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Lt Gen Rawat takes over as Army chief, Air Marshal Dhanoa takes charge as IAF chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Gen Bipin Rawat on Saturday took over as the 27th chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army succeeding Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who retired after 42 years of service.Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa also took charge as the 25th Air Force Chief replacing Anup Raha.Gen Rawat superseded two senior most Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz.Lt Gen Bakshi, who heads the Kolkata-headquartered Eastern Command, announced “full support” to the new chief and told theatre officers through video conferencing he will continue to lead with “full professional sincerity as hither-to-fore”.”I convey my best wishes and full support of Eastern Command to Gen Bipin Rawat on having taken over as the Chief of Army Staff,” he said.Earlier, there was speculation that Lt Gen Bakshi may resign or take premature retirement. He had also met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently.He requested that speculation and trolling in media and social media should stop and everyone should focus on contributing their best to the betterment of the army and the nation.The Eastern Commander called the new Army chief to congratulate him on taking over the reins of the army.Speculation is rife that Lt Gen Bakshi may be given the new post of Chief of Defence Staff pertaining which Parrikar will meet Prime Minster Narendra Modi next month.Sources, however, have indicated that no such development will take place.Gen Suhag, who superannuated today, said army is prepared to meet any challenge as he thanked the government for “providing a free hand” and implementing the One Rank One Pension scheme.He said that infiltration bids had increased during the year and the number of terrorists killed was nearly double the previous year.The General said the army focused on operational preparedness during his tenure.Suhag said that when he had taken over he had asserted the response of the army to any action against our interest would be immediate, adequate and intense. “Indian Army has done that in the last two-and-a-half years,” he said.Later at noon, he handed over the charge to Rawat, who was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978 from IMA, Dehradun. He was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ at the academy.Earlier in the day, Gen Suhag and Air Chief Marshal Raha paid tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti and inspected the guard of honour.The new IAF chief, Air Marshal Dhanoa, had developed the country’s aerial targeting philosophy against potential adversaries and transformed the concept of air operations of the air force into contemporary war fighting practices.He has mainly flown Kiran and MiG-21 aircraft though he has the experience of flying the entire spectrum of fighter aircraft from Jaguar to state-of-the-art MiG-29 and Su-30 MKI.The Air Marshal has many feathers in his hat. As the commanding officer of a frontline ground attack fighter squadron, he led the IAF punch during the “Limited War” against Pakistan to drive the enemy out of their “dug in” defences in the icy heights of Kargil region.During the conflict, under his leadership and supervision, the squadron devised unique and innovative methods of bombing at night at altitudes never before attempted in the history of air warfare, the IAF said.Prior to the attack, the squadron had been adjudged as the best fighter squadron of western Air Command for its high degree of professionalism and peace-time training. After the conflict, it emerged as the most decorated IAF unit of Kargil War.He also holds the highest flying instructional category in the IAF and was handpicked to establish the “IAF Training Team” abroad.Gen Rawat has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations.He commanded an infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector, a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley, a Corps in the Eastern theatre and the Southern Command.He has tenanted instructional appointments at Indian Military Academy and at Army War College, Mhow.Gen Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary’s Branch at Army HQ.He has also been Major General General Staff (MGGS) at HQ Eastern Command.The General commanded a Multinational Brigade in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). While serving with the United Nations, he was twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation.An alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has been awarded various medals of high honour for gallantry and distinguished service in a span of over 38 years in uniform.He also attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA.Academically inclined, Rawat has authored numerous articles on national security and leadership, which have been published in various journals and publications.He was awarded M.Phil in Defence Studies from Madras University. He has a Diploma in Management and another Diploma in Computer Studies.Gen Rawat has also completed his research on military media strategic studies and was awarded Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut in 2011.

India’s first transgender college principal resigns citing ‘non-cooperation’ from staff

Krishnagar: India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay has submitted her resignation after about one-and-a-half years in office, expressing frustration at “non-cooperation” of a section of teachers and students of her institution.

Nadia District Magistrate Sumit Gupta on Thursday said he had received her letter of resignation from the post of Principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in the district on December 27 and forwarded it to the state Higher Education department on Wednesday.

Manabi Bandhopadhyay. Image courtesy: FacebookManabi Bandhopadhyay. Image courtesy: Facebook

Manabi Bandhopadhyay. Image courtesy: Facebook

Manabi alleged that she started facing non-cooperation from a section of teachers soon after she took over as the principal of the well-known women’s college on 9 June, 2015.

On the other hand, the teachers also levelled the same allegation against the principal, resulting in a standoff.

A four-member team, led by Joint Director of Public Instruction (DPI) RP Bhattacharjee, visited the college recently on a fact-finding mission and talked to the principal and teachers.

Manabi said, “All of my colleagues went against me. Some of the students went against me. I tried to bring back discipline and an atmosphere of education in the college. Most probably, that is why they went against me. I always got co-operation from the local administration, but never got it from my colleagues and students.”

She went on to say that she had been under tremendous mental pressure and could not take it anymore, forcing her to resign.

“I feel tired due to the agitation and gherao by the students and teachers. I faced a lot of legal notices from their end. I had come to this college with new hopes and dreams but I was defeated…,” she said.

Manabi (51), whose earlier name was Somnath, underwent a series of operations in 2003-2004 and became a woman. In 1995, she published the country’s first transgender magazine, Ob-Manab (sub-human).

First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 09:30 IST

Duncan Road Minor’s Murder: Police probe reveals juveniles didn’t attend college after kidnapping girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 200 residents of Duncan Road gathered at JJ Marg police station on Tuesday and appealed to the police to try the arrested juvenile duo in the three-year-old’s murder case as adults. The family of 3.5-year-old Junera-Tabassum Fatema Khan, who was allegedly murdered by her neighbours for ransom, also told the police that they suspected that the family of one of the juveniles was involved in the incident. The residents also thanked the police for their swift action.The police have recorded the statements of around ten witnesses in the case.Mumtaz Khan, Junera’s father, said, “We want them to be tried as adults, we want their family also to be arrested. We are certain that the boys are adults and the JJ Marg police has told us that the will do tests for the same.”While speaking about the investigation of the case, an officer privy to the probe said, “We have collected circumstantial, forensic, technical, and scientific evidences against the two juveniles to make the case water tight. We have recorded the statements of 10-12 witnesses for the same.”While another senior police officer said, “We have sent our teams to the spots where we had traced the last location of the juveniles. Our team is collecting CCTV footage from the areas. We have also obtained Call Data Record and sent the (mobile) sim card as well as recordings for technical verification.”Earlier during the investigation, it was revealed that the first year Science students of Siddharth College had stolen chloroform from their college laboratory which was later used to kill the girl. The police is seeking a clarification from the college authorities for the same. During the investigation of the college authorities, it was revealed that “the accused hadn’t attended college since they had kidnapped the girl.”The police also suspects the involvement of other people in either manipulating evidence, or involvement in planning the murder or hiding facts, the officer added, “We are looking at all the angles. We have also spoken to a couple of peers of the accused and are investigating if there was any involvement (of other people) or if someone helped them to destroy the evidence.”

Is this 2016? Nutan College in Bhopal bans jeans, t-shirt and leggings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wearing jeans, t-shirts or leggings would no longer be allowed at the Sarojini Naidu Government Girls Post Graduate College, commonly known as Nutan College, as the authorities have decided to have a dress code. From the next month, the students will have to wear salwar, kurta and a jacket.”We have decided to implement a dress code from the next month when a new semester would start. The girls have been making this demand for long,” said the college principal Vandana Agnihotri.The dress code would instill discipline among the students, as in schools, she told PTI.”Some girls from final year had come to me. They are completing their studies. Their contention was they will have to purchase a new dress only for (remaining) few months,” she said, when asked if there was any opposition to the decision.College was yet to decide whether these girls should be granted exemption, she said. Students from weaker financial background develop inferiority complex when they see other girls wearing expensive clothes, and dress code would avoid this, she said. “Dress code would have several advantages. It would bring a sense of uniformity among students as some of them feel inferior when their friends come to the college wearing expensive clothes,” Agnihotri said.The Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India said the decision reflected misplaced priorities.”Education system is facing a lot of challenges like lack of faculty and poor infrastructure. The decision would only increase the financial burden on students who mostly come from middle or lower-middle classes,” said Vivek Tripathi, NSUI spokesperson. BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad did not offer any comment. “We are busy with our national convention at Indore. This is government’s decision and we will discuss it (later),” said Nitesh Sharma, ABVP leader.In October this year, Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya had said the BJP government in the state intended to introduce a dress code in the colleges as it brings uniformity.

Real empowerment of women possible only through education: President Mukherjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said real empowerment of women would be possible only through education, encouragement of economic self-dependence and provision of opportunities enabling the unfolding of one’s full potential. The President praised the leading role played by the Mahila Dakshata Samiti in women’s empowerment and recalled the contributions of the Samiti’s founding members such as Suman Krishankant, Prof. Pramila Dandavate and Smt. Mridula Sinha, the Governor of Goa.”The only long lasting solution is to create cooperative structures comprising the government and private stake holders as well as civil society. In fact, the developmental goals of health, education, livelihood etc. cannot be achieved by the government alone. Such co-operative structures are relevant for all of them,” President Mukherjee said at the inauguration of the Bansilal Malani College of Nursing established by the Mahila Dakshata Samiti in Hyderabad on Saturday.Speaking on the occasion, the President expressed concern over the deficiencies in the health infrastructure of the country. The President said there is a phenomenal shortage of about 2.4 million nurses in our country and a decrease in the number of nurses from about 1.65 million in 2009 to about 1.56 million in 2015. “This indicated a worry-some trend. At the same time, our infrastructure also comprises of just 1.53 lakh sub-centres, 85000 PHCs and about 5000 Community Health Centres in a nation of 130 crore people living in more than 5000 towns and 6.4 lakh villages. It is essential to look for models wherein all stake-holders participate rather than the government alone,” he added.The President said it is unfortunate that today when average overall literacy in India was 74%, women’s literacy is less than 65%. He said a society which does not empower its women will end up as a loser and called for renewed efforts in this direction.

Kerala: 21 medical students suspended for ragging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 21 students of a government medical college in Manjeri here have been placed under suspension for allegedly ragging their juniors, college authorities said on Wednesday. Following a joint complaint from over 40 students of first year MBBS course, the authorities on Tuesday took action against the pupils who were in second and third year course.The first year students in their complaint had alleged that they were stripped naked and forced to clean toilets at the college hostel and were also also compelled to drink polluted water. A three-member committee has been constituted to inquire into the incident, the authorities said.The college’s anti-ragging committee will take further action after the submission of report by the inquiry committee, they said. The incident comes a few days after eight students of a government polytechnic college in Kottayam district were booked for allegedly ragging their juniors in the hostel.The students, accused of ragging first year students in the hostel attached to the polytechnic, were booked early this month, police had said. They have also been suspended from the institution at Nattakom.

