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Maharashtra to tap e-commerce portals for revenue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pointing to the loss of revenue, a powerful committee of the Maharashtra legislature has urged the state government to consider an entry tax on cross-border transactions on e-commerce portals.”E-commerce portals like Amazon and Flipkart mention the tax in their bills if the goods are sold within the state. But when goods from outside Maharashtra are provided directly to consumers in our state, sales tax is levied by the other state. Maharashtra does not get sales tax on it and is deprived of revenue. The (finance) department must study this way of functioning. If goods are received in Maharashtra from other states through the online route, details must be procured about where it was purchased, if tax has been paid and care must be taken to ensure that Maharashtra gets the necessary revenue,” said a report of the public accounts committee (PAC) which was tabled in the state legislature on Tuesday.The committee, which is chaired by Gopaldas Agarwal, Congress MLA from Gondia, noted that while the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) would mitigate the issue to a large extent, it was necessary for the finance department to oversee the working of e-commerce portals like Amazon and Flipkart.”With regards to this, (states like) Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have levied an entry tax for e-commerce. The department must study this tax system. In case of sale and purchase transactions where there is no record of where the goods have been purchased from or if the tax has been paid or not, it must be presumed that the goods have been transacted within Maharashtra itself and taxes must be levied accordingly,” the report said.It stressed that while details should be sought from various companies on sale and purchase transactions and where the goods were dispatched from, special attention needed to be paid to those companies whose go-downs were located on the borders of the state.”Considering these issues, the state government must take immediate measures to prevent tax evasion and submit a report to the committee in three months on the action taken,” the committee recommended.Officials said the measure was aimed at plugging tax evasion by sellers on these portals.Sales tax accounts for the highest chunk of the state government’s budgeted revenues (30.08%) at Rs 81,437.69 in 2016-17.States like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Assam and Rajasthan have also moved to charge entry tax on e-commerce goods from other states.Computerised recordNoting that many traders did not give computerised bills to customers, the PAC said that this led to the state and Centre’s revenue being lost. “…the department must start an online system for all purchase and sales to keep a computerised record of all transactions,” the committee recommended, adding that a call centre could be started for consumers to register their complaints about merchants who did not issue bills for purchases.

Note ban: Rs 500, Rs 1,000 exchange ends tonight; exemptions stay till 15 December

The government on Thursday said over the counter exchange of old Rs500, Rs 1000 notes will be stopped with effect from midnight. Also, the Rs 1000 notes has been banned from public use from now on including for essential activities listed under the exemptions. The government has also extended the deadline for exemptions. where old Rs500 notes can be used till 15 December.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

It has been observed that over the counter exchange of the old currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination has shown a declining trend.  It has further been felt that people may be encouraged and facilitated to deposit their old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes in their bank accounts,” the finance ministry said in a release on Thursday evening.

“This will encourage people who are still unbanked, to open new bank accounts.  Consequently, there will be no over the counter exchange of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes after midnight of 24.11.2016,” the release said.

Banks will, however, continue to accept old Rs 1000 notes as deposits, the release said.

On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced one of the biggest demonetisation exercises India has seen in several decades by banning the Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes stepping up the government’s attack on blackmoney, counterfeit notes  and terror finance. The move resulted in massive disruptions in public life with bank branches and ATMS running out of cash in the subsequent days.The move impacted small traders, vendors and thousands in the informal economy, triggering political protests.

The government further clarified that foriegn tourists will be allowed to exchange foreign currency up to Rs 5,000 per week

Following are the list of places where the old Rs500 notes will continue to be accepted till 15 December:

–  All Government Schools will accept old 500 Rs notes as academic fees up to a limit of Rs 2,000 per student.
– Central or State Government colleges will also accept fees in cash in the old currency notes
– Citizens can now recharge their pre-paid mobile phones in old currency up to a limit of Rs 500 per top-up.
– Consumer Cooperative Stores will also accept old 500 rupee notes, however, there will be a limit of Rs 5,000 at a time.
– Payment of current and arrear dues to utilities will be limited to only water and electricity. This facility will continue to be available only for individuals and households.
– Considering that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways have continued the toll free arrangement at the toll plazas up to 2.12.2016, it has been decided that toll payment at these toll plazas may be made through old Rs. 500 notes from 3.12.2016 to 15.12.2016.

