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‘Udaan’ proves a boon to Chittorgarh’s tribal girls

The girls in tribal district of Chittorgarh, who either dropped out of mainstream education or failed to enroll due to social taboos, can now gain admission to schools — thanks to ‘Udaan’ programme.’Shiksha Chopal’, under the same programme, meanwhile, is proving a boon to government schools, helping it upgrade infrastructure on the lines of private schools through the funds being collected from rural folks.The administration holds ‘Shiksha Chopal’ at gram panchayat, organising education fair and speeches of meritorious girls, so that rural folks get motivated towards the education and also enroll their wards. Till date, 100 such chopals, held at panchayats, have got a whopping Rs 8 crore through crowd funding.”At these chopals, we hold education fair and speeches of meritorious girls. Seeing how education can change life through these activities, the rural people have started donating funds which we use for upgrading infra of the government schools. Till date Rs 8 crore have been collected from the people, of which we have spent Rs 3.5 crore already,” said Chittorgarh district Collector Inderjeet Singh, who launched the programme here.”Those who have come forward to contribute are no less than heroes,” said the Collector. “For instance, an 85-year-old person, impressed with programmes held at Shiksha Chopal, contributed Rs 35,000 which he arranged after withdrawing an FD (fixed deposit) before maturity,” he said.Shiksha Chopal is part of Udaan programme, which is aimed at ensuring that all girls in the district are enrolled in school on the lines of the Centre’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme. This campaign aims at reducing dropout rates at upper primary and secondary levels, reinvigorating school management committees to enhance the girl child’s access to education. “Under the campaign, a door-to-door survey was conducted at the village level. We found nearly 25741 child, majorly girls, were out from school, out of which we got 22,448 (87%) enrolled,” said the Collector.CrowdfundingChittorgarh administr-ation has so far amassed Rs 8 crore by conducting chopals at panchayats. The money is contri-buted by the rural people after realising the benefits of education.

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NGC gears up: Solar energy of ‘Thar’ to illuminate Gujarat & Punjab

Solar energy of the sandy areas of Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions will illuminate many villages of Punjab and Gujarat. National Grid Corporation has geared up and accelerated the work of laying the main line of 8000 KV for green energy corridor i.e. electronics corridor for solar energy production. It has also set a target to complete this work by August 2018. At present, the production of Jodhpur and Bikaner was not fully utilised at the local level. Now it is preparing to connect Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat.According to the plan, these corridors will link Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Nagaur, etc, districts to Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat. Four substations have already been prepared for this. When it will be ready, the solar energy that will be created in Jodhpur and Bikaner, which produces the highest solar energy, will start illuminating entire northern India. It is worth mentioning that in the case of energy, 740 kV Bhakra power is the largest power line in the state whereas this is going to be 8 thousand kV line.Alok Dubey, Deputy General Manager, National Power Grid Corporation said that the project aims to be completed by August 2018. After this, investors in the Green Energy Corridor are expected to plant power plants from the state.The main line will be started from Banaskantha of Gujarat, which will reach Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan and Moga of Punjab. Five GSS at Banaskantha, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, and Moga are being made for this. GSS of Badla Solar Plant in Phalodi area of ​​Jodhpur district and GSS will be set up at the place of mines in Jamsar of Bikaner. At present, GSS of Jodhpur and Bikaner are producing the highest solar energy but 3 percent of it goes in power theft. After a corridor, this problem will not happen and people will get the full power here.THE MASTER PLANAccording to the plan, these corridors will link Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Nagaur, etc, districts to Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat. Four substations have already been prepared for this. When it will be ready, the solar energy that will be created in Jodhpur and Bikaner, which produces the highest solar energy, will start illuminating. The main line will be started from Banaskantha, which will reach Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan and Moga of Punjab. Five GSS at Banaskantha, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, and Moga are being made for this.