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat is next Army chief, Air Marshal Birender Dhanoa to head Air Force

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Saturday named Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, Vice-Chief of the Indian Army as the next Army chief, succeeding General Dalbir Singh Suhag. The decision could trigger a controversy as Rawat has superseded Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, who is heading the Eastern Command, and Lt Gen PM Hariz, heading the Southern Command.The government also appointed Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, a Kargil veteran, as the next Air Force chief. He will succeed Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, who, along with Suhag, retires on December 31.“Government has decided to appoint Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, Vice-Chief of the Army staff, as the next Chief of Army Staff with effect from the afternoon of December 31,” the Defence Ministry said in a tweet.Sources said Lt Gen Rawat was found best suited among the Lt Generals to deal with emerging challenges, including a reorganised and restructured military force in the north, continuing terrorism and proxy war from the west, and the situation in the North-East.They said Lt Gen Rawat has tremendous hands-on experience of serving in combat areas and at various functional levels in the Indian Army over the last three decades. He has handled various operational responsibilities in many areas, including along the LoC with Pakistan, the LAC with China and in the North-East.According to convention, chiefs of armed forces are announced at least two months in advance, but the delay this time was leading to confusion. Lt Gen Rawat was commissioned in Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from IMA, Dehradun, and was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’.An alumni of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the Higher Command and National Defence College Courses, Rawat, in his over 35 years of service, was awarded for gallantry and distinguished service.Supersession in the Army is not new. There has not been any such instances in the recent past though. In 1983, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed Lt Gen A S Vaidya as Army Chief superseding Lt Gen S K Sinha, who resigned in protest.In 1972, the Gandhi government side-stepped the very popular Lt General P S Bhagat, one of the handful of Indian Victoria Cross awardees from World War II, who was in line to succeed General (later Field Marshal) Sam Manekshaw.Defence ministry sources said that Lt Gen Hariz had no experience in operational areas in terms of counter-insurgency or seeing action along the LoC.—With inputs from PTI

Kerala: Four, including three St Stephen’s students, drown in Periyar river

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three students from Delhi’s St Stephen’s College and a resort owner from Kerala drowned in the Periyar river in the state this evening, police said.Third year Sanskrit students Anubhav Chandra and Aditya Patel, first year Chemistry student Kenneth John, and Benny, a private resort owner from Kerala, drowned around 6.30 PM at Paniyeli Poru — a tourist spot.The bodies were recovered and kept at the Taluk hospital at Perumbavoor, police said.Chandra hailed from Bihar and Patel belonged to Uttar Pradesh, police said. Kenneth John was a resident of Wayanad in Kerala. In Delhi, St Stephen’s College Principal John Varghese confirmed the news saying it was true and they were in the process of finding out more details.Police said the students had come to Kerala as part of a group of 11 students and 2 wardens to visit famous tourist spots. The incident occurred at Paniyeli Poru, a tourist spot where the river has dangerous clusters of slippery rocks, near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, police said.The spot is known for its death traps for tourists because of strong undercurrents, though the water is only few feet deep, police said.

Cyclone Vardah rips through Chennai: City’s poor green record is a concern

The new Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam seems to be too modest — for the devastation of cyclone Vardah, he has asked the Centre for only Rs 1000 crore. Had it been Jayalalithaa, it would have been at least ten times as much.

In fact, that was the opposition leader MK Stalin’s instant ballpark estimate. Trade body Assocham has put it at Rs 6500 crore. An estimate is an estimate and nobody knows how all the losses add up, and for how long, because every aspect of life and business has been disrupted. Even on the third day, many parts of the city are struggling without power and communications.

A tree uprooted in T Nagar Chennai. Firstpost/Pramod Kumar

A tree uprooted in T Nagar Chennai. Firstpost/Pramod Kumar

Ten thousand electric posts and 800 transformers going down doesn’t summarise the damage because it could cascade down quite a bit. Most of the mobile phones went dead and even the BSNL lines, that depend on underground cables, were disrupted. Demonetised souls couldn’t eat because their digital fantasy wouldn’t work.

However, the biggest loss to Chennai is the loss of its precious green cover. As the The Hindu reported quoting a senior revenue official, about 10,000 trees have been uprooted and 75 per cent of them are in Chennai. In another report quoting workers on the field, the same newspaper said that the number of uprooted trees could exceed one lakh. This is in fact the most visible loss as well because what’s more visibly overwhelming and widespread than the mangled electric posts, tattered cables and the general raggedness, are uprooted trees.

All that one could see in the pitch dark city after the cyclone left the coast of Tamil Nadu, or rather Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, on Monday evening were uprooted trees. Every neighbourhood and every street was covered by trees felled by the strong wind. The roads became unmotorable with ripped-out trees blocking them every few meters. Famous classical musician Sanjay Subramanyan tweeted the photo of a 40-year old neem tree that came down next to his house.

Uprooted trees topped the social media images of the impact of the cyclone. Although the workforce of the government, that ran to a few thousand, managed to move them aside to make the roads partly usable on Tuesday, they are still lying on either side of the roads. The next big headache for the civic authorities and the government is to find a place to dump them. Reportedly, they would be kept in the city playgrounds for the time being. The volume is too big to be transported to the municipal corporation’s dump yards. For a city that’s short on water and known for its intense summer, this is a tragedy because trees are its hard-gained treasure of a lifetime. Despite the adverse conditions, many parts of the city – mostly the traditional residential areas – have impressive canopies, tree-lined avenues and impeccably green parks. In fact, these patches held up even when it was losing its green cover to infrastructural development. Reportedly, in the last four years, Chennai lost about 10,000 acres of green cover although the state as a whole improved its record. In fact all the three cyclone-hit districts showed depleting green cover in the last satellite-based forest survey of India. In the light of this poor record, the impact of Vardah is a double whammy. Probably, it’s already showing on satellite images. Two of the most beautiful campuses in Chennai in terms of its green cover — the IIT and Madras Christian College (MCC) — have reported widespread uprooting of trees. A resident of the MCC said the college campus now looks like a warzone and the sight is heartbreaking because many of the trees were very old.

The only redeemable part of the tragedy is that some of the damage might be partial because what came down in a limited number of cases are the tree-branches that could grow back in a couple of years.

Since economic liberalisation, Chennai had ‘developed’ itself to be the city with the worst green cover in India. Even a highly polluted Delhi has three times more green cover. As this report explained in 2011 in some parts of Chennai, it lost about 99 percent of the green cover between 1997 and 2011.

If the city doesn’t repair the damage, the consequences are going to be grave because even during the disastrous floods last year, the reasons cited for the excessive rains and flooding included localised heat caused by increasing concrete and poor surface rundown that good green cover would have abated. Besides regular infrastructure, even utilities — roads, electric lines and sewers — come into conflict with trees and the narrowing roads allow very limited avenues for planting new ones although various research studies have proposed specific ideas for increasing the green cover.

The minimum that the three agencies responsible for green cover in the city — the Chennai Corporation, the forestry department and the highways department — can do is to compensate for the loss caused by Vardah. It’s also an opportunity to do something more — dust the proposals of various researchers, civil society organisations and agencies on how to make the city greener.

Unfortunately, it will still look too brown compared to other big cities in India.

First Published On : Dec 15, 2016 08:09 IST

Women footballers score a goal against orthodoxy, tension in Jammu & Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Undeterred by the dipping temperatures or indeed the taboos imposed on them by a conservative society, women footballers in Kashmir Valley are bending it just like Beckham did. The women, some dressed in body suits with hijabs covering their heads, are also bending societal rules as they play the game to cheering crowds at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)-sponsored football tournament.Pushing tensions and unrest into the background, the footballers have broken new ground every day of the 11-day tournament for young boys and girls that entered the finals Wednesday. Braving the bone-chilling cold, nearly 40 teams, including10 women teams, participated in the event here. Each team, comprising 16 players, played league matches before four teams, two each of boys and girls, made it to the finals.What added zing to the tournament, described as a runaway success by the organisers, were the hijab-wearing players who stole the show. Rewriting global uniform rules, these Kashmiri girls, some of whom have been training with the boys, say the head scarf is part of their dress code.Insha Rasheed, a BA student of the Government Women College in MA Road, has been wearing the hijab since her school days. “I have been playing football for the last one-and-a half years. But I have never shunned the hijab. It is part of my dress code. It is giving me a lot of confidence,” Insha, a defender in her team, told DNA.Afshan Ashiq, who plays as a goalie for Team Women College, also covers her head but, determined to succeed in the world of soccer, trains with the boys. Despite the unrest in the Valley, she would make it a point to be present for practice at Bakshi Stadium.”I am a goalie and sometimes play as a striker. I have been playing football for three years now and have been wearing a hijab all through. I train with the Real Kashmir Club and want to be a world class soccer player,” she said.The mood in the stadium has been electric as crowds leave behind the stresses of the last few months to throng the stadium. When the girls enter the ground, there are loud cheers. For every move, there’s a clap and for every goal, a cheer.Just yards away from the ground, the boys practice hard to win the title.”We stopped practising football for one month during the peak time of hartal and agitation. Sportsmen have a different mentality. Politics and sports are two different things,” said Kamran Shafi Wani, defender of the finalist International Football Club, Nowgam.They have often faced objections from stone-pelting mobs. “We were stopped by stone-pelters many times when we were going for practice. We could not train for months. Our families too were afraid of us going to play fields,” said another footballer, who preferred not to be named.Rajesh Yadav, CRPF Spokesman at Srinagar, said that they had planned the tournament in July but had to defer it till December after trouble broke out following the killing of Burhan Wani.”We are very satisfied with the success of the tournament. Particularly because, the girls have come forward to participate in the tournament. This is very encouraging,” he said.

Kerala girl commits suicide after trip to the police station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old girl from Kerala killed herself reportedly after she was taken to the police station along with a female friend ‘for suspicious behaviour’ on Saturday, last week. Athira, who is a native of Kottayam district, was a member of the paramedic department at KMC Hospital at Kuttiyadi in Kozhiode, reported the News Minute.Athira and her friend Shabana J were picked by cops who found their behaviour ‘suspicious’. They were picked up at 2:30 AM near the hospital. The police took them in after they found their statements contradictory. While the women were let off after 30 minutes, she went back to the hospital, rushed to her room and consumed poison. She was taken to Kozhikode Medical College, where she died on Sunday.Her death led to protest marches by women’s groups who demanded an investigation. A special investigation team has been set up to investigate the matter.

Bihar: 2 killed, 1 hurt while listening to music on railway tracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two youths were killed and another youth was critically injured after they came under the wheels of a train while sitting on railway tracks and listening to music, the railway police said on Tuesday.The incident happened last night between gate number 24 and 25, about 1 km from Darbhanga station.Three youths sat on the railway tracks and were engrossed in music from their mobile phones with headphones in plugged their ears, the police said.”They could not hear the horn of the Samastipur-Darbhanga-Raxaul DEMU and came under the wheels of the train. While Mohammad Umar died on the spot, another youth identified as Mohammad Sohail, died on the way to hospital,” officer-in-charge of railway police NK Singh said..”The third youth Mohammad Shabir was battling for his life at the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH),” Singh added.

Mumbai University officials welcome Maharashtra Public Universities Bill, 2016

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai University officials and principals have welcomed the Maharashtra Public Universities Bill, 2016, that was passed on Thursday in the state legislative assembly during the winter session in Nagpur. The Bill is expected to not only improve quality of higher education but also help fill important vacant posts in Mumbai University. This is the first time since 1994 that the Maharashtra Public Universities Bill, 2016, has been modified and education experts, officials and senate members from Mumbai University feel it will bring a lot of positive changes. According to a Mumbai University official, important posts like the Pro-Vice chancellor in Mumbai University will get filled soon, student elections will be back and students’ grievance cells will be constituted.Dr MA Khan, Registrar of Mumbai University welcoming the Bill said, “Mumbai University was facing a lot of difficulties in the absence of full fledged authorities. I am happy that the Bill is being passed and will be converted into an Act in a month or so.”Dr Rajpal Hande, Principal of Mithibai College and Former Director Board of College and University Development (BCUD) University of Mumbai, said, “We welcome the new MPUA. It has a number of innovative sections for the betterment of students, teachers, colleges and Universities. It is progressive for higher education in the new era of globalization. Promotion of autonomous colleges, cluster universities will enhance the quality of academics. Overall it is innovative, progressive and inclusive of all stake holders of society.”Pradip Sawant, ex-senate member of Mumbai University said, “Student elections that were banned many years ago will be back in colleges. We welcome the bill that has been passed which was pending since a long time.”

