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Anil Baijal to be Delhi L-G after Pranab Mukherjee accepts Najeeb Jung’s resignation

President Pranab Mukherjee, on Thursday, accepted the resignation of Najeeb Jung as Delhi Lieutenant Governor. Former Home Secretary, Anil Baijal is slated to replace him as the new administrator of the National Capital Territory, according to India Today TV.

In his career as a bureaucrat, Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer, has donned many hats.

A file image of Anil Baijal. News18

A file image of Anil Baijal. News18

He retired from the service in October, 2006 as Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. While in that ministry, he was instrumental in the designing and roll-out of the  Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) with federal grant equivalent of about Rs 60,000 crore, for improvement of infrastructure and provision of basic services in urban areas of India, according to his profile on IDFC group website, of which he is a non-executive chairman and an independent director. 

He has been the union home secretary in the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The former bureaucrat  has also been the vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority and had headed key public sector companies like Prasar Bharti and Indian Airlines.

In a sudden move, Jung had submitted his resignation on 22 December, ending a nearly three-and-half-year-long eventful tenure, mostly marked by bitter confrontation with AAP government.

The 65-year-old Jung, a former 1973 batch IAS officer and former vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University, had assumed charge as Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi on 9 July, 2013.

First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 16:29 IST

Kerala: Appointment of commission to re-examine UAPA cases sought

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Association of Muslim Scholars of India has urged the Centre to set up a commission to re-examine the cases registered under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against “innocent people” in the guise of national security.”The Centre should appoint a commission to re-examine the cases filed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) that have been imposed on innocent people under the guise of national security,”General Secretary of the Association, Kanthapuram AP Abubacker Musliyar said. He was delivering the keynote address at the international Milad Conference by ‘Jamia Markaz,’ here on December 25. He further said, the freedom of religion and freedom to believe and practice one’s faith is one of the cornerstones provided in the Constitution.Any attempt to curb this basic right should be fought by all means, a release from Markaz’s media wing quoted him as saying. “We will oppose tooth and nail every attempt to deny the citizens, comprising those from multi-faith communities, the right to live according to their religious convictions and ideals and also carry out a nation-wide system of unified civil code,” Musliyar added.A host of Muslim scholars representing different countries and international associations attended the conference.

JNU missing student case: Something more to Najeeb’s disappearance, HC tells Delhi police

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed, saying there could be “something more” to his disappearance as no one can just vanish from the heart of the national capital.

Expressing concern over the whereabouts of the student who has remained untraceable for 45 days now, the court also raised several questions, including why the alleged on-campus scuffle between Najeeb and some members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the injuries sustained by Najeeb was not mentioned in the Delhi police’s status report.

A bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel said if a person disappears from the national capital and remains untraceable, then it would create a “sense of insecurity” in the people here and asked the police to explore all angles.

“This is the heart of India, the national capital. No one can just disappear from here. It creates a sense of insecurity in people. If he disappeared, then there is something more to that. All angles have to be explored. Forty five days is a long period for someone to be underground,” it said to the police which is of the view that Najeeb was “not forcefully abducted”.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

After perusing the status report of Delhi police, the court asked why was Najeeb taken to the Safdarjung hospital in an ambulance if he had no apparent or visible injuries, as this detail was missing from the police report.

It also asked why the report does not say anything about the alleged on-campus scuffle between Najeeb and some members allegedly of ABVP who are alleged to have brutally beaten him up and only mentions that the missing student had slapped one of them.

The judge questioned why the police waited till 11 November to interrogate those persons with whom Najeeb allegedly had an altercation on the night of 14-15 October, prior to his disappearance on 15 October and against whom a criminal complaint was lodged on 17 October .

“Cut across all political barriers. Get him back. You will get your answers at either of the two places, Jamia or JNU. No need to go to Aligarh or any other place so far,” the bench told the police, which said that an auto driver has claimed to have dropped off Najeeb at the Jamia Milia Islamia University.

The court was hearing a habeus corpus plea filed by the student’s mother 45-year old Fatima Nafees, who was in court on Monday and was in tears during the hearing. She has sought directions to the authorities to trace her 27-year-old son who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU.

During the hearing, the bench said it did not want to tell the police what to do but it can easily “shadow” some of the persons involved in the matter to know what was going on and to “fearlessly” tell the court what it has found out.

The court was also not pleased with the “attitude” of the JNU Vice Chancellor for not assigning anyone in the matter despite being served a copy of the petition. “He does not think it is an important matter? This is not a good attitude,” it said and directed JNU to file a response to the woman’s plea by the next date of hearing.

The court also asked the varsity to reconsider Najeeb’s expulsion from the hostel, if not already done so, and to advertise in newspapers that they will reconsider his punishment once he returns. It asked Najeeb’s mother to issue a statement asking him to return and directed the management and students of JNU to assist and cooperate with the police to trace him.