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After threats, authorities cover up ‘incorrect’ plaque about Padmavati in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s a chill in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati).In a knee-jerk reaction, the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threats from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to break it down as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story is incorrect. Also, hundreds including women courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains on the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaLokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in Belgium and France that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army, the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said.
ALSO READ Death over dishonour: What the Padmavati furore is aboutAs part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.
ALSO READ Alauddin Khilji was a brutal ruler, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not glamorise himAccording to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.”Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

Padmavati row: Protesters block Chittorgarh Fort, lawyer files plea against ‘objectionable scenes’ in SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesters today blocked the entry to the Chittorgarh Fort, which houses Padmini’s Palace, amid protests against Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ across Rajasthan and various parts of the country.However, SP of Chittorgarh Prashan Kumar Khamsera said the fort, a world heritage site in Rajasthan, is not officially closed.”We have been informed by the protesters that entry to the fort will be blocked for tourists. We have made ample security arrangements to deal with the situation,” he said.Member of Sarv Samaj Sangathan and president of Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, Ummed Singh said, “A dharna demanding a ban on ‘Padmavati’ is continuing for the last eight days at Padan Pole. The Chittorgarh Fort will be closed for tourists today.”The Sarv Samaj Sangathan and some other outfits have termed a song in the film, which shows actor Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmini dancing in a courtyard, “crossing dramatic license”.Meanwhile, a lawyer, Manohar Lal Sharma filed a fresh petition on Friday in the SC against the movie,seeking the removal of ‘objectional scenes’. The apex court has said it would consider the plea but refused to give a date.The Karni Sena had alleged distortion of historical facts in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film starring Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Ranveer Singh.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) managing director Pradeep Kumar Borad has ruled out any change in operations of luxury train – Palace on Wheels – and said the train would be operating through the circuit and will be going to Chittorgarh.On whether the tourists would be taken to the Chittorgarh Fort, he said the local administration be able to comment on it better.In March, Chittorgarh Fort was vandalised by a group of men who broke mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace of the Rajput queen. Three mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace were damaged by four-five unidentified men.The controversy over the film had taken an ugly turn yesterday as a leader of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena cited Ramayana’s Surpanakha nose-chopping incident and warned Deepika Padukone against “inciting” sentiments.Following this the Mumbai Police tightened the security of Padukone. Police have beefed up security at Bhansali’s residence in Versova in Mumbai. Bhansali’s magnum opus sent back by CBFCSanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati on Friday was sent back to the filmmaker by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) citing technical reasons. Sources said, “The movie will be reviewed as per set norms once it is sent back to the CBFC after sorting out the issue.”The film has been facing protests from various group for allegedly tampering with historical facts.Earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed against the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the CBFC was yet to issue a certificate to the movie.The top court had added that the CBFC was an independent body and the court should not intervene in their jurisdiction.Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Friday lashed out at actress Deepika Padukone, who is playing the role of Rani Padmavati onscreen, saying she was not the president of India to roll out orders on the release of the movie ‘Padmavati’.Kalvi told ANI, “Who will tolerate the fact that Rani Padmavati is being shown as the lover of Allauddin Khilji? Deepika Padukone, in her statement, said that the film would be released at any cost. She is not the president of this nation. She is trying to provoke us. I, the founder of Rajput Karni Sena, am saying that this film will not be released.”