Clash in Dehradun after pro-Pakistani slogan allegedly raised by Kashmiri student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Alleged pro-Pakistan slogan raised by a student from Jammu and Kashmir at an institute led to a clash between him and a local student prompting the police to launch a probe into the incident. Manan, a student of CIMS College here, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, had a tiff with another student, Vijay, on Monday, SSP Dehradun Sweetie Aggarwal said today. On Tuesday, Vijay’s friends, who did not belong to the college and allegedly had allegiance to Bajrang Dal, created a ruckus at the campus over the issue inflicting minor injuries to Manan, police said. They also reportedly held a demonstration outside the college with Bajrang Dal flags, provoking stone pelting from inside the campus, the SSP said.However, she did not confirm whether raising of pro-Pakistan slogan had triggered the tiff. Three cases have been lodged at the Doiwala Police Station in connection with the incident and investigations are on, the police officer said, adding Manan’s mobile has also been seized. While a case has been lodged by Vijay against Manan, another has been lodged by the director of the college against those created ruckus at the campus. A third case has been lodged by those with reported allegiance to Bajrang Dal against Manan.Meanwhile, a report from Srinagar said Uttarakhand Police assured their Jammu and Kashmir counterparts that appropriate action will be taken in the incident of harassment of the student from the Valley studying in Dehradun.Special DGP Coordination (Law and order) of Jammu and Kashmir Police S P Vaid spoke with Director General of Police Uttarakhand, M A Ganapathy, about the incident, a police spokesperson said.He said Vaid also spoke to the SSP Dehradun, and sought immediate action. “Both of these officers have assured appropriate action in the matter,” the spokesperson said, adding Jammu and Kashmir Police is in constant touch with authorities in Dehradun.

Tamil Nadu: 2 dead as speeding car hits two-wheeler near Pallikonda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A car hit a two-wheeler near Pallikonda on the Chennai-Bengaluru Highway on Sunday killing two men and seriously injuring other, reports TOIThe accident had taken place at Okanapuram around 12.10 pm the man riding the bike attempted to cross the road without seeing the speeding car moving towards Chennai.The man riding the car has been identified as Santhosh and the two riding pillion who were killed are known R Ajith Kumar, 25, of Reddiyur village and K Jayamurthy, 40, of Eda Krishnapuram village.Santosh, 20, has sustained grave injuries and has been admitted to Government Vellore Medical College Hospital (GVMCH).

Bihar’s univ recommend cancellation of degree of former AAP Minister Jitendra Tomar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) Syndicate, the top decision making body of the university, on Saturday recommended cancellation of law degree of former Delhi minister Jitendra Singh Tomar.”The University Syndicate accepted decision of the Examination Board and recommended cancellation of law degree of Aam Aadmi Party MLA and former Delhi minister Jitendra Singh Tomar,” Pro-Vice Chancellor of TMBU A K Rai told PTI. The Syndicate recommendations would go to Chancellor of the Universities, who is the Governor of Bihar. The Syndicate also recommended action against 14 employees of the University, seven of whom have retired and one died, in connection with acquisition of fake law degree by Tomar, Rai said.Among those whose name has been recommended for action includes lecturer Janardan Yadav and head clerk of Examination department Krishnanad Singh of Biswanath Law College at Munger where the former Delhi minister was falsely registered as a student. Tomar, who was Law minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government was earlier arrested last year on the charge that degree was fake. He was forced to resign as a minister after the issue hogged national headlines in 2015. Tomar is currently out on bail.In the probe it was found that the migration certificate of the former Delhi Law Minister was fake. The controversy relates to the acquisition of Law degree by Tomar on the basis of a doubtful enrolment at Biswanath Law College in the academic session 1994-95. He had claimed to have passed the law examination in 1998-99.

Chargesheet filed against singer Remo Fernandes for verbally abusing a girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Police has filed a chargesheet against pop singer Remo Fernandes in connection with a verbal abuse case filed against him last year.Agassaim police had filed FIR against the singer after the girl, who was allegedly knocked down by a car driven by Remo’s son, had complained that she was verbally abused. “A case under section 8 (for verbally abusing a minor) of Goa Children’s Act was filed against Remo. We have presented the chargesheet to the court on December 1,” police inspector Uday Parab said.On December 2 last year, the girl, a native of Malvan taluka in Maharashtra, was walking towards old Goa to complete her vow to St Francis Xavier, a patron saint whose Church is situated there, was allegedly hit by a car driven by Remo’s son Jonah.The girl, who was admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospital, filed a police complaint that Remo had verbally abused her after visiting the ward where she was being treated.

Vellore medical students brutally kill monkey: Maneka Gandhi backs fight for justice

Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, a fervent campaigner for animal rights has added heft to the demand of animal rights activists in Tamil Nadu for justice for Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the name given by activists to a year-old female monkey who was found partially burnt and buried in the campus of the Christian Medical College in Vellore, near Chennai on 21 November. Prima facie, the body showed signs of horrific torture and abuse – the monkey’s limbs were tied, a telephone cord around her neck, multiple fractures on  her body and a stick shoved up her rectum and forced out front.

In an exclusive interaction via email with Firstpost, Gandhi said – “Putting a rod into the rectum and pushing it so that it goes through every organ is not rape but murder. The monkey was tortured terribly in full view of bystanders for hours and then killed by a group of louts that are studying to be doctors. What kind of medicine will they practice on humans? Nowadays, anyone with money can get into a medical college and I fear for the lives of their patients. These kinds of butchers should be immediately removed from the college and put into jail.”

Lakshmi, the one-year-old monkey, was tied, stabbed and burnt. Facebook @Shravan Krishnan.

Lakshmi, the one-year-old monkey, was tied, stabbed and burnt. Facebook @Shravan Krishnan.

Gandhi’s anger is echoed by animal rights campaigners in Tamil Nadu. In an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiranee Pereira, co-founder of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), wrote: “While the four criminals are still at large, let our cries echo Lakshmi’s last cries. Cries that went unheard in the searing pain she endured before her death. Let us now demand justice for her with an email to the Prime Minister’s Office. I request each of you to go to http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/. Click on “Write to the Prime Minister” and choose the category “Environment issues/animal welfare/forest conservation” and write your request to the Hon’ble Prime Minister to investigate the brutal killing of Lakshmi, the baby monkey, at the hands of young students from the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India, and demand that the culprits be punished as per the law. We must ensure that no other Lakshmi will ever have to endure this agony and pain that she bore, ever again.”

The hashtag #justiceforlakshmi was trending on Twitter on Friday, as animal welfare activists poured outrage on social media. Four medical students of CMC Vellore have been questioned by the Bagayam Police in connection with the crime which has been registered under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The monkey’s body has been sent for post-mortem and results are awaited. Police sources told Firstpost that the four were likely to be arrested over the weekend.

Activists are also asking why the perpetrators were not arrested by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department since the monkey belonged to a ‘critically endangered species’. “According to Wildlife Act 1972, killing a wild animal is a crime,” said Dawn Williams, general manager of Blue Cross. “The forest department can immediately arrest and produce them before the court. But in this case, it still has not taken any action. This shows how lethargic they are in this case,” he said.

Minister Maneka Gandhi also made a strong pitch for laws on animal cruelty to be amended and made more stringent. “The PCA (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act) should be amended to make cruelty to animals a heinous crime,” Gandhi told Firstpost. “America has done this early this year because they have seen that cruelty to animals is a specific indicator to cruelty to humans.”

The four medical students accused of committing the crime (while a group of about 30 others watched) have been suspended by the college management.

This horrific incident comes a few months after the Bhadra incident where a young stray dog was thrown off the terrace by two medical students. They had filmed the act and uploaded the video which went viral on social media. The dog Bhadra survived, having sustained fractures. Despite the outrage from animal rights activists and civil society, both students were let off by the court with a fine of Rs 2 lakh and allowed to continue their education.

First Published On : Nov 26, 2016 16:56 IST

Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar no more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noted veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and Times of India’s consulting editor died in Oune’s Ruby hospital. He was 72 years old. As per the The News Minute, he had suffered a heart attack which led to multiple organ failure on November 18. He was on dialysis after his kidney failed.He was born in 1944 and matriculated from St Vincent’s College and graduated in Political Science from Fergusson College, Pune.He got into journalism at the age of 24. He joined the Times of India as its Paris correspondent in 1968 after receiving a a doctorate in humanities from the Sorbonne. After working at the daily in various posts, he took on as its editor in 1988. He also worked for the UNESCO in Bangkok and Paris from 1978 to 1986 as an international civil servant. Padgaonkar was appointed as one of the members of the three-member Interlocutors Group on Jammu and Kashmir, set up by the government after continuous unrest in the Valley in 2008Many from the sphere of politics and journalism condoled his death.

Demonetization | Unable to withdraw money for exam fees, UP teen hangs self

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An 18-year-old student allegedly committed suicide after “failing to withdraw money” from the bank for submitting his examination fees at in Mavai Buzurg village here, police said.They said Suresh has been standing in queue for the past several days for withdrawing money to submit his examination fees but he could not succeed. After returning from the bank yesterday, he hanged himself from the ceiling with the help of his mother’s saree, police said. Suresh’s family members said he was a BSc second year student in Panchnehi Degree College and had to submit the fees by today. A case has been lodged and investigations are on, police said.On hearing of the suicide of the student, the villagers pelted the bank with stones in protest.On Monday, a four-year-old child had died in a bank compound after her father had failed to withdraw money for her treatment in Tindwari police station area.

Indore-Patna Express tragedy: Deadliest rail mishap since 1999, toll climbs to 150

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll climbed to 150 in the Indore-Patna Express derailment on Tuesday, making it the deadliest train accident in the last 17 years with four more persons, including a 12-year-old boy, succumbing to their injuries. The deaths reported from hospitals pushed the toll to 150 even as railway services resumed on Jhansi-Kanpur section after damaged tracks were replaced between Pukhrayan and Malasa stations. “Ram Singh, 52, and Abhay Shrivastava, 12, passed away during treatment at Regency and Hallet hospital of Medical College here,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Ramayan Prasad said. The identity of two other deceased was not known.With these deaths, the Sunday derailment of the train 19321 has become the deadliest rail accident since August 2, 1999 when 290 persons were killed after two trains carrying a total of 2,500 people collided at Gaisal in Assam. Prasad said the condition of six persons is serious.145 bodies have been identified and handed over to the families after post-mortem. The autopsy of five other bodies will be conducted after they are identified, he added. Medical College Principal Dr. Navneet Kumar said 65 injured persons are admitted in the Hallet Hospital and six of them are in the ICU.Meanwhile, train services resumed on the affected section, where 14 coaches were derailed in the wee hours of November 20, disrupting traffic on the route. Four trains were cancelled and 14 diverted after the accident. Kanpur IGP Zaki Ahmed said that besides replacing rails, electrical works were completed to ensure train operation on the busy route. “The route became operational last night after the damaged tracks were removed from the site. A trial run was conducted on the tracks before the resumption of train services,” he said.Officials had said that prima facie, the cause of the accident could be track fracture. A high-level probe was ordered on Monday by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who promised “strictest possible action” against the guilty.

Tamil Nadu, Puducherry by-polls: Counting begins in assemby constituencies

Chennai: Amid tight security, counting of votes for three assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu and a lone seat in neighbouring Puduchery that went to polls on 19 November began on Tuesday at designated counting centres.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Postal votes are being taken up first for counting wherever available and it will be soon be followed by counting of EVM votes. While trends are expected to be in place in about an hour, the results will be out later in the day.

In Aravakurichi, the counting of votes is being held at M Kumarasamy College of Engineering, Karur.

