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Ahmedabad University gets leading economist C Rangarajan

In a major recruitment drive with an aim to create a rich pool of academicians, Ahmedabad University (AU) has roped in leading economist of the country C Rangarajan.Professor Chakravarthi Rangarajan has joined AU as Distinguished University Professor. Not just him, AU has also been able to rope in a retired professor of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) professor P R Shukla who specialises in energy, environment and policies. Professor Shukla will also head the Global Centre for Environment and Energy.Professor Pankaj Chandra, Vice-Chancellor, AU, said, “Since January 2016, we have been able to recruit 35 faculty from across the world. To get best of faculties, we need to show them our vision and make them realise that they can experiment with new ways of teaching.”He added, “Whenever professor Rangarajan is in the university, even at this age (over 80 years), he teaches continously from morning till evening and that shows his dedication.” Prof Rangarajan has played a key role both as an academic and a policy maker. He has held several important positions which include Governor of Reserve Bank of India and Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, while Professor Shukla is the first professor who has joined AU immediately after IIMA, AU has three more professors who have worked with IIMA in the past. Professor Chandra, prior to joining IIM-Bangalore as a director worked with IIMA.Professor Devanath Tirupati, one of India’s leading management academicians known for his expertise in Operations Management, too worked with IIMA and has joined AU’s management school. Professor Vivek Banerjee who is presently senior dean, startegic initiatives and planning at AU, has worked with IIMA for 18 years.HALL OF EXPERTISEProf C Rangarajan has played a key role both as an academic and a policy maker. He has held several important positions which include Governor of RBI and Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Professor Chandra, prior to joining IIM-B as a director worked with IIMA.

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Bleeding professor fails to get first aid at IGIA

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) may boast about its international-standard Terminal 3 but a 57-year-old professor from AIIMS, Jodhpur, had to roam around with a bleeding forehead for more than an hour while the medical aid room at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) remained locked. Reportedly, there is a lavish Medanta clinic inside the airport but both the professor and the airport staff were unaware of it.The incident took place on December 19, when Dr Prem Prakash Sharma, who works as an Assistant Professor (Biostatistician) at AIIMS, Jodhpur, in Rajasthan, arrived at the Delhi airport to catch an Air India (AI) flight to Vishakhapatnam.”I was trying to take out my luggage from the cab’s trunk when it fell on my head and I fell down. Seconds later, when I got up with the driver’s assistance, I noticed that my forehead was bleeding. I tried to contain the blood flow with my handkerchief but it did not stop. So then I approached my airline’s counter to seek medical assistance,” Sharma told DNA.He further said the person on the counter took him to a medical room inside the terminal but it was locked. After that, the airline staff took Sharma around the terminal but failed to find any medical assistance for him, who was still struggling to control the blood flow.”No medical or paramedical staff was available nearby. Finally, the airline staff apologised to me. Later, a woman at an information counter, who had a first aid kit, helped me. Luckily, the bleeding had stopped by then,” Sharma said, adding: “I got proper dressing and Tetanus injections after reaching Visakhapatnam.”The airport operators, meanwhile, claimed that sufficient medical facilities are available at the airport, including a Medanta clinic. Sharma, however, said that neither he nor the airline staff was aware of any such facility.”Surprisingly, out of hundreds of airport staff on the floor, none came forward to offer help as we roamed around. It was shocking for me to learn that on an international airport like IGIA, no first aid facility could be availed. Fortunately, it was not a major accident. Had this happened to a tourist or an international passenger, it would have been an insult for the country,” the professor said.

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IIT B leads the way, bags most offers in first phase of placements

Keeping its earlier clout in campus placements intact, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), recorded the highest number of offers amongst all IITs in the first phase of placements held between December 1 and December 16, 2017.As per the figures released by the institute, a total of 1011 job offers (including a 100 pre placement offers) were rolled out to the students at the institute during the first phase. Of this, 911 offers were accepted. With this, IIT-B leaps ahead of other IITs with more offers in its kitty. “IIT Bombay has been consistently preferred as the top destination amongst the recruiters. The rise in the number of International offers and the PPOs were some of the highlights of the phase-1 of placements.Phase-2 is expected to add in some more numbers” said the spokesperson at the institute.IIT-Kanpur also saw a very successful phase I with 890 offers including pre-placement offers (PPOs) in the first phase. At IIT Madras, a total of 877 students were placed in the first phase that ended on December 10. IIT Roorkee saw 843 offers made by 205 companies that visited the campus until December 15.The average cost-to-company (CTC) for the domestic offers at IIT Bombay is 13.60 lakhs per annum while the gross salary is 11.50 lakhs per annum. For International offers, the CTC offered was 43.5 lakhs per annum while the gross salary was 40 lakhs per annum.This year, over 65 international offers came in the first few days at IIT B with some of the prominent companies being- Uber, Microsoft-Redmond, Samsung and Goldman Sachs.More PSU offersMost IITs saw a great number of Public sector undertaking companies like ONGC, ISRO, UIDAI coming to hire in the first phase. At IIT B, a total of 21 offers were made by three PSUs in the first phase. IIT Roorkee also saw the participation of 5 PSUs in the first phase. “This time, the number of PSUs hiring at the institute have gone up considerably as compared to the last time. The profiles and packages offered are also better than last year” said Prof Tom Matthew, Professor in charge of placements at IITB.Start-ups on a rollA good number of start-ups came to IIT campuses this year, after the ban was lifted this year. A total of 32 start-ups made 85 offers to IIT Madras students. Most of the start-ups were looking to recruit for the Analytics / IT job profiles. At IIT Roorkee, 37 startups came to the campus in the first phase. Several prominent start-ups like Zomato and Pay U visited IIT Kanpur this placement season.

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Rare papers on Bhagat Singh trial lead London Prof to India

Dr Satvinder Juss never imagined that his curiosity to know more about Bhagat Singh’s trial would get him access to some rare documents rotting away in time and an invitation to give lectures, in two different countries. A law professor at the King’s College in London, Juss has been working on the legal events leading to Bhagat Singh’s execution since 2016.”Gandhi and Nehru’s imagination became the mainstream vision of this country, but what has always intrigued me is how India would look today if the ones sidelined had led the country,” says Professor Juss, during an interview with DNA.After reading an article that mentioned 135 documents on Bhagat Singh’s case at the Punjab Archives in Lahore, which is not accessible to local scholars, Juss started on a journey to locate the rare files.”It was interesting to have access to these almost century-old files at a tomb on the grounds of Punjab Civil Secretariat in Lahore. These yellow pages give details on the case proceedings that led to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru’s execution,” he narrates. Juss even visited the Anarkali Police Station in Lahore to see the FIR, in this case, filed on December 17, 1928, at 4:30 pm, which clearly mentions two “unknown” gunmen.Juss adds that while researching he has been wondering whether Section 72 of the Government of India Act, which talks about good governance, was invoked in Bhagat Singh’s trial.”A three-judge special tribunal was set-up; the tribunal was not to be challenged; it was never approved by the Central Assembly, and became void soon after the trial confirming that it was set-up only to execute the three freedom fighters.”Juss is currently in the national Capital to go through the national archival data after which he will share his findings. In collaboration with ‘Youth for Heritage Foundation’, the professor also gave a lecture in Delhi on’Demystifying Bhagat Singh’s trial’.