FRICTION & FICTION: Keeping Padmavati ‘alive’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticism and curiosity adumbrates arrival of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati. Plotted in backdrop of a martyred queen of Chittorgarh, Padmini, the movie has been caught in allegations of distorting historical facts.Several sections of society have out against the film, the most vehement protest came from erstwhile royal families. The protest voices were joined by tour guides who demonstrated at Amber palace courtyard in Jaipur against the movie on Saturday afternoon while BJP MLA and member of former Jaipur royal family, Diya Kumari launched a “signature campaign” urging the film producer to have the movie reviewed by a forum of historians before the release.Meanwhile, other erstwhile royals too have released statements. Gaj Singh of Jodhpur royal family even demanded change in name of characters. Objections also have floated over the possible glorification of “Khiji” as those who revere Padmani see him as a cruel invader, the Shahpura former royal family member Devayush Singh warned at a press conference.However, amid the protest noises, the film producers also gained some support as a female member of Bundi erstwhile rulers urged the protesting section to ‘let the movie release’ before jumping to any conclusion.Also, Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi today reached Chittorgarh to participate in a protest march against film Padmavati. He said that the central government should ban the film or be ready to face the consequences.FLICK FRACASl In this case, the issue is more to do with mass entertainment than accurate historical portrayal & the producers should admit as such and desist from using historical names and admit to historical fiction based upon a particular period of history—Gaj Singh, from erstwhile ruler of Jodhpur.l We will take the signature campaign against the movie to all divisions of state. The movie director should sit across the table and have the movie reviewed by a forum of historians before release.—MLA Diya Kumari while launching a signature campaign at Jaipur.l Maharani Padmavati remains a revered historical figure and her presentation should be based on facts. Glorification of invader Khilji will be a disrespect to the entire nation—Devayush Singh, member of former Shahpura royal family.Sanjay Leela Bhansali has assured us that there is nothing demeaning in the movie. Let it release, if there is something objectionable we will protest—Mayuri Singh of Bundi, former royal family.l Our business suffers when shooting takes place at historical monuments, but we are even more gravely hurt when these movies distort the facts. This creates a false presumption for the masses and even when we narrate them the true sequence of events they are unable to shrug off the perception created by movies.—Madan Singh Rajpura, president, Jaipur Tourist Guide AssociationBreaking Member of erstwhile royal family of Udaipur — Mewar, Vishvaraj Singh, on Saturday send an email to PM Modi requesting him to stop the release of the Bhasali flim. “… At no time have the film makers approached my family to verify the facts,” he wrote.

Jaipur royal and BJP MLA Diya Kumari issues dire warning to Padmavati team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari has warned that Padmavati would not be released if it does not depict history authentically and takes liberty with facts. Interestingly, Deepika had been hosted by erstwhile Jaipur royals while she was promoting Bajirao Mastani another Bhansali film that had attracted controversy for similar reasons; distorting history. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the legislator said “No film should hurt the sentiments of a community by twisting historical facts. The director of the film Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not wrongly depict the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittor.”The Rajput and Brahmin organisations have been demanding that the film be released only after a panel of historians are shown the film. Adding her voice to the demand, the member of the erstwhile royal family also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it. Speaking on behalf of the community, Diya Kumari said the Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians.Interestingly Deepika Padukone, who portrays the character of Padmavati the valiant queen of Chittorgarh had visited the erstwhile Jaipur royal family in 2015 while doing the promotional rounds for her film Bajirao Mastani. She rode a royal buggy and had met three generations of the family. Incidentally Bajirao Mastani was also by Bhansali and had courted controversy. Padmavati is slated for a December 1 release.

DNA Impact: Dept orders speeding of PMAY works

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rural development department has passed orders to speed-up the implementation of PMAY(Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana). The department has directed officials to complete the sanctioned targets of 2016-17 by November 30, 2017. The DNA report titled ‘Dream project PMAY(G) of power packed PM at snail’s pace in Rajasthan on October 5, 2017, was widely discussed in the corridors of the secretariat.After seeing the poor performance the department has ordered nodal officers of the scheme in Jodhpur, Churu, Kota, Alwar, Dausa, Bikaner, Sirohi, Chittorgarh, Bharatpur, Sawai Madhopur, Jhalawar, Jalore, Tonk, Bundi, Banswara, Baran, Udaipur, Karauli, Dungarpur, Barmer, Pratapgarh and Rajsamand to visit their respective districts for two days.The department admitted that department was only able to construct 52,617 which is 21% of its given target. For the year 2017-18, the target was to construct 2.23 lacs out of which permission for only 1.6 lacs has been sanctioned.The nodal officers have been directed to inspect and will take updated how the scheme is being implemented in their areas. And also, nodal officers will submit the report on the work carried by the staff responsible for the implementation of the scheme.