During arguments, the police said its crime branch was exploring all angles, including that Najeeb’s disappearance had something to do with his “illness of mental depression” for which he was under medication since 2012. It was also of the view that he was hiding as he was probably ashamed of being expelled from the hostel.

Senior advocate Colin Gonzalves, appearing for Fatima, argued that he was “disappointed” by the manner of probe as the agency was not exploring the possibility of Najeeb being abducted as he was allegedly threatened by the ABVP members.

The court said someone getting beaten up in a college hostel was “not unusual”, but no one disappears over it. It also took note of the steps taken by the police, like uploading his details to the Zonal Integrated Police network, putting up notices across the city and issuing advertisements in newspapers, apart from enhancing the reward from Rs 50,000 to Rs five lakh for information leading to his recovery.

Najeeb’s mother, in her petition filed through advocate Ali Qambar Zaidi, sought the setting up of a “court appointed Special Investigation Team of impartial officers of proven integrity from outside the state of Delhi” to take over the entire investigation from crime branch of Delhi police.

She has also alleged that her son was beaten up by members of ABVP “which is affiliated to the RSS and therefore, closely connected with the BJP which is the party in power at the Centre and since the Delhi police comes under the control of the central government, it is not likely that any progress will be made in the investigation”.

First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 19:39 IST

Jamia didn’t allow lecture on demonetization: Students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jamia Milia Islamia on Friday reportedly barred its students from organising a lecture on demonetization in the campus, saying “they don’t want to turn Jamia into JNU”, following which the agitated students organised the lecture at the varsity’s main gate. Students claimed that they had sought the proctor’s permission for the event.”We had approached the proctor on Wednesday, seeking permission to organise a lecture on demonetization in the open areas of the sociology department on Thursday. The next day, they asked us to reschedule the lecture,” said a student.On Thursday, the varsity administration gave a nod for the lecture but directed the students to hold the event inside the auditorium, saying they didn’t want to turn Jamia into JNU.On Friday morning, the students claimed, they were denied the permission to hold the lecture altogether. “We were made to sit in proctor’s office for more than 3 hours but the proctor didn’t turn up. We were not given any reason for this denial,”a student saidDelhi University professor Radhika Menon, who was the speaker at the event, claimed that she wasn’t even allowed to enter the campus. “Universities should provide open spaces for debates and discussions. I don’t understand why Jamia did not allow a lecture on a topic that is affecting so many people,” she said.The university administration, however, denied all allegations and said no one sought any permission from the proctor.”Some students are trying to create propaganda out of nothing. We did not receive any written application from the organisers. There is a process for assigning university spaces for events. We can’t allow anyone randomly coming to our campus to deliver lectures or seminars,” Jamia PRO Saima Saeed said.

JNU missing student case: Delhi Police trace auto driver who ferried Najeeb on 15 Oct; reward on info raised

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday claimed to have traced the auto driver who ferried Najeeb Ahmed from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) the day he went missing, even as it raised the reward from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for anyone providing information that could help locate the missing student.

The Delhi Police’s crime branch team investigating the case said that the auto driver told them he had dropped Najeeb to Jamia Millia Islamia. “We have been able to trace the movement of Najeeb on October 15, the day he went missing. He took an auto from JNU and reached Jamia Millia Islamia campus. He had taken the auto himslef and wasn’t accompanied by anyone,” said a senior police officer.

The police is now trying to find out whether Najeeb had any friend in Jamia whom he had gone to meet, sources said. The crime branch also spoke with Najeeb’s family today and apprised them of the status of investigation.



Earlier in the day, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma approved the increase in the reward amount from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Initially, the reward amount was Rs 50,000 but later on, it was increased to Rs 1 lakh and subsequently to Rs 2 lakh last month. Verma today raised the amount to Rs 5 lakh, said a senior police officer.

The team, which is investigating the matter, has started from scratch and is re-looking at all the clues and evidence, the officer said. Najeeb has gone missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members the night before.

Last month, an SIT was formed to trace the missing student following an instruction from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the Delhi Police Commissioner. The SIT, headed by Additional DCP-II(South) Manishi Chandra, could not to gain any actionable clue in the matter.

The SIT was focusing on psychiatric angle in the probe after it was learnt that Najeeb was suffering from OCD with depression. The team was also mulling to seek help of psychiatrists from AIIMS or RML to chalk out a plan for investigation.