In Thanjavur, the counting is on at Kundavai Nachiaar Government Arts College for Women.

For Thirupparankundram Assembly segment, the counting of votes is on at Madurai Medical College premises.

Rangasamy (AIADMK) and DMK’s Anjugam Bhoopathy are the main contenders in Thanjavur. AIADMK’s AK Bose is pitted against DMK’s Saravanan in Thirupparankundram while in Aravakkurichi, Senthil Balaji (AIADMK) and KC Palanisamy (DMK) are the main candidates.

Polls have been held to the three constituencies at a time when AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is recuperating in a hospital in Chennai, and her trusted lieutenant and Finance Minister O Panneerselvam led the campaign for the ruling party.

While Aravakkurichi Assembly segment will have 18 rounds of counting, Thanjavur and Thirupparankundram are set to witness 20 and 21 rounds of counting respectively.

In the Union Territory of Puducherry, votes are being counted at Bharatidasan Government College for Women where Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, a non-member of the House, is taking on AIADMK candidate Om Sakthi Segar in Nellithope constituency.

In Puducherry, the counting is set to be over in three rounds.

Each counting table has one Micro Observer, usually a Central government official apart from other staffers involved in counting.

EC had said that to ensure transparency in the counting process, copy of result of each table would be given to every counting agent by the Counting Supervisor.

In Tamil Nadu, votes are being counted across 14 tables for a given constituency spread in one hall and the entire counting process is being videographed.

First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 10:03 IST

Community service punishment enough?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a recent case quashed by the Bombay High Court, five youth accused of sexual assault were ordered to sweep the streets of Mumbai for a month. Reactions to this ideology of doing community service instead of any other punishment, brought forth mixed perspectives.Lessons not learnedBhanu Advani, a 23-year-old law student from Mumbai is outraged at the thought of community service for convicts, “One must serve his sentence in prison. If not he should be taught a lesson by public humiliation, where everyone sees him as a criminal”. Similar are the views of 21-year-old Shreeda Walwadkar, who studies Law at the Indian Law Society in Pune. Infuriated, she exclaims, “Individuals convicted have the ability to think, and once a crime is done he must pay, even if it is imprisonment.” Calling it the Indian chalta-hai attitude, she says it is unfair to the victim, and a bad example for others.However, Prakkash G. Rohiira, a Law student at the G.J Law College in Bandra says, “Punishment administered must be in proportion to the crime. Restorative justice is good for less serious crimes, but for sexual offences, robberies, and murders, community service is not enough.”Community service as a boonAdvocate Vinod Kashid, has been working with criminal cases for the past six years in Mumbai; he looks at community service as a healthy way of dealing with convicts, “Once the criminal tag is put on a person, there is no way of returning to normal life. Our society will not give him a second chance to improve and be a better person”. Community service educates a person, but its meaning is often misinterpreted, believes 20-year-old Bryan Pillai, a student at the Government Law College in Mumbai. “The first step to dealing with an offender is to educate him and recognize community service as a responsible way of punishing an offender.” However there is a need for a well-thought-out process for offenders who are given community service, and this calls for reforms in the way our legal system works,” says Bryan.Fixing loopholesPractising restorative justice is a good thing, according to activist and senior advocate Flavia Agnes, but there are loopholes to be plugged. “Restorative justice should teach the person certain values through counselling. Merely sweeping roads or doing community service does not guarantee any change, its success depends on how well thought out the program is, after the judgement is given.”

West Bengal: BJP state president Dilip Ghosh arrested for blocking road, released later

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh was on Tuesday arrested by Kolkata Police for holding a road blockade to demand land and other rights for the people of enclaves in Coochbehar district which were given to India by Bangladesh.Ghosh, along with 26 others, was arrested during the agitation on Central Avenue. The road blockade which lasted for more than half an hour caused huge traffic snarls in the entire central Kolkata region.”Ghosh and 26 others were arrested for blocking the road. Ghosh was later released,” an official of Kolkata Police said.Ghosh along with party workers and leaders had organised a rally demanding land and other rights for people of Chitmahal. The rally started from Sealdah station to College square and was followed by a sit in at College Square- Central Avenue.”It has been more than a year that enclaves were exchanged. But the enclave dwellers are yet to get their rights for land and job opportunities.The state government is sitting idle and doing nothing. Quick disposal of land records and settlements were promised. But these demands are yet to be met,” Ghosh said.Later, when Ghosh blocked the road, he along with others was arrested.Bangladesh and India have exchanged 162 adversely-held enclaves on August 1, 2015 at the stroke of midnight, ending one of the world’s most complex border disputes that had lingered since seven decades.Altogether 111 Indian enclaves measuring 17,160 acres became Bangladesh territory and similarly, 51 Bangladesh enclaves measuring 7,110 acres became Indian territory.All the Indian enclaves are located in West Bengal’s Coochbehar district. The 51 enclaves are spread across Dinhata, Mekliganj, Sitai, Sitalkuchi and Toofanganj assembly constituencies.

Lucknow: Judge asks medical college to pay Rs 25 lakh each to 150 students for wrong admissions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday ordered the management of Dr MC Saxena Medical College in the city to pay Rs 25 lakh damage per student for “wrongly admitting” 150 of them in the MBBS 2015-16 course.It directed the management of the college to deposit the entire amount in respect of all the 150 students with the Director General of Medical Education, Uttar Pradesh within two months.The Director General, Medical Education, in turn, shall distribute the money among the students after due verification.The court though refused to grant relief as sought by the petitioner students and dismissed all the writ petitions filed by them in the matter.The petitioners had sought a direction to allow them to appear in the first year MBBS examination for 2015-16.The judgment was delivered by Justice Devendra Kumar Arora on six writ petitions moved by some students.State counsel Sanjay Bhasin said the college had no affiliation or recognition of Medical Council of India (MCI) and 150 students were wrongly admitted without proper counselling, in a process which was “neither transparent nor fair”.”This court is constrained to observe that there has been a wilful disobedience by the respondent medical college of the orders passed by the apex court, which is nothing but an interference with the administration of justice. Disobedience of an order of a court, which is wilful, shakes the very foundation of the judicial system and can erode the faith and confidence reposed by the people in the judiciary, and undermines the rule of law,” the court said.It further observed that the medical college had shown “scant respect” to the order passed by the highest court of the country and proceeded, under haste, to impart medical education to the petitioners in the first year MBBS course, possibly to make an “unlawful gain, adopting unhealthy practices”.

Madhya Pradesh: SC/ST students of govt college given bags with their caste mentioned on them

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another incident of caste discrimination, bags were allegedly distributed in Rajiv Gandhi Government PG College in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh which would help people identify Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students. These bags which were distributed among 250 of the 600 undergraduate and post-graduate SC/ST students, allegedly mentions that they have been distributed under the “SC/ST scheme”.According to an Indian Express report, this incident came to forefront when the pictures of students with the bag started making rounds on social media. Calling this discrimination shameful, President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee Arun Yadav took to Twitter to criticise RSS-backed Madhya Pradesh government and the treatment they were meting out to Dalits and tribals by using them as vote banks.However, this isn’t the first time when SC/ST, Dalit students have been discriminated against. According to an article published in The Tribune last month, Lajpat Rai DAV College in Jagraon, Punjab installed a separate biometric machine to record the attendance of SC/Backward Class (OBC) students on the grounds that this would help in smooth disbursement of scholarships for these students.While the students and Dalit organisations protested against the practice, a recent report states that the state government has not reviewed its decision on making biometric attendance compulsory for Dalit students availing scholarships.Last year Indian Express reported that in schools of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, students are expected to wear different coloured bands on their wrists, foreheads, around their necks or under their shirts to be identified by the caste they belong to. These ‘caste markers’ were used to divide students in different teams on the basis of caste while playing a game.Schools and colleges as educational institutes were supposed to preach equality. Wonder where our education system has come to!

Is ignorance truly bliss? Youth speak up!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are a teenager and you are reading this, you’re probably thinking about the time your father may have nudged you to read the newspaper- EVERYDAY! While we are a country which is diverse in culture and rich in tradition, we are also different when it comes to our taste for news as teenagers. Trying to keep things light hearted, there may be some who are a little too casual about it and others who believe that a newspaper is the first thing they would love to wake up to in the morning.The dynamics though have altered, with smartphones flooding us with news updates even before we bat our eyelid. This evokes a pertinent question— Are teens in India still sensitive to news? Or are we adapting, evolving and changing with technology, being oblivious to the events occurring around us? We spoke to a few and came up with a platter of mixed responses:For political news enthusiasts like Abhinav Shankar Raman, a 17-year-old student, studying at the Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai, reading the newspaper is not just an act of hereditary ritual. “I read the newspaper and discuss foreign policies of different nations with my friends. It gives me an understanding of where our country is headed”.And for sports fans like Praveen Sriram, a 19-year-old student of IIT Bombay, “I am not interested in politics. But I do like sports and I get major information on sports from the papers”.While, teenagers are free to pick and choose the news they like, there are others who have an opinion on the medium they’d opt for.Aarti Khanna, an 18-year-old student from Delhi says, “I prefer reading news on an application than on paper or television, as it provides me constant updates. Also, news reports on television are sometimes exaggerated upon, which is a put-off.”Sanika R, a 17-year-old student from Mumbai echoed her thoughts. “I do not read the newspaper at all, I prefer reading something more positive, I believe that news does not have a direct effect on my life and let us be true to ourselves, when people read the paper, it’s just bad news”. While such an argument may not easily go down with many, the question is – if ignorance is bliss, how are they going to be informed about making appropriate electoral choices?According to Abhishek Chadha, a 19-year-old student from Kirori Mal College in Delhi, “Reading a newspaper on a daily basis makes a person aware of his surroundings, but taking a decision to vote for a particular person or party depends on one’s understanding on a subject and one’s analytical skills. If a report filed by a journalist is biased, the person reading it is likely to believe what’s written and the bias stays.”Today, ignoring daily news is becoming less of an option, because it is omnipresent — social media posts, news updates, mobile apps, and alerts etc. “Ignorance in any form can have dangerous consequences, some direct and others indirect. Therefore it is better if we keep ourselves informed,” says Abhishek.Reading a newspaper or being updated is considered a democratic responsibility, and the fact remains that the country’s future lies in the hands of the young. With all not being lost, voices must be heard, and the teens of the country must participate, if positive change is to be seen in India.

After BSF kills 7 Rangers, Pak violates ceasefire once again in RS Pura sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan rangers again violated ceasefire along the International Border (IB) in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district by resorting to small arms fire late on Friday night.”Small arms bursts are beings fired by Pakistan Rangers in Abdullian village in the Suchetgarh sector in RS Pura,” Deputy Commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh said. He said people have been advised to stay indoors and so far no relief camps have been set up and the situation will be monitored for the next 18 hours.A BSF officer said the jawans were giving befitting reply to Pakistan Rangers. The latest ceasefire violations came hours after the BSF claimed to have killed seven Pakistan Rangers and one terrorist in the “retaliatory fire” in the Kathua sector on the international border.Pakistan Rangers, the border force of Pakistan, resorted to sniper attacks at Indian posts at Hira Nagar in Kathua at around 9.35 AM, BSF said. The Indian border guarding force launched an aggressive offensive against the Pakistani firing, BSF said in a release, adding seven Rangers and a terrorist were shot dead in the retaliatory firing.Seeking to suggest that the killings had been corroborated by Pakistani media, the BSF said “source input” claimed that a media organisation in that country was running a news item about death of five Rangers. The strong response by BSF came after one of Constables Gurnam Singh was injured in a sniper fire attack by Pakistani Rangers this morning in the same area.Singh, whose condition is considered to be critical, was evacuated with the cover fire to Government Medical College in Jammu. The firing from Pakistan was effectively retaliated and that has claimed the casualties of Pakistani forces, the release said.