First Published On : Nov 24, 2016 20:22 IST

HC sets free two men accused of gangraping colleague; says ‘inconsistency’ in woman’s version

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court has set free two men of the charge of gangraping their colleague, saying there was “inconsistency” in the woman’s version about the incident.Holding that the two convicts, who have been in custody since June 2009, “deserve the benefit of doubt”, Justice S P Garg directed their release from jail immediately.”…Nothing has come on record to show if during her employment in the factory for about a month, the appellants had an evil eye on her or had attempted any time to outrage her modesty. No complaint whatsoever was filed by the victim against any of the appellants any time.”Considering the inconsistent and conflicting versions narrated by the prosecutrix (woman) at different stages of investigation, conviction and sentence of the appellants cannot be sustained in the absence of independent corroboration. The appellants deserve benefit of doubt,” the court said.The court’s verdict came on an appeal filed by the duo who had challenged their conviction and 10 year jail term awarded by the trial court here in July 2014. Besides the sentence, the two were also fined Rs 10,000 each.The high court set aside the trial court’s order and said that “on perusal of statements of the prosecution witnesses and various exhibits on record, they revealed infirmities or inconsistencies which have emerged on record making it unsafe to base conviction on the solitary testimony of the prosecutrix without independent corroboration”.As per the police, the woman was gangraped by the two when she went to the factory premises of one of the accused on June 14, 2009. On the day of the alleged incident, she had gone there to collect her wages, police had said.One of the accused during the trial had claimed innocence and told the court that the physical relations with the woman were with her consent.

Demonetisation: Nepal’s Prachanda dials Modi, seeks help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nepal Premier Prachanda has telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought an arrangement so that Nepalese holding a huge stock of banned high denomination Indian bank notes could swap them with legal currency in the country.During his five-minute telephonic conversation with Modi, Prachanda told him that Nepalese have quite a big stock of Indian bank notes of 500 and 1,000 denominations that have now been pulled out of circulation.Hundreds of thousands of Nepalese, who earn a living by working as daily-wage labourers in India, visit the neighbouring country seeking medical treatment or rely on Indian markets to purchase daily essentials, are said to be holding big chunk of scrapped Indian bank notes, Kathmandu Post reported. Also, those visiting India as pilgrims and those engaged in cross-border trade are said to have a big stock of now-useless Indian bank notes.Some of these people, according to the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, may lose their entire savings if the now-obsolete notes are not replaced with legal bills. “Considering this, India should make an arrangement so that Nepalese can exchange the banned notes here in Nepal,” a statement posted on Prachanda’s personal website quoted the premier as saying. In response, Modi said he would immediately resolve the issue and would also ask Finance Minister to hold talks with Nepalese counterpart. Following the Indian government’s surprise decision, the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), the central bank, also banned the use of those bank notes in Nepal from last Wednesday.The NRB has said IRs 33.6 million in the denominations of 500 and 1,000 is within the financial system in Nepal, the report said. The figure includes cash parked at vaults of banks, financial institutions and NRB.But actual stock of banned Indian bank notes is expected to be much more because Nepalese were previously allowed to carry Indian 500 and 1,000-rupee bank notes worth up to Rs25,000, it said. Also, those residing in areas bordering India usually stash Indian notes of larger denominations as they have to frequent Indian markets to buy goods.The Indian government has said people who have accounts in Indian banks need not worry as the financial institutions will provide them the currency exchange facility. But many Nepalese who own the banned notes do not have accounts in Indian banks. Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Finance wrote to the Indian Finance Ministry on Thursday requesting that arrangements be made so that Nepalese holding banned Indian notes could replace them with legal tenders here in Nepal. NRB too wrote a letter to the Reserve Bank of India, seeking exchange facility for Nepalese holding banned Indian notes here in Nepal.