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Firing range, four tanks setup at Raj Varsity soon

The University of Rajasthan will soon have a firing range within the campus for training and practice of National Cadet Corps cadets. This was decided during a meeting between officials from NCC Rajasthan and professor RK Kothari, vice chancellor, University of Rajasthan, on Wednesday.Furthermore, the vice chancellor has also decided to set up four tanks as war souvenirs at various parts of the university campus. The officials also discussed several other points on the development of practice and training activities within the university.Professor Kothari also received the rank of ‘Colonel’ by the National Cadet Corps, Rajasthan, during the meeting. The title was given by deputy director general of NCC, Rajasthan, Commodore Tarun Kumar. It is to be noted that professor Kothari was an NCC cadet during his college years.Principals of various city-based colleges, which fall under the purview of the University of Rajasthan, including, professor Amita Sharma, professor Kailash Agarwal, professor JP Yadav, along with NCC officer in charge of Rajasthan University, captain Rajesh Kumar Sharma and other NCC officials were also present during the meeting.It is to be noted that several steps are being taken by the officials of the university for the overall development of campus and infrastructure of the University of Rajasthan.A central library is also being developed under the same objective.

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Want professor back, tweet University of Mumbai students

A few days after Dr Sanjay Ranade, an associate professor and head of Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Mumbai, quit his post, following allegations that he used casteist slurs against a colleague, his students have launched an online campaign requesting officials to take him back.The department’s former head, Dr Sunder Rajdeep, registered a case against him and his colleague, Daivata Patil, in September under the Prevention of Atrocities Act at the Bandra Kurla Complex police station.The students have written to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who is also the university’s chancellor, requesting him to reject Dr Ranade’s resignation. The professor’s former and current students have also taken to Twitter to garner support using #WeWantRanade.”Dr Ranade’s contribution has been immense. It is disappointing if he has to quit. We are appealing the varsity to take him back,” said Aditya Biwalkar, an MA student.Meanwhile, Dr Ranade would be relieved of all his official duties on Monday which is his last working day at the university.

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Ex-chair of Hurriyat denies meeting interlocuter

Ending speculations, on Sunday, former Hurriyat Conference chairman Professor Abdul Gani Bhat denied meeting center’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma, although a group of Muslim Conference leaders recently removed him from the position of president and reposed full faith in the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).”I did not meet Sharma. However, two persons — a Kashmiri Pandit and a non-local –met me on the evening of November 27. Some people are churning conspiracies and based on guess work and creating confusion,” Bhat told a local news agency.Batting for a dialogue, the former Hurriyat chairman said talks without Pakistan cannot be fruitful. He also noted that he would open his cards in the next few days, regardless of whether he remains a part of the Hurriyat or not.”I don’t play politics on the blood and tears of masses. There is no place for dictatorship in a movement. Dictatorship can happen in politics, but not in a movement which is fighting for a cause,” Bhat said.Even as the former Hurriyat chairman tried to steer clear from any controversy, a group of his party leaders held an emergency meeting and expelled him from the post of president of the Muslim Conference.”The meeting between Bhat and the centre’s interlocutor has send shock waves across resistance leadership and the people of Kashmir. Muslim Conference (MC) held an emergency meeting and appointed Mohommad Sultan Magray as its interim president for six months. Manzoor ul Haq Bhat has been appointed vice president,” said Magray.Earlier, Bhat wrote to Mirwaiz informing him that he has expelled Manzoor, who was MC’s representative in Pakistan, from the basic membership of the party. “In exercise of the authority vested in me, I hereby expel you from the basic membership of the organisation and shall therefore cease to represent MC in any respect at any level,” Bhat said in the letter.

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Rajasthan murder: Hindus should rise and oppose killings of Muslims in their name, says DU professor Apoorvanand

Hindus should rise and oppose killings of Muslims in their name, a Delhi University professor said after taking part in a human chain against the the burning to death of a daily wage labourer from West Bengal, Afrazul Khan, in Rajasthan earlier this week.Forty-eight-year-old Khan was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district. In a video of the killing shared on social media, the accused, who has been arrested, is seen declaring that he killed the man to save a woman from “love jihad” and warning that anyone challenging the majority community would “meet the same fate”.”It is incumbent upon Hindus now to choose various platforms in their capacities to say you can’t murder Muslims in our name,” Delhi University professor Apoorvanand said, hitting out at political parties for not taking a stand against the killing.Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accused”Political parties should come out against it…,” he said.Scores of young people and professors of various universities and activists turned up to form a human chain at Connaught Place. Earlier in the day, several Muslim organisations and students outfits staged a demonstration near Bikaner House condemning the attack and demanding resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

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BHU shocker! GST in Arthshastra, Manu on globalisation baffles MA students

On Monday, when the BHU students of MA Political Science sat for their exams, little did they know that they would have to answer questions linking Kautilya and GST.Sounds bizarre? Well, it’s true. The students complain that the 15-mark questions were out of their syllabus and out of their course material also.Sample this:a: Write an essay on the nature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra.b: Manu is the first Indian thinker of globalisation. Discuss.According to an Indian Express report, the brain behind the question paper is Professor Kaushal Kishore Mishra.Professor Mishra, who set the question paper for ‘Social and Political Thought in Ancient and Medieval India’, said that, ‘interpreted the two thinkers and taught their philosophies through new and current examples like GST and globalisation.’Reacting to those who were criticising the question paper, Professor Mishra said, ‘Isn’t it our job to find newer ways to teach.’While the students of the BHU claim that ‘Sir had dictated the answers, and specifically told us that we would get these questions,’ the colleges affiliated to the central university said that they had no idea about the concept and it was out of their course material.Professor Mishra, who has openly admitted that he is an RSS member, says that his personal views don’t interfere in his teaching.Despite the hue and cry raised by the students, the RP Singh, the head of department, rejected that the questions were out of syllabus.“It is the prerogative of the teacher to set the paper according to his area of specialisation.” Singh was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
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Mother of Indian engineer, who sneaked into Pakistan to meet a girl, appeals for clemency

