 as declared earlier.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the re-evaluation, Hilal, a first semester student of electronic engineering at Government Polytechnic College in Srinagar, secured around 70% aggregate marks in the first semester of the course, making him the class topper.However, it took authorities four long months to realise Hilal’s correct score.In Jammu and Kashmir, 33 out of 100 is the minimum marks required to pass an examination.Declared failed in Physics, a subject his family and friends claim he had mastery over, Adnan committed suicide in June soon after he checked his results on Internet. He jumped into River Jhelum and his body was fished out four days later.Adnan’s father, Hilal Ahmad Gilkar says his son’s death was not a suicide but a “murder” as he was forced to take the extreme step by the callousness of some people in the system.”It is a murder and people responsible for it need to be identified and acted against as per the service rules of the government,” said Gilkar as tears rolled down his eyes.Shattered by the loss of his son, Gilkar, recalls how his son had told him that he had answered all the questions in the Physics paper with ease.”When Adnan returned in the evening on the day of his examination, he informed me that he did well in Physics paper.”He told me there was no continuation sheet at the examination center so he had to write the rest of the answers on another answer sheet. He was confident that he had done well,” Gilkar, a guest faculty at Institute of Management and Public Administration (IMPA) here, said.After the death of his son, Gilkar applied for re-evaluation of his son’s Physics answer paper and was pushed further into grief as Adnan was declared pass in the paper The Jammu and Kashmir State Board of Technical Education (JKSBOTE), while admitting it as a “mistake”, said, “Such things happen in other universities as well”.

Tamil Nadu: Six-year old’s shoulder dislocated due to corporal punishment

A first standard student at the Panchayat Union Primary school in Budalur suffered a dislocated shoulder allegedly because her teacher twisted her arm as punishment.

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A first standard student at the Panchayat Union Primary school in Budalur suffered a dislocated shoulder allegedly because her teacher twisted her arm as punishment.A report in The New Indian Express states that V Devi, daughter of Mariammal, didn’t turn up for class on Monday as she was unwell. When she went to school on Tuesday her class teacher, Babu, allegedly twisted her arm asking why she was absent. She’s said to have been the crying the whole day in unbearable pain. The girl’s mother found her crying at home and took her to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital the next day as her shoulder was swollen. The young girl was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder joint.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mariammal told the media that the teacher also hit the child on her head. The police are investigating. The daily reports that G Renganathan, district elementary educational officer has said that the assistant elementary educational officer, Budalur, has conducted an inquiry into the incident. It has now been reported to the Director of School Education. They would take action against the teacher.

Bihar polls: Muzaffarpur residents reject Smart City plan, want basic amenities instead

One of the most important districts in the state after capital of Patna, Muzaffarpur in north Bihar falls in the historic Tirhut region, and has 11 Assembly seats under it.

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It has been selected as one of the three smart cities for Bihar, but residents continue to battle with potholes, waterlogging, and overflowing drains, and feel that politicians instead of ‘selling big dreams’ to people should focus on providing basic amenities first.One of the most important districts in the state after capital of Patna, Muzaffarpur in north Bihar falls in the historic Tirhut region, and has 11 Assembly seats under it. 55 constituencies in seven crucial districts including Muzaffarpur will go to polls on Sunday in the fourth phase of the high-stake Bihar elections.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>34-year-old Anupam Singh, whose family recently opened two small biscuit-making units in the now defunct Bela Industrial Area, says, “Muzaffarpur needs basic civic amenities first before we get ambitious.”I mean, just look at the condition of roads here, the garbage dumps and overflowing drains, and of course waterlogging, one of the nagging problems of our city. They should be tackled first on a priority basis,” he said. Muzaffarpur, Bihar Sharif and Bhagalpur have been selected from Bihar for the ambitious Smart City mission of the Modi-led government, but not many people here seem to be enthused about the project.23-year-old Arun Kumar, who works in railways, and lives in a village in the Kurhani Assembly constituency, says, “he doesn’t know what a smart city is, but I know what I want for our village and the city.” “Modiji had come to Muzaffarpur for a big election rally.I listened to his speech…I have not decided whom will I vote for yet, but I want our candidates to talk of building more and better colleges and hospitals, so that we don’t have to go to Patna or Delhi for medical emergencies,” he said.For tertiary care, the city relies on Sri Krishna Memorial College and Hospital (SKMCH) and Sadar Hospital. Bihar prides it as the country s ‘litchi city’, but every year the bane of encephalitis here gives the state sleepless nights.Muzaffarpur city has LS College, founded in 1899, the oldest college in whole of north Bihar, MIT Muzaffarpur, and Government Polytechnic Institute, Zilla School and several private educational institutions.32-year-old Ram Kumar, who dropped out of L S College, says, “It was a prestigious institution in it heydays, when people from different parts of the state and outside came to study there. It has a planetarium of its own, but it is all locked up and lying defunct for decades now.”Rajendra babu, the first President taught there. Gandhiji on his visit to Champaran stayed there. But, the glory is all gone. And, the reason for our region falling backward is that both Centre and state governments have neglected north Bihar,” he said.

After Sudheendra Kulkarni, Shiv Sena blackens the face of an RTI activist

The RTI activist has been shifted to a private hospital in Latur. ‘I have been asking for police protection for over four months, but nothing has been done,’ RTI said Bhaikatti.

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Shiv Sena activists on Friday allegedly assaulted and blackened the face of a Right to information (RTI) activist from Solapur after he exposed an ‘illegal’ construction case. The victim, Mallikarjun Bhaikatti, had filed an RTI against Latur’s Rajshree Shahu College, and also held a press conference recently in this regard. This had reportedly irked Shiv Sena workers, who took Bhaikatti to the same college and beat him up in front of college students and also smeared his face with ink.The RTI activist has been shifted to a private hospital in Latur. ‘I have been asking for police protection for over four months, but nothing has been done,’ RTI said Bhaikatti. Local Shiv Sena leader Abhay Salunke said, ‘Bhaikatti was blackmailing the college in the name of RTI and has also levelled false allegations against it. Latur is famous in the country for Shahu College. He has given a bad name to Latur, and hence, we blackened his face.'<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> However, police has not arrested anyone in this case. It has put Fadnavis govt in problem and surrounded by questions again. On October 12, ahead of the launch of a book written by former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri, Shiv Sena activists attacked Sudheendra Kulkarni, former BJP leader and aide to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On October 19, Jammu and Kashmir Independent lawmaker of Engineer Rashid was attacked with ink at the Delhi Press Club after his critical comments regarding the lynching of a Kashmiri truck driver for alleged cow killing,

South African grannies: How these India-trained solar engineers are lighting entire villages

Trained in India, South Africa’s solar mamas have taken light to 12,000 houses in 161 villages

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“Men are untrainable; they’re restless competitive and demand certificates. A man who learns the craft will never teach another man,” says Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy of the Barefoot College. “Women, on the other hand, are stable learners. They grasp well, and always teach other women what they learn.”The craft Roy is speaking of is assembling solar lanterns. And, the women he speaks of are grannies from South African countries.Roy’s Barefoot College, a grassroots movement that started in 1972 in Tilonji in Rajasthan works for community development.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>His movement has been educating school drop-outs for decades. In 2005, Barefoot College started training women in to assemble solar lights.
Training Solar Mamas from Africa – Barefoot CollegeTill now, 700 women from several countries in the Middle East, Pacific, South Africa, have graduated from the college.However, Barefoot’s most successful run has been in South Africa. “Our outstation facility is in Zanzibar. And another is coming up in South Sudan. Facilities are planned in Tanzania, Bukina Faso, too,” says Meagan Fellone, CEO, Barefeet. Each of these countries have pledged $4,00,000 for upcoming facilities. Between them they have solar electrified 161 complete villages covering nearly 12,000 houses and saved close to 1 million litres of kerosene from polluting the atmosphere-their significant contribution to combating climate change.Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy Founder of Barefoot College These are women who don’t know how to read and write at the forefront of the global efforts on climate change. Our women are more trained than solar engineers that hold degrees from prestigious colleges,”On Wednesday, a group of 25 South African grannies of the current batch, along with their Indian counterparts will welcome the South African first ladies.In the facility in Tilonji, the women, who are trained for six months, learn to make. 40-watt LED wall lights fitted with a USB port and charger for mobiles and 10-watt panel lights with charger for mobiles. African Solar Mama Learning how to fabricate charge controller by sign language – Barefoot College”They also undergo a workshop, and when we send them off, they are given a starter kit that lasts them for two years,” says Fellone. Roy says that there are plans to scale up the work to bring light to the homes of over 120,000 households in 100 communities, and will train another 480 women in the coming 3 years. A TEDTALK video of Roy explaining the work of Barefoot College:

Around 14 killed, 30 injured as vehicle falls into gorge in Jammu

The heavily overcrowded matador was on its way from Ghordi to Ramnagar with mostly college students and government employees.

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At least 14 persons were killed and 30 others injured, 10 of them seriously, when a vehicle fell into a deep gorge in the Ramnagar area of the district, early morning. The heavily overcrowded matador was on its way from Ghordi to Ramnagar with mostly college students and government employees, when it fell into a deep gorge near Dalsar area of the Ramnagar Tehsil, a police officer said on Tuesday. He said that 14 people including eight males, five females and one child died on the spot, whereas 30 others received injuries out of which the condition of 10 was reported to be serious. “Rescue work is still going on and it is taking time as the accident has taken place in a remote area where there is lack of transportation”, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The district administration fears that the number of casualties might increase. “14 deaths have been reported so far, but we fear more as some persons are still trapped and rescue operation is still going on”, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Udhampur said. Meanwhile, the injured are being shifted to district hospital Udhampur from where the seriously injured have been referred to the Government Medical College (GMC) and Hospital Jammu.