10 mn new Rs 500 notes dispatched

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 10 million new notes of Rs 500 denomination, printed at the Currency Note Press (CNP) here, are on their way to Mumbai. While the first consignment of five million notes in new design was dispatched on Friday, another consignment of five million notes was sent on Sunday.The printing of new notes has been going on since about a month. Considering the rise in quantum of work, the Press Mazdoor Sangh had urged the employees to work on holidays and weekly offs as well. “Our employees responded positively,” said Sangh’s General Secretary Jagdish Godse.

Jigisha Ghosh murder case: Delhi Police seeks maximum punishment for all three convicts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Saturday sought maximum punishment for all the three convicts in the 2009 murder case of IT executive Jigisha Ghosh.Delhi’s Saket court will pronounce the quantum of sentence for the three convicts on August 22.The three accused in the case – Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik and Ravi Kapoor – are also accused in the killing of TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, who was shot dead on September 30, 2008, while returning home in her car from her office in the wee hours.Defence lawyers, however, sought a lenient punishment for the convicts citing their family situation. During the argument, defence lawyer for Ravi Kapoor said that he was only 27 years old, is suffering with life threatening disease, having two small children.Meanwhile, Amit Kumar, defence lawyer for Baljeet Malik said during the argument on quantum of sentence, they requested the court to give minimum punishment to the accused, considering their ages and previous conduct.”Considering their (accused) tender ages, there are chances that they should be allowed to come in the mainstream. On basis of that, we have requested for minimum punishment prescribed under Section 302 of the IPC,” Kumar told ANI.On the other hand, Savita Ghosh, mother of Jigisha, said the accused have committed a cold-blooded murder and, therefore, should be given death sentence.Jigisha, 28, who was working with Hewitt Associate Pvt. Ltd as operations manager, was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009, after she was dropped near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi by her official cab around 4 am.The trial had begun on April 15, 2010 with examination of her father as the first prosecution witness.The court had framed charges against the accused under IPC and Arms Act, dealing with murder, criminal conspiracy, abduction, robbery, forgery and using firearms.The recovery of the weapon allegedly used in the murder of the IT executive had led to the cracking of the murder case of Soumya.

West Bengal: BSF troops seize cattle on Indo-Bangladesh border of Malda district

The Border Security Force (BSF) troops seized as many as 1200 cattle from Sobhapur near Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s Malda district. The operation was carried out on Thursday late night amidst the special drive launched by the BSF against the smuggling of cattle across the international border.Sources in the BSF reveal that this huge consignment, comprising a huge number of cattle, was on its way to Bangladesh ahead of the Eid celebrations in that country. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“Our operation lasted the entire night and on several raids that were conducted, we managed to seize as many as 1200 cattle. The 36th battalion of the BSF carried out this operation around the Sobhapur BOP area,” said a BSF spokesperson. A day ago, the BSF troops had seized a huge cache of fake currency (FICN) from the same district. Considering these two incidents, the BSF has issued operational guidelines to further strengthen border domination so as to effectively check the menace of smuggling and activities of anti-national elements. On the other hand, troops and field commanders have been asked to maintain extra vigil on the border.

Dr Bhanumati On Duty: Cloaked in sexism, the show peddles progressive messages half-heartedly

It’s been two weeks since SAB TV began airing its new show, ‘Dr Bhanumati On Duty’. The show, which airs Monday to Friday at 10.30 pm, is a comedy centered around Bhanumati, an army doctor in charge of a hospital. Considering the number of women protagonists in Hindi TV shows being sold to an audience with an increasing appetite for female-centric narratives, I had my hopes up.

Ad of the TV series Dr Bhanumati on BEST bus.

Ad of the TV series Dr Bhanumati on BEST bus.