The mother of an Indian engineer, who was sentenced after he sneaked into Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended on the internet, has appealed to President Mamnoon Hussain to remit the remaining period of her son’s prison term.In a letter to Hussain, the mother of Hamid Ansari said: “Mohtaram Sadar – your government has shown clemency to foreign nationals who have committed far graver offences than Hamid Ansari.”The country’s credit for listening to humanitarian calls will go up and the chances of relief for Pakistani citizens in Indian prisons might improve if you could remit the remaining period of Hamid’s prison term.”She said the period of Ansari’s detention (three years) before conviction may be counted as sentence served, that he may he be released on humanitarian grounds, and that he and that he may be allowed to talk to his family on the phone.The Indian national was tried in a military court and was awarded three years’ vigorous imprisonment that started from December 15, 2015 and will end on December 14 next year.Ansari, a Mumbai resident, suffered injuries after he was attacked by inmates in the Peshawar Central prison last year.According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Ansari, an assistant professor at an Indian management institute, became friendly with a girl belonging to Kohat (in Kyber Pakhtaunkhawa province of Pakistan) through Facebook.”When she feared the denial of her rights, he decided to come to her rescue. He could not get a Pakistan visa but was able to fly to Afghanistan and enter Pakistan, though without valid papers. He was arrested from a hotel in Kohat on November 14, 2012.”Thus, for five years he has been in the custody of the Pakistani authorities. Charged with espionage and not with illegal entry into Pakistan, he was sentenced to three years? imprisonment by a military court,” says known rights activist I A Rehman.”There is no doubt that Hamid Ansari committed an offence but his motives, love or a desire to help a woman in distress, are strong mitigating circumstances. He has already suffered enough for his naivete,” he said and demanded his immediate release.On the other hand, a Pakistani woman journalist who was allegedly kidnapped while pursuing the case of Ansari two years ago, has gone missing again two months after her return.President of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances Justice (retd.) Javed Iqbal had said Shahzadi had been recovered from an area on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday night.”Non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted her and she has been recovered from their custody,” Iqbal said.Rehman said Shahzadi has gone missing again. “Missing of Shahzadi two months after her return from two-year captivity is alarming.”He says Shahzadi, a young and poor journalist without any clout, had dreams of helping her fellow human beings.”When she learnt that an Indian named Hamid Ansari was in trouble for trying to help a Pakistani girl, she thought this was a case that could help her establish herself as a bold human rights defender and a skilful journalist.”She persuaded Ansari’s mother to grant her authority/ permission to pursue the matter before the Peshawar High Court. She also met the Indian high commissioner at a public meeting, probably to seek his help in the case,” he said.The 26-year-old local reporter of Daily Nai Khaber and Metro News TV channel had gone missing on August 19, 2015, when some unknown men allegedly kidnapped her while she was en route to her office in an auto-rickshaw from her home in a populated locality of Lahore.On her return in this October she was not allowed to speak to anyone. Later, her family reported she has gone missing again.
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Prof molested: Cops comb Connaught Place

Four days after a 32-year-old professor was molested in Connaught Place, a team of police officers, including the Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, reached the crime scene on Sunday morning to investigate the matter.The complainant was also taken along so that the sequence of events could be recreated. Meanwhile, the accused is yet to be identified.DNA had first reported about the incident on Saturday, after which the police swung into action and began their investigation. A sketch of the accused has been created and a manhunt has been launched to nab him.After the horrendous incident, the accused, probably in his mid 20s, escaped by hopping from the terrace of one building to another. The terraces of the entire H block in CP, where the incident took place, are connected to each other, making it easy for anyone to escape.In her statement, the complainant had said that she had seen the footage from one of the cameras installed in the building, and it showed the accused following her. The police then scanned the locations and identified the probable escape route that the accused might have taken.Apart from the people who work in the building, the Delhi Police have prepared a list of employees who visit the area, including courier and delivery men. Senior officers said that since the accused was unknown to the victim, it was difficult to identify him. “We are thoroughly investigating the case,” a senior police officer said.Meanwhile, the complainant’s friends, who did not wish to be named, said: “The police should have collected forensic evidence on the first day itself, so that the accused could be identified. Even the sketch was made on Sunday, four days after the incident.”SKETCH MADEA sketch of the accused has been created and a manhunt has been launched to nab him. After the horrendous incident, the accused, probably in his mid 20s, escaped by hopping from the terrace. Apart from the people who work in the building, the Delhi Police have prepared a list of employees who visit the area
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Sattvik food fest drops street food handvo & dhokla

Stepping up their efforts to ensure quality, the organisers of Sattvik food festival, Gujarat’s largest and most-awaited food festival, have banned Gujarati delicacies handvo, dhokla and khichu from their menu. The reason? They are easily available in roadside eateries.Not just that, the organisers, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), have also decided to allow limited number of stalls this year, also to further up quality. The three-day 15th Sattvik food festival will begin on December 23 at AES ground, Bodakdev.Confirming the same, Ramesh Patel, secretary, SRISTI, said, “For the first time, we have banned items such as handvo, khichu, dhokla, boiled corn, etc. We don’t want to promote food that are easily available on roadsides. The idea of this festival is to promote traditional dishes. We have also decided not to have cheese and paneer in the festival as they are difficult to digest, and hence have no place in satvik food.”Professor Anil Gupta, founder of SRISTI, said, “Sattvik has been trying to attain higher and higher degree of authenticity in offering the traditional tastes of India and an organic India through the creative and innovative platform like the exhibition of innovations by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) and other such organisations.”We also invite foodPreneur start-ups and small enterprises run by women and others to promote value addition in nutritious food. Unless farmers do that, their income will not increase. We should not forget ‘jaisa ann, waisa mann.’ So unless we eat healthy, live healthy and think healthy, we will not make our children and future generation and India healthy. There is a need to bring back the wisdom of grandmothers back into our lives.”According to Patel, the food festival will also host a community kitchen (food lab) where people will be taught how to cook healthy using the right vessels, through the right process and with the right emotions. Over 50 stalls from different states and 75 stalls from Gujarat will serve traditional food items during the festival.”The festival is aimed at providing a platform for popularising traditional recipes made from lesser- known crop varieties such as kodra (paspalum scrobiculatum), bavta (eleusine coracana), ragi (nagli), samo (echinocloa colonum), jowar (sorghum vulgare), bajra (millet), makka (zea mays), etc.
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Hitesh Bhatt announced as new IRMA director

The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has appointed Prof. Hitesh Bhatt as its new Director with effect from December 1.Prof. Bhatt has been with IRMA since 1995. He has specialization in field of General Management. He holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi and an MS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech, Atlanta. The appointment comes a few months after RC Natarajan, the institute’s director at the time, faced charges of sexual harassment by an employee.IRMA said in a release that Prof. Bhatt brings with him 18 years of industrial experience after having commenced his career with Reliance in 1979. He held senior positions in companies such as Mafatlal group of mills, garment factories in Tanzania, and a joint venture company (Indo-Bhutanese-South Korean) in Sanand.”He helped set up two major textile mills and turned around another textile and garment factory faced with near closure, making it work with the maximum efficiency in East Africa,” it said.As a dedicated academician he has been involved in teaching, training, and consulting extensively. He has trained diverse cadres of people in various organizations- including government and non-government, cooperatives, and corporations. He has also worked as Professor and Head of Centre for Management Studies at Dharmsinh Desai University in Nadiad, it added.AN ACADEMICIANAs a dedicated academician he has been involved in teaching, training, and consulting extensively.
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NID-designed jute bags to aid carry Amul milk packets