46 passengers injured in separate road mishaps in J&K

As many as 46 passengers were injured in separate road accidents in Udhampur, Jammu and Reasi districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

As many as 46 passengers were injured in separate road accidents in Udhampur, Jammu and Reasi districts of Jammu and Kashmir.33 persons were injured, with some of them serious, when a passenger bus collided with a truck on a national highway at Bali Nallah in Udhampur district yesterday, police said here today.The bus was on its way from Doda to Jammu when it collided with the truck, they said, adding police personnel were rushed to the spot and the injured were shifted to district hospital at Udhampur.Meanwhile, in another accident, 8 persons were injured when their mini bus skidded-off the road and turned turtle in Barnai area of Jammu yesterday, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mini bus was on its way to Mishriwala from Jammu when the incident took place, they said, adding the injured were shifted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital for treatment.In Reasi district, five persons were injured in two separate road accidents at Barakh and Nomain area of the district, they said.The injured passengers have been shifted to hospital, police said.Police has registered cases and initiated investigations, they said.

Kerala: 56 passengers injured after two KSRTC buses collide

An Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Express bus hit an oncoming Chalakkudy-Thiruvananthapuram bus.

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Two KSRTC buses travelling on the MC road collided at Vettinad near Vattappara. A report in The New Indian Express states that 56 passengers were injured as a result, with six people injured seriously. The injured have been admitted to the Medical College Hospital and the Vattappara police have registered a case.The accident occurred at 12 30 pm when the driver of the Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Express bus lost control and hit the brakes. Unfortunately, the bus swerved into the opposite lane and hit an oncoming Chalakkudy-Thiruvananthapuram bus. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some of the passengers have been taken to private hospitals as well. Many of them were treated at Medical College Hospital.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar hosts Arun Jaitley in Baramati

Arun Jaitley, who will be attending a series of functions at Baramati and Pune on Saturday, is spending tonight at Pawar’s Govind Baug residence near Baramati.
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Eight months after he invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his home turf, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has fuelled speculations in political circles by hosting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at Baramati in Western Maharashtra.Jaitley, who will be attending a series of functions at Baramati and Pune on Saturday, is spending Friday night at Pawar’s Govind Baug residence near Baramati.Jaitley will inaugurate the new building of the College of Agriculture and Allied science and also attend the renaming ceremony of the Vidya Pratishthan College of Engineering as Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute of Engineering and Technology, at Baramati.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The development is seen in the context of the soured ties between the BJP and its ally in government, Shiv Sena and against the backdrop of Pawar’s party offering an unconditional outside support to the BJP last year after the latter emerged as the single largest party to stake claim to form government after Assembly elections.In February, Modi had shared the stage with Pawar in Baramati leading to speculation on the prospect of the BJP and the NCP narrowing down their differences and coming together after a bitter election campaign last year, where both sides minced no words while attacking each other.While Modi had attacked Pawar during Maharashtra elections last year and called the NCP the “Naturally Corrupt Party,” the February visit sparked off a new bonhomie where the PM sang a different tune.Calling Pawar an experienced leader, the PM had said, “I speak to Sharad Pawar more than two times a month. Sharad Pawar has always thought of farmers’ plight”.Taking a dig at the media, Modi had said, “It’s a good day for the media. They will pull out old tapes of what Modi had said earlier and what Pawar had said earlier. We have different beliefs but the national interest is priority”.

Chennai: City sees four suicides in 24 hours

Two men hung themselves, while a widow set herself on fire.

A teenage nursing student committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of her hostel in Chennai on Tuesday. The victim identified as Pavithra (17) died at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital after she was admitted there. The police suspect that she leapt to her death because of a failed relationship as they found many romantic poems written by the girl, according to The New Indian Express. The report adds that three more suicides also occurred the same day. A 54-year-old man hung himself in the city on Tuesday late night because he had debts to pay back to chit funds and didn’t have money. Someone he had invested money with had also reportedly cheated him. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a separate incident, a 65-year-old man also hung himself, while a widow herself on fire. When the widow’s brother tried to save her, he also suffered severe burns. They were both admitted Kilpauk Medical College Hospital where they died due to severe burns.

7-year-old in Kashmir recuperates from scars of violence

The doctors are clueless about how much time it will take for seven-year old Amir Ahangar to recover.

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Convalescent stage will not be easy for seven-year old Amir Ahangar to pass whose swollen face remains dotted with burn injuries. Unable to speak, he has been lying on a city hospital bed with eyes shut for two days now, waiting for the pain to subside.It was on Sunday that he was hit by a flash-bang grenade as soon as he stepped outside his home to buy milk. The ‘non-lethal’ shell was meant to quell protests that had rocked his locality in Old city area of Srinagar. The young lad was caught unaware and he dropped to the ground with his milk utensil and bag lying next to him. Amir was soon rushed to the hospital where he is currently admitted in the emergency surgical ward. The doctors are clueless about how much time it will take him to recover.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Helpless family prays for recovery “For us, protests, demonstrations and police brutalities are a part of everyday lives. But, our younger generation is facing a bigger threat,” a relative of Amir says.Amir’s mother, who seems visibly shocked, confides that it would be hard to put in words what she is going through. “He is my life. I can’t just believe what he is going through,” she says as she stares continuously at her son’s face.The family lives in a rented apartment in Malaratta area of Old City close to Nowhatta vicinity, which is a hub of ant-state protests. However, the locals claim that a majority of protesters come from other localities for stone-pelting in the area. “We have no time for protests and demonstrations. We live hand to mouth,” Bilal Ahmed, Amir’s father pleads.The protests where Amir suffered serious injuries were called against beef-ban and subsequent attack on Kashmir bound truck in Udhampur. Amir’s father, who is an auto-driver, had gone to work. His mother and two sisters were waiting back home for milk. Irrespective of the protests, Amir went ahead and faced the brunt.“He studies in third standard at Islamia School, and these days he was preparing for final exams. But now he met this misfortune which will hamper his studies,” his sister, a student of 8th class, says.Is disproportionate use of force justified?Despite drawing flak from all quarters, the state police have failed to quell the protests in the valley without using disproportionate use of force in which many youth have been killed and hundreds have got injured. Although police claims that only highly trained policemen are on duty to quell the protests, dozens of youth, mostly teenagers, are injured every week due to incidents of stone-pelting and especially due to police’s counter measures which include firing of pellets, tear gas canisters, and flash-bang grenadesA survey by a team of doctors in a Government Medical College in Srinagar in the year 2010 showed that at least 60 civilians lost their eye sight due to the use of pellets, slingshots and tear gas canisters.While his family prays for Amir’s recovery, Old city and its people especially youth seem far too away from the path of recuperation from the scars of violence.

Punjab: Muslim man at cow-shelter sets himself ablaze alleging harassment

Gaushala manager Hind Raj Singla denied the charges.

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A 40-year-old man set himself ablaze inside a cow-shelter here alleging that he was being harassed by some staffers who did not want him to sell cow-fodder there due to his religion, police said on Tuesday. The victim, Eid Mohammad, suffered 60% burns and was admitted to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College at Faridkot where his condition was stated to be critical, police said, adding one person has been arrested in this connection. Mohammad set himself afire yesterday after a heated argument with the employees of Bal Gopal Gaushala who objected to his selling cow fodder there, police said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his statement to the judicial magistrate at the Bathinda civil hospital, Mohammad said that he was being harassed by some cow-shelter employees “who didn’t want him to supply fodder to cows due to his religious affiliation”. Based on his statement, police have booked Monu, 32, a cow-shelter employee, under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. Investigation officer (IO) Karam Singh said the victim has alleged that he was being harassed by the accused for selling fodder.Mohammad stated he used to sell fodder inside the shed, claimed the IO. About a month ago, he was asked to shift his shop, police said. His wife and brother-in-law had a heated argument with Monu on Monday. The victim claimed he used to pay commission to Gaushala for permission to sell fodder. Gaushala manager Hind Raj Singla denied the charges. The incident comes close on the heels of the Dadri lynching incident. 50-year-old Iqlakh was beaten to death and his son seriously injured when a mob attacked them following rumours that the family had eaten beef.

dna Must Reads for the evening: Make in India, Lalu Prasad, China, Navratri and Iran

Here are some of the must read stories on dnaindia.com for the evening.

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Here are some of the must read stories on dnaindia.com for the evening.1) Ruia College, Podar College and Welingkar to adopt Matunga station: As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, three city-based educational institutions have decided to adopt suburban Matunga railway station in Mumbai in a bid to covert it into a ‘world class station with the most modern facilities’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Lalu Prasad escapes unhurt as portion of dais caves in: RJD President Lalu Prasad escaped unhurt when a portion of the dais at his election meeting caved in due to overloading in Madhuvan Maidan in Bihar’s Arwal district on Tuesday. 3) China operationalises biggest dam on Brahmaputra in Tibet: China on Tuesday operationalised the $1.5 billion Zam Hydropower Station, the largest in Tibet, built on the Brahmaputra river, which has raised concerns in India over the likelihood of disrupting water supplies.4) Fasting this Navratri? Here are 10 delicious dishes you can still eat!: Come Navratri, there is a lot of dancing and singing but also fasting. Even if you are fasting, there are a lot of yummy dishes you can have over the nine days. So ditch the onion and the garlic and make these delicious dishes at home for you and your loved ones.5) Iranian parliament passes bill approving nuclear deal: The bill stipulates that inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, need approval from a top Iranian security body before visiting military sites, leaving the possibility that disagreements could still arise.