Dress code row: Now ‘no jeans, noisy ornaments’ for girls at Kerala Medical College

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Government Medical College here has come under flak for issuing a dress code for girls prohibiting them from wearing jeans, leggings or ‘noisy ornaments’. In a circular issued on Thursday, the Vice Principal of the College has stated a set of rules in regards to the MBBS course to ensure regular attendance and the final internal marks. However, right at the bottom of the circular there appears to be a Do’s and Don’t for both ‘gents and ‘ladies’ which ensures the students appear to be formally dressed. The boys have been ordered to maintain a ‘neat and clean dress and appearance with formal dress and shoes’, which appears to be reasonable enough. However, the women have been asked to wear formals which specifically mean ‘churidar or saree’ and that their hair must be ‘put up’. But what stood out in the Don’t section besides not asking them to wear ‘short tops or chappals’ was the part prohibiting them from wearing ‘jeans, leggings or noisy ornaments’.This is not the first instance of the ‘dress code’ menace having hit educational instituted in the state, as a Kozhikode college had banned girls from wearing jeans on campus earlier this year. Last year, 18-year-olds at a northern Kerala college were ordered to wear a uniform of a kurta, a churidaar and an overcoat instead of a dupatta, said officials at the women’s college in the district of Kozhikode. Female students, especially in the medical and engineering courses have complained that it becomes a herculean task to manoeuvre themselves while clad in a saree or worrying about dupattas, especially during exams or in practical’s where ease of movement and being comfortable are of paramount importance.

Monica Ghurde murder: 21-year-old accused charged with rape, robbery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after arrest of a 21-year-old man for the murder of perfume specialist Monica Ghurde, Goa police on Monday added charges of rape and robbery against him.”The accused, Rajkumar Singh, who was arrested in Bangalore on October 9, was initially booked only for murder. However, during the investigation he admitted to raping her too,” Police Inspector Rajesh Kumar, who is probing the case, told PTI.”Therefore, the accused has also been booked under IPC Sections 376 for rape and also 392 for robbery, as he had taken away two ATM cards and a mobile phone belonging to the deceased after killing her,” he said.The post-mortem conducted on the deceased soon after the incident had confirmed that she was smothered, although it was silent on the suspicion of rape as doctors at Goa Medical College and Hospital had sent the swab sample for serological test. That report is still awaited.Ghurde was found dead in her three-bedroom rented apartment in Sangolda village near here. The 39-year-old’s naked body was recovered on October 6, but investigation revealed she was killed a day earlier. The fashion designer-turned-perfumer had been living alone in the flat since July last.Police had earlier said that the accused had confessed to sexually abusing Monica after tying her to bed in her apartment and also forced her to watch porn clips. Singh, a 21-year-old native of Punjab, worked as a security guard. Singh was nabbed from a Bengaluru hotel on October 9. He was tracked on the basis of ATM transactions he made at different locations.Police had also said that the accused had tortured the deceased during the entire night before killing her. “He was upset with the deceased as he had lost the job and yet to get his pending salary owing to the complaint of theft registered by her (deceased) with the security agency which had employed him,” police had said.Meanwhile, the accused was today produced before a local court, which extended his police custody by another four days.

Aligarh Muslim University junior doctors go on strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Medical services in Aligarh and the surrounding districts were badly hit in Aligarh on Friday following a strike by junior doctors at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, the biggest medical facility of its kind in this region.The strike call was given following an emergency meeting of the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) at the Medical College Hospital, AMU.The junior doctors were protesting over the alleged manhandling and misbehaviour with their colleague on Wednesday.The RDA has alleged that Dr Vikas was manhandled by a close associate of the newly elected President of the AMU Students’ Union, Faizul Hasan. They were demanding Hasan’s suspension.A decision to extend a strike indefinitely would be taken later by Friday night, RDA spokesman said.The anger of the students against Medical College doctors stems from the recent death of a University student who was suffering from dengue. The students alleged that his death was due to negligence by the medical staff. On September 25, Sabir Hussain, a final year engineering student from Ghazipur district, had died at the Medical College.Later, a junior doctor and a nursing staff of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital were suspended by the Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor for their alleged negligence in treatment of the student. The VC had also setup a three-member committee to probe the incident.

Pakistan hackers target websites of colleges in Mumbai, Gandhinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspected Pakistani hackers managed to breach the websites of Government Law College (GLC) in Mumbai and a private college in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. In Mumbai, the GLC authorities lodged a complaint at the Marine Lines police station after hackers put up a message on the college website, saying “To all Indians out there…surgical strike…lolx…”, apparently referring to the army’s recent surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Some students noticed it on Monday evening and alerted the authorities.”We are investigating the IP address from which the website was defaced,” said an officer of the Cyber Crime Cell of Mumbai police.The GLC website is hosted through a private server and the hackers may have taken advantage of the security loopholes in it, said the officer.In a similar case of cyber-attack, suspected Pakistani hackers, who identified themselves as ‘Death Adders Crew’, hacked the website of Gandhinagar-based LDRP Institute of Technology and Research (LDRP-ITR). They posted a photograph of Pakistan’s flag and the slogan, ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, on the homepage of the institute, www.ldrp.ac.in.The hackers also warned of more attacks, saying “Abhi toh party shuru hui hai” (the party has just started), borrowing a line from a popular Hindi film song. The college authorities noticed the incident on Monday night. LDRP-ITR is under Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya (KSV), a private university.”We immediately deactivated the website. Only the homepage was hacked, while the data on the server is safe. Our technical team will put the website back online in due course after carrying out the required maintenance,” said Registrar of the university SK Mantrala.No police complaint had been lodged so far, he said.

Can’t always be recipient of terror attacks: Hamid Ansari hails surgical strikes across LOC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday said action against Pakistan was necessary as India can’t be the recipient of terror attacks all the time and do nothing about it.Talking to reporters on his return from his two-nation visit of Nigeria and Mali, he said, “The prime minister had said ‘we will do it and do it in the time and method of our choosing’. “How you do that is something left to the judgement of the government and the professionals in charge of this.” Ansari said, you “can’t be the recipient of terrorist attacks all the time and do nothing about it. Government has stated very clearly why action was necessary, terror launch pads were identified and taken care of”.He said both the African countries he visited also expressed their resolve in fighting terrorism. “Both Nigeria and Mali have seen very serious terror attacks, many of which crossed national borders,” he said.He also said that India wants restructuring of the legal framework by adopting a comprehensive convention on international terrorism.On the role of members of Organisation of Islamic States (OIC) when it comes to pronouncements on Jammu and Kashmir, he said it is a strange kind of organisation and not much importance should be given to it.Both Nigeria and Mali are members of OIC. Ansari said the Malian leadership apprised him that the West African country will not be party to any anti-India stand.During his address to the National Defence College in Nigerian capital Abuja too, Ansari had stressed on the need for societies that stand for peace and humanism to increase their cooperation and strengthen efforts to prevent supply of arms to terrorists, disrupt terrorist movements, and curb and criminalise terror financing.

Odisha: Doctor arrested by vigilance on graft charge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An assistant professor in MKCG Medical College and Hospital at Berhampur was arrested by anti-corruption vigilance wing in Odisha for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a man for conducting operation and treating his newborn.A trap was laid in which Dr Arun Kumar Das, Assistant Professor, Paediatric Surgery was caught red handed on Friday by vigilance officers for demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs 10,000 from complainant Suraj Chouhan of Nabarangpur district, a vigilance release said.The complainant had alleged that his newborn required an operation and treatment and he had requested Das for performing the operation and proper treatment but the doctor demanded Rs10,000 for the purpose, it said.A trap was laid on Friday and the accused was caught red handed in his chamber in the Paediatric Department of MKCG Medical College & Hospital, Berhampur by the Vigilance Officers of Berhampur Division, while accepting the bribe from Chouhan, it said.Das was arrested and forwarded to court on which remanded him to judicial custody, the release added.

Nashik: 19-year-old tries to launder tiger skin, falls in police trap

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to sell tiger skin, a 19-year-old boy was arrested by Sarkarwada police in Nashik on Tuesday. Omkar Aher has been identified as a resident of Kamod Nagar and is studying at a polytechnic college in Nashik.According to Sarkarwada police, the boy was in possession of a tiger skin which he wanted to sell. The police then set a trap and called him to Big Bazaar on College Road in Nashik, where he tried to sell the skin for Rs 25 lakh and was arrested.Initially, police filed a case of cheating. However, after investigation, the charges were filed under Wildlife protection act. The furred skin was found in a bag in his house. The bag was later sealed by the police.”The boy confessed that he’s had the tiger skin in his possession since a long time. He had found it in his old house, a wada, in the old Nashik area. His friends provoked him to sell this valuable item in order to earn a lot of money,” said PSI Sonawane.The tiger skin has been confiscated by the police and further investigations are on.

Odisha: Explosion in cracker unit kills six

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The toll in Nayagarh cracker factory explosion mounted to six on Saturday with five more people succumbing to their injuries while undergoing treatment. One person with injuries died within minutes of being taken to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack early this morning, while four others succumbed during the day.The body of a man had been recovered from the fire cracker making unit at Tanti Sahi in Itamati area soon after the incident last evening. The condition of three others of the five remaining injured at the hospital is stated to be ‘very critical’, officials said.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs two lakh to the families of the deceased. The state government is also bearing the cost of the treatment of the injured, they said. Law Minister Arun Sahu, who is MLA of Nayagarh, visited the hospital on Friday.

Bhagalpur University recommends cancellation of Jitender Singh Tomar’s law degree

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Examination Board of Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) in Bihar recommended cancellation of the law degree of former Delhi Law Minister and AAP MLA Jitender Singh Tomar on Wednesday, who was arrested on charge that his degree was fake.The Examination board of the university found true the findings of an interim committee constituted earlier on Tomar’s degree and recommended cancellation of the degree, Pro Vice Chancellor AK Rai said. The Board’s recommendation would now go to University Senate for necessary action, Rai said. If due to any reason the Senate, whose Chairman is state’s Governor Ramnath Kovind, fails to meet, then the recommendation would go to Syndicate and then to the Chancellor, he said.The interim committee in its report a few months ago had found the migration certificate of the former Law Minister of the Arvind Kejriwal cabinet wrong and on the basis of it had recommended cancellation of the Law degree. The controversy relates to the acquisition of Law degree by Tomar on the basis of a doubtful enrolment at Biswanath Law College in Munger in the academic session 1994-95. He had claimed to have passed the law examination in 1998-99.Tomar was arrested and later released on bail last year in the Law degree issue and had to resign from the Kejriwal ministry.

NEET row: Hombay HC allows Maharashtra to go ahead with its domicile policy

The court was hearing petitions filed by Mahatma Gandhi Vidyamandir’s Karmaveer Bhausaheb Hiray Dental College and Hospital, a private unaided college, and the students from outside Maharashtra, challenging the rules denying admissions to applicants from other states in these courses. It allowed Maharashtra to go ahead with its domicile policy. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a setback to the petitioners challenging new rules for admission to any graduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD/MS) in government or private medical colleges in the country through the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the Bombay High Court on Monday declined to interfere into the matter and asked Maharashtra to go ahead with its domicile policy.Lifting a stay on the admissions to various courses through NEET, the court, however, asked the Maharashtra Government to prepare a separate list for candidates from outside the state, but restrained the government from putting that out without its review. The court was hearing petitions filed by Mahatma Gandhi Vidyamandir’s Karmaveer Bhausaheb Hiray Dental College and Hospital, a private unaided college, and the students from outside Maharashtra, challenging the rules denying admissions to applicants from other states in these courses.The High Court had on August 30 stayed a government’s resolution that made it mandatory for all deemed medical universities and colleges to follow the NEET merit list for admitting students. More than 20,000 students had registered for the centralised admission process through NEET for admissions to 1,675 seats in deemed institutes in Maharashtra. The selection list was supposed to be published by September 3, but it was stayed by the High Court till it decides on those petitions.The petitioners have challenged the rules that allow the benefit of reservation only to local students, questioning how such domicile rules could be applied in private unaided colleges.