Carrying Amul products home, mainly cold milk packets in our routine life will not be a pain anymore. The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, in a major project to promote Jute industry, has designed take away bags using jute for Amul parlours across the country.The take away bags designed by Shanvi Gupta, a masters programme student of NID under the guidance of professor Shimul Mehta Vyas, principal designer, Lifestyle and Accesories Design were launched by RS Sodhi, Managing Director, Gujarat Co-Operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Amul on Thursday at NID campus.This project was a part of a major initiative at Innovation Centre for Natural Fibre at NID under which a unique collection of jute shopping and carry bags were designed in collaboration with jute industry under sponsorship from National Jute Board, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.Before commencing on the design, Shanvi underwent a research to understand consumer behaviour and requirement. Posted for few hours outside Amul parlours every day, Shanvi documented buying patterns and difficulties faced by people in carrying cold milk packets and several other products. She said, “People in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar either carried it on their two wheeler or their hands. So keeping the durability of the handle in mind, we designed bags for morning milk cabins, delivery boys and consumers who directly buy from the Amul parlours.”Speaking further about it, Sodhi said, “We had to keep many things like the bags should be user friendly, need based, addresses our aim of banning plastic, thermal insulation, etc. We sell 42 lakh milk packets in Ahmedabad, crore in Gujarat and 2.6 crore packets in India every day. We are happy with the designs given to us by NID. Now we have few challenges including affordability. We do not want to give it for free but promote people using Jute bags.”We are starting the project from Ahmedabad and in two weeks, these bags will be available at Amul parlours,” he added.
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Syed Salahuddin’s son among 18 inmates: Tihar jail to MHA

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yusuf is one of the 18 prisoners referred to AIIMS after being allegedly beaten up by security personnel in Tihar jail, the prison authorities have informed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).Two separate probe panels will be investigating the incident.A district judge has been appointed to look into the incident while a law professor from National Law University has been asked to provide legal assistance to inmates involved in the scuffle that led to the alleged thrashing of prisoners last week.Another inquiry will be conducted by Commandant of the Tamil Nadu Special Police posted at the high security cell who were allegedly involved in the scuffle.There were 25 prisoners in the high security ward when the incident took place on the night of November 21-22.Several Kashmiri prisoners are currently lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi after being arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a terror funding case. Saluhuddin’s son Yusuf, who was a government employee in Jammu and Kashmir, is also part of the same investigation.The Tamil Nadu police personnel posted at the cell have been removed, Tihar jail authorities said in their report to MHA.”The prisoners referred to AIIMS will be examined by a panel of three doctors who will submit a report on the nature of injuries,” said a home ministry official.Yusuf faces allegations of receiving money from his father who is based in Pakistan. Syed Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jihad Council — an umbrella organisation of all terror outfits operating in Kashmir, has been declared a global terrorist by the US Department of State.The incident took place when during a search certain objectionable material was found leading to a confrontation between some prisoners and jail security following which MHA asked for a detailed report from Tihar authorities.Tihar autorities in its report to MHA also stated that jail officials have been sensitised to ensure that inherent dignity of prisoners is always maintained, especially during searches.Following reports of some Kashmiri prisoners being beaten up Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke to union home secretary Rajiv Gauba expressing her concern over the security of inmates from the state.INSIDE THE JAILThere were 25 prisoners in the high security ward when the violent thrashing took place. MHA had asked for a report on the incident from the prison authorities.
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DNA SPECIAL: Power tussle between Lok Nayak Hospital, MAMC

The Delhi government’s biggest medical institute—Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and Lok Nayak Hospital are in a power tussle as few of the department heads have refused to cooperate with the medical director (MD) of the hospital.According to the sources, in the last few months, regular confrontational incidents have taken place between the MD and few professors, with both writing letters to each other, marking the secretary and even Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.In one such letter, a departmental head wrote to the director,”The memorandum is without jurisdiction as MD Lok Nayak Hospital is not competent enough to issue such memorandums. It is beyond his jurisdiction to issue such a notice to Director Professor and head of the department who is under direct administrative control of Dean MAMC.”The MD had issued a memorandum as the department head and his colleagues failed to turn up for a meeting.MAMC Dean had issued a circular last week asking all the professors to extend their support to the MD to ensure smooth functioning of the hospital.”There are few HODs who have issues with MD. But even then, they must cooperate with him as he is the administrative head. I had been receiving such communications, and therefore, I decided to issue a circular to make things clear,” said Dr Sidharth Ramji, dean, MAMC.Dr JC Passey was appointed MD of Lok Nayak Hospital by the AAP government. The government had, last year, bifurcated the administrative systems of the Delhi hospitals.”All the doctors are doing their clinical practice in the hospitals. If anyone is spending 99 per cent of time here, how can they refuse to participate in the work? We are trying our best to sort out issues and work for the hospital upliftment,” Dr Passey told DNA.UNCONSTITUTIONALHospital sources said that the appointment of the MD was unconstitutional.”There is no document to substantiate this post. Neither the L-G, nor the Centre had given an approval for this post. We are following our head– dean of the college,” said a senior doctor.
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NDTF discusses historical relevance of Rani Padmini

Amid the raging controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie Padmavati, members of the right-wing groups, including BJP-affiliate National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) organised a lecture to discuss the “historical relevance” of Rani Padmini at Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College on Wednesday.The panel members included Balmukund Pandey, national organising secretary, RSS-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojana (ABISY), UGC member Indra Mohan Kapahy, IGNOU professor Kapil Kumar and general secretary NDTF Virendra Singh Negi. According to them, the Indian history has constantly been “distorted” by “communist forces” since Independence.Rejecting that there is no “historical evidence” to substantiate the existence of Rani Padmini, Pandey said,”She was a historical figure and her existence has been discussed by the historians on several occasions.””The history of India has been distorted by the communists ever since Independence. Communist historians have nothing to with the Indian culture and legends. They have always tried to transform ‘Bharat’ into India’,” he added.Pandey’s sentiments were echoed by other panellists, who supported the ongoing countrywide protests against the movie.”It’s very important that our students do not misinterpret the historical relevance of Rani Padmini on the basis of the wrong facts promoted by the communists,” said IGNOU professor Kapil Kumar, adding why the so-called communists and “feminists” didn’t speak up when women were being sold by IS’s chief Baghdadi. Bhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in controversy ever since the film’s shoot started. The film, scheduled to release on December 1, has now been postponed by the filmmakers.IN LIMBOBhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in controversy ever since the film’s shoot started. The film, scheduled to release on December 1, has now been postponed by the filmmakers.
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A wedding that exhibits innovations, spreads awareness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to make a difference and boost innovation, an Amdavadi has got his wedding card printed that mentions sustainable practises of Honey Bee Network, which is a crucible of innovators, farmers, scholars and academicians documenting traditional knowledge and innovation.Chetan Patel who works with Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), a part of Honey Bee Network, has not only made a difference with his wedding card but also exhibited 30 innovations during his marriage ceremony on Saturday.”Wedding cards have a larger community reach, which is why I thought to use it as a means to spread awareness,” Patel said.Commenting on his initiative, professor Anil Gupta, founder of SRISTI said, “This has happened for the first time in 30 years that someone has even thought of this kind of a blend of cultural and social ways. While the card included numerous practices of innovations by children and farmers, he also gave an opportunity to exhibitors to display their innovations at his marriage. Chetan is the man who organises Shodh Yatra every year. Hence, it is overwhelming to even imagine what he has foreseen through this initiative.”He remarked, “This is a beautiful way of sharing information about what he has learnt with us by including these in this sacred ritual. Instead of a pamphlet, spreading awareness in such a manner is significant.”On exhibition, professor Gupta said, “The exhibition had a farmer from Haryana who had processed 200 kg fruits to make juice for 3,500 guests. He gave the remaining fruits to villagers to make ice cream out of them. We at SRISTI would be happy to help and support if any marriages or ceremonies are planned in an innovation fair where people can have a corner of creativity for their guests. Guests have to wait for long during such ceremonies and they can visit the creative corner.”