‘Beef festival’ celebrated in college; disciplinary action against 10 students

The Principal had denied permission to SFI to conduct the beef festival as he apprehended that such an action might lead to clashes with rival student organisations like ABVP, college authorities said.
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Authorities a prestigious college of Kerala on Wednesday decided to initiate disciplinary action against 10 students for conducting a beef festival inside the campus to protest against the lynching of a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri over rumours of eating beef.Authorities of CMS College, Kottayam, said action has been initiated against the students, all activists of Students Federation of India (SFI), the students wing of CPI(M), for going ahead with the beef festival in the campus, “violating” college discipline.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Principal had denied permission to SFI to conduct the beef festival as he apprehended that such an action might lead to clashes with rival student organisations like ABVP, college authorities said. They alleged that SFI activists pushed the Principal as he tried to stop them from distributing beef curry at 1 PM. The curry brought to the campus to be distributed to students splashed all over the Principal in the melee, they said.Ten students have been identified in connection with the incident and they will face disciplinary action including suspension, College authorities said.Former President of India K R Narayanan is the alumni of Kerala’s one of the college founded in 1817 by the Church Missionary Society of England. SFI said the beef festival was organised in the college campus to protest against the lynching of a man in Dadri over rumours of eating beef and to express solidarity with a similar attempt in Sree Kerala Varma College in Thrissur.Six students of Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, allegedly involved in violence following a ‘beef festival’ conducted in the college campus were suspended on Monday. All of them are activists of SFI.The College management has initiated against a woman lecturer who had supported the students who conducted the ‘beef festival’ in the campus of its college in Thrissur. Deepa Nisanth, a faculty of the college, who supported the students’ action on social media said, she stick to the Facebook post supporting the beef festival.

Kerala: Two students at sports school consume poison; a girl hangs herself in Sports Council hostel

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Two sports school students in Thiruvananthapuram have been admitted to hospital after they were found to have consumed rat poison. They were students of GV Raja Sports School.A report in Malayala Manorama states that they are now in the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and out of danger. School authorities found the two students unconscious in the hostel on Tuesday night and rushed them to the hospital. The police have begun an investigation into the incident.Meanwhile, a report in The New Indian Express states that Rasna Mol KS, 17, a class 12 student of Commerce at SKMJ School, Kalpetta, was found hanging in the Sports Council hostel. Rasna Mol had been undergoing training in long jump under the State Sports Council. She is said to have been depressed when the authorities questioned her about a smartphone she owned. Some money had reportedly been stolen in the hostel and she was questioned because she had a new phone. The parents have stated that they do not think there was any foul play in her death.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four students in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Alappuzha had eaten poisonous fruit earlier this year. Three of them recovered but a 15-year-old girl died.

Sheena Bora murder case: Indrani Mukherjea conscious, may return to jail in couple of days

48-year-old Mukherjea was on Friday rushed to JJ hospital from Byculla jail in an unconscious condition after she allegedly took an overdose of anti-depressant pills.

Indrani Mukherjea, prime accused in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, is conscious and may be shifted back to jail in couple of days.Mukherjea regained consciousness yesterday and was “out of danger” as she responded to the treatment.”Indrani continues to be in a state of consciousness from yesterday. Most probably we may start giving her oral strips for further round of treatment,” Dr T P Lahane, Dean of state run J J Hospital said.48-year-old Mukherjea was on Friday rushed to JJ hospital from Byculla jail in an unconscious condition after she allegedly took an overdose of anti-depressant pills.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To a query whether police may quiz Indrani, Lahane said till now doctors treating her have not permitted her questioning.Hospital sources, however, said that if Indrani is in a state to speak, police may be allowed to question her later in the day.She may also be shifted back to jail by tomorrow or Wednesday evening, sources added.Lahane on Saturday had said a report on Indrani’s urine samples from Hinduja Hospital laboratory confirmed that level of benzodiazepine — an anti depressant — was found raised.Indrani’s lawyer had moved a local court on Saturday seeking permission to meet her in the hospital and the court sought a report on her health condition.Wife of media baron Peter Mukerjea, Indrani was arrested by Khar Police on August 25 for her alleged role in the murder of Sheena, 24, her daughter from an earlier marriage, in 2012.Sheena was allegedly kidnapped from outside National College in Bandra and strangled to death in a car by Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai.

Chennai: After dress code, students now allege physical torture by Sri Sairam Engineering College officials

The video is titled “Confessions on Balu’s Human Rights Violations” and students from the 2003-07 batch from Sri Sairam Engineering College are featured in the video.

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After the dress code fiasco, students of Sri Sairam Engineering College now allege torture by college officials. A video where students allege torture by the college officials for questioning college rules has become a hot topic on social media.Over the past few weeks there has been a controversy over dress codes in colleges in Chennai. This controversy started with an alleged circular by Sri Sairam Engineering College which didn’t allow female students to wear leggings, high heels, short kurtas, patialas, large watches or leave their hair loose among other stipulations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A report in The New Indian Express states that alumni of Sri Sairam Engineering College uploaded a video YouTube on Saturday where they allege that college officials beat them when they questioned the college rules. They even state that there are ‘dark rooms’ for this purpose on campus.The video is titled “Confessions on Balu’s Human Rights Violations” and students from the 2003-07 batch from Sri Sairam Engineering College are featured in the video. They talk about being physical beaten with ‘lathis’ in ‘dark rooms’ by the hostel supervisor Balu. The former student who uploaded the video, Zaufer Sadiq, told Express that four feet long batons were used to beat students and seniors call this ‘black room treatment’. One of the students on the video speaks about the psychological impact of having been beaten while another says he had suicidal thoughts adds the report. Watch the video:Students from the college protested against the new rules and regulations recently. These included ban on talking to members of the opposite sex, dress codes and fines. Anna University subsequently appointed a committee to look into the students complaints. Also read: Chennai engineering college students protest fines imposed on female students wearing jeans, leggings

Stephen’s molestation row worse than Dadri lynching: Thampu

New Delhi: St Stephen’s college’s principal Valson Thampu on Sunday said that the molestation row of a research scholar, which rocked the college for over three months, was “worse” than the Dadri lynching case.

Thampu also said that the girl has now been forgotten as “useless rags” and dumped in the pits as an “abused specimen of humanity”.

Maintaining that now the “sheep-skins have fallen off” and the “wolves have emerged in their true colours”, Thampu urged the girl to meet him so that he could help her out in completing her PhD.

St Stephen's College principal Valson Thampu. IBNLive

St Stephen’s College principal Valson Thampu. IBNLive

“How is this episode, may I make bold to ask, any better than the lynching of Mohammad Aklaq? If anything, it is worse, much worse. The lynching was done by a frenzied mob of some 200 misguided, perhaps illiterate, nit-wits- victims of false propaganda and communal incitement.

“The smart guys who ‘lynched’ this vulnerable, unsuspecting girl, in a state of desperation was by highly-educated vandals,” he said in a Facebook post.

Thampu, who was accused of shielding the accused professor in the case, had been maintaining that the girl was being “mentored” by a few persons who had vested interests, which were used against him.

Reiterating the same, he further said, “For days, she was coached and tutored. She was serenaded from channel to channel. Suggestively masked and subtly revealed.

“She filled the media space and was made to serve as the peg on which the masks of some people’s fleeting moral indignation could hang,” he said.

“Now she is forgotten! I knew it was going to happen. But I did not know it would happen so soon,” Thampu said.

“She has been put aside and forgotten like useless rags. She is no longer of any use to her erstwhile handlers. They have become wiser and come to the conclusion that it is better for them to “sit it out” for the rest of my tenure. The “Bramhastra” has failed,” he said.

“She has now been dumped in the pits as an abused specimen of humanity, we must stand by her and enable her to pick up the broken threads of her violated aspirations,” he added.

The girl had approached police in July, alleging that she was molested by Satish Kumar, an assistant professor in the college’s Chemistry Department.

She had also accused college principal, Valson Thampu of “shielding” the teacher when the matter was reported to him.

The girl had also made a set of recordings public, which she claimed to have made during her meetings with the principal over the issue. Later, she withdrew her complaint from the college’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) claiming that she had lost faith in its proceedings.

“I invite her affectionately and prayerfully to meet me, if there is a particle of faith and trust left in her after the atrocity she has suffered at the hands of her handlers (and one of them a teacher!),” Thampur said.

“All is not lost. We have a sense of responsibility. We shall not run away from it, in spite of the thunder and the predators, who roam around wearing messianic masks,” he said.

Thampu was also summoned by the National Commission for Women (NCW) and Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in connection with the case.

The ICC, probing the matter, is yet to come up with its report which has also been sought by the UGC and HRD ministry.

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Few takers for Hindi in Delhi University, teachers urge to make it compulsory

The petition, which has been floated by Ravi Sharma, an assistant professor of the language at Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), has been signed by over 100 teachers and has also been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office as well as to President Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Visitor of the university.

Concerned about the dwindling number of students opting for Hindi in Delhi University, a section of teachers have petitioned the HRD ministry to make the language compulsory again.The petition, which has been floated by Ravi Sharma, an assistant professor of the language at Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), has been signed by over 100 teachers and has also been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office as well as to President Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Visitor of the university. While studying the subject was compulsory in DU colleges in form of either a credit course or a qualifying course, the students have an option of not pursuing it after the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) was rolled out this session.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBCS implementation has offered students a choice between Modern Indian Languages (MIL), which include Hindi and English, as part of the Ability Enhancement Course (AEC). According to the UGC structure, AEC now has two subjects Environmental Science and MIL/English. “It is not surprising that not a single first-year student has enrolled for Hindi classes at SRCC. The earlier system had Hindi as a compulsory subject.”Students of BA (Prog) studied Hindi for three years, while those enrolled in honours programmes in Commerce and Humanities studied the language for at least one year,” Sharma said. A few takers for the subject has also led to less work and reduced requirement of Hindi teachers. “On one hand government observes Hindi week and on the other hand such is the condition in even prestigious colleges of the country. Hindi, which is our national language, will extinguish this way because soon absolutely no one will be opting for it,” Pragya, a Hindi professor at Kirori Mal College said.Another teacher at the college and an Academic Council (AC) member Lata said, “Students have always shown little interest in Hindi. But, the situation has gone worse since choice is now in the hands of students. This has resulted in many colleges saying goodbye to their Hindi teachers.” The workload cut has left ad hoc teachers worried as they feel there is a threat to their jobs.”Many of us are worried. Due to very few takers, the workload has greatly reduced. What kind of nationalist government is this, which screams about promoting indigenous languages, but then treats Hindi this way?,” said an ad-hoc teacher from an off-campus college.