Rawatbhata nuclear facility will be ready to fuel power plants by 2022

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rs 18,000-crore Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility (NFFFF) and Zirconium Fabrication Facility (ZFF) proposed to come up at Rawatbhata, 65 km from Kota in Chittorgarh district, will cater to needs of the upcoming 10 units of 700 MW atomic power plant in the country. It is likely to be completed by 2022.The Rawatbhata plant will be the second nuclear fuel facility after Hyderabad,which was built in 1971.The foundation stone of the nuclear fuel complex at Rawatbhata was laid by the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Dr . Shekhar Basu on Saturday. This project was cleared in 2014 by the Union Cabinet but got delayed by almost two years due to environmental clearance.Rawatbhata is country’s largest nuclear power generation centre with completion of seventh and eighth unit of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP). In Rawatbhata, six nuclear power plants are currently generating 1180 mwe of power. Two of new Indian-designed 700 mwe series of reactor (RAPP-7 and RAPP-8) would start generation soon.“The two reactors cost an estimated Rs 123.2 billion ($2.6 billion). Once the two new reactors go into stream, total production from RAPS will touch 1400 MWE,” said RAPP Station Director, Vijay Kumar Jain.The Hyderabad-based Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) has already issued notice inviting bids for the project According to an official NFC, experts found the predisposed site along river Chambal ideal for the fuel complex.The official said that the proposed facility will supply nuclear fuel bundles and reactor core components. It is a unique facility where natural and enriched uranium fuel, zirconium alloy cladding and reactor core components are manufactured under one roof. NFC symbolises the strong emphasis on self-reliance in the Indian Nuclear Power Programme. “As the number of nuclear plants in the country has increased in the past four decades, the need for setting up another NFC facility was felt. As Rawatbhata is a big hub for nuclear power generation it was felt that this could be an ideal location.At present, NFC supplies fuel to the 19 operational power plants run by the NPC, which has 20 plants with an installed capacity of 4,800 MW.

Monsoon arrives in parts of Rajasthan: weather dept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The south-west monsoon entered Rajasthan today over Barmer and Chittorgarh district, giving people respite from scorching heat, the weather department said. The monsoon entered from over Chittorgarh and Barmer district and is likely to cover the entire state in the next few days, an official said here. Dabok, Barmer, Churu, Sawaimadhopur, Chittorgarh and Jaipur recorded 53.8, 45.8, 21.6, 21, 16 and 12.2 mm rains, respectively till this morning since yesterday. A few more places also registered outpur below 12 mm during the period, the official said. The department has predicted thunderstorm with light to moderate rains at isolated areas in Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Dausa, Sikar, Baran, Ajmer, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur and Sawaimadhopur district over the next few hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul meets kin of farmers killed in MP police firing, says he