Gujarat elections 2017: Are women’s issues important enough?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Injustice to Sardar Patel, step-motherly treatment to Gujarat, tanking economy, GST and demonetisation- the discourse of political parties in Gujarat seem to be about everything else other than issues that affect women the most.Sociologists who have closely worked on gender issues and those in politics have a different take on why it is the case.Leena Badshah, former professor of sociology with Gujarat University said it was a universal trend. “It is not unique to India or Gujarat. How many issues that matter to women get discussed in elections in the UK or US? For a patriarchal society like ours, it will take a long time before issues like women’s safety or equality in pay or some such become an election debate,” said Badshah.Tannistha Samanta, professor of sociology at IIT Gandhinagar said sometimes it takes a horrific incident like the Nirbhaya case to bring women’s issues to centre stage. Though the fact that it touched the middle class consciousness was a more enduring narrative than the gender-based sexual violence question. Not everyone agrees. Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said Rahul Gandhi in his recent visit to Gujarat spoke about the issues of Anganwadi and Asha workers. “He talked about MNREGA which had helped many women get gainful employment. When we talk about inflation, it is because it impacts women the most,” said Doshi. He said it would be foolish for any party to ignore issues that impact women. “They account for 50 per cent of our voters. Who will dare ignore them?” he asks.

Afghan girl injured in blast recovers at AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is a miracle for ten-year-old Zakia Moqim, who is finally able to stand and is hopeful again to lead a normal life. Moqim was airlifted from Afghanistan 14 days back after she was injured in a bomb blast on November 1. Surgeons at Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Center (AIIMS) confirmed that she has completely recovered from the neurosurgical issue and is good to go home in a few days.”She was brought here a week after the blast, unconscious and with some massive damage to her brain. There were some infections too due to untreated injuries. We had to put her on a ventilator and give drugs to reduce swelling,” said Dr Deepak Gupta, Professor of Neurosurgery, AIIMS.”Multiple shrapnel had penetrated her right lobe and thus there was swelling,” he added.Moqim, who is now walking and is ambulatory, went through few surgeries, including an orthopaedic surgery to treat the infections in her right leg.She is now being taken care of at the Neurological Intensive Care Unit with regular antibiotics.Accompanied by her father, the 10-year-old girl has not stopped smiling since she came to her senses after the surgery.”Presently, the child is fully alert and conscious. Weakness in her left arm and leg has improved significantly. She also had a fracture in her leg with skin loss, which was managed by the Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery team here,” stated a press note by AIIMS Trauma Centre.The case was treated as a ‘goodwill gesture’ when her father approached the Afghan Embassy in Delhi, which then reached out to a Consortium of AIIMS, to help and treat the little victim of violence.

Marwar- Mewar region turns dangerous zone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian plate is constantly moving towards the north-east leading to increase in geological pressure on the Aravalli range area of Rajasthan. A huge fault has come due to different rocks between Aravalli hills in Mewar and plains of Marwar, which has turned the area from Marwar to Mewar into an earthquake prone region, due to which continuous earthquake tremors are being felt in Jodhpur, Pali, Sirohi, Jaisalmer and Barmer in western Rajasthan.However, geologists have denied the possibility of a big earthquake in Rajasthan, as of now.It is noteworthy that in the last ten years, fourteen tremors were felt in western Rajasthan. Professor Suresh Mathur, Head of Department of Geology Department, Jainarayan Vyas University, told that if the epicentre of earthquake is 10 kms below the surface of Jodhpur, geologically, it is clear that the epicentre is located in basement rocks below the igneous rocks of Malani igneous suite and Jodhpur group of rocks. The most preliminary view is that possibly, the nearest lineament may be ‘K lineament” running from Khatu to Sirohi. “Western Rajasthan, due to its geographical condition, comes under the Thar Desert region which always had weak ground motion,” said Prof S C Mathur, Head of department, geology, Jai Narayan Vyas University. The stability is also because of the dense desert cover which has abundance of sand acting as a cushion. “During earthquakes, sand acts as a shock absorber in the western Rajasthan,” he said.