However, the Crime Branch is now investigating all probable angles rather than focusing on any one perspective, sources said. While the case was being investigated by the SIT, teams were sent to Darbhanga in Bihar and Nepal after they got leads hinting that Najeeb might be there, but they could not find him.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 21:06 IST

Kashmir: Curfew imposed in parts of Srinagar ahead of separatists’ protest march

Kashmir: Curfew imposed in parts of Srinagar ahead of separatists’ protest march


Srinagar: Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar to prevent a protest march called by the separatists, officials said.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

“Curfew has been imposed in seven areas to maintain law and order,” the police said.

Separatists have called for the march to the Jamia Mosque in the city’s Nowhatta area.

Congregational Friday prayers have not been allowed inside the mosque.

Separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been kept under house arrest while Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to the Srinagar central jail on Thursday.

Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under house arrest.

Meanwhile, the ongoing unrest has entered the fifth month after it started in Srinagar on 9 July.

Ninety-five people have been killed and over 12,000 injured during the ongoing violence in the valley.

Massive protest in Kargil against Pakistan after it arrests Shia cleric

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A massive protest in Kargil against Pakistan condemning atrocities against Shias took place on Monday. The protests erupted after the sect’s cleric Sheikh Mohsin Ali Najafi from Gilgit-Baltistan was arrested by the neighbouring nation, says Times Now.As per the report, thousands of Kargil residents began the protest against Pakistan after the country placed Najafi’s name in the Fourth Schedule (Anti-Terror Act) and revoked his citizenship. The protestors held placards carrying slogans and also condemned the atrocities against Shia by the country. They marched from Jamia Masjid, Kargil, to Lal Chowk. They marched from Jamia Masjid, Kargil, to Lal Chowk. MLA, Kargil, Asgar Karbalai said to Tribune India, that the Pakistan government was corrupt and “are now trying to protect terrorists and pleasing Saudi dynasty”. “We are against oppression and always stand with the oppressed people, whether in Gilgit Baltistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Quetta Baluchistan or in Kashmir. Shaikh Mohsin Ali Najafi is an academic person and not a political person and the Pakistan Government is trying to limit his social activities,” he added.

Kashmir: Separatist Mirwaiz Farooq taken into custody for taking out protest march

Kashmir: Separatist Mirwaiz Farooq taken into custody for taking out protest march


Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was on Friday taken into custody after he defied the curfew order and tried to take out a march from his residence to offer Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. AFP

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. AFP

Mirwaiz, who was shifted from sub-jail Chashma Shahi after two-months detention on 24 October and placed under house arrest, defied the curfew on Friday afternoon.

He tried to take out the march towards the historic Jamia Masjid, where no Friday prayers could be offered during the past 15 weeks due to the restriction.

Soon after the separatist leader came out from his Nigeen residence, police took him into custody and lodged him at Nigeen police station, officials said.

The separatist camp, comprising of Mirwaiz, hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik, had called for the march to Jamia Masjid to end the “seige” of the grand old mosque.

However, authorities imposed curfew in six police station areas of the city to scuttle the proposed march.

Kashmir: Curfew imposed in parts of Srinagar ahead of separatist march

Srinagar: Authorities on Friday imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar in view of the separatists’ call for a march to the historic Jamia Masjid here ahead of Friday prayers.

Curfew has been imposed in Nowhatta, Khanyar, Safakadal, Rainawari and Maharaj Gunj in the old city and Batamaloo in uptown, a police official said. The curbs were imposed in the wake of the separatists’ call for a march to Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of the city, he said.

Representational image. APRepresentational image. AP

Representational image. AP

There were no restrictions on movement of people elsewhere in Kashmir, the official said. However, curbs on assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc were in place in the Valley. The separatists have been agitating since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on 8 July. The restrictions in parts of the city considerably brought down the movement of people and vehicles today as much less traffic was seen on the roads in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city.

Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain affected in the rest of the Valley for the 112th day due to the separatist-sponsored strike. Shops, petrol pumps and business establishments were shut while educational institutions continued to remain closed.

Security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable spots and along the main roads as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. As many as 85 people, including two policemen, have been
killed and thousands of others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5,000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes. Over 300 persons have been booked under Public Safety Act