There have been a whole bunch of new Hindi shows with central women characters lately. Shows such as Thapki…pyaar ki, in which a Gorilla falls in love with the leading lady (maybe someone should tell them King Kong did that already), and Sasuraal Simar Ka’, in which the protagonist turns into a fly, are all upping the weirdness quotient in Hindi TV shows. There have also been shows about women’s empowerment, such as Tamanna, wherein a woman who wants to be a cricketer; and Hitler Didi (if you can get past the atrocious name), about a young working woman. Other shows like ‘Balika Vadhu’ and ‘Pratigya’ purport to condemn social atrocities like child marriage and domestic abuse, but their half-hearted efforts translate to the creators depicting violence towards women in a way that establishes the norm instead of challenging it. ‘Dr Bhanumati’ does something similar – it only manages to half-heartedly peddle progressive messages, cloaked in crystal clear sexism.

Dr Bhanumati, played by Kavita Kaushik, is a female embodiment of Ajay Devgn from Singham. The opening scene of the series shows her perched astride two ambulances (Ajay Devgn did it first with two Boleros. Too bad they both couldn’t have done it like Jean Claude van Damme on Volvo buses). Bhanumati ‘hates tears’, melodrama and the corny jokes her colleagues make, and deals with her patients and co-workers with a trademark, army-style roughness.

Kaushik’s is a well-known face on SAB TV for being the protagonist of ‘F.I.R.’ — one of the longest-running comic TV shows in India — about a Haryanvi female police officer and her group of subordinates who solve every crime in a comical way. The makers of this show seem to be eager on pushing their agenda of an attractive, no-nonsense woman teaching the men around a thing or two about professionalism.

We are all for women doctors who don’t take bullshit from their male colleagues. An older TV show protagonist, Dr Simran Mathur, from Astitva…Ek Prem Kahani, was not just deliciously good at her job, but eloped with a man 10 years younger than her and raised a daughter on her own, ignoring the frowns of disapproving elders. But Bhanumati’s character lacks patience and sympathy, and her identity as a doctor is secondary to that of an army woman.

Bhanumati gets things done by thrashing people, whether they’re sexual harassers, patients, or her staff. She intimidates patients who come to her with false ailments, and is dead set on teaching them morals for having wasted her time. The hospital could easily pass for a Bollywood set — with directors, item girls and actors traipsing in and out. Her first patient on the show is the father of a groom who shows up at the hospital with a back injury, band, dulhan and a baaraat. The father refuses to get diagnosed by Bhanumati, and his wife admits that he is ‘thoda rasiya’; he enjoys dances and ‘item girls’. So now Bhanumati hires an ‘item girl’ — complete with the faux fur and a blonde wig. The item girl excites the father who quickly begins dancing, forgetting his supposed back pain. When Bhanumati confronts him about why he faked his illness, he reveals that it’s because he doesn’t want his son to be married off to a woman from a poor family. In her gruff voice, Bhanumati convinces the father that this is morally wrong, and the father immediately begs her to bless the couple. The other eight episodes out so far proceed in a similar vein.

The characterisation of the female protagonist is decidedly masculine in comparison with the other women in the show, who give in to their supposed irrational femininity by weeping and shrieking constantly. And if you thought that Bhanumati’s success being due to her macho-ness was the only problem here, well, gear up for disappointment. The show is sexist towards men too: her sidekick, Lovely Singh Dingra (LSD), is a blubbering subordinate deeply embarrassed by his receding hairline and the fact that his wife ran away with the doodhwallah. The embarrassment is compounded by the fact that the doodhwallah is poor. (How’s that for garden-variety classism?) One recurring trope is LSD’s use of English words that make no sense when they are pieced together because they are literally translated from Hindi — this was a running joke already overused in the actor’s previous avatar in ‘F.I.R.’ ‘Dr Bhanumati’ is really just a repackaged version of ‘F.I.R.’ with a mildly different premise.

There’s nothing progressive about having a macho aggressive female protagonist and side characters that are cringeworthy caricatures of women. Will ‘Dr Bhanumati’ have as long a life as its predecessor? I’m not sticking around to find out. Pass the remote, please.