Agra: 90 children taken ill after consuming milk under mid-day meal

Some political leaders reached the school to console parents (Representational Image)

At least 90 children were taken ill today allegedly after consuming milk under mid-day meal programme at a primary school of Kheragarh town here, police said. Condition of 15 school children of Untgir village is serious, they said.All of them were rushed to the nearby public health centre(PHC), some to Agra district hospital and the critical ones to the emergency ward of the SN Medical College, police said. PHC’s doctor incharge Dr Sanjay Solanki said there was something wrong with the milk and therefore the children became victims of food poisoning. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>District magistrate Pankaj Kumar has ordered Khairagarh SDM to hold an inquiry. Senior officials including the SSP Parminder Singh, Basic Shiksha Adhikari and some political leaders reached the school to console parents. The person who supplied the milk is absconding, they said.Milk samples have been sent to the laboratory for detailed analysis, they added. While villagers accused the Gram Pradhan Holi Ram of supplying spurious milk for the mid-day meal and playing with the lives of the children, Ram said he took utmost care.

Telagana govt draws flak after midnight raid on Osmania students

Osmania University, once the hotbed of Telangana agitation, turned into a battle zone again with the police launching a midnight swoop on the campus on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

The raid happened hours before the ‘Chalo Assembly’ call given by Telangana Democratic Forum (TDF), an umbrella body of 375 people’s organisations.

The police descended on the campus around 11 pm and began knocking the doors of hostels. It focussed specifically on Maneru hostel, where the students allegedly discussed and drew up plans for the Chalo Assembly rally. The police conducted raids simultaneously the hostels of Nizam College too. The president of the Student’s Federation of India’s Osmania University unit Murthy and secretary Musafir were arrested at the Arts College.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The call for the march to the Assembly followed the killing of young CPI-Maoist activists Sruthi and Vidyasagar near Tadwai mandal of Warangal district by the police on 16 September. The TDF alleged that the police had killed them in fake encounters after torturing them.

The rally was supposed to have commenced at Sundarayya Vignana Kendra and move towards the assembly, which is currently in session. However, the police forces thwarted it by taking hundreds of people into preventive custody. In all, the TDF leaders and Left parties claimed, over 6,500 people were arrested by the police across the state.

Professor G Haragopal, renowned rights activist and president of People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), told Firstpost that the students, who were the backbone of the separate statehood movement, had lost faith in the Telangana government. “The government has failed to create jobs for the youth and meet their aspiration. They feel let down,” he said.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had irked the students earlier by his decision to construct houses for weaker sections on land on university campuses. He remained adamant despite protests. Besides, political science professor in Osmania University M Kodandaram, who was the chairman of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) during the agitation, has distanced himself from the TRS. KCR’s party, thus, has been losing support in Osmania University for sometime now.

The Tuesday night’s swoop by the police on the campus has only widened the rift between the students and the government.

Revolutionary writer Varavara Rao, who was the first to condemn the midnight swoop on the campus, was arrested on Wednesday. Civil Liberties Committee joint secretary Raghunath said that it was an attack on freedom of expression. Describing the preventive arrest of people, who are descending on Hyderabad for participating in the Chalo Assembly, as undemocratic, he said that the police behaved in a highhanded manner with students.

Coimbatore: Girl commits suicide after being humiliated by college lecturer

Kala Vani, 19, was apparently humiliated in the class room in front of her classmates.

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A second year B. Com student in a private college in Coimbatore committed suicide allegedly after her college lecturer humiliated her. Kala Vani, 19, was reportedly humiliated in the classroom in front of her classmates. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that she had left behind a suicide note in which she alleged that her college lecturer asked her to make a presentation without giving her time to prepare though she requested for it. When Kala Vani didn’t do the presentation well on Monday, her lecturer apparently humiliated and insulted her. Her classmates are said to have laughed at her. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report states that Kala Vani drank pesticide and was found unconscious on Monday night. Her mother took her to private hospital first but she was transferred to Coimbatore Medical College and hospital as her condition was critical. She died on Tuesday morning. The report adds that Kala Vani had also asked the police to take action against the lecturer in her note. The police have now booked the lecturer under abetment of suicide.

Bomb explosion in a school in Burdwan critically injures two children

Burdwan: Three school children were injured, two of them critically, in a bomb explosion at a village school in West Bengal’s Burdwan district on Friday.

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Representational image. Reuters

Police said several children had climbed the roof of Dahuka Girish Primary School at Khandaghosh, which was closed on account of Eid-ul-Azha, to help their parents dry paddy.

A child found a bag full of bombs stored at a corner of the roof. Mistaking the round bombs for balls, he threw one on the field near the school, where some more children were playing, the police said.

The bomb exploded with a loud sound and injured the three, including two siblings – a brother and a sister aged four years and five years respectively. Another injured was a teenaged girl of class seven.

The three were rushed to a medical facility at Khandaghosh from where the siblings were referred to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital as they were critically injured.

Later, the police found two more live bombs from the school roof.

Investigations are on, the police added.

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Doctors, students of Mumbai’s KEM Hospital protest over assault of colleagues

Resident doctors and students of Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial Hospital and the Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College staged a protest here after three of their colleagues were allegedly assaulted by angry kin of a patient who had died of dengue fever early on Friday.

Resident doctors and students of Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial Hospital and the Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College staged a protest here after three of their colleagues were allegedly assaulted by angry kin of a patient who had died of dengue fever early on Friday.The injured doctors were admitted to the hospital?s ICU (intensive care unit) with serious, said the protesting doctors.Dr Akshay, a super specialty resident doctor with the cardiology department, said, “Around 3.30 a.m., a dengue positive child was admitted at the paediatric ward. We informed his relatives that the patient was serious. And, as soon as it was declared that their patient had died, the victim’s relatives expressed their anger and hit one of our residents. Three doctors were badly injured and shifted to the ICU with serious head and other injuries.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He recalled that a similar incident had happened a month back during a 15-20 day strike, and the health minister had promised that security would be upgraded on the campus and in the hospital, but no action has been taken for the past 40 days.He said, “The dean and the principal had also assured that necessary action would be taken, and if no action was taken, we would extend our protest.”

Tamil magazine Kumudam Reporter’s cover story on leggings stirs controversy on social media

The cover shows the backs of three women and the headline reads, “Are leggings obscene? Young women cross the line.”

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A controversy erupted on social media recently when an alleged list of no-nos for girls in Sri Sai Ram Engineering College was circulated on the Internet. The college refuted the allegation calling the circular fake. The list included leggings.Now, a popular Tamil magazine, Kumudam Reporter, has done a cover story on leggings. The cover shows the backs of three women with the headline reading, “Are leggings obscene? Young women cross the line.” In no time, social media tweeted its outrage regarding the magazine and this story.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Many wondered whether the hapless women, whose pictures were used on the front page and in the story, were even aware of being included in the article.The article in the magazine stated that some women wore leggings in a manner that was obscene (e.g. too tight or did not cover them well). As a result, the article adds that it makes some men gawk, ogle and stare.The magazine used photos of women wearing long kurtas with their leggings on its cover and along with the article. All the photos seem to have been taken when their kurtas were lifted in the air thanks to the wind. Many people on social media have taken the magazine to task for this story.

Delhi Police arrests DU admission racket kingpin

The police are now looking for Kaku’s neighbour-cum-associate Himanshu Gupta (30), who was once arrested in connection with another DU admission scam in 2011.
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Delhi Police have arrested the alleged kingpin of a racket, which used to help students secure admission in leading Delhi University colleges using fake documents.The racket was busted on July 30 with the arrest of four persons. The police is now looking for the kingpin’s main associate, who was involved in a similar scam around four years ago. A team of Crime Branch officials arrested Inderjeet Singh alias Kaku (35) yesterday from Haridwar, where he was living at his maternal uncle’s house. Singh had fled from Delhi on July 29 after four of his associates were arrested by the police, said a senior police official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The accused were found to be involved in around 25 fake documents-based admissions in leading DU colleges that include Hindu College, Kirori Mal College, Aurobindo College (evening), Dayal Singh College (morning and evening), Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Kamla Nehru College and Ram Lal Anand college.As many as 10 admissions were secured in Shaheed Bhagat Singh college alone, said a senior official. The police are now looking for Kaku’s neighbour-cum-associate Himanshu Gupta (30), who was once arrested in connection with another DU admission scam in 2011.”Kaku claimed to be the secretary of the youth wing of a national political party and it has also emerged that he was planning to contest in the upcoming 2017 municipal election in Delhi,” an official privy to the investigation told PTI.Kaku told the police that he and Gupta fled together on July 29 and lived at several places– mostly at friends’ and relatives’ houses in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. But Gupta separated and went his own way around 12 days ago. Kaku has so far claimed to have no idea about Gupta’s whereabouts, said the official.Kaku is a resident of south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area and he was in the business of liaisons. He graduated from Aurobindo College (evening) and had been involved in racket for almost the past eight years. Kaku landed in the police dragnet through technical surveillance, after he called up an associate who was under the police scanner, the official said.Kaku and his associates charged between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 8 lakh for admission to DU North Campus colleges and around Rs 4 lakh for admission to colleges under DU South Campus, said the official, adding that the Kaku-Himanshu Gupta duo is suspected to be involved in more than 100 fake admissions.However, Kaku has so far not disclosed the names of any office clerk in any of the leading colleges where he had allegedly secured admissions based on fake documents, said the official.On July 30, Delhi Police claimed to have busted a racket which helped students get admission in Delhi University colleges using forged documents and papers, with the arrest of four persons – identified as Sunil Panwar aka Guruji, Mohammad Zubeir, Praveen Jha and Ranchit Khurana. They allegedly provided their clients with fake marksheets, migration certificates, degrees, character certificates and other such papers.During interrogation, they said the gang’s sub-leaders Sunil Panwar and Zubeir, a final year student of Aurobindo College, used to scout for candidates who could not get admissions in DU. Ranchit was involved in procuring fake documents for such candidates from Praveen Jha, the officer said.Large number of blank and complete degrees, mark sheets, caste certificates and other documents were seized from Praveen’s house in West Vinod Nagar. Computer, printers and stamps of different schools and education boards were also recovered from there, he said.The gang also created fake websites of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar boards as they mainly prepared documents of UP and Bihar boards as most of their candidates belonged to that area, police said.Documents of students who are suspected to have secured admission on the basis of forged documents are being obtained from the concerned colleges and will be examined, police said.