J&K deadlock: Signs of thaw as Hurriyat leaders meet five member team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A crucial Track-II diplomatic efforts achieved a first major breakthrough on Tuesday when Hurriyat leaders, who had earlier slammed doors on the All Party Delegation (APD) members, welcomed the five member team led by former foreign minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha in a bid to break the logjam on Kashmir.Besides Sinha, the team comprises of former divisional commissioner Kashmir and Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, former Air-Vice Marshal Kapil Kak, veteran journalist Bharat Bhushan and Executive Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation Sushobha Barve.After landing here, the five member team straightaway drove to the residence of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Unlike September 2 when Geelani did not open the doors to APD members, Hurriyat hawk warmly received the five member team.”The conversation took place in a cordial atmosphere. Geelani reminded the delegation about the historical perspective of the Kashmir issue, pending for its final resolution since 1947. Delegation was told that for the last 107 days, 94 people have been killed with 15,000 people injured,” said a spokesman of Geelani led Hurriyat Conference.Geelani told the delegation that onus of peace in the region particularly in Jammu and Kashmir lies with those holding power, military might and other resources.”Geelani is under house arrest for last six years. All the people and leaders should be released and the cases against them should be withdrawn so that after consultation a common and collective point of view can be put forward,” the spokesman said.Later the delegation held talks with the moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence in the afternoon. Mirwaiz, who was released from sub jail Chashma Shahi on Monday evening, had earlier refused to meet the APD member Assaduddin Owaisi in the jail on September 2.”I did not know about the delegation till Monday evening. It is possible that my release was made in this context only. But I told the delegation unless Kashmir is accepted as dispute and meaningful process for resolution is started the uncertainly will continue in Kashmir. There are two ways of resolving this issue: either implement the UN resolutions or start meaningful tripartite talks between India, Pakistan and Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said.Unfazed by his detention, Mirwaiz threatened to break the curfew if he is not allowed to offer prayers at Jamia Masjid on Friday. Friday prayers have not been held in Jamia Masjid due to the curfew and restrictions imposed by the authorities since the unrest began after the killing of Hizbul Mujhadeen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.Former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha tried to clear the air saying they have not come here as a part of any delegation. “We have come here for humanity. Talks were held in a very good atmosphere,” he said.The team is scheduled to meet the governor NN Vohra, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, representatives of trade and civil society during their stay in the valley.

HRD minister Javadekar greets Jamia Milia girls amid discontent, tries to bond over women empowerment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar chose Jamia Milia Islamia University as the first Central university that he visited after assuming the charge, he was welcomed there amidst discontent, among girl students.Though the minister who visited the institute on Wednesday to inaugurate a newly-built girl’s hostel in the university tried to strike a chord with the students by talking about women empowerment and praising the efforts of girl students, it did not seem to work with many.”In older days, it was very difficult for women to study, when the university was founded in the year 1920, it would have been unimaginable for women to study, but today we are creating a safe and secure environment for women from all over the country to come and study. When you educate a woman, you educate an entire family. All this is women empowerment,” Javadekar said while addressing students in the university campus.One of the students who attended the event said on condition of anonymity: “We were really disappointed about what he said about women empowerment. The way he put out his ideas about women empowerment, it felt like 10 years ago.”Women students of Jamia had earlier written an open letter to the administration expressing their unwillingness to welcome the minister, who, according to them, belongs to a political ideology that does not respect women. The students had also planned a protest in the university, to express their discontent about the minister’s visit. They were however issued strict instructions by the administration to let the event go peacefully.One of the students who wrote the open letter said: “In places like Jamia you are constantly under scrutiny and hence we could not say anything in public. The open letter that we wrote was also a way of expressing our side of the issue.”Javadekar also spoke about providing more opportunities to students from Kashmir by giving them more scholarships. A large part of his speech was about the Prime Minister’s education schemes. The former HRD Minister Smriti Irani has also faced the ire of students during one of her visits to university.

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan granted bail in sexual harassment case

New Delhi: A court on Thursday granted bail to AAP legislator Amanatullah Khan, who was arrested for alleged sexual harassment of a relative.

File image of Amanatullah Khan. Image courtesy: Twitter/@KhanAmanatullah

File image of Amanatullah Khan. Image courtesy: Twitter/@KhanAmanatullah

Khan, who represents Okhla constituency in south Delhi, was arrested on Wednesday morning after being called for questioning. He was later produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat who sent him to one-day judicial custody.

Following the complaint by the woman (spouse of his wife’s brother), a FIR was lodged against Khan at the Jamia Nagar police station in south Delhi on 10 September.

The complainant accused Khan of pressurising her to establish physical relations. Khan has denied the allegation, saying he had “no connection with the woman at all”.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader was booked under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 498-A (relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and criminal conspiracy, police said.

Khan had gone to the Jamia Nagar police station on Sunday to surrender, but police refused to arrest him.

Six detained in connection with murder of Delhi lawyer

Six persons, including the owner of a prominent hotel in New Delhi area, were detained on May 18 in connection with the murder of a 57-year-old lawyer in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar area.Apart from the hotel owner, the detained persons include a group of contract killers, who allegedly shot dead M M Khan, an assistant legal advisor with the NDMC, police said.Khan was allegedly shot dead at a crowded street on Monday evening when he was heading back home in his car which was intercepted by motorcycle-borne assailants, who shot at him from a close range.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The hotel owner was allegedly pressurising Khan to waive off penalty worth hundreds of crores due to NDMC, imposed on the hotel on several grounds.Lately, Khan was also being threatened regarding the same. His relatives told police that he had been receiving calls from unknown people during odd hours of the day. Police had recovered his mobile phone and the call data was being analysed, an official had said.