BJP at vantage point in Gujarat tribal areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least four adivasi congregations held recently at Vyara, Santrampur, Dahod and Godhra went largely unnoticed in Gujarat, but not for an ever-vigilant BJP that immediately decided to scale up its outreach programmes in the areas.Increasing its tally in tribal regions that dot the eastern border of Gujarat from the deep south to the north, is the key for BJP if it wants to come anywhere near the target of 150 seats set by party chief Amit Shah. At present the BJP has 11 seats of the 27 tribal seats against Congress’s 15.At the Adivasi Sabhas that were attended by about 20,000 to 35,000 people, mainly tribal youth, there was palpable anger against the unnatural spike in the population of Rabari community of tribals. The Rabari population has witnessed a 289 per cent increase in a decade from 15,417 in 2001 census to 59,995 in 2011.Many among adivasis alleged that it happened because non tribals were given ST status, which was hurting their interests. They claim that the Rupani government had distributed 1.5 lakh ST certificates ostensibly to the tribal communities living in the Nesses of the forest of Alech, Barada and Gir but in fact they are not them.Anand Vasava, assistant professor of linguistics in Gujarat University, and editor of Adilok, a Gujarati journal on adivasi issues said, “There is a growing feeling among adivasis that the benefits meant for them were being cornered by others. The sudden increase in Rabari population that defies all logic and is a sign that all is not hunky dory.”He also points out how the PESA Act of Gujarat government is just an embellishment as it gives power not to the Gram Sabha but to the state government to take final decision in crucial matters.If this sense of deprivation gets political support, it can put breaks on BJP’s ambitious plans, says Vasava adding that unfortunately, no one has addressed it apart from a few local tribal organisations and in some cases Bhilistan Tiger Sena, a non political wing of the JDU, that claims to advocate for the rights of Scheduled Tribes.But confident of improving its tally appreciably in tribals, the BJP summarily rejects these charges as desperate antics by Congress and its ally rebel JDU group led by Chhotubhai Vasava.Keen to bring 15% adivasis in their fold, the BJP took an early lead by launching Adivasi Vikas Gaurav Yatra in February this year. Subsequently, it stepped up its campaign by holding Vistarak Yojna, programme for extensive door to door outreach, that is being personally supervised by BJP chief Amit Shah.”Our government began Adivasi outreach in 2007 by launching Van Bandhu Yojna and allocating Rs. 15,000 crore for it but actually ended up spending Rs. 17,500 crore. In 2012, the allocation was increased to Rs. 40,000 crore. It has brought a sea change in the lives of Adivasis,” says BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya.Citing various schemes like Jyotigram, Maa Amrutham, Jeevandeep and steps taken in education that reduced the school drop out rate from 37 per cent to 2 per cent, Pandya is confident of a sharp increase in seats in tribal region.BJP’s confidence also emerges from the consistent work done by among tribals by the RSS and other saffron organisations like the VHP since 1995. Since December last year the RSS renewed its contact programme after Mohan Bhagwat addressed a gathering of pracharaks and swayamsevaks in Navsari district, says Tuslibhai Mauna of Surat.Incidentally, the Congress, concentrating more on Patidars and OBCs and on issues of GST and demonetisation to win over traders, is missing in action in the tribals areas that used to its bastion.BJP’s tall claims of Van Bandhu Yojna Doon not reflect on the ground, maximum budget has gone into infrastructure projects like dams, canals, roads, purchasing transport buses etc., says Anand VasavaA tribal leader associated with Congress in Narmada district that BJP wrested from Congress in 2012 is angry with his party for not concentrating in the tribal regions that traditionally are with Congress.”The Congress has virtually done nothing to challenge the RSS and VHP that have made deep inroads among tribals by slowly replacing their culture and traditions with the Hindu. It is bound to reflect in election results,” he says.

Women are more at risk of pulmonary diseases than men

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Females are more at the risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a serious respiratory disease caused by smoke and air pollution, compared to males. As they have smaller and more sensitive lung mucous, these affect women more quickly and severely than men, warn lung disease specialists, ahead of World COPD Day. COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive, inflammatory lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Women residing in rural areas are more at risk due to cooking food on‘Chulha’. WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. “As per studies sponsored by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in 2009, an estimated 1.48 crore (3.49%) Indians suffer from chronic bronchitis. The figures may differ, but the ailment, poses a serious health risk regardless of rural-urban status and socio-economic background. That’s because the leading causes of COPD are tobacco consumption, exposure to biomass fuel, smoke and external pollutants such as smog. Second-hand smoke exposure is also a factor,” Dr Narendra khippal, professor at institute of respiratory diseases, SMS medical college said. According to lung disease experts, on average, people with COPD have five additional associated diseases or disorders, such as metabolic, muscular, cardiac, gastrointestinal and mental function. In women, the symptoms of anxiety, depression and shortness of breath are more marked than in men.Globally, and in India, COPD is under-diagnosed as a lung function test, spirometry, is often not conducted during preliminary investigations. Dr Khippal who specialises in treatment of COPD, says that of 156 patients who participated in a 6-month OPD based study from Jan to June 2017, 17 per cent of prolonged cough were diagnosed with COPD by a spirometry test.Experts believe that in the future, more Indians are likely to develop COPD due to exposure to external air pollution.Biomass fuel emission adds In India, exposure to biomass fuels like crop residues or woods or animal dung is widely prevalent. It takes place in conditions where much of the effluent is released into the indoor living area. Women, who do most of the cooking in villages, are the most affected. Mosquito coils used in homes are another source of exposure. Burning of one mosquito coil, capable of emitting particulate matter equivalent to those with around 100 cigarettes,” says Dr MK Gupta, Sr lungs disease specialist, Anchal Hospital.Treatment slows progressionTreatment can help slow the progression of the condition and control the symptoms. This includes stop smoking, inhalers, medications, pulmonary rehabilitation and surgery or a lung transplant. “If someone smokes, stopping is the most effective way to prevent COPD getting worse. Doctor will advise how to use inhaler correctly and how often to use it.If symptoms are not controlled with inhalers, doctor may recommend tablets or may prescribe a short course of antibiotics,”says Dr Shubhranshu Gupta,Sr, lungs specialist, Narayana Hospital.

JNU students fined for cooking biryani on campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have been fined for cooking and eating biryani near the stairs in front of the university’s administrative building.The incident allegedly took place on June 27 when students, holding a night long protest against the Vice Chancellor, stayed at the administration block and cooked food.While three students — Chepal Sherpa, Amir Malik and Manish Kumar — have been fined Rs 6,000 each, former JNU Students’ Union general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty has been fined Rs 10,000.Chakraborty was also punished under another clause for “leading the protest demonstration along with slogan shouting against Vice-Chancellor, administration and Professor Atul Johri, and sitting inside the V-C’s office even after repeated requests from CSO (Chief Security Officer) and security personnel to stop”.”In the proctorial enquiry, you have been found guilty of being involved in cooking food (biryani) near the stairs in front of the Administrative Building and eating it thereafter along with other students. This act is serious in nature, unbecoming of a student of JNU and calls for strict disciplinary action,” the Chief Proctor, Kaushal Kumar, said in a circular issued to the students on November 8.Calling it a “serious act”, university authorities have asked Chakraborty to deposit the fine within 10 days of the issuing of the notice.The authorities also warned students “to be careful and not to get involved in such incidents in future”.Responding to the incident, Chakraborty said, “Is a university proctor’s office here to monitor who is cooking and eating what? Since when is seeking an appointment to meet the V-C or shouting slogans against him a crime? Is this how the ‘discretionary power’ is supposed to be exercised where student union members would be kept out of any dialogue with the university authority?”