Delhi government sends draft report of chargesheet against ACB chief to CVC

According to sources, chief secretary KK Sharma has sent a draft report of the charge sheet, prepared by the vigilance department of the Delhi government to the CVC.

Hardening its stand against Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung-appointed anti corruption branch chief Mukesh Meena, the Delhi Government has sent a draft report of the charge sheet against him to Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for a probe on his curtain purchase scam. According to sources, chief secretary KK Sharma has sent a draft report of the charge sheet, prepared by the vigilance department of the Delhi government to the CVC. A retired inspector with the Police Training College (PTC), Jharonda Kalan, Jawahar Lal had accused Meena of siphoning off Rs 20 lakh in purchasing curtains and rods as Principal of the college between May 11 and July 25, 2005.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> During its investigation, the vigilance department found that forged bills of Rs 23 lakh were made to purchase curtains during Meena’s tenure in the college, sources said. Lal had alleged that Meena had procured curtains and rods worth Rs 20 lakh without the required sanctions. Last week, a non-bailable warrant was issued against the ACB chief by commission of inquiry appointed by AAP government investigating multi-crore CNG fitness scam and a 30 per cent cut in his salary ordered for not responding to its summons and providing details of the case. The Delhi High Court stayed the non-bailable warrant against Meena till September 23.

Delhi govt sends chargesheet against ACB chief MK Meena to CVC

New Delhi: Delhi Government has sent a draft report of the chargesheet against its Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief Mukesh Kumar Meena to Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to probe his role in the alleged curtain purchase scam.

MK Meena. IBNLive

MK Meena. IBNLive

Sources said that Chief Secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma has sent a draft report of the chargesheet, prepared by the government’s Vigilance Department, to the CVC.

In June this year, a retired inspector of Police Training College (PTC), Jharonda Kalan, Jawahar Lal had accused Meena of embezzling Rs 20 lakh in purchase of curtains and curtain rods as Principal of the college during the period from 11 May to 25 July, 2005.

“After the complaint, Chief Minister Kejriwal asked the vigilance department to probe the matter. During its investigation, the department found that forged bills to the tune of Rs 23 lakh were made to purchase curtain during Meena’s tenure as Principal of Police Training College,” sources said.

They claimed that Central Vigilance Commission can look into merits of case.

Meena was not available for comment despite phone calls and text messages.

Lal, in his complaint, had also alleged that Meena committed gross misconduct and conspiracy with some private firms to procure curtains and curtain rods worth Rs 20 lakh (approx) beyond his competence, without obtaining administrative approval and expenditure sanction of competent authority.

Last week, a non-bailable warrant was issued against the ACB chief by Commission of Inquiry appointed by AAP government to probe multi-crore CNG fitness scam and a 30 percent cut in his salary ordered for not responding to summons to appear before it and furnish details of the case.

Earlier today, the Delhi High Court stayed till 23 September the non-bailable warrant on the Centre’s plea seeking its quashing.

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Hyderabad: Principal at Osmania University assaulted by students

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Professor Narsing Rao, Principal of Osmania University’s Science College, was allegedly threatened and assaulted by students on Friday. Deccan Chronicle reports that around 30 students went to his chamber and demanded that hostel rooms be allocated to them. When Professor Rao told them they weren’t eligible for hostel rooms, the students took to threats and violence, injuring the professor.A police case has been registered and eight students were arrested, the report said. This is reportedly not the first time that Professor Rao has been attacked by students.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The assault on Professor Rao is not new at Osmania University. Many professors over the years have been attacked by students. The university has more than 20,000 students who are said to be living illegally in the hostels. Principals have often face threats and are assaulted by students over allocation of hostels and payment of fees for the hostel and the mess.

Jeans, leggings and tees banned in Madurai Medical College

One of the reasons why she stated that girls shouldn’t keep loose hair and flowers is so that patients at the Government Rajaji Hospital don’t get any infection when the students go there.
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When freshers set foot onto the Madurai Medical College campus they will have to follow a new dress code. The Dean of Madurai Medical College has put forward a new dress code for all students.According to the Dean S Revwathy, jeans, tees and leggings can’t be worn by girls to college. They can’t leave their hair loose and neither can wear the famous Madurai jasmine on their hair. She has also instructed all male students to wear formal full sleeve shirts, trousers and shoes.One of the reasons why she stated that girls shouldn’t keep loose hair and flowers is so that patients at the Government Rajaji Hospital don’t get any infection when the students go there.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madurai Medical College has had numerous ragging incidents in the past. But the Dean has assured freshers that no ragging takes place and that they have an anti-ragging committee to help students.

Daughter, not sister: Murder accused Indrani Mukerjea says she’s Sheena Bora’s mother

Update: According to Times Now, Indrani Mukerjea has confessed to police that Sheena Bora was her daughter. The channel also spoke to Mikhail Bora, Sheena’s brother who confirmed the fact that Indrani was their mother. The duo was brought up by their maternal grandparents. 

In a plot that seems straight out of a Sidney Sheldon novel, it has now been suggested that Sheena Bora, who was allegedly murdered by Indrani Mukerjea may have been her daughter. (Read more about the case here)

Indrani (43) was arrested yesterday from her home in Mumbai, after her driver confessed that he had killed Sheena following his employer’s orders. Indrani is married to Peter Mukerjea, former STAR India CEO and considered one of India’s most influential television executives.

Indrani Mukerjea (left) and Sheena Bora (right)Indrani Mukerjea (left) and Sheena Bora (right)

Indrani Mukerjea (left) and Sheena Bora (right)

Sheena studied in St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, and according to her LinkedIn profile, was employed with Reliance ADAG when she disappeared in 2012. She was 24-years-old at the time.

According to The Telegraph, Indrani’s relatives confirmed to the paper that Sheena was actually her daughter. The accused also has a son from a “relationship with a person who divided his time between Calcutta and Tripura”. Later, Indrani was married to a man who had businesses in Kolkata and Jamshedpur.

The Telegraph reports: “Sheena and her brother, who works in an airline now, were brought up by their maternal grandparents in Guwahati. The children eventually moved to Mumbai and Sheena did her graduation from St. Xavier’s College there. After Indrani married Peter, who made a name for himself at the helm of STAR India and during whose tenure the blockbuster Kaun Banega Crorepati was launched, Sheena moved in with the family. The family friend said Sheena, who was known as Indrani’s sister, became close to Peter’s son from an earlier marriage. It is not clear whether the alleged relationship played any role in Sheena’s death.”

However, in another report, Tehelka suggests that it may not have been Bora getting involved with her stepson which may have enraged Indrani enough to have Sheena killed.

It may have got to do with something bigger than that – and what’s bigger motive for murder than money? According to Tehelka, the Mukerjeas had siphoned a lot of money from INX media, a company they later stepped down from. To avoid suspicion, a lot of this money had been transferred to their relatives’ accounts. One of those accounts may have belonged to Sheena Bora, who later refused to return the money.

Tehelka reports: “Singapore based company Temasek invested in the the media company of the Mukherjea’s and after the global recession, Temasek got the media company audited. It was found out during this audit that Peter and Indrani had siphoned of huge sums of money from the company in the name of various family members, including Peter’s brother Gautam Mukherjea who brings out the magazine Planet Goa.”

Sheena’s remains were found from Raigad district where Indrani’s driver Shyam Rai had buried her.

Curious case of Indrani Mukerjea: How Sheena Bora’s murder mystery unfolded

When former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea’s wife Indrani Mukerjea was arrested on Tuesday night on charges of murdering her ‘sister’ Sheena Bora, it looked like any other murder case involving the country’s rich and the famous. However, much has happened since last night with skeletons tumbling out of the closet one after the other.

Indrani was arrested from her home in Mumbai, after her driver confessed that he had killed Sheena following his employer’s orders.

Indrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: FacebookIndrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: Facebook

Indrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: Facebook

There are conflicting reports about the driver’s account. One claims that during interrogation, the driver claimed that Indrani had killed Bora and that he had just helped her in disposing the body by dumping it in the forests of Raigad district. The report attributes the quote to an officer at Khar police station, who is part of the investigation team.

“The case being more than two years old, where there isn’t any DNA sample of the deceased or appropriate remains of the body, police are only relying on co-accused’s statement,” the officer said.

Raigad police had come across an unidentified body, which they had disposed of without collecting DNA samples, he said.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria had interrogated Indrani at Khar police station on Tuesday. The officer said they would take the two accused to the spot where the body was dumped.

Meanwhile, Indrani was produced before Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate court, which remanded her in police custody till August 31, DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said today.

The police reached the doors of Peter Mukerjea too, according to CNN-IBN, for questioning on Wednesday and also arrested her first husband from Kolkata. Indrani’s chauffeur, 43-year-old Shyam Rai, too has been placed under custody.

Here’s what we found out about the case through the course of the day:

Sheena was Indrani’s daughter, not sister:

While initial reports said that Sheena was Indrani’s sister, it turns out that she was her daughter. According to Times Now, Indrani confessed to the police that Sheena was her daughter. (Read more here)

According to The Telegraph, Indrani’s relatives too confirmed to the paper that Sheena was actually her daughter. The accused also has a son from a “relationship with a person who divided his time between Calcutta and Tripura”. Later, Indrani was married to a man who had businesses in Kolkata and Jamshedpur.