Indian Navy, Jamia ink pact for in-service training of naval trainees

New Delhi: The Indian Navy has tied up with Jamia Millia Islamia for awarding graduation degrees to naval personnel for their in-service training.

Navy conducts training programmes for its sailors at centres across the country.

Jamia Milia Islamia to give degrees for naval trainees. ReutersJamia Milia Islamia to give degrees for naval trainees. Reuters

Jamia Milia Islamia to give degrees for naval trainees. Reuters

A Joint-Equivalence Committee, with members both from Jamia and Navy, was constituted for credit determination for
all theoretical and practical components of academic-cum-training programmes in the Indian Navy.

The admission to Jamia courses would be through the Centre for Distance and Open Learning that will lead to awarding of degrees on fulfilment of statutory requirements.

The recommendations of JEC were approved by Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad, in his office, in the presence of Vice
Admiral AR Karve, Chief of Personnel on Wednesday.

The eligible sailors would now be able to enroll in the programmes from 16 July for academic year 2016-17.

Karve observed that it was a historic moment for the Indian Navy to enter into collaboration with Jamia and
said this MoU would benefit the sailors immensely besides establishing a long term relationship with the university, a statement by the Navy said.

Terming it as a proud moment, Ahmad said the two institutions could work together to mutually benefit both Naval personnel and Jamia students.


Would engage in dialogue with those raising anti-national slogans: Najeeb Jung

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday said he disfavoured action against students for alleged anti-national slogan shouting in JNU campus and suggested that instead they should be engaged in dialogue. He also said that police “is invited only in cases of acute arson, not when there is sloganeering”.Jung told India Today TV channel that while he would not encourage anti-nationalism, he would also not take action against students for mere slogan shouting. “I would feel sorry for them,” he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jung, who had served as the VC of Jamia Millia Islamia university before taking over as the Delhi LG, said the controversy over the February 9 JNU event may have happened as the varsity had a “new Vice Chancellor”.
ALSO READ Bharat Mata slogan issue is manufactured, says Najeeb Jung”Police is invited only in cases of acute arson, not when there is sloganeering. Perhaps (the former VC) would have enhanced dialogue. We could have avoided the incident that stretched for a month,” he said.On calls for “azaadi” in Kashmir and “Pakistan zindabad” slogans, he said, “I think the Kashmiris have genuine problems over heavy army presence. I think they have genuine concern over the imposition of AFSPA. I would speak to them, counsel them but I would not encourage anti-nationalism.”On the debate over raising of slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata Ki jai’, Jung said no one can be “forced” to say anything.”You can say I don’t want to say it but that does not mean I am not nationalistic, that would not mean I am anti-India,” he said.Jung said there was a difference between raising slogans hailing the motherland and those praising the almighty, including ‘Allah’.”People are losing the nuances of the words. Saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is different from worshipping any deity or Allah or god. It’s a matter of pride for a person belonging to any country to love his country and, therefore, would be absolutely happy to say ‘madre-watan zindabad’, ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ or whatever,” he said.He said he would not “eat beef in this country” but would not insist on bans like that on beef even as he added that there was a need to “ignore” fringe elements.”In a democracy, we need to give a lot of space to minorities. They need hand-holding. I would care for them… There is no need for harsh words,” he said.However, Jung said he would be “very uncomfortable” with a person who shouts anti-India slogans. In criticising the nation, one needs to be “careful in public”, he said. Jung said it would be “incorrect” to say police had done nothing to protect JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar at the Patiala House court premises, where journalists were also attacked by men in black robes.”Any incident that happens like what happened to Kanhaiya is symbolic of inadequate and poor policing. Whether police should have been tougher, the jury is out on that. A brutal response by the police on the lawyers could have led to a much larger problem. It could have well been a mistake. Post-mortem is being done and action will be taken very soon,” he said.