Chennai: One dead, 10 injured after youth rams Porsche into 12 parked autos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One auto driver was killed and 10 others were injured after an allegedly drunk youth rammed his Porsche into parked autorickshaws in Chennai on Monday.According to reports, the incident took place at around 3:30 am at Cathedral Road in the city.The police have arrested the accused Vikas Vijayanand. Vikas, son of Supreme Court lawyer Vijay Anand, was driving the car, reported Times of India.His car, a blue Porsche, was also smashed. “The student Vikas Vijayanand was drunk while driving. We are investigating,” NDTV quoted a police officer as saying.The injured have been admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government Medical College Hospital.

Woman mauled by stray dogs: Kerala Cyber Warriors hack into Maneka Gandhi’s ‘People For Animals’ website

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid a debate in Kerala over increasing stray dog menace, a self-proclaimed hackers group Kerala Cyber Warriors hacked into Maneka Gandhi’s website ‘People For Animals’ on Sunday. The group demanded a Stray Dog Free India. They shared the following post on their Facebook page:The website is now operational again. Kerala state minister on Monday said strong measures would be taken to get rid of canines creating havoc on streets. “There is no legal hindrance for killing violent stray dogs. Lives of the citizens are of prime importance for a government,” Minister for Local Self Governance K T Jaleel told reporters in Nedumbassery near Kochi. Two days after a 65-year-old woman became the latest victim of the stray dog menace in Kerala, Jaleel asked the local bodies to take strong steps to put an end to the problem in their area.”The government will go ahead with the strongest action (to end the menace),” he said.Siluvamma was attacked by a large pack of dogs on the Pulluvila beach in Thiruvananthapuram last week and succumbed to injuries while being rushed to a hospital.In another incident last week, Daisy, a native of Pulluvila, was attacked and severely injured by stray dogs. The 52-year-old woman was rushed to the Government Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram and given a shot of anti-rabies vaccination. Hospital sources said though she had injuries on her hands and legs, her condition was stable. Stray dogs had also attacked the people who had come to the woman’s rescue.Wandering stray dogs have been posing a threat to people, especially women, children and the elderly in coastal stretches in Kerala for some time. The issue has been a point of debate in Kerala for the last few years after an increase in incidents of stray dog attacks and was also raised in the Assembly earlier this year.According to a report submitted in the Supreme Court recently in a connected case, more than one lakh people in Kerala have been bitten by dogs in 2015-16. The report was submitted by a committee appointed by the apex court to look into the aspect of treatment of people bitten by stray dogs and claims of compensation in the state. It also said Kerala is estimated to have a stray dog population of 2.5 lakh, which feeds lavishly on the waste and garbage dumps across cities and towns.

Not a messenger of the government: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Faced with a volley of complaints and demands from teachers at an event here, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat told them he was not a “messenger” of the BJP-led central government and they should approach HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.Addressing about 2000 young couples today at another function, Bhagwat urged them to work for family values and help inculcate patriotic sentiments in children. On the first day of his visit on Saturday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief took part in Vishwavidhyalayi Avam Mahavidhyalayi Shaikshik Sammelan where teachers from 11 west Uttar Pradesh districts participated.Bhagwat asked the teachers to be agents of change and strengthen national sentiments in the students. He said he was aware of the problems in the educational field but he was not a representative of the NDA government. The audience included university teachers, academics and a large number teachers from schools in Agra and neighbouring districts. The teachers raised a number of their grievances but Bhagwat said RSS was an independent outfit and they will have to raise their issues with the government.”I know all of you are thinking that I am a messenger of the government but that is not true. I won’t be able to help you with issues like pension, work place harassment and others.”I would request you to please write to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.” He, however, promised he would try to present their case before the government.On the issue of declining Hindu population, Bhagwat said it was because of the current social environment. “Which law says that the population of Hindus’ should not rise? What is stopping them when population of others’ is rising. The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this,” the RSS chief said.Bhagwat today addressed young couples at the Agra College as part of his four-day stay in the city to interact with groups representing various social strata and professions.

VP Singh Badnore to take oath as Punjab Governor on Monday

Chandigarh: VP Singh Badnore will take oath as the new Punjab Governor in Chandigarh on Monday.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice SJ Vazifdar will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Badnore at Punjab Raj Bhawan here tomorrow, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Badnore (69) will take charge from Kaptan Singh Solanki, who also holds the charge of Haryana governor.

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VP Singh Badnore (L) is the Governor designate for Punjab. Twitter /@HMOIndia

Badnore, who belongs to Bhilwara in Rajasthan, is a four-time legislator in the Rajasthan assembly. He was an MLA from 1977-80, 1985-90, 1993-98 and 1998-99. During his last term as MLA, he was the state irrigation minister.

He was a member of the 13th and 14th Lok Sabha from 1999-2004 and from 2004-09.

In July 2010, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha.

A graduate in business management, he studied at Mayo College, Ajmer, and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad.

Rajya Sabha records describe Badnore as an agriculturist, environmentalist, social worker, and sportsman.

He was the chairman of the special task force to rehabilitate tigers in Sariska (Rajasthan) from 2005-09 and a member of the empowered committee of forests and wildlife management in Rajasthan.

He is a widely travelled parliamentarian. He was a part of the Indian delegations to Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Canada, in 1994 and in 2004, besides the Indian delegation of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) to Pakistan.

A keen swimmer, he has participated in national school-level swimming competitions.

Badnore will also be administrator of Union Territory of Chandigarh.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says he’s not govt’s messenger after teachers address grievances

Agra: Faced with a volley of complaints and demands from teachers at an event in Agra, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat told them he was not a “messenger” of the BJP-led central government and they should approach HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Addressing about 2000 young couples on Sunday at another function, Bhagwat urged them to work for family values and help inculcate patriotic sentiments in children.

File image of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

File image of Mohan Bhagwat. AFP

On the first day of his visit on Saturday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief took part in Vishwavidhyalayi Avam Mahavidhyalayi Shaikshik Sammelan where teachers from 11 west Uttar Pradesh districts participated.

Bhagwat asked the teachers to be agents of change and strengthen national sentiments in the students.

He said he was aware of the problems in the educational field but he was not a representative of the NDA government.

The audience included university teachers, academics and a large number teachers from schools in Agra and neighbouring districts.

The teachers raised a number of their grievances but Bhagwat said RSS was an independent outfit and they will have to raise their issues with the government.

“I know all of you are thinking that I am a messenger of the government but that is not true. I won’t be able to help you with issues like pension, work place harassment and others.

“I would request you to please write to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.”

He, however, promised he would try to present their case before the government.

On the issue of declining Hindu population, Bhagwat said it was because of the current social environment.

“Which law says that the population of Hindus’ should not rise? What is stopping them when population of others’ is rising. The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this,” the RSS chief said.

Bhagwat on Sunday addressed young couples at the Agra College as part of his four-day stay in the city to interact with groups representing various social strata and professions.

Kerala nursing student didn’t face ragging, says university probe; claims suicide attempt

A university probe into the Kerala Dalit student ‘ragging’ case stated that the victim had tried to commit suicide because of family problems.

“It was no ragging incident. The girl tried to commit suicide due to family problems,” a report prepared by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) stated, as reported by ManoramaNews.

The girl’s uncle however dismissed the reports saying that there were no problems in the girl’s family, says the report further.

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Karnataka police. Representational image. Image courtesy: PTI

The incident came to light on 21 June, when the victim, Aswathy, a 19-year-old Dalit first year nursing student from Kerala, was admitted to admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (KMCH) with serious stomach problems.

She was reportedly forced to drink toilet cleaner by her seniors at the women’s hostel of Al Qamar College of Nursing, Gulbarga.

The victim said the seniors abused her for her dark complexion, and for her father deserting his family a few years ago, reported The Times of India.

Based on her statement, police in Kozhikode had registered an FIR on 22 June against five of her seniors. On 25 June, three senior students were arrested from the nursing college based on the victim’s allegations and sent to judicial custody.

Meanwhile college administrator M M Baigh, said the girl had consumed the toilet cleaning solution herself. “We had rushed her to a hospital when it came to our notice. She had recovered from it and resumed coming to college,” he said, as reported by The Times Of India.

Al Qamal College ragging case: Karnataka Police records statement of nursing student

Kozhikode: A police team from Karnataka has recorded the statement of the Dalit nursing student, a victim of ragging now undergoing treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital here, police said on Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old Aswathi was allegedly force-fed toilet cleaner by her seniors at the hostel of Al Qamal College of Nursing in Kalaburgi in Karnataka on 9 May, seriously damaging her internal organs.

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Representational image. AFP

She was admitted to a private college in Kalaburgi after the incident, but as her condition worsened after five days, she was sent back home with another Keralite student.

She was then admitted to Thrissur Medical College Hospital in Kerala, after which she was referred to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (KMCH) on 2 June.

It took several hours for the team, led by Kalaburgi DSP Jhanvi to record her statement on Monday as she experienced breathing problems and vomiting, Sub Inspector of KMCH police station, Habib said.

Doctors at KMCH had suggested a major surgery as the chemicals of the toilet cleaner severely damaged her food pipe following which she had been admitted to the ICU.

Quoting hospital sources, Habib said it would take at least six months for the girl to recover.

Based on her statement, the city police had on 22 June registered an FIR against five of her seniors and a copy of it was sent to Kalaburgi Police Commissioner for further investigation.

Cases under various sections of IPC, including 307 (attempt to murder), 36 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 346 (wrongful confinement in secret) and various sections of SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act were registered against the senior students. The case has been transfered to Gulbarga University police station for investigation.

The Karnataka Police had on 24 June arrested three senior students of the nursing college in connection with the incident.

The Kerala Women’s Commission (KWC) had earlier sent a letter to the Karnataka Women’s Commission, urging it to intervene in the matter and “take right action on the incident in which the girl was brutally harassed in the name of ragging”.

KWC Chairperson Rosa Kutty has also spoken to her Karnataka counterpart.

Check: FYJC first merit list for admission in Mumbai, Pune colleges out on fyjc.org.in

Students who have applied for admission to First Year Junior College (FYJC) in Mumbai and Pune, some of you may have finally landed into the college of your dream. The Maharashtra Director of Education office has declared the First Merit List on their official website. While the provisional General Merit List for admission to FYJC in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune Region was declared on last Monday i.e. June 20, the final list was out today at 5 PM.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Second and third merit lists for the admission will be declared on July 4 and July 11 respectively. However, there is no confirmation from government on release of fourth merit list. Steps to check the FYJC Merit List 1:1) Access the following links to check Mumbai and Pune Merit list respectively – www.fyjc.org.in/mumbai and www.pune.fyjc.org.in.2) On the extreme left on the home page, you will find ‘Check Results (Round 1)’. Click on it.3) On the new page that appears, enter your application form no. Then, click on ‘Get Results’.You will get your results. About the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE):The MBSHSE board was established in the year of 1996 and works under the Maharashtra state government. There are many private and government schools are affiliated under this board. The main head quarter of this board is situated in Pune.All the best!