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi today met the families of farmers killed in police firing on Tuesday during agitation in Madhya Pradesh, and vowed to press for farm loan waiver across the country. The kin of four of the five deceased farmers were brought to Rajathan’s Chittorgarh district by Congress workers to meet Gandhi after he was released along with 250 supporters on border by Madhya Pradesh police, which had kept them in preventive arrest for four hours after they tried to enter Mandsaur, the epicentre of the violent farmers agitation. The Congress Vice President lashed out at the BJP governments in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh for stopping him from visiting Mandsaur and demanded martyr status for the farmers who were killed in the police action during the stir for loan waiver, MSP rise among other demands. “I wanted to meet the families for two minutes to say that we are with them, but I was not allowed. I only wanted to share their grief….Am I not a citizen of this country? Am I not allowed to visit Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other (BJP ruled) states just because I do not belong to the RSS?” he told reporters after consoling the bereaved families. He attacked the Modi government, saying it has forgotten the farmers and was only interested in waiving the debt of “50 richest people” of the country. “The farmers in the county are desperately crying for help but the government is not ready to hear them,” he said. He supported the farmers’ demand for loan waiver and said that they were not getting their due. Gandhi that the loan waiver in Uttar Pradesh had come as he had mounted pressure on the BJP government on the issue. “I will continue to press every government across the country to waive farmers’ loans. I will keep raising the issue in Parliament,” he said. He accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of lying on the issue of farmers death in police firing. Action should be taken against the security personnel involved in the firing incident. The farmers were not warned and were shot in the chest in violation of all standing operation procedures, he alleged “This is barbaric. Those who have died should get martyr status.” He also slammed the BJP for saying that he had gone for a ‘photo-op’ there. “I only wanted meet the farmers. What was the need for controversy?” Gandhi said. He added that government can waive loans of Rs 1.10 lakh crore of 50 rich people in the country, then why the loans of those farmers who feed the nation cannot be waived. Earlier, Gandhi defied elaborate security arrangements and crossed Rajasthan border to enter Naya Gaon in Neemuch district of MP, about 400 km from the state capital Bhopal. Mandsaur district borders Neemuch. But he was detained and later arrested. Gandhi was taken to a guesthouse of a cement company, where he was kept for four hours. “Rahul Gandhi, along with around 250 Congress leaders, were under preventive arrest under under CrPC section 151. We had informed them that there is curfew in four police station areas and they should not go there. But despite this, they tried to move towards the area,” SP (Neemuch) Manoj Kumar Singh said. They were later released on the border, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul detained in MP amid high drama, lashes out at Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The farmer movement in Madhya Pradesh moved into high political gear today as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and other senior party leaders were detained by police when they tried to make their way to Mandsaur, ground zero of the protests. Police moved in to stop Gandhi as he defied elaborate security arrangements and tried to force his way into the state from Naya Gaon in Neemuch, about 400 km from the state capital Bhopal. Surging crowds of Congress supporters followed him, shouting slogans like “Jai Jawaan, Jai Kisaan” and “Rahul Gandhi zindabad”. Hundreds of Congress workers as well as senior leaders like Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Madhya Pradesh legislator Jaiwardhan Singh also courted arrest. They were taken to the guesthouse of a cement company, a police official said. Gandhi, also accompanied by senior party leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath and Janata Dal-United’s Sharad Yadav, took the opportunity to hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He told reporters that Modi could waive loans worth Rs 1.50 lakh crore of the rich but not for farmers. “He can’t give the right rates for their agricultural produce, can’t give them bonus, can’t give compensation… He can only give them bullets.” Lashing out at Centre and the Madhya Pradesh government, he blamed both Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan for the deaths of five farmers in Mandsaur on Tuesday. There was high drama as the police tried to stop what had turned into a rally of sorts with Gandhi leading from the front. When police tried to push him back, he ran into a field nearby from where he was detained. Police tried to stop them saying there was curfew in Mandsaur. At this, Digvijay Singh and Kamal Nath protested, saying they wanted to go there to restore peace but were being stopped. Determined to meet the families of farmers in distress, Gandhi had walked for close to 100 metres before entering Madhya Pradesh from Dalia village in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district. “Before entering MP, Gandhi rode pillion on a motorcycle in Nimbahed in Chittorgarh district for about five to seven kilometres,” IG Udaipur Anand Srivastava told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul leaves for Mandsaur on bike, police to stop him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today rode pillion on a motorcycle and walked some distance to reach Mandsaur from Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district. As he made his way to the epicentre of the farmers’ protest, the local police in Madhya Pradesh made it clear that he will not be allowed to enter the district. “Gandhi reached Udaipur from Delhi in a chartered plane and left for Madhya Pradesh by road.In Nimaheda town of Chittorgarh district, he rode pillion for 5-7 km and reached close to the border. After the bike ride, he walked toward the border, IG Udaipur Anand Srivastava told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ensure safety of Kashmiri students, Rajnath Singh tells states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of recent attacks on Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and posters surfacing in Uttar Pradesh asking them to return, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked the chief ministers of all the states to ensure the safety of Kashmiri students. The statement comes a day after a group of students from Mewar University in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh were allegedly assaulted by a group of locals who called them “stone pelters” and held them responsible for attack on CRPF men in Kashmir. According to the students, the locals first asked them their identity and whoever said they were from Kashmir was beaten up. The incident took place when they were out of their hostel to buy groceries.Singh has asked the Home Secretary to issue an advisory to all the states to ensure safety of students. “Kashmiris are a part of our family. I have asked the HS to immediately issue an advisory to all the states to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiri students,” the Home Minister said in a series of tweets on Friday.He also asked the states to take action against those who target students. “The Kashmiri youth also contribute in the progress of India. Action should be taken by the states against those who target them,” he said.There are nearly 500 Kashmiri students at Mewar University. The students said they have been subjected to such behaviour in the past as well. Last year, some students were attacked at the university over rumours that they cooked beef in their hostel room.A video clip of some youths assaulting soldiers on their way to poll duty in Kralpora area in central Kashmir’s Budgam district had gone viral on social media recently, drawing nationwide outrage.Police remove banners asking Kashmiris to leave UPMeerut: After banners calling for boycott of Kashmiris and asking people from the Valley to leave Uttar Pradesh surfaced in the district, police registered an FIR against Amit Jani, the chief of Uttar Pradesh Nav Nirman Sena.The little-known outfit had put up the banners along the Partapur bypass outside the colleges where Kashmiri students study. Jani said it is only the first step and it will launch a “halla bol” campaign from April 30 to “banish” the Kashmiris who do not leave the state on their own.SHO of the Partapur police station Dinesh Sharma said the banners have been taken down and an FIR has been registered under relevant IPC sections.