Jamia Millia issues show-cause to professor to explain comments against PM Modi

Jamia Millia Islamia has issued a show-cause notice to a professor, barely a week before his retirement, for making “derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi” in a letter sent to the Vice Chancellor last December.Mohammad Sultan Bhatt was against inviting Modi for the annual convocation and had written to the VC communicating the decision of the Jamia Teachers’ Association in this regard in December last year. However, he received the notice three months after writing the letter and eight days before retirement. He superannuated on March 31.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The notice from Registrar Shahid Ashraf accused Bhatt of “convening a meeting of extended executive council of Jamia Teachers’ Association and making denigrating remarks against the Prime Minister.””You are required to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against you for indulging in misconduct which caused serious damage to interest, reputation and secular image of the university,” the notice read.For his part, Bhatt said “I don’t know what made the university to be wide awake on the issue three months later. It has been deliberately done prior to my retirement”.Jamia spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan said “we have received his response and the matter is closed”.The professor, however, maintained he has no information about the closure. The varsity had in November last extended an invite to Modi, which triggered a controversy as a number of alumni demanded withdrawal of the invitation in view of the comments made by Modi against the varsity in 2008.While the university had rejected the demand to withdraw the invite, the Prime Minister had expressed his inability to preside over the event due to time constraint.

Academicians criticise HRD rankings of universities

The first ever domestic rankings by the HRD ministry for educational institutions have invited criticism from some academicians who say that the list was full of “surprises” even as the ministry maintained that the rankings were based on the data submitted by varsities.The critics noted that placing of IIM Udaipur above IIM Kozhikode and IIM Indore was surprising as was Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) being ranked at 83 while Jamia Hamdard University has been ranked at 18.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is surprising that Jamia which is counted among the prominent universities in Delhi after DU and JNU has been ranked poorest at 83. We get record applications for limited seats. How have they judged us?,” a JMI professor asked.According to former JNU Vice Chancellor S K Sopory, certain criteria were “absurd” and HRD should do a review for further rankings.”The criteria was developed by the ministry after wider consultation but there were certain absurd columns in the performa which we could not fill in. For instance, in the details of the visiting scholars there was a column asking for the PAN of the scholar, which we had to leave blank,” he told PTI.”There is a scope for improvement and HRD should do a review of the criteria for further rankings. Also I believe record keeping is an issue with universities. Not all of them maintain their records as extensively and hence could have lost out in the rankings,” he added.HRD ministry officials said some top institutions could not have figured in the ranking because they did not participate in the process and submit the data for judging them over various parameters. They also said that the criteria as well as the data on basis of which the decision has been reached are also available in public domain.”The rankings have been awarded as per a well defined criteria which is available on web. The decisions have been made on basis of the data which has been furnished by the institutions themselves and that is also in the public domain,” the ministry officials said.Premchand Palety, the CEO of the organization C Fore, which has for years collated university rankings for major publications like Businessworld, Outlook and has also been consulted by the government to measure business schools said, “IIM Indore and IIM Kozhikode both have 100-acre campuses, so how can they be placed below Udaipur which has just five rooms?”However, the Director of IIM Udaipur Jannat Shah, said “it is our focus on research which helped us score more despite a smaller campus”.The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) covering 3,500 different institutes in four different categories was released by HRD minister Smriti Irani earlier this week. JNU and Hyderabad university, which have been at the centre of massive rows recently, topped the list of central varsities while IIT-Madras and IIM-Bangalore lead among technological and management institutions.In the technological institutions category, IIT Mumbai is placed second, followed by IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur. Manipal College of Pharmacy is ahead of others in the category of Pharmacy education.The institutions were assessed on parameters, including teaching-learning, research, collaborative practice and professional performance, graduate outcomes, placements outreach and inclusive action, and peer group perception. The ranking, which will be an annual exercise, was done by an independent and autonomous body National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, Saudi Arabia to announce disruption of LeT, Al Qaeda, Taliban funding

In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia has joined hands with the US to disrupt the fundraising and support networks of LeT, al-Qaeda and the Taliban by imposing sanctions on four individuals and two organisations.Department of Treasury has designated James Alexander McLintock, Al-Rahmah Welfare Organization, Abdul Aziz Nuristani, the Jamia Asariya Madrassa, Naveed Qamar, and Muhammad Ijaz Safarash, as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs)”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a result of yesterday’s action, any property or interest in the name of these designated individuals and entities subject to US jurisdiction is frozen.Simultaneously, Saudi Arabia also slapped sanctions against these individuals and entities. “From terrorising local populations to exploiting charities and religious institutions, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have a long history of inflicting violence on Americans and our allies throughout South Asia and the Middle East,” said Adam J Szubin, Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.”Today’s action marks yet another step in Treasury’s efforts to financially cripple terrorist financiers and demonstrates the United States’ and Saudi Arabia’s shared resolve to target those who support terrorism,” he said. Saudi Arabia-based LeT member Muhammad Ijaz Safarash has funded and provided logistical support to LeT. Safarash has been an LeT operative for several years, acquiring travel documents and facilitating financial transfers in Saudi Arabia, the Treasury said.