The Telegraph reports: “Sheena and her brother, who works in an airline now, were brought up by their maternal grandparents in Guwahati. The children eventually moved to Mumbai and Sheena did her graduation from St. Xavier’s College there. After Indrani married Peter, who made a name for himself at the helm of STAR India and during whose tenure the blockbuster Kaun Banega Crorepati was launched, Sheena moved in with the family. The family friend said Sheena, who was known as Indrani’s sister, became close to Peter’s son from an earlier marriage. It is not clear whether the alleged relationship played any role in Sheena’s death.”

Indrani’s son Mikhail speaks out:

Meanwhile news channels also spoke to Mikhail Bora, Sheena’s brother who confirmed the fact that Indrani was their mother.

When asked whether Indrani and Sheena had any reason for conflict, he said,”Yes, many times.” However, he refused to specify what the arguments between the two were regarding. He told CNN-IBN that he didn’t believe that the murder had anything to do with property or money.

“I want her to reveal everything herself… After 31 September when I come to know that she has admitted everything. If she lies, I will give every evidence. I have all the evidence and photos. I will provide it to the media,” he said.

Speaking to Times Now, Bora said that his sister had been living with him and his grandparents in Guwahati for a long time and Indrani had been living in Mumbai. He said that Sheena had gone to Mumbai to study in St Xavier’s college after which she had been working in Mumbai.

“In 2012 she came here for a wedding of her friend. After that she has no contact,” he said. Mikhail said that he had always asked his mother where his elder sister was but had received vague answers. “She always replied she was abroad. She said she (Sheena) had got a job there,” he told the channel.

He said that he had stopped asking questions about Sheena since he was dependent on funds from Indrani to take care of his ailing grandparents and she had threatened to cut him off. (read more here)

What Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea said:

Indrani’s husband Peter has now gone on to say that he was completely unaware of the whole ordeal and was in a ‘state of shock’.

Reacting to the revelations, Peter had said to CNN-IBN that he had no clue about this fact. He further said that Sheena and her son were introduced to him as Indrani as her siblings. He added that the revelations are shocking to him.

Peter claimed that Sheena had an affair with his younger son and that Indrani did not approve of their relationship. He said that he did not know about the conversations between Sheena and Indrani used to be in Assamese, and so he did not understand them.

“When she disappeared in 2012, I was told that she was studying in the US. I asked Indrani and she showed me pictures of Sheena at a Diwali function there,” Mukherjea said.

Admitting that he was completely stumped by the police action of nabbing Indrani Mukherjea, he said: “I am dumbstruck by this level of criminality…”

Theories behind the murder

Tehelka suggests that it may not have been Bora getting involved with her stepson which may have enraged Indrani enough to have Sheena killed.

It may have got to do with something bigger than that – and what’s bigger motive for murder than money? According toTehelka, the Mukerjeas had siphoned a lot of money from INX media, a company they later stepped down from. To avoid suspicion, a lot of this money had been transferred to their relatives’ accounts. One of those accounts may have belonged to Sheena Bora, who later refused to return the money.

Tehelka reports: “Singapore based company Temasek invested in the the media company of the Mukherjea’s and after the global recession, Temasek got the media company audited. It was found out during this audit that Peter and Indrani had siphoned of huge sums of money from the company in the name of various family members, including Peter’s brother Gautam Mukherjea who brings out the magazine Planet Goa.”

How Sheena went missing

Sheena studied in St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, and according to her LinkedIn profile, was employed with Reliance ADAG when she disappeared in 2012. She was 24-years-old at the time.

A missing persons complaint had been filed in May 2012 at the Khar police station after Sheena, who lived in the suburb was untraceable.

According to an Indian Express report, around the same time the police had found partially burned remains of a woman’s body near a farm house in Lonavala.

Sheena Bora murder: Full details of the twists and turns in the case

The motive of the murder still remains a mystery though Indrani’s son Mikhail claimed he knew the real reason but would not disclose it.
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On a day of sensational twists and turns, a web of lies and intriguing relationships emerged in the Sheena Bora murder case in which a former husband of accused Indrani Mukherjea was arrested today as it came to light that the deceased was her daughter and not sister. The motive of the murder still remains a mystery though Indrani’s son Mikhail claimed he knew the real reason but would not disclose it. Police also claimed that former Star India CEO Peter Mukherjea’s wife Indrani was present at the site in Raigad district where Sheena was killed in 2012.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking the investigation beyond the state, Mumbai police arrested former husband of Indrani, Sanjeev Khanna, in connection with the case in Kolkata. Sheena is stated to be Indrani’s daughter from an earlier marriage with one Siddharth Das. Khanna, a resident of Hastings Road area in Kolkata, was arrested from his friend’s flat in Alipore for his alleged involvement in the murder, Kolkata Police Joint CP (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria told reporters in Mumbai that the murder was by strangulation followed by burning of the body by petrol. The murder took place on 24 April 2012 and the body was found by Raigad police on May 23, he said. Maria also said that Khanna is an accused in the case.A shocked Peter Mukherjea said he had believed that the deceased was Indrani’s sister and not her daughter while Mikhail said Sheena was the daughter and not the sister of Indrani.”I have no doubt my mother Indrani killed my sister Sheena Bora,” he said, claiming to know the “exact reason” but would not reveal it until his mother confesses to it. His statement came amid reports that Sheena and Peter’s son Rahul through his earlier marriage had been dating each other and Indrani was opposed to it.Intriguing claims came to light that Indrani had introduced her daughter and son to people as sister and brother. After the murder, she is also said to have claimed that Sheena had gone to the US for higher studies. Indrani was arrested by Khar Police last night over her alleged role in the murder of Sheena in 2012. Peter said he would cooperate with investigators in the probe.”I have never experienced anything like this before. The news I am getting, the kind of crime that has been committed, I would have never expected. Whatever help, information, police need, I am happy to help them with that. I would be absolutely clear and straight with them and cooperate,” he said.”I don’t understand at all with regard to my wife…Sheena Bora is her sister, I believed all these years, and now I am being told that she was her daughter. Whom I thought was her brother, is now her son from an earlier marriage, which I was not aware of. I was aware of one marriage and not so many others. So, now there are number of things that are appearing to me which are completely new to me,” he said. A police officer, who is privy to the probe, told PTI on condition of anonymity that “The driver of Indrani has told police that it was Indrani who killed Sheena and was present at the murder spot.” He, however, said it was still not clear whether the plan was to kill Sheena, 24, in Raigad or any other place.According to Maria, on August 21, Khar police had arrested Indrani’s driver in connection with an Arms Act case, adding he confessed to the murder and was taken to the murder spot. Mumbai police also summoned Peter’s brother Gautam Mukerjea.After her arrest on Tuesday night, Indrani was produced before Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate court, which remanded her in police custody till August 31.Sheena was kidnapped from outside the National College in western suburbs. She came here from Assam in 1990s along with Indrani and completed BA Economics from St Xavier’s College. In 2011, she got a job with Reliance Mumbai Metro but suddenly stopped coming to duty, police said. In the same year, her Facebook account was deactivated.Police had unearthed remains of a decomposed body three years ago after villagers at Gagode in Pen tehsil complained of foul odour emanating from the area. Peter said he was unaware that Sheena went missing.”(Sheena’s disappearance) is something I am finding out now. I was told that Sheena has gone to the US. I am not on Facebook, but I was shown these pictures of Los Angeles or wherever she was. I didn’t have her contact number. My son had told me ‘see, something is not right’, but I said her parents may not be happy with it, so she might have moved to the US… that I told him… He (Peter’s son) didn’t talk to me then.”Speaking in Guwahati, Mikhail said he had not heard from his sister since February 2012 and whenever he inquired about her with his mother she used to say Sheena was in the US.”There was no contact till 2015. Till yesterday, I did not have any clue… where she was. There was no contact. Till last September, she, Indrani Mukerjea, came here. Then also I asked her… where is my sister… And only yesterday I came to know, from news channels that she has passed away… murder case…” Mikhail said Sheena had gone to Mumbai alone since she was doing a job there.On a question about Indrani claiming that Sheena was her sister, he said, “I have nothing to state. Because a son to a mother, a daughter to a mother, it can be biologically proved. I don’t have to say anything about that. Because she is my mom, after all. And she has given me birth. I don’t have to prove that. A DNA report can easily prove that.”On the arrest of his mother and subsequent turns in the case, he said, “I want justice, that’s it. Because she is my elder sister. And I know some girl can’t be murdered like that. Without any reason…”Asked if he was aware of tussle between her and Indrani, he said, “Many times actually… since a long time actually…But I don’t want to say anything clearly right now because I want to see the reaction of the police, how they react and what is the outcome… She is in custody. After that, what report comes, I will decide what to do, the next step, what I have to do.”

She just wanted to be famous, claims biker arrested for abusing Delhi woman Jasleen Kaur

A day after he was arrested and released on bail for abusing Delhi resident Jasleen Kaur, the man accused of it has alleged that she had filed the complaint against him since she had ulterior motive.

Speaking to ANI, the accused who has been identified as Sarabjeet said, “She (Jasleen) is an AAP supporter and they are only reporting it. She is doing it for political mileage, she just wants to be famous.”

Agar main nahi hota toh koi aur hota, usse toh bas famous hona tha (If not me, she would have accused someone else, she just wants to be famous,” he claimed.

He claimed that he had merely told Kaur that he wanted to take a left turn and to allow him to do so.

Sarabjeet’s mother also claimed that her son was innocent and that Kaur was misusing her political connections.

The incident involving Kaur has gone viral with her Facebook post being shared over a lakh times. It also an prompted extremely quick response from Delhi police who arrested the accused within a day on the count of sexual harassment.