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Don’t take selfie with lions: Gujarat forest dept tells tourists

Gujarat forest department has advised tourists and locals against taking “selfie with lions” to discourage them from getting dangerously close to the wild animal and putting their lives at risk, an official said. “The forest department has found growing trend of people risking their lives by taking selfie with lions in forest areas. They do so out of excitement to share these photos on social media platforms to garner praise,” Chief Conservator of Forest, wildlife crime, S P Sisodia, said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Considering this increasing trend, we have advised tourists and locals to refrain from doing so and if they are caught doing so, they will be punished as per the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1971, he said. “To take a selfie, you will have to go close to the lion, which is dangerous. Apart from posing a risk, it is also against the legal provisions and can attract punitive action from the department. We are only reinterpreting the law looking at the latest trend,” he said.The forest department has recently come across several instances in which villagers were killed or injured by lions. As per the census conducted by the forest department last year, the population of lions in Gir has seen a rise.The census put the total number of the felines in the state at 523, up from 411 lions counted in 2010. They are found in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, a major tourist attraction. Recently, three persons, including a 14-year-old boy, and a woman, were killed by lions in separate incidents.

Afghanistan hangs six death row prisoners in crackdown on Taliban | Reuters

KABUL Afghanistan hanged six prisoners convicted of terrorism offences, as part of a tougher new policy towards the Taliban promised by President Ashraf Ghani in retaliation for last month’s suicide attack which killed at least 64 people in Kabul.

The death sentences, carried out at the Pule Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, drew an immediate response from the Taliban which said the departments of state involved in the executions would be treated as “military targets” and threatened a wave of suicide attacks.

“To gain revenge on the enemy, we have thousands of fighters ready to sacrifice themselves,” a statement from the movement’s main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

With fiercer fighting expected in the coming weeks following the conclusion of the annual opium harvest, the decision to execute the prisoners further dims hopes of reviving the stalled peace process backed by foreign partners including the United States and China.

A statement from Ghani’s office said the executions had been carried out after a fair and transparent legal process and in accordance with both the constitution and Islamic law.

“Considering repeated pleas from the families of victims of terrorist attacks, President Ghani signed off on death penalties for six who committed major crimes, crimes against civilians and public security,” the statement said.

A separate statement from the National Directorate for Security, Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, gave the identities of the six condemned men and detailed the attacks for which they were convicted.

These ranged from a Taliban intelligence official in Kandahar convicted of helping to organize the 2011 murder of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former head of the High Peace Council to a member of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network who organised suicide bombings in Kabul.

There was no indication of any direct link between the crimes and the April 19 attack in Kabul, which killed at least 64 people and wounded 347 others.

Even before the executions, the Taliban had threatened “serious repercussions” if Ghani’s threat to approve death sentences were carried out, saying judicial institutions and individuals connected with the decision would be considered legitimate military targets.

It also said that foreign nationals and Afghan soldiers held as prisoners by the Taliban would be in danger.

The Taliban, which controls more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since it was driven from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001, has pledged to step up its campaign against the Western-backed government in Kabul this year.

Last month, it launched its spring offensive with a concerted attack on Kunduz, the northern city its forces captured briefly last year, as well as the biggest single suicide attack in Kabul since 2011.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Richard Balmforth)

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Shameful bigotry: UP school throws out student for being a ‘chaiwala’s’ son

On one side when Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government is trying to increase the literacy rate by facilitating the education of down trodden, at the same time a private school in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district is attempting to cease all the intentions of the government.A sixth standard student has been reportedly chucked out from the school just because his father is a tea seller. Considering the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself was a tea-seller, such an incident shows the real face of our times. The matter has reached to the District Magistrate of Baghpat, who has directed the District school Inspector to initiate a probe.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Read Tagore’s heart-rending letter renouncing his knighthood