NCP pulls up Rajnath for ‘propagating’ Kashmiri students’ safety issu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for safety of the Kashmiri students, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said the former should not propagate the matter. ?The way Rajnath Singh has given a suggestion to the state after attack on Kashmiri students in Rajasthan, I think this should not be propagated. Publicity should not be there. He should have given the direction silently to the states rather than giving it publically,? NCP leader Nawab Malik told ANI. Asserting that protection of every citizen was the duty of the government, another NCP leader Jitendra Awhad said that Singh should not differentiate students by terming them ?Kashmiri students.? ?Kashmir is part of India so how can Rajnath Singh say that Kashmiri students should be protected. Protection of all Indian citizens is duty of the government. Every student should be protected as per law but why Rajnath Singh is differentiating them as Kashmiri students, Delhi students, Uttar Pradesh students,? he told ANI. In the wake of the Chittorgarh incident, where a group of Kashmiri students at a private university in Rajasthan were allegedly called terrorists and beaten up by the locals, Singh yesterday appealed to all the states to ensure the safety of the Kashmiris. “Last evening, I got to know that few Kashmiri youth were mistreated. I appeal to all the Chief Ministers to ensure that no Kashmiri youth is mistreated in any part of the nation. Even they are a part of India. No one can rubbish this truth that many people from Kashmir are contributing to India’s safety and prosperity,” Singh told ANI. He said he has asked the Home Ministry to immediately circulate an advisory to all states in this regard. “The incident is extremely unfortunate and I condemn it. Strict action will be taken against anyone who mistreats any Kashmiri youth. I appeal to all the youth to consider them as their brother. They are citizens of our country and part of our family. The people should understand this reality,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress backs Rajnath’s assertion on safety of Kashmiris