The accused's photo posed on Facebook.The accused's photo posed on Facebook.

The accused’s photo posed on Facebook.

Kaur was congratulated on social media her for her bold action of uploading his photo and filing a police complaint despite the accused daring her. She was even praised by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter.

Apart from this, Delhi police have also announced that Kaur will receive a cash reward of Rs 50,000, according to a Hindustan Times a report.

The incident had occurred on Sunday night while Kaur was crossing the road in Tilak Nagar.

“I was trying to cross the road when I came in front of the bike. When I pointed at the red signal and said he should have stopped, he began making obscene remarks,” Kaur told IANS. The offender was arrested on Monday and let out on bail.

Meanwhile, Kaur posted her thoughts on Facebook late on Monday night after her post went viral in the media. She clarified her stand and allegations of posting the story after a member of AAP initially shared it.

Kaur has appeared on news channels and vociferously put forward her view about why she posted about the issue and what the offender said that prompted her to take action.

“It is shameful that I have to justify myself here for these things. Perfect example of herd mentality and peanut sized brains though! Think logically, double check the facts and then hurl a hate comment at me,” she wrote.

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US working with India to boost counter-terrorism cooperation: Envoy Richard Verma

US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said that in recent years his country has led a global coalition to “degrade, disrupt and dismantle” terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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The US on Monday said it is working with India to improve counter-terrorism cooperation as it stressed on the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt and degrade entities such as LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), ‘D-Company’ and the Haqqani Network. Noting that US and India have committed to making counter-terrorism cooperation a key component of bilateral ties, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said that in recent years his country has led a global coalition to “degrade, disrupt and dismantle” terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIL.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “President Obama and Prime Minister Modi have also called for eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and their financing, and stopping their cross-border movement,” he said, speaking at the Defence Services Staff College here. At the Defence Staff Service College, Verma held an interaction with faculty and students on ‘Emerging Indo-US Strategic Ties’. Accompanied by US Counsul General in Chennai Phillip Minh and US Air Attache Robert Capozella, the Ambassador also met two student officers from US Army and Navy who are undergoing the staff course at DSSC. “Our leaders have also affirmed the need for joint and concerted efforts to disrupt and degrade entities such as LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), D Company and the Haqqani Network, and agreed to continue ongoing efforts through the Homeland Security Dialogue and the US-India Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism,” he said. His comments came just two days after Pakistan called off NSA-level talks with India. India had prepared an extensive dossier on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who is believed to be based in Karachi under the patronage of ISI. Talking on the subject ‘Growing US-India defence cooperation’, he said both countries are also working on efforts to improve cooperation on UN terrorist designations and expand the sharing of information on known or suspected terrorists “no matter where they may be located”. “Our counter-terrorism cooperation can become a model for the region and potentially for the world, and it is another factor that makes me genuinely optimistic about our future defence and security partnership together,” he said. Verma stressed that US and India face a formidable set of international challenges, from the freedom of access to shared maritime and air routes, humanitarian crises in an increasingly interconnected world, and the continuing threat from non-state actors and extremist groups. He made it clear that bilateral defence cooperation is not based on a limited set of strategic priorities, nor is it directed toward a particular country. Rather, it is rooted in our shared values. He said that in today’s dynamic and globally connected world, a deeper understanding of the maritime domain and the readiness to protect critical trade routes has never been more important.

OROP stir: L-G transfers Delhi Police team over crackdown on ex-servicemen

New Delhi: In a major reshuffle, the Delhi Lt Governor on Friday transferred 35 police officials including Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Vijay Singh, who was involved in the crackdown on agitating army veterans demanding One-Rank-One-Pension at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

Ex-servicemen during protest for One Rank One Pension at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

Ex-servicemen during protest for One Rank One Pension at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

Singh has been transferred to the north-west district of Delhi Police, a senior police official said, adding Jatin Narwal, currently additional DCP in New Delhi district, will replace him.

In northwest district, Vijay Singh will replace DCP N Gnanasambandan, who has been transferred to the Police Training College as its new Vice-Principal, the official said.

The reshuffle included six officials of ACP rank who have been transferred on promotion, the official added.

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CET student Thesni Basheer battling for life, Thiruvananthapuram college accused of negligence

The accident had taken place during the Onam celebrations conducted at the campus a couple of days ago. Some reports suggest that though the accident occurred at around 4:10 pm, the college authorities didn’t call the police for the next six hours.

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Thesni Basheer, a sixth semester civil engineering student from Nilambur in Malappuram, Kerala of the College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, who was run over by a jeep during a procession at the college campus on Wednesday, has now been put on ventilator support, a report said. She had undergone a surgery for serious head injuries.Victim’s relatives have accused the CET authorities of negligence and apathy. Thesni’s cousin Anil Rahman told that they were kept in the dark about the whole incident. The Kerala government has stepped in and has formed an investigating team led by Medical College Circle Inspector Sheen Tharayil. The deputy commissioner of police K Sanjay Kumar gurudin is also supervising the team. Gurudin has stated that based on the statements given by the victim’s relatives, the police has registered a case against the accused under Section 307 (Attempt to Murder) of the Indian Penal Code. he added that they were still determining whether the case should be classified a culpable homicide not amounting to murder or an unintended accident.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahman told The Hindu, “We came to know of the incident through other sources. By the time we arrived at 2.30 a.m. (on Thursday), the doctors had already conducted a surgery on our child. We are yet to get a clear picture of what had occurred. We have been hearing contrasting accounts given by teachers and students.”The Hindu reported that Rahman was accompanied by Thesni’s mother Tanuja, her 20-year-old brother and her uncle, all of whom rushed to the city from Nilambur, while her father Basheer arrived at 4:30 pm from Qatar, where he has been working for several years. CET principal J. David doesn’t denies the allegations. According to David, the college management was in touch with the family and kept informing them about the situation at various stages. He also said that the college will take strict action against those responsible for the accident.Students who were in the jeep at the time of the incident have been booked by the Sreekaryam police. A case has been reportedly registered against Baiju, a fourth year mechanical engineering student, who was behind the wheel, on charges of attempting to murder. It hasn’t been still cleared if the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Mangaluru college suspends girls after their drinking photos go viral on WhatsApp

In a bizarre move that reeks of moral policing, a college in Mangaluru has suspended two students because they were caught with alcohol bottles in WhatsApp photos that went viral.

Representational image.

Representational image.

Yes, according to Times of India report the Kukke Sri Subrahmanyeswara College in Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday suspended two 2nd year BBM girls because of a picture of them with wine and beer bottles at a tourist spot went viral on WhatsApp.

“The college has received information that the girls’ photos were circulated on WhatsApp. A students’ organization and local people have demanded action against the girls. The principal suspended the girls and has initiated an inquiry into the issue,” College vice-principal M Manmohan was quoted as saying in the report.

The decision seems harsh since the alleged incident took place outside the campus and the college does not reserve the right to suspend students for activities outside campus.

Indian colleges have gained quite an infamy for suspending students left, right and centre. While IIT-Roorkee suspended over 70 students for underperforming in exams, the famous St Stephen’s college had suspended a student for launching an online magazine.

Two robbers lynched, two others thrashed by crowd

“The local people got information about this and hundreds of them ran towards the place to save the pilgrims. They surrounded the robbers, caught all of them, and thrashed them mercilessly. While two robbers died, two others have been seriously injured,” Kumar said.

Two robbers were lynched and two of their accomplices mercilessly thrashed after a group of people allegedly caught them looting ‘kanwariyas’ (devotees of Lord Shiva) in Gaya district of Bihar on Monday.Gaya Deputy Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) Satish Kumar said four armed men were robbing pilgrims going towards Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar in Jharkhand in the morning on the road near Bishunganj village.”The local people got information about this and hundreds of them ran towards the place to save the pilgrims. They surrounded the robbers, caught all of them, and thrashed them mercilessly. While two robbers died, two others have been seriously injured,” Kumar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Of the two injured, one was rescued from the clutches of the mob by a police contingent and admitted to Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College in Gaya town where his condition is stated to be serious, the DSP said.The other injured robber managed to escape while being beaten up, and is currently holed up in the house of the head of Dhantir panchayat, which has been surrounded by people chasing him.”We are trying to rescue him from the clutches of the crowd and additional forces have been rushed to area. The two bodies have been recovered and sent for postmortem,” Kumar said.The police official added that as per little information gleaned out from the hospitalised robber, he and his accomplices had come to Bihar from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.The information is being verified and efforts are on to ascertain the identity of the two lynched persons.

15 students injured in group clash in Hyderabad college

Based on complaints from both sides, police registered cases against members of the two groups and also the college management

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At least 15 students of a local private engineering college were on Thursday injured in a group clash sparked by comments reportedly made against pupils from Bihar, police said.The incident took place in premises of the college in Hayathnagar, where local second-year engineering students exchanged fisticuffs with their counterparts from Bihar and hit each other with sticks, police said. “There was some issue going on for the past one week between the two groups after some Telugu students reportedly passed certain remarks against the Bihari students that initially resulted in arguments. Today they attacked each other and at least 15 of them sustained minor injuries,” said Hayathnagar Police Station Inspector P Venkateshwarlu said on Thursday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Based on complaints from both sides, police registered cases against members of the two groups and also the college management. They were booked under Sections of IPC related to voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation. The injured students were admitted to a hospital, police said, adding further probe was on.

Vyapam scam: 70 accused seek ‘permission to die’ from President Pranab Mukherjee

Earlier in July, five students Amit Chadha, Manish Gupta, Vikash Gupta, Raghavendra Bhadauria and Pankaj Bansal – from Madhya Pradesh’s Gajra Raja Medical College who were accused in the Vyapam scam too had written to the President seeking permission to die, But they had made this move as they had been cleared in the case by the police but were continued to be discriminated by their college lecturers and fellow students.