After the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had written a public letter to Lord Chelmsford, the Viceroy of India protesting the massacre and renouncing the knighthood conferred to him in 1915. The letter was published in the Statesman (June 3, 1919 and the Modern Review (July 1919). Calcutta31 May 1919Your Excellency,The enormity of the measures taken by the Government in the Punjab for quelling some local disturbances has, with a rude shock, revealed to our minds the helplessness of our position as British subjects in India. The disproportionate severity of the punishments inflicted upon the unfortunate people and the methods of carrying them out, we are convinced, are without parallel in the history of civilised governments, barring some conspicuous exceptions, recent and remote. Considering that such treatment has been meted out to a population, disarmed and resourceless, by a power which has the most terribly efficient organisation for destruction of human lives, we must strongly assert that it can claim no political expediency, far less moral justification. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The accounts of the insults and sufferings by our brothers in Punjab have trickled through the gagged silence, reaching every corner of India, and the universal agony of indignation roused in the hearts of our people has been ignored by our rulers-possibly congratulating themselves for what they imagine as salutary lessons. This callousness has been praised by most of the Anglo-Indian papers, which have in some cases gone to the brutal length of making fun of our sufferings, without receiving the least check from the same authority-relentlessly careful in smothering every cry of pain and expression of judgement from the organs representing the sufferers. Knowing that our appeals have been in vain and that the passion of vengeance is blinding the nobler vision of statesmanship in our Government, which could so easily afford to be magnanimous as befitting its physical strength and moral tradition, the very least that I can do for my country is to take all consequences upon myself in giving voice to the protest of the millions of my countrymen, surprised into a dumb anguish of terror. The time has come when badges of honour make our shame glaring in the incongruous context of humiliation, and I for my part wish to stand, shorn of all special distinctions, by the side of those of my countrymen, who, for their so-called insignificance, are liable to suffer degradation not fit for human beings.
ALSO READ Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Modern India’s worst atrocity remembered in tweetsThese are the reasons which have painfully compelled me to ask Your Excellency, with due reference and regret, to relieve me of my title of Knighthood, which I had the honour to accept from His Majesty the King at the hands of your predecessor, for whose nobleness of heart I still entertain great admiration.Yours faithfully,
ALSO READ PM Modi salutes martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacreRabindranath TagoreSource: Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson, eds., Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Afzal Guru event: JNU bars 8 students from academic activities while enquiry is on

As many as eight students have been debarred from academic activities by JNU pending a disciplinary enquiry into an event at varsity against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.The students who have been debarred based on the interim report of the “disciplinary” committee which was instituted earlier this week to probe the involvement of students in the event, will be allowed to stay in their respective hostels to enable them to represent their stand for a fair investigation. The university, however, did not identify the eight students.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Considering the seriousness of the incidents, and in order to enable a fair enquiry, the committee has debarred the eight students from academic activities with immediate effect during the pendency of the enquiry. However, to permit them represent their stand for a fair investigation, they will be allowed to stay in their respective hostels as a guest, during the period of the enquiry,” JNU VC Jagdeesh Kumar said.The varsity also issued a statement saying, “the enquiry committee appointed by the VC met on Thursday and Friday finalize the interim report and has recommended the action”.PTI”The recommendations are being implemented. The authorities request everyone to help maintain peace and academic atmosphere on campus and avoid any external interference in vitiating the atmosphere,” it added.When asked about who these students are, the VC said, “it is in best interest of the students that their identity be protected”.The committee is examining all the evidences and witnesses and is expected to come up with its report in two weeks. The controversy erupted earlier this week when few students had pasted posters across the campus inviting people to gather for a protest march against “judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt” and in solidarity with “struggle of Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self determination” at varsity’s Sabarmati dhaba.Members of the ABVP objected to the event and wrote to the Vice Chancellor that such kind of marches should not be held on campus of an educational institution, prompting the university administration to order cancellation of the march as they “feared” that it might “disrupt” peace on campus.But the organisers went ahead with the programme despite the cancellation of the permission and held a cultural programme, art and photo exhibition on the issue rather than a protest. The university had yesterday ordered a “disciplinary” inquiry into the incident. AFP Photo