AMU minority status: VC hopeful of ‘positive action’ by PM Modi

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice chancellor Lieutenant General (retired) Zameer Uddin Shah, who led a delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi over questions being raised on varsity’s minority status, on Saturday expressed hope that the Prime Minister would take ‘positive action’ in the matter.Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Shah said that they apprised Prime Minister Modi of the role AMU is playing in the country. “I explained to PM that Janata govt of which BJP was part, in manifesto of 1980, had supported minority character of AMU. We told the Prime Minister that we’ve been trying to meet HRD Minister for one and a half years, there’s a meeting scheduled for March 10,”he said. “The Prime Minister has assured us that he will look into our requests and we have faith that he will take positive actions,” he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The delegation that met the Prime Minister also comprised of director of Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis Jasim Mohammad and Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had recently advised the government that Jamia Milia Islamia is not a minority institution, as it was created by an Act of Parliament.
ALSO READ BJP defends its position as lawyers and judges argue for AMU’s minority statusSeveral politicians from opposition parties had earlier issued a joint statement, condemning the Central Government’s questioning the minority status of Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim Universities. The issue of restoration of minority character of AMU is at present pending with the Supreme Court but what has triggered off the protests is the Centre’s recent decision to reverse the UPA regime’s stand of supporting the university in the apex court on this issue.

Everybody knows Smriti Irani’s education qualifications: Azam Khan

Uttar Pradesh minister Mohammad Azam Khan on Thursday took a jibe at Union HRD minister Smriti Irani for allegedly admonishing vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University by saying that her educational qualification is known to all.”Everybody knows about her educational qualification hence she should also learn to whom she was talking,” Khan said while referring to Irani allegedly admonishing the VC of AMU.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He alleged that the BJP and RSS were conspiring against the Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islami university and other minority institutions.Regarding bail granted to JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, he said, “Kanhaiya was booked for sedition but evidences in this context have not been submitted in the court by the law enforcing agencies.”

Just before Alok Kumar Verma takes over from BS Bassi, woman creates drama in Commissioner’s office

Minutes before Alok Kumar Verma took charge as Delhi Police chief, the Commissioner’s office on Monday witnessed high drama as a woman alleging corruption by police officials scurried into a lobby full of media representatives waiting for a briefing by the new top cop.The woman, carrying a two-month-old child in her lap, apparently unaware of what was going on in the police headquarters on Monday, made her way into the lobby outside the Police Commissioner’s office, screaming that her in-laws were trying to kill her and the child. She told security officials there that she wanted to meet the police chief and report how officials in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar allegedly took bribe and gave a clean chit to her husband.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The woman, who identified herself as Arifa, is a native of Bangladesh and lives here with her in-laws in southeast Delhi’s Batla House area. She waved a police complaint as she screamed, alleging corruption by police officials. In no time, security officials whisked her away. She later approached the media and narrated her ordeal on camera.Around 12.15 PM, new commissioner Alok Kumar Verma and his predecessor Bhim Sain Bassi came to the lobby, where the latter addressed media persons and left the police headquarters with the entire top brass bidding him farewell near the front lawn.Special Commissioner of Police (General Administration) Vimla Mehra, who is Verma’s predecessor as DG Delhi Prisons, also retired today. She left the premises minutes before Bassi. In another 15 minutes, Verma chaired a meeting with the top brass of the force and the woman could not get a chance to meet the commissioner.

Look who is thanking JNU in Kashmir

Violent protests rocked the old Srinagar city after scores of masked youth raised banners thanking Jawahar Lal Nehru students for raising voice against Afzal Guru’s execution.Police had to lob smoke shells and resort to lathicharge to disperse the mob which pelted stones near the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar city. The incident occurred after Friday prayers were over and a group of youth surfaced from the lanes and bylanes shouting pro-freedom and pro-Afzal Guru slogans.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The youth, most of them masked, and then hit the main road waving Pakistani and Islamic State flags. What came as a surprise for the security forces was the raising of pro-JNU banners by some of the masked youth in the crowd. “Thank (you) JNU,” read the black banner flashed by some of the masked boys.”Sad that recent events and their handling have created a situation where JNU now features alongside Pakistan & IS flags,” tweeted former chief minister Omar Abdullah.Youth later resorted to heavy stone pelting on the police and paramilitary forces deployments. Security forces retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and using baton charge to disperse the violent mob. The ding-dong battle between the stone throwers and police continued for few hours creating a chaotic situation in the old Srinagar city.The stone pelting occurred despite government barring moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also Kashmir’s chief cleric, from leading the prayers at the Jamia Masjid on Friday.Mirwaiz later took to twitter patting the youth of India for what he said challenging the unjust policies of the state. “Heartening to see many among the youth of India are challenging the unjust policies of the state. This does not qualify them to be traitors…. They understand that there are many issues such as Kashmir which have to be dealt with based on the principles of truth and justice… Anyone who disagrees with it or even simply has a difference of opinion is sweepingly labelled as an anti national!” he said.Tensions have been mounting in the Valley after the reports of harassment to Kashmiri students and arrest of SAR Geelani following the JNU saga. Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani has threated to launch an agitation akin to 2010 if the harassment of the students is not stopped and SAR is not released forthwith.”All the charges against the SAR Geelani should be drooped and he should be released. Harassment of Kashmiri students should be halted forthwith. Otherwise it will have a serious reaction in the state. After consulting the entire pro-freedom camp, we will announce a protest calendar against this,” he said.