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Seventy people who have been accused in the Vyapam scam on Saturday, wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee asking for ‘iccha mrityu’ (permission to die). The accused wrote the letter from the Gwalior jail where they have been lodged.Earlier in July, five students Amit Chadha, Manish Gupta, Vikash Gupta, Raghavendra Bhadauria and Pankaj Bansal – from Madhya Pradesh’s Gajra Raja Medical College who had been accused in the Vyapam scam too had written to the President seeking permission to die, But they had made this move as they had been cleared in the case by the police but were continued to be discriminated by their college lecturers and fellow students. Those five students also got permission from High Court to study and they were readmitted to their Gwalior college and a stay on the police case against them. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI on Friday registered three separate cases against five persons in connection with alleged irregularities in the conduct of admissions and recruitment examinations by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board also known as Vyapam.CBI has taken over the investigation of these three FIRs, which were earlier registered by the Madhya Pradesh Police, on the direction of Supreme Court, the statement said. The cases have been registered under IPC sections related to cheating, forgery among others.Huge irregularities in recruitments for various government jobs by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, or Vyapam, are being probed by CBI following a Supreme Court direction in this regard. Professionals, high-profile politicians and bureaucrats are believed to be involved in it.Former state Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma and several top bureaucrats are currently in jail in connection with the scam. Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has also been accused of favouring some aspirants.With agency inputs

West Bengal: Student beaten to death in clash between college unions

Five persons were arrested late Friday evening in connection with the incident, a police officer said but did not reveal their political affiliations. The five were apprehended in connection with the alleged lynching of Krishna Prasad Jana, a third year student of BA of Sabang College.

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A college student was allegedly lynched to death during a clash between student unions of Congress and Trinamool Congress over felicitation of West Bengal minister Soumen Kumar Mahapatra at a college at Sabang in West Midnapore district on Friday. Five persons were arrested late Friday evening in connection with the incident, a police officer said but did not reveal their political affiliations. The five were apprehended in connection with the alleged lynching of Krishna Prasad Jana, a third year student of BA of Sabang College.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both Chhatra Parishad, Congress’s student wing, and Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) have claimed that Jana was their member. District Congress president Bikash Bhuniya claimed the student had protested against felicitation of Mohapatra, West Bengal minister in-charge of water resources, and was beaten to death by TMCP.Bhuniya said late on Friday night that police did not arrest the real culprits while the TMCP said the arrested men were not from the party. TMCP district working president Prodyut Ghosh further claimed the student union was not involved in the clash.”The clash was the result of internal feud within Chhatra Parishad,” he said and claimed that four members of TMCP were hospitalised after it. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described Jana’s death as the “most unfortunate incident” and ordered police inquiry into the matter.”Its a sad incident. I strictly condemn it. I have asked the police to inquire into it and take stern action,” Banerjee told reporters on her arrival in Kolkata at the state secretariat from North Bengal. Krishna Prasad Jana, a third year student of Sabang College, was today beaten to death during a clash between students.”As per reports I received from the administration, Jana was beaten up by a bat inside a locked students union room. The college student union is run by Chhatra Parishad of the Congress party,” she said.”I rang up the senior Congress leader and local MLA Manas Bhuniya expressing concern and assured him of stern police action. The police must find out the reason of the murder,” Banerjee said

College magazine with adverse remarks on PM Narendra Modi withheld

“Students came to us with a request to urgently print 300 copies of the college magazine for the year 2014. The article on Modi was noticed when the copies were being packed”, owner of the press James said. I told them that the copies will not be released as it contained remarks against Modi, who is the Prime Minister of the country”, he said.

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A college magazine, tried to be brought out by students which allegedly contains certain adverse remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was withheld with the management of the printing press objecting to the content.The Magazine with title ‘Puram Modi’ sponsored by students Union controlled by Students Federation of India of Maharajas Technical Institute here was withheld by the printing press after its management noticed a photo and an article that allegedly showed Modi in a poor light. “Students came to us with a request to urgently print 300 copies of the college magazine for the year 2014. The article on Modi was noticed when the copies were being packed”, owner of the press James said. I told them that the copies will not be released as it contained remarks against Modi, who is the Prime Minister of the country”, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When contacted, College authorities said that the magazine was brought out by the students on their own as the College had refused permission to the magazine last year itself. College has nothing to do with that now, they said, adding the fund for printing the magazine was raised by the students itself.Meanwhile, police said that they were looking into the matter.

College magazine containing adverse remarks on PM Modi withheld

Thrissur (Kerala): A college magazine, tried to be brought out by students which allegedly contains certain adverse remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was withheld with the management of the printing press objecting to the content.

PM Narendra Modi. AFP

PM Narendra Modi. AFP

The Magazine with title ‘Puram Modi’ sponsored by students Union controlled by Students Federation of India of Maharajas Technical Institute in Thrissur was withheld by the printing press after its management noticed a photo and an article that allegedly showed Modi in a poor light.

“Students came to us with a request to urgently print 300 copies of the college magazine for the year 2014. The article on Modi was noticed when the copies were being packed”, owner of the press James said.

“I told them that the copies will not be released as it contained remarks against Modi, who is the Prime Minister of the country”, he said.

When contacted, College authorities said that the magazine was brought out by the students on their own as the College had refused permission to the magazine last year itself. College has nothing to do with that now, they said, adding the fund for printing the magazine was raised by the students itself.

Meanwhile, police said that they were looking into the matter.

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Can a government-launched mobile app help prevent ragging?

While the idea of a mobile app to prevent ragging is novel and may help students, there is still scepticism among many as to whether it will really be effective.
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Ragging is a criminal offence in India but it continues to rear its ugly head in colleges and universities across the country. Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah has come up with a new age solution to prevent ragging. While chairing an anti-ragging committee in Chennai, he stated that the government should develop a mobile app for ragging so that culprits indulging in it could be caught easily.Governor Rosaiah called for more vigilant patrolling so that there’s a moral fear among students. There have been many instances of suicides in colleges in the past as a result of extreme ragging which has prompted the government to take further stringent measures.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clinical psychologist Dr Mini Rao explains how ragging affects students. She says, “Ragging causes long-term negative repercussions like low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, depression and anxiety. You end up having a negative evaluation about yourself and feel frustrated and helpless that you are worthless when you can’t defend yourself. Some students develop aggressive personalities – not direct aggression but indirectly showing it in behavior like procrastination, stubbornness, resistance to demands for adequate performance socially and professionally.”In 2014, there were 32 complaints received on the ragging helpline here and the anti-ragging committee closed 29. While the idea of a mobile app to prevent ragging is novel and may help students, there is still scepticism among many as to whether it will really be effective. There is already a Government of India anti-ragging website, a helpline number (1800 1805522) and an e-mail ID where complaints can be registered. However, the Antiragging.in Twitter account, started in July 2012, has just six tweets till date with 329 followers. The Facebook page has around 13000 followers and updates are more frequent.Reflecting on the idea of an app as an anti-ragging measure, Amrith Uppuluri, an alumni of Madras Christian College, says, “The idea of having an app sounds positive, especially for the affected students who would want to report ragging incidents anonymously. However, I would be more interested to know how the complaint can get a closure, especially when the government’s tech infrastructure in the country is sub standard or poorly maintained.”Arya Lakshmi, a college student in the city, says, “I am not quite sure how this app will turn out to be. I mean the app can be an easy and fast way to nab the people accused of ragging but at the same time many false accusations will also pop up. How do you control this?”

Government retracts partially on pressure from social media; bans only child porn

Government’s decisin to ban pornographic websites was criticised as censorship

Bowing to the mounting pressure from social media, the ministry of communication and information technology (MoCIT) on Tuesday took a step backward to unblock porn sites that did not contain child pornography after issuing a directive to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to ban 857 porn sites a day before.Partially retracting its earlier order, the ministry’s intimation to the ISPs on Tuesday said; ” … intermediaries are free not to disable any of the 857 URLs which do not have child pornography …”.There was, however, some confusion over what exactly was the ministry’s directive as a senior ministry official said the relief was only for those sites which were not “indulging in pornography” but were featured on the earlier list.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Among the list of 857 sites, only those which are not indulging in pornography have been given relief. There is no such classification as child porn or non-child porn site,” he said.The government on Monday issued a ban on some porn sites under Section 79(3)(b), directing ISPs to block them. Inadvertently, the list included non-porn sites like CollegeHumor and others that host jokes, memes and other humourous content.The official said the list was sent to MoCIT by a ministry of home affairs (MHA) advocate and that they had only forwarded it to the ISPs with a directive to block them.”The whole issue is pertaining to a PIL (public interest litigation) relating to child porn in the Supreme Court. It is assumed that the (857) sites have been identified by the petitioner. When it was found that some of them were non-porn sites, we have instructed the ISPs to unblock them,” he said.The same official said there could be over two lakh porn sites but the list that came to them contained the names of only 857 sites.Some of the ISPs that dna spoke to said they had no clue of what was prompting the government action.”We have no clue what is happening. First, they (the government) order us to block (the 857 sites) and now they are in a denial mode. Any intimation we get from the government is as good as law for us and we immediately implement it,” said senior official at an ISP.Nikhil Pahwa, editor of the news website Medianama, said the government’s directive to the ISPs was ridiculous and impossible to follow through.”It is not just ridiculous but impossible for intermediaries to go through millions of videos on the 857 sites to see whether they have child porn or not and then disable them,” he said.Defending the government move, another ministry official said the blocking of porn sites was an “interim approach to the issue,” and not a solution.”It is not possible for the government to come up with a solution. The court should come up with a solution and guidelines for implementing it,” he said.The next hearing in the case is on August 10. According to the ministry executive, it was not the responsibility of telecom department to provide solution on the issue.”There is furore in the country with the ban of just 857 sites. If two lakh porn sites are blocked then the country will be on fire,” he said.As per the statistic put out by Pornhub, one of the world’s biggest porn sites, India ranks fifth in terms of daily visitors to its website, which had 78.9 billion video views globally in 2014.

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