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Women staffers of at the Aligarh Muslim University have alleged that women are being barred from enrolling for most Undergraduate Courses in the main campus. They can reportedly access the main university campus and departments only for Master’s programme, but not for their undergraduate courses. Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen. (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah has rejected the charges and denied any discrimination.
In the last four years, the Madhya Pradesh government has spent over ₹14 crore on advertisements in 234 'news' websites, many of which are carrying outdated information and are run by journalists or their relatives, said a new report. These websites have reportedly received advertisement amounts ranging from ₹10,000 to ₹21.7 lakh.
Jharkhand-based human rights activist Gladson Dungdung has alleged that he was offloaded from an international flight as a backlash to his recent book on mining in Saranda Forests and the resulting human right violations. Dungdung's book, Mission Saranda: A War for Natural Resources in India, was published last year, and this is his first international trip after it.
Shock and disbelief prevailed in India after a news report claimed that raw jackfruit tasted like pork. While most agreed that the jackfruit was a delicious fruit, they also said that tasted nothing like meat. Several chefs and international journalists confirmed the viewpoint.
Rocky Yadav, the son of a JD(U) leader who allegedly shot dead a teenager for overtaking his SUV in Bihar's Gaya, has been arrested. The arrest happened a day after Rocky's mother Manorama Devi, member of legislative council, was interrogated. Rocky was reportedly picked up from a factory located on the road to Bodh Gaya, in which Bindi Yadav, Rocky's father, has business interests.
The Aam Aadmi Party stood its ground on the issue of PM Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications and questioned the authenticity of the documents at a press conference. Senior AAP leaders pointed out several discrepancies in the degree certificates and mark sheets, such as, the roll number, the different names, the year of passing out, etc, among others.
Ending the confusion over the validity of examinations for admissions in MBBS/BDS courses in government and private medical colleges, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that only the National Eligibility Entrance Test will be valid.
After a live detonator was received by the FTII, a similar packet along with a letter threatening JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar was received by Ranade University in Pune.
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In a move to make people understand that damaging public property during protests is a harmful thing, the Karnataka State Transport Corporation is set to take out a procession of 'dead' buses in Bengaluru — buses brunt, damaged by the public. To make the message even stronger, the buses will reportedly be put up with hoardings and boards that say, "What was my fault?"
The success of Salman Khan's films Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in 2015 has made him the highest taxpayer in the film industry for the financial year 2015-16. Khan paid an advance tax of ₹32 crore.
Two men were arrested in Pune for dragging a 22-year-old woman out of car and attacking and abusing her for ‘wearing short dress and roaming around with men’. Almost a week after the woman lodged a complaint, the Kondhwa police has arrested two of the accused, and is on the hunt for the rest.
As much as a Congress-mukt Bharat, the NDA government should usher in an entitlement-mukt Bharat, writes V Anantha Nageswaran in Mint. "The government set out on a laudable path of making business conditions easier, repealing outdated laws and moving to a system of lower taxes with fewer exemptions. It should stick to that path.... For now, the government needs a good monsoon. It also needs good data. The last-mile evidence of government schemes is the effect they have on employment. Without jobs and water, India is headed for collapse," he says.
States are quick to demand central funds to tackle drought, but show little drive to implement water conservation plans, writes KumKum Dasgupta in Hindustan Times. "Late last week, the CMs of three drought-hit states met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav demanded funds to buy 10,000 tankers and ₹11,000-crore central assistance. The demands of the two other chief ministers — of Maharashtra and Karnataka — were on similar lines... But they show little leadership when it comes to devising and implementing long-term community-based water and land management plans to drought-proof their states," she wrote.
We are a strangely hypocritical society where our scholars and intellectuals talk at length on how the West decimated tribes and native people but refuse to admit how we submit our own people to an equivalent savaging, says Shiv Visvanathan, in The Hindu. "I am raising these questions because such events are early warning signs of a deeper crisis. As a nation, India is deeply violent, yet it does not want to analyse such events. Our social scientists have no René Girard (the French historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science) or Hannah Arendt (German-born American political theorist and philosopher) or an equivalent of the Frankfurt school (a school of social theory and philosophy) to go into the roots of violence and link it to the everydayness of our lives. Such analyses need courage and conviction to follow evidence and theory to a new sense of evil and even find a language to articulate it," he wrote.
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