Ink attack on Kejriwal: Court grants bail to Bhawna Arora

A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to a woman, accused of throwing ink at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a rally here.Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal enlarged 26-year-old Bhawna Arora on bail on furnishing of a bail bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of like amount. “Considering the facts that the applicant has remained in jail since January 18, it appears to me that no useful purpose shall be served by keeping the applicant behind bars… Considering the totality of circumstances, the applicant is admitted to bail,” the judge said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the arguments on bail, advocate Pradeep Rana, appearing for Arora, said that his client has accepted it was not right to throw ink on the head of state. “We have already got a lesson, more than she deserved in the matter and no purpose would be served by keeping her in jail,” Rana said. The probe agency, however, opposed the bail plea saying the accused has committed an offence against the head of state and the matter was still under investigation and the conspiracy angle was being probed. It had said termed the attack on the Chief Minister as an “attack on the democracy”.Arora, who was in judicial custody, had allegedly thrown ink at Kejriwal at a rally on January 17 after the completion of Delhi government’s odd-even car rationing experiment. Arora had allegedly thrown ink on Kejriwal when he was addressing the ‘thanksgiving’ rally at Chhatrasal Stadium here, prompting angry reaction from AAP government which termed the incident as a “BJP conspiracy”.The woman, who had claimed to be a member of the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Sena, a splinter group of Delhi’s ruling AAP, was later whisked away by police and questioned at the Model Town police station. Arora had claimed she had “proof in the form of a CD” on the CNG scam. A resident of Rama Vihar in outer Delhi’s Rohini sub-city, she was booked for alleged offences under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC.

‘Too much politics’ in Rahul Gandhi’s speech, feel students of Mumbai B-school

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s address at a management college in Mumbai evoked mixed response from students, with many of them saying the speech contained “too much politics” to establish a connect with them.Students seemed partly satisfied with Gandhi’s address and said he could have elucidated more about his vision of politics. “The addresses was fair and he made some good points but he brought too much politics into it. Considering that it was interaction with students, had he been more apolitical, it would have made a link with us,” said an MBA finance student.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talking about implementation of the GST Bill, Gandhi said it was Congress which brought in the legislation and the BJP later stopped it in Parliament for seven years. He further said his party did not want a cap on the tax and a fair and neutral dispute resolution. Reacting to his observations on the GST, a student said, “Rahul Gandhi’s speech was fair, but could have got more details about certain things. Like if the GST is stalled because of two points, government and the opposition should find a mechanism to get it through.””As a common man, I am not interested in politics and disappointed with the delay (in passage of the bill),” he added. Another student said it was time that Indian politicians get over with “tit-for-tat” brand of politics. “A country cannot run on tit-for-tat brand of politics. Opposition should and government should work in coordination,” he said.”His speech was fair, but he just highlighted NREGA a lot and and its process. He should have been more focused and told us his vision,” observed a girl student who had also posed a question to Gandhi in the Q&A session.

Jayalalithaa to Narendra Modi: Let us conduct Jallikattu

In an apparent last-ditch effort to get the nod for conducting Jallikattu after the Supreme Court stayed a Central notification, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promulgate an ordinance to facilitate holding the traditional sport. Recalling that she had requested Modi on December 22 last year to promulgate an ordinance to enable holding Jallikattu, she said, “Considering the urgency of the issue, I strongly reiterate my earlier request to promulgate an Ordinance forthwith to enable the conduct of Jallikattu.” “On behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu I urge you to take immediate action in this regard,” she said in a letter to the Prime Minister. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that sentiments of the people should be respected, Jayalalithaa said arrangements have already been made by organisers all over the state for conducting Jallikattu.After she had requested an ordinance, the Centre issued a notification on January 7 enabling conduct of Jallikattu in different parts of Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal festivities, she said.”On receipt of the notification, circulars were sent to the District Collectors regarding arrangements to be made for the conduct of Jallikattu, strictly in accordance with the conditions and safeguards indicated in the notification. On this basis, arrangements have been made by organisers all over the state for the conduct of Jallikattu,” she said. As the Supreme Court has now granted an interim stay of the notification, Jallikattu cannot be conducted now, Jayalalithaa said. “With the Pongal festivities commencing from January 14, the public in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu have made all arrangements and preparations and are eagerly looking forward to the conduct of Jallikattu as part of the traditional festivities ingrained in the hoary cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu,” she said.”It is very important that the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu, who have a deep attachment to the conduct of the traditional event of Jallikattu, are respected,” the chief minister said while requesting an ordinance to facilitate the conduct of the sport.