Pandits renew homeland demand, UT status for exiled community

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Building pressure on Modi government, representatives of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday met Dineshwar Sharma, the Centre’s special representative for Kashmir, and reiterated their demand for reinstatement in homeland with Union territory status. They demanded that Article 370 and Article 35A be revoked for finding a permanent solution to the vexed Kashmir issue.The four-member delegation of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community, under the aegis of Panun Kashmir, also asserted before Sharma that the sovereignty of the country is non-negotiable.”A serious dialogue process should be initiated by the government for the establishment of a separate homeland in Kashmir valley as explicitly demanded in the Margdarshan Resolution of 1991,” said Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president of Panun Kashmir, who led the delegation.In a resolution passed by Panun Kashmir in December 1991, Kashmiri Pandits demanded that the Centre create a homeland comprising the regions of the valley to the East and North of river Jhelum. The homeland, according to Panun Kashmir, should have a union territory status where the Constitution of India is made applicable in letter and spirit to ensure right to life, liberty, freedom of expression and faith, equality and rule of law.”The Article 370 and Article 35A have become an unnecessary baggage of the past errors of the rulers of India; there is a national consensus to review these absurd laws that are in contravention of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian Constitution to the citizens of India,” said Chrungoo.Article 370 recognizes the special status to the state, while Article 35A empowers the J&K government to frame laws to bar all Indians — except original inhabitants — from purchasing immovable property, getting government jobs and availing of state-sponsored scholarship schemes.”They should be abrogated under the due process of law as soon as possible and the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir state) Order 14th May 1954, since was/is an intentional fraud, be also abrogated along with,” said Chrungoo.Official figures reveal that around 41,117 migrant families from Kashmir are registered in Jammu and 21,000 others in Delhi and other states. Of the total migrant families living in Jammu, 37,128 are Hindus, 2,246 Muslims and 1,758 Sikhs.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s advisor Professor Amitabh Mattoo said the government is committed for ensuring honorable and safe return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley.”Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had the vision that migrants are part of Kashmiriyat and they should return with dignity, as Kashmiri Pandits are an inseparable part of the Kashmiri society, and the inclusive ethos, for which Kashmir has been known for ages, is incomplete without them,” Prof Mattoo further maintained.Meanwhile, on the fifth day of his Mission J&K, Sharma met cross sections of society in the winter capital on Friday. From Pandits to business leaders, Centre’s interlocutor interacted with several delegations in Jammu on Friday.Migrant familiesOfficial figures reveal around 41,117 migrant families from Kashmir are registered in Jammu and 21,000 others in Delhi and other states.Of the total migrant families living in Jammu, 37,128 are Hindus, 2,246 Muslims and 1,758 Sikhs, the figures reveal.

Sanjay Deshmukh back on MU campus as professor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over two weeks after he was removed as the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh resumed work as a professor at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai, on Thursday.Deshmukh moved back to his earlier post after he was sacked by the Governor for the unprecedented delay in declaring the results with the new On-Screen Marking system that the university introduced during his tenure as the VC.On Thursday, as almost all the major departments at the University of Mumbai re-opened after the Diwali break, Deshmukh reached the department early in the morning and resumed his earlier duties as a professor. He left for the day in the afternoon.”He had done the formalities for joining back the department a few days back. On the first day post vacations, he was at the department since morning. He also attended the staff meeting for the new academic year,” said a senior professor from the Department of Life Sciences on condition of anonymity. The professor said that Deshmukh would also start taking classes in a few days. “We have just reopened and classes would start soon. Like all other professors, Deshmukh would also be assigned his workload,” added the professor.VN Magare is Pro-VCThe government on Thursday handed over the additional charge of the post of Pro Vice Chancellor (PVC) to Dr VN Magare. Magare is currently holding the post of the Pro VC at SNDT University.

Separated twin Kalia undergoes plastic surgery, is stable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten days after a rare surgery was conducted to separate them, one of the conjoined twins from Orissa, Kalia, went through a plastic surgery on Saturday to remove the skin flap on his skull. A team of plastic surgeons from Coimbatore was present during the operation, which lasted for nearly two hours. The twins were craniopagus, or had their heads attached.”Kalia underwent a plastic surgery in which the debridement process was followed by skin grafting, a procedure in which unhealthy skin is replaced by skin obtained from the skin bank,” a senior doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said.The surgery was performed by a team of doctors, including Dr Deepak Kumar Gupta, Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr Maneesh Singhal, HOD of the plastics, reconstructive and burns surgery at AIIMS, and Dr Rajeev Sharma, assistant professor of neurosurgery.The child is still on the ventilator, while his brother, Jagga, was taken off the machine on Wednesday and moved to a private ward with his parents on Saturday. Kalia will remain on the ventilator for two more weeks.According to a statement released by AIIMS: “Jagga has been taken off the ventilator. He is conscious, recognises his mother, and responds to questions. His cardiac and kidney function has improved. He is stable and shifted to a private ward. Kalia is on ventilator and his condition is stable. All his parameters are normal but he is expected to be kept in ICU for a longer period.”In one of the rarest surgeries in the country, the craniopagus twins from Orissa were separated in an 18-hour procedure by a group of 30 specialists. The surgery started on October 25 at 9 am and got over the next day, at 3 am. On October 19, Jagga showed some problem in his heart function and his condition started to deteriorate, after which the surgery was planned.

Jailed Prof. Saibaba’s wife refuses monetary help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven months after Delhi University English professor G N Saibaba, who is 90 per cent disabled, was sentenced to life imprisonment, his wife AS Vasantha on Sunday refused to accept monetary help of Rs 45,826 from supporters across the country. The money was collected as part of a social media initiative in the last two days.The wheelchair-bound professor was arrested on May 9, 2014, for his alleged Maoist links. He and four others were sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra in March this year. “Some of his friends and supporters in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, who were aware of our financial situation, undertook an initiative on Friday and posted a message on the social media. They requested people to support Saibaba’s family by contributing Rs 500 in my account,” Vasantha said.She further said that though the support was overwhelming, she wanted to request people to not deposit any more money in her account. “I was not aware of the initiative. Otherwise, I would have made this request earlier. I am going to handover this money to the Saibaba Defence committee, which has been taking care of our family since my husband were framed,” she said. The Committee, which was set up in 2013 after Saibaba was arrested for the first time, consists of professors, artists, and authors.“It’s really heartwarming to receive such support and love from across the country. But, I can’t accept even a penny at an individual level as our fight for justice has always been collective,” Vasantha said.In the last seven months, Vasantha has got to visit her husband only three times. In his latest letter to her, he wrote: “I am not going to survive the coming winter.” “I’m going to meet him on November 14. His condition is deteriorating by the day. He is not even receiving his basic medicines,” she said.HELD IN MARCHProfessor GN Saibaba and four others were sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra in March this year .
In the last seven months, Vasantha has got to visit her husband only three times.

RU lacks criteria to list itself in ’20 world class govt varsities’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan University does not figure in the list of universities eligible for ‘20 world class government universities’ to be established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.The university is ranked 79th across the country by the ministry.The basic criteria for ranking involves strength of class, teacher-student ratio, placements offered, the amount of funding received and used by the university, research and papers submitted by students, and qualification of faculty, among other points including infrastructure.Rajasthan University does not have a central placement cell at present. The placements are done at the departmental level by the management of the respective departments.“The ideal required teacher-student ratio is 10:1, while in Rajasthan University it is 60:1. Also the placements, which are formally done at many of the universities, is done informally here. In addition to this, the funding received by the institution is not even close to being enough,” said professor AK Nagawat, dean, Department of Physics.He added that there is no government university in the state that closely matches the standards of being a world-class university. “The only college, I think, is worth getting the stature is BITS Pilani, which is a private college,” Nagawat said.It is to be noted that the ministry will be developing 20 world class private universities, in addition to the government ones. The each of the selected establishment will receive a financial support equivalent to 50 to 75 per cent of Rs 1,000 crore in a period of five years from the government. Rest of the amount will be pooled-in by the university itself.