Nurse ragging case in Karnataka: 3 senior students arrested, sent to judicial custody

Kalaburgi (Karna): Three senior students of a nursing college in Kalaburgi were on Friday arrested in connection with the alleged ragging of a first year Dalit girl student from Kerala who is now being treated at a hospital in her home state for severe damage to her internal organs.

Kalaburugi Superintendent of Police N Shashikumar told PTI that those arrested were identified as Lakshmi, Athera and Vishnupriya.

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All of them have been sent to judicial custody, he said.

Nineteen-year-old Aswathi was allegedly force-fed toilet cleaner by her seniors at the hostel of Al Qamal College of Nursing in Kalaburigi on 9 May, seriously damaging her internal organs.

She is now battling for life at Kozhikode Medical College hospital, where she was admitted on 2 June.

Based on her statement, police in Kozhikode had registered an FIR on 22 June against five of her seniors.

National Human Rights Commission took cognizance of media reports of the incident and asked the state government and Kozhikode district authorities to file a report on it and action taken.

It issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Karnataka, as well as the District
Collector and Superintendent of Police of Kozhikode, calling for reports on action taken in the matter within four weeks.

It observed that ragging has been banned in educational institutions and guidelines on recommendations of the Raghavan Committee to curb ragging have been issued in this regard.

NHRC said the Apex Court has also referred to ragging as an ugly scar, which needs to be obliterated from educational institutions. The college authorities were legally bound and responsible to ensure protection of students from the menace of ragging, the Commission stated.

A Karnataka police team probing the incident is now in Kozhikode and will visit her on Saturday to record her statement.

Kerala Women’s Commission also wrote to its counterpart in Karnataka, urging it to intervene in the matter.

Barricades on Ganga barrage after 7 drown while clicking selfie

Barricades will be constructed on the Ganga barrage after Wednesday’s unfortunate accident in which seven young men drowned in the river, reported NDTV.

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Officials told NDTV that they have sought assistance from the Irrigation Department to build barricades. Police teams will be deployed on the barrage and anyone trying to go beyond its slopes will be arrested. The number of divers at the barrage will also be increased, the officials added.

The Wednesday’s  incident happened when six youths from Juhi area and one Shivam from Colonelganj area of the district had gone to take a bath in the river after rainfall, reported PTI.

Shivam was clicking a selfie while bathing following which he lost his balance and started drowning in the river.

Maqsood tried to save Shivam but he too lost his balance due to the high water level and high current following heavy rainfall, SP (West) Sachindra Patel said.

All the other friends jumped one after another to save the others but drowned in the attempt, the SP said.

A team of divers was deployed to save the youths and their bodies were recovered after two hours, Patel said, adding, all of them were sent to Medical College Hospital where they were declared dead by the doctors.

The deceased have been identified as Sachin Gupta (21), Bholu Tiwari (20), Rohit (20), Shivam (19), Maqsood (31), Bhola (16) and Satyam (24).

The matter will be investigated, SSP Mathur said.

Five girls booked in Dalit nursing student ragging case

Kozhikode: Five students of a nursing college in Karnataka have been booked in connection with the alleged ragging of a first-year Dalit girl student, who has been hospitalised with severe stomach problems, police said.

Karnataka Police. Getty images

Karnataka Police. Getty images

The case was registered against Lakshmi of Kollam, Athira of Idukki and Krishna, Shilpa and Joe of Al Qamar College of Nursing at Gulburga, based on a statement from the 19-year-old victim, who is undergoing treatment at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital, Sub Inspector (SI) of KMCH Police Station, Habib said.

He said the girl had named only five of the eight seniors who were involved. The SI said her condition was now stable. A copy of the FIR had been sent to Gulbarga Police commissioner for further investigation into the matter, he said.

Police said the victim was allegedly forced to drink toilet-cleaning lotion by eight of her seniors, who are all from Kerala, on 9 May. Following the incident, she was admitted to a private hospital in Gulburga with serious stomach problems. As her condition worsened after five days of treatment, she was sent back home along with another Keralite student.

The girl was then admitted to Thrissur Medical College Hospital, after which she was referred to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (KMCH) on 2 June. Doctors at KMCH had suggested a major surgery as the chemicals of the toilet cleaner severely damaged her food pipe following which she had been admitted to the ICU.

Cases were booked under various sections of IPC,including 307 (attempt to murder), 36 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 346 (wrongful confinement in secret) and various sections of SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act, they said.

DU college professor alleges harassment by colleague

A professor of Delhi University’s Hindu College has accused a colleague of sexual harassment who in turn alleged that he is being targeted by the administration for being a Dalit. The woman alleged in a complaint to the college authorities that the professor harassed her and passed vulgar comments when she had gone to intervene in some “unauthorised work” being done by him.The professor concerned maintained that the complaint against him was “fake” and a conspiracy was being hatched against him by the college administration because he is a Dalit.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am being harassed by the college administration because of my caste. I am being targeted because I have been vocal about the illegitimate appointment of guest lecturers. They want me to be silent and take back my complaints. To pressure me, they have filed a fake case against me,” he told a press conference.Repeated calls and text messages to college principal Anju Srivastava seeking her reaction on the issue went unanswered.

Bihar toppers scam: Accused Bachha Rai booked under Arms Act

A day after arms and ammunition were seized from his office, Bachha Rai, principal of Bishun Rai Intermediate college in Vaishali district which is in the eye of a storm over the 10+2 toppers scam in Bihar was booked under Arms Act.A case has been filed against him at Bhagwanpur police station under section 25 (1)(B) and section 26 of the Arms Act for illegal possession of weapon and ammunition at his office, Bhagwanpur police station in-charge Vikram Acharya said. The Vaishali police will soon seek his remand for interrogation in connection with registration of the case against him under the Arms Act, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the scam had carried out raids at the college premises on Sunday and recovered a country-made pistol and five cartridges from an almirah in the principal’s office, Acharya said.Rai was arrested from near the college premise on June 11 in connection with the scam involving several students of his college, including Arts and Science topper Ruby Rai and and Saurabh Shrestha respectively. The scandal surfaced following a video featuring the toppers went viral in which Ruby and Saurabh were seen giving ridiculous answers to questions on their subjects.

Bihar exam row: Gold worth Rs 20 lakh recovered from key accused Baccha Rai’s residence

The SIT probing the Intermediate Bihar toppers’ scam on Tuesday recovered gold worth Rs 20 lakh from the principal of Bishun Roy College, Bachcha Rai’s residence in Vaishali.The SIT has also recovered cash worth Rs 1,32,000 and some documents. It all began when a Class 12 arts topper from Bihar thought political science was about cooking and her classmate, a science topper, couldn’t explain the connection between H2O and water. These top scorers in the Bihar state board intermediate exams were exposed in media interviews soon after their Class 12 results were announced last month.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the furore over the Bihar Board examination toppers being unable to answer basic questions related to their stream, eventually leading to a re-examination, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the guilty won’t be spared, adding that investigation into the matter will be done with a criminal angle.The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Bihar Police earlier on June 9, arrested five persons in connection with the state board exams scam.

Patna court issues arrest warrants against ex-BSEB chief, former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha

A court in Patna on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife, former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha, in connection with +2 toppers scandal in the state.Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate Om Prakash issued the arrest warrants against the couple on a plea by police. Sinha was replaced on Tuesday as principal of Ganga Devi College here by senior professor of the institution Kanchan Chakhaiyar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sinha had appointed junior professor Dilip Kumar Verma as principal of the college before proceeding on leave after her name cropped up in the +2 examination scandal in which her husband and ex-board chairman was a prime player. Investigation in the scam had highlighted her role and the police made her a co-accused in the case.Smelling trouble, Sinha went underground last week and appointed Verma as principal of the college. Sinha, who did not contest the 2015 Assembly elections as her seat Hilsa in Nalanda district had gone to RJD quota, had joined the college and was made the principal.”Prima facie there are ample evidences against Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh. Proof of tampering in the exam copies and evaluation have been found which was in the knowledge of the ex-BSEB chairman (Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh),” senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj, who heads the SIT to probe the scam, had said.Police had on June 11 arrested Bacha Rai, the kingpin of the toppers scandal, from Bhagwanpur police station in Vaishali district. Rai is the secretary-cum principal of controversial Bishun Rai College. The scandal was brought to the fore by media by conducting interviews of arts and science toppers Ruby Rai and Saurabh Shreshta for their answers to simple questions.

Following SC order, top 13 ranks in UP PG medical entrance exam score more than max marks

Suryabhan Mishra belongs to a small village in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The son of a humble farmer, he grew up with a dream of becoming a doctor, to “serve people, earn respect and live a life of dignity”.

His parents believed in his dream and made sure that their son got the proper education. After completing his schooling in the local government school, and working hard for four long years – without any help of coaching classes, which in any case Mishra could not afford – he cracked the UPCPMT (Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test) and secured a MBBS seat at BRD medical college, Gorakhpur. For Mishra it was a dream come true.

UP PG medical entrance exam students. Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

After completing his MBBS, Mishra appeared for the post graduate entrance exam. Like a host of other aspirants, Mishra too wanted to do masters in Radiology and worked hard for it.

“Every doctor’s dream branch nowadays is Radiology. I wanted to become a radiologist too. In my first attempt in PG entrance exams, I got all India rank 3100 and in Uttar Pradesh Post Graduate Medical Entrance Exam (UPPGMEE) I fetched rank 75. I was getting various branches like medicine, surgery but not radiology. I did not have enough funds to prepare for another year but did not want to give up. I managed some funds and went on to prepare for another year. In spite of so much mental, financial and emotional pressure, I worked hard and with god’s grace, got seventh rank in UPPGMEE 2016. I was finally getting Radiology from KGMU, Lucknow — my dream branch and dream college,” Mishra said.

He added, “I remember calling up my mother and we cried that day because I thought that I will be able to do good in life and pay off all my debts. I started working as a radiology Jr-1 in King George’s Medical University (KGMU) Lucknow, with much contentment. Little did I knew, that this happiness was short lived. The Supreme Court order that came on 12 May shook me completely. From seventh rank, I was shifted to 86 and instead of radiology in KGMU, I was given psychiatry. I am right back to where I started. I do not know what to do, where to go. I do have a seat, but not the one I deserved, not the one I struggled for 11 years to get.”

Mishra is not alone in this. More than 300 hardworking doctors are grappling with an uncertain future in Uttar Pradesh.

UPPGMEE is conducted for Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Surgery (MS) and diploma courses, every year by the state. This year it was conducted by KGMU. In the prospectus, it was stated that 30 percent of seats are reserved for Provincial Medical Health Services (PHMS) doctors (government doctors working at primary health centres).

In January, the prospectus were issued and on 13 March, the exams were conducted and results were announced on 18 March, following which the merit list was declared. From 4 April to 8 April counselling was held in which 330 students from open category were allotted their seats. Most of them deposited their fees and started working from 1 May.

Counselling for 30 percent reserved seats was to take place on 9-10 April. But before that, on 7 April, the Allahabad High Court passed an order where it quashed the 30 percent reservation given to PMHS doctors. It was done because PMHS doctors working in urban areas were also demanding reservation.

The high court sought an explanation from the medical council of India (MCI) on the issue. MCI in its reply said that there was no point in alloting 30 percent reservation. But it added, that the state can give reservation in diploma courses. MCI in its clarification also said that there were not enough seats in PG courses and giving reservation would not leave much for the open category applicants.

Following the high court order, both PHMS doctors working in rural and urban areas moved the Supreme Court challenging the high court’s decision. The Supreme Court, on 12 May, overruled the high court’s judgment and ruled that an extra weightage of marks were to be given to the PMHS candidates according to their years of service – ten percent of the obtained marks were added as extra marks for one year, 20 percent for two years, and 30 percent for three years, with the maximum limit set at 30 percent.