Malicious branding: Is JNU heading the same way as Jamia Millia Islamia in 2008?

By Shishir Tripathy

Once upon a time, that hooded sweatshirt with ‘JNU’ painted in bold letters on it was an object of envy for non-JNUites. It was worn by students of the university with pride and some intellectual swagger. In the last one week things have changed though. Now wearing it can lead you to being branded ‘anti-national’ and probably land you in trouble.

Santosh Singh, a former JNU student who now teaches political science in Delhi University, says, “Two days ago two students from JNU were manhandled at Munirka market. They were wearing the JNU sweatshirt and some people present there started calling them anti-national. When they protested they were roughed up. Realising that they had no defence they left quietly”. Singh adds, “This all is happening because the way JNU is being branded now.”


JNU protest. Reuters

The very first day when the video of the ‘anti-national slogans being raised appeared, some students of JNU registered their concern over their university being branded as a breeding ground of anti-national elements and their apprehension is proving right.

The three-kilometre auto-rickshaw ride from Ber Sarai to IIMC gate of JNU by this reporter on Monday night revealed how badly the reputation of the premier university had been tarnished by the 9 February incident and the way it had been analysed. All through the 15-minute journey, the auto-rickshaw driver kept abusing JNU students whom he held responsible for betraying the country.

Umesh Kumar, a JNU student, who recently submitted his PhD thesis and lives in Mahanadi near JNU, is ‘aghast’ the way his alma mater is being branded. He also faced the brunt of this. “I live in Mahanandi and I was about to shift to Munirka. Yesterday when I went to give the rent and security money to the landlord he denied to rent me his flat,”

“He minced no words. He simply said I cannot allow people like you to live in my house because I don’t want to get into any trouble,” says Kumar.

Following the infamous Batla House encounter, which took place in 2008, many politicians unleashed an attack on Jamia Millia Islamia because the Muslim terror suspects were reportedly students of the university and the shootout had occurred in its neighbourhood, Jamia Nagar. The institution was tagged as ‘nursery of terror’ in no time.

Speaking at the convocation of the university, President Pranab Mukherjee in November 2014 had said: “Since its inception, Jamia has fostered understanding of India’s rich history and culture, including the cultural traditions of Islam. Through its academic programmes it has instilled in students a national perspective. Jamia has a wide academic profile. It caters to learning in a variety of disciplines at various levels from under-graduate to PhD. It is heartening to know that there are over thirty centres dedicated to research in areas like peace and conflict resolution, women’s studies, media and governance, North-East studies, Dalit and minority studies, and comparative religions and civilization.”

The institution which “fostered understanding of India’s rich history and culture” became ‘nursery of terror’ owing to one incident.

As Bajrang Dal and other ultra right wing activists joins the protests against ‘JNU’s anti-national activities’ the probability of a swift branding of JNU as the ‘nursery of terror’ looms.

That was 2008, let us not do the same in 2016.

Jamia Milia Islamia not a minority institution, says AG Mukul Rohatgi to government

The Attorney General has told the government that Delhi-based Jamia Milia Islamia is not a minority institution as it was created by an Act of Parliament, days after he told the Supreme Court that the legislature never intended the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to be a minority institution.In his opinion to the HRD Ministry, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi is understood to have also quoted a 1967 Supreme Court judgement which had said that AMU is technically not a minority institution and the same principle applied to Jamia Milia Islamia.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The HRD Ministry had approached the Law Ministry seeking an opinion on the issue. The Law Ministry had then asked the AG for his legal opinion. The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions had declared Jamia as a religious minority institution some years ago.Based on the order, Jamia had discontinued reservation for SC/ST and OBC students and set aside half its seats in each course for Muslim candidates.Sources in the Law Ministry quoted Section 7 of the Jamia Milia Islamia Act of 1988 which states that “The University shall be open to persons of either sex and of whatever race, creed, caste or class, and it shall not be lawful for the University to adopt or impose on any person any test whatsoever of religious belief or profession in order to entitle him to be admitted therein as a teacher or student…” Rohatgi had told the apex court earlier this week that in the opinion of the government, AMU is not a minority institution. He said as the executive government at the Centre, it can’t be seen as setting up a minority institution in a secular state.

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