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for safety of the Kashmiris, the Congress said that it was surprising to hear that the former was saying obvious things. ?I am surprised that Home Minister has to say obvious things. Of course, they are citizens of India. Jammu and Kashmir is part of India and its residents are citizens of our country. Young people who have come from Jammu and Kashmir for education and job, we must not let them feel alienated. It is not in the national interest to let anyone feel alienated and uncomfortable,? Congress leader Salman Khurshid told ANI. Backing Singh?s statement Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said the freedom of every citizen should be protected which is to be ensured by the home minister. ?You can?t create a situation that particular student from any particular state cannot come to another state for study. I think complete protection of the Kashmiri students must be taken care of and no such situation must prevail in any part of the country. A citizen of India can travel and study anywhere and that freedom should be protected. Who other than the home minister would do it,? he told ANI. In the wake of the Chittorgarh incident, where a group of Kashmiri students at a private university in Rajasthan were allegedly called terrorists and beaten up by the locals, Singh yesterday appealed to all the states to ensure the safety of the Kashmiris. “Last evening I got to know that some Kashmiri youth have been mistreated. I appeal to all the Chief Ministers to ensure that no Kashmiri youth is mistreated in any part of the nation. Even they are part of India. No one can rubbish this truth that many people from Kashmir are contributing to India’s safety and prosperity,” Singh told ANI. He said he has asked the Home Ministry to immediately circulate an advisory to all states in this regard. “The incident is extremely unfortunate and I condemn it. Strict action will be taken against anyone who mistreats any Kashmiri youth. I appeal to all the youth to consider them as their brother. They are citizens of our country and part of our family. The people should understand this reality,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmiri students called ‘stone pelters’, attacked in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of Kashmiri students from Mewar University were allegedly assaulted by locals in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh on Wednesday. According to the students, the locals said “they should be beaten up because Kashmiris throw stones at CRPF men.”While the students claim that they were badly assaulted, with two from the group seriously injured, the university officials and police are terming it a “minor scuffle”. No FIR was registered after the scuffle. Registering their protest after the incident, around 200 Kashmiri students from Mewar University have been on a hunger strike since Wednesday evening. The incident took place around 5 pm on Wednesday when 11 students, all living in the varsity hostel, had stepped out of the campus. “When we left the university campus, a few locals surrounded us and inquired about our regional identity. Whoever said they were from Kashmir was beaten up. Two students were hospitalised. We approached the police, but no action has been taken against the locals,” said Tawfeef Ahmad, one of the students assaulted in the scuffle. Ahmad said harassment of Kashmiri students is not a one-off incident. “We want university officials to take action,” he added. Harish Gurnani, Director, Mewar University, said, “It was a minor issue. Normalcy has been restored.” Meanwhile, there are reports of posters being put up in Meerut asking Kashmiri students to leave UP, while also blaming them for the attack on security forces.

Raj govt declares more than 5,000 villages scarcity-hit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan government has declared 5,656 villages in 13 districts as scarcity-hit in the state. The government has postponed the recovery of the Abiyana Tax from the affected villages, an official release said here. Villages in Ajmer, Barmer, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Churu, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Pali, Udaipur and Rajsamand districts have been declared as scarcity-hit on the basis of reports from their respective collectors, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fog affects rail traffic in Raj, Mount Abu coldest at 5 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mount Abu was the coldest place in Rajasthan today with a minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius, even as rail traffic was disrupted due to fog, delaying 12 trains and rescheduling three. Mount Abu was followed by Sriganganagar which recorded a minimum of 6.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT Department said. Mercury in Alwar, Pilani, Phalodi, Churu and Dabok settled at 8.0, 8.1, 8.4, 9.2 and 9.9 degrees Celsius respectively. Whereas in Banasthali the minimum temperature was recorded at 10.8 degrees Celsius, while it was 11 degrees Celsius each in Bundi and Chittorgarh. The weatherman has predicted light rain in the western and eastern parts of the state. Meanwhile, North-West Railways rescheduled departure of three trains due to fog in northern India, whereas 12 trains were delayed by 1 hour 50 minutes to 20 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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