In the order, the Supreme Court held, “Further provided that in determining the merit and the entrance test for postgraduate admission weightage in the marks may be given as an incentive at the rate of 10% of marks obtained of each year in service in remote and difficult areas up to the maximum of 30 % of the marks obtained”.

Students are contending that the provision of giving reservation to PHMS doctors are meant only for remote and difficult areas and that “the government is mixing these areas with rural area and there is no remote or difficult area in Uttar Pradesh, and these remote and difficult areas are in hilly areas or tribal areas.”

It was in January 2014, that the Uttar Pradesh government reserved 30 per cent of the post-graduate seats for those MBBS doctors who have completed their mandatory stint of rural services.

After the Supreme Court order, fresh counselling sessions were held, and a fresh merit list was prepared in which Jawed Akhter – who previously scored 82 rank – got the first place in the list with 211.9 marks out of total 200. Rakesh Kumar Pandey who previously scored 239 rank has now got second rank with 205.4 marks out of total 200 marks.

On the other hand Anveshika Srivastava, who had secured the first rank previously, got the 72nd rank.  Many of those who had earlier got more than 1000 rank, were now under 100 and would be eligible for admission into the best of colleges and departments.

Sushmita, one of the aspirants, who is at the receiving end because of the new merit list said, “We were the most affected party but we were never heard. We were never told that seats were subjected to any such case at the time of exam. The apex court was also kept in the dark as it was never informed that counselling had already taken place and that we had already started working.”

Mukund Agrawal, who got 812 rank in the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE) was allotted MD Paediatrics at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JLNMC) Aligarh. However, in UPPGMEE he got the 16th rank and was allotted MD Medicine at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College (MLNMC) Allahabad.

“I opted for UPPGMEE and left MD Paediatrics allotted through AIPGMEE. But after the fresh counselling following the Supreme Court order, I was allotted Paediatrics at Rural Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (RIMSR) at Saifai, and that too a permitted seat and not a recognised seat. This is so unfair. After so much of handwork we are getting much less than what we deserve,” Agrawal said.

Similarly, Nikhil Chaudhary got all India rank 867 and was allotted orthopaedics in Kanpur Medical College. In UPPGMEE, he got second rank and his dream branch medicine in KGMU. But after the fresh counselling his rank shifted to 79, which fetched him Medicine at Meerut Medical College.

“This is totally unfair. After securing rank two, I am not getting my desired collage. The college which has been allotted to me now is not what I deserve. I don’t want to continue with it. And also due to joining in first round counselling I was not able to focus on the PGI Chandigarh exam and that dragged my PGI rank to 187. I had to suffer losses from all sides,” says Chaudhary.

Now, hundreds of non-PMHS candidates like Sushmita, Mukund and Srishti have come together and have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court and are waiting to be heard.

Shivendra Rai, who got fourth place in UPPGMEE merit list and was allotted MD from KGMU, was shifted to rank 81, and is now unable to get any seats of his choice. He had secured rank 545 in the all India exam, and was given a seat for MD at Allahabad. But he left it because he got his preferred college. But now he is clueless.

“I don’t know what to do. But surely I don’t want to become a doctor. I m feeling cheated at this moment,” rues Rai.

ABVP student union leader manhandles professor in SRCC

Delhi University student union leader allegedly manhandled a professor at prestigious Sri Ram College of Commerce over use of sports facility on the campus.Union leader Satender Awana of the ABVP attacked sports teacher professor Vineet Mehta. Mehta was later admitted to Hindu Rao Hospital and was discharged after first aid.Mehta alleged that Awana along with seven other students entered the sports facility area and demanded the swimming pool facility be made available to them. “I told them that the concerned professor was away<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>and that they should come later. On this they lost their cool and started abusing and manhandling me,” said the professor.The professor also alleged that the boys wanted to use the facility without paying any charges, which he could not permit.The student union leader however alleged that he was also roughed up by the professor. “We requested professor Mehta to give us the phone number of the concerned professor. But he refused to do so and startedabusing us,” said Awana.Both parties later approached the local police station to register their complaint. “Both parties are playing victim and want to register an FIR. We are hearing them out, an FIR will be filed accordingly,”said a police officer at Maurice Nagar police station.

Thiruvananthapuram: Seven kg tumour removed from woman’s body

In a rare surgery, a seven kg tumour has been removed by a team of doctors from the abdomen of a 45-year-old woman in Thiruvananthapuram.The huge tumour, ‘Retroperitoneal Lymphangioma’, was removed after a four-hour surgery by a team of 14 doctors led by Dr G Unnikrishnan, Assistant Professor of the General Surgery Department and Additional Professor Dr P K Thomas of the Medical College hospital on June 11.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr Unnikrishnan told PTI that when the patient was brought to the hospital, she was finding it difficult to bend down, breathe, and move around. The tumour had pushed her left kidney to the right, stomach and pancreas were pushed up to the anterior abdominal wall and the left descending colon was pushed to the right side, he said.The woman was admitted to the hospital on June 2 with acute stomach pain. Though she had visited various private hospitals, there was no relief. The patient was responding to treatment and recovering, he said, adding, only 186 such tumours have been reported so far the world over.

Delhi University: ABVP student union leader manhandles professor in SRCC

Delhi University student union leader manhandled a professor at prestigious Sri Ram College of Commerce over use of sports facility on campus. Union leader Satender Awana of the ABVP attacked sports teacher professor Vineet Mehta. Mehta was later admitted to Hindu Rao Hospital and was discharged after first aid.Mehta alleged that Awana along with seven other students entered the sports facility area and demanded the swimming pool facility be made available to them. “I told them that the concerned professor was away and that they should come later. On this they lost their cool and started abusing and manhandling me,” said the professor. The professor also alleged that the boys wanted to use the facility without paying any charges, which he could not permit.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The student union leader however alleged that he was also roughed up by the professor. “We requested professor Mehta to give us the phone number of the concerned professor. But he refused to do so and started abusing us,” said Awana.Both parties later approached the local police station to register their complaint. “Both parties are playing victim and want to register an FIR. We are hearing them out, an FIR will be filed accordingly,” said a police officer at Maurice Nagar police station.

Two more arrests made in Bihar board merit list case

Patna: Two more persons, who were “working” for absconding former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, were on Sunday arrested in Patna in connection with state intermediate examination scandal while the ex-BSEB chief’s wife has been made a ‘non-FIR’ accused.

The arrested persons are — Ajit Shaktiman, an ad hoc lecturer with Patna College and Sandeep Kumar Jha, a teacher with Sanskrit Shiksha Board on a deputation from Sanskrit College, Bhagalpur, Senior Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaj told reporters in Patna.

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Representational image. PTI

With these arrests, the total number of persons held have gone up to eight including the alleged kingpin of the toppers’ scandal, Bachha Rai, who was on Saturday arrested after he surrendered at Bhagwanpur police station in Vaishali district.

Both (Ajit and Sandeep) of them were “working as agents” for Lalkeshwar Singh and were in constant touch with Singh’s wife and a former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha, the SSP said, adding, his wife’s involvement in the scandal has also come to the fore during the investigation.

Ajit and Sandeep have confessed to their crime while Usha Sinha is absconding, he said.

They used to manage centres besides changing copies and helping people in providing marks, said Maharaj, who is heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on merit muddle in Bihar Intermediate Examination.

Bachha Rai, who is Secretary-cum Principal of controversial Bishun Rai College arrived at the Bhagwanpur police station to give himself up after which he was arrested.

Mumbai: Students step in to help drought-hit farmers

A group of students from KC College in Mumbai have chipped in with more than one lakh litres of water, over 1,000kg of food-grains and numerous note books for children in drought-affected areas. Collecting donations in Mumbai by going from house to house, the students have gathered the necessary money and provided help to drought-affected areas.The students have not only been involved in providing help, but have also participated in works related to the deepening, widening and construction of canals in Khadkoni village of Barshi taluka in Solapur district. The students have also donated carrom boards and activity material to the schools in these areas, in addition to study material and stationery.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The idea has clicked and, with the help of the Rotaract Club of KC College, a campaign titled Farmer Empowerment Campaign was started on April 1 after the students came to know about successive drought years and water scarcity in Marathwada and adjoining areas.Ezekiel Baskar, who is the chairperson of this campaign, said that they had recently visited Aurangabad in Marathwada and met farmers in Kasab Kheda, a small village. In Udgir, Latur, students distributed water pouches and cooking oil, which they carried with them. Sammruddhi Purav and Gunjan Punwani, two of the participating KC College students, said that they went from door to door seeking donations for their campaign and were fortunate that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis formally launched their campaign at his office in Vidhan Bhavan.Baskar said that being students, they were moved by the plight of the farmers and have decided to continue this campaign. Initially, they had decided to launch the campaign for empowering, encouraging and energising the farmers who are in distress. But during their visits to drought-affected areas, they realised that although their work is a small drop in the ocean, they have to continue with this work to make a difference.

After Haryana govt’s ban on jeans for teachers, here’s a look at other bizarre dress codes

Haryana Education Department has issued a ruling banning elementary and middle school teachers from wearing jeans at work. The directive, issued on 4 June, is to ensure that teachers “set an example” for the students by dressing in formal and appropriate clothes.

The Tribune quotes PK Das, Additional Chief Secretary, School Education Department, as saying, “Besides banning jeans, we will ensure they do not come in flashy clothes, such as a red shirt or a loud printed one. Also, all the shirt buttons should be fastened,” he said. The orders would be applicable for teachers in secondary schools too.”

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Take a look at some of the craziest dress codes that have been imposed in our country:

No jeans, only salwar kameez or sarees

In 2012, Haryana’s Women and Child Development Department had given a directive to its women employees to be dressed in salwar kameez or sarees and avoid wearing jeans and T- shirts to work. The decision was withdrawn later.

Ruling since 1975

Adarsh Women College in Haryana has a dress code since 1975 that mandates girls to wear white salwar kameez on Mondays and on the other days they can wear salwar kameez of their choice. The dress code extends even to the staff. In 2012, they fined four girls for wearing jeans with T-shirts. The justification? “With the changing time, we have allowed the girls to wear jeans paired with long kurta, but these girls were wearing T-shirts,” says the college principal.

Entry only with ivory- green striped shirts

Another bizarre order came from the Surat Municipal Corporation. Their dress code mandated male teachers to wear ivory-green striped shirts with dark green trousers and the female teachers to wear sarees.

Say no to “immodest dress, sleeveless blouses” 

Last year, Nadakkavu, a women’s college in Kozhikode, run by the Muslim Educational Society (MES) put a ban on jeans, leggings and purdahs, allowing the girls only to wear chudidar and overcoat on campus. The circular stated the girls “shall not wear immodest dress, sleeveless blouses, short skirts and short tops.”

Dress codes for temples

The Madras High Court mandated a dress code for temples in Tamil Nadu from 1 January, 2016. Banning jeans for both men and women, the court directed men to wear dhoti and shirt or pyjama ‘with upper cloth’ and women to wear saree or half-saree or churidhar ‘with upper cloth’.

Can you beat this?

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The original circular issued by the college. Twitter/Kavita Krishnan

A college in Tamil Nadu, Sri Sairam College of Engineering, can take the prize for the strangest rules on dress codes. A circular titled ‘Big NOs For Girls’, goes into intricate details like ‘No banyan top type pant’, ‘No big size stud or ring’, ‘No very high heels or fancy slippers’ and to the extent of mentioning ‘Two sides of dupatta should be compulsorily pinned up’.

Dress code for parents!

Another engineering college in Tamil Nadu, RMD College of Engineering, has a ban on jeans. Not only for students and teachers, but even for the parents! When a blogger came to the college, dressed in denims, to give a guest lecture, he was turned back and asked to change into formal clothing before entering the campus.

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