<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was usual Thursday afternoon at the Rajasthan University. And at the department of business administration the lesson being taught was about marketing management; the teacher was none other than the newly appointed vice chancellor professor RK Kothari. At a university where poor attendance is the norm, all chairs were occupied and an excited lot awaited the VC when he reached to teach the MCom students as per his prior announcement. The entire exercise was a step towards confidence building and the interaction was aimed at establishing a better bond between the students and the varsity administration. On the surface the VC delivered an hour-long lecture on about principles of marketing management, but the lesson being delivered had much more. Prof Kothari spoke to the students about the importance of honesty and morality in all aspects of life, even marketing. “All activities in life will be effective, only if they are ethically done, especially when they involve people. Ethics are a must even when one is marketing,” said Prof Kothari to his class. Rajasthan University has over the last several years developed into an institution where there is extreme polarization among the students on party lines. With political parties increasingly projecting varsity electoral poll results as their own support base, there is deviation from educational activities. More hungama and less educational activities is turning to be the norm at the seventy year old RU. The university also faces allegations of teachers not taking classes seriously or regularly. But with the VC stepping out of his office among the students is a message to not just students but also teachers; that he means business. The VC effortlessly switched from the international scenario of marketing to the importance of inculcating self discipline and ethics in life. He called upon them to inculcate reading habits. “Spend time in the library. Books are the best guides one can get,” said Prof Kothari and even handed them a list of books that they should look up before the next class. There have been earlier VCs who have delivered the occasional lecture but Prof Kothari, a teacher for 38 years, has announced a fixed time table of the classes he would be taking regularly. Kothari himself feels there is need to establish a connect with the students. NEW MAN AT THE HELMProf Dr RK Kothari, the vice chancellor of Rajasthan University has himself been a teacher in the business administration department of RU for 38 years. He has been the head of the department and also the dean of the commerce department. It is a well known fact about prof Kothari that he always reaches class on time, is well prepared and never leaves before time. OTHER VCS WHO TOOK TO THE CLASSROOMThere have been other VCs of the Rajasthan University who have delivered a lecture each for the students. They include KL Sharma who addressed them on social inequility and IAS officer Madhukar Gupta on global recession. But these lectures were not on subjects that were part of the syllabus. Nor did they, as VC designate a time table for themselves.

GTU to set up first national heritage research laboratory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat Technological University (GTU) is planning to set up National Heritage Research Lab to tackle the techno-management issues of India’s first heritage city Ahmedabad.The experts at the laboratory will prepare recommendations to make Ahmedabad a combination of heritage city and smart city and will guide the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to conserve and preserve rich culture and heritage as well overall development of the city.”GTU has taken up this task in view of large number of expert faculty available in the university. The primary discussion was done in the GTU All India Board of Advisors meeting which was attended by 10 members. The Heritage lab will explore and suggest solutions on techno management issues of heritage monuments/structures,” said Dr Navin Sheth, Vice Chancellor of GTU.Experts of the proposed heritage lab will suggest how to make foundations of heritage structures strong. The experts will also cover pollution related issues of heritage structures and suggest solutions like chemical spray etc.A smart city sensor research lab will also be established in Gandhinagar at the cost of 4 crores, Sheth added.This would be integrated lab costing about 4 crore and will serve for smart city research to GTU colleges, all municipal bodies, academia and experts in India and abroad on chargeable basis. This would be first such lab in India. It was also suggested to engage IBM, CISCO or other international bodies as knowledge partner in the meeting, said professor Rajnikant Patel, Director GTU School of Smart Cities said.A TALE TO BE PROUD OFExperts at the laboratory will prepare recommendations to make Ahmedabad a combination of heritage city and smart city and will guide the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to conserve and preserve rich culture and heritage as well overall development of the city.
Heritage lab will suggest solutions on techno management issues of heritage monuments/structures.

V-C gone, but on-screen marking remains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government on Thursday gave the green signal to the University of Mumbai to continue with the on-screen marking (OSM) system for all the subjects in the upcoming winter exams. The government has, however, decided to appoint a fresh agency for the job from the next academic year (2018-19).The decisions were made at a high-level meeting attended by, among others, state education minister Vinod Tawde, senior officials at the Department of Higher Education and officials at the University of Mumbai including the acting V-C Dr Devanand Shinde and acting Director, Examinations and Evaluation Dr Arjun GhatuleSpeaking to DNA, Tawde said the government decided to retain the on-screen evaluation system, as it helped eliminate the scope of any malpractices. “We have decided to go ahead with OSM; the system has now been streamlined. All the technical issues with respect to the evaluation system have been resolved, he said.”We are sure the process will be smooth for the upcoming evaluations,” Tawde added.When asked if MeritTrac (the current service provider that came under the scanner for delays and glitches) would be retained, Tawde said, “We have decided to retain the company only for the upcoming winter semester exams. A fresh tendering process will be conducted next year and a new company will be appointed.”DNA had reported about the lack of action against the company even after the governor removed Sanjay Deshmukh from the Vice Chancellor’s post.On Wednesday, the governor announced the constitution of a search committee for the new V-C under renowned space scientist Dr Kasturirangan.Meanwhile, sources in the government said Deshmukh would go back to working as a professor at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai.At a press conference on Thursday, former V-C Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar said the university should not be allowed to continue with OSM as it still lacked the necessary preparedness.”The issues would recur and students suffer for no fault of theirs. The system should be implemented in phases and only after proper planning,” he noted. LEAVING A MARKThe state government on Thursday allowed MU to retain the on-screen marking systemDespite many glitches, the goverment noted it reduces scope of malpractices

Conjoined Odisha twins separated after marathon 16-hour-long surgery at AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In one of the rarest medical interventions in India, two-year-old twins joined at the head were separated during a 16-hour-long surgery performed by doctors at AIIMS which ended today.The twins are on ventilator and their condition was critical, doctors said.Odisha twins–Jaga and Kalia–were under observation and being monitored by a team of experts constantly. They are also being given blood, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said.Guleria said though the 28-month-old twins have been separated, the next 18 days would be extremely critical to ascertain the success of the surgery.The team of doctors involved in the procedure also seemed concerned about the survival of one of the twins, citing his deteriorating health.”The children have been separated. There were many challenges in this surgery which we have never seen before.During the surgery a total of 3.5 litres blood was also lost,” A K Mahapatra, the chief of the neurosciences centre at the AIIMS said.A team of about 30 specialists from the institute’s neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery departments performed the marathon surgery which began yesterday at 9 AM and got over at around 3 AM today.The babies were separated around 8.45 pm yesterday and the covering of the brain using skin flap and graft took 4-5 hours. One of the babies was shifted to ICU at 11.45 pm and the other baby at 2.30 am, a statement said.Mahapatra said Jaga was of more fragile health and his condition was more critical while Kalia was thought to be stable.The twins, hailing from Milipada village under Phiringia block in Kandhamal district, are craniopagus conjoined twins, joined at the heads. This is a very rare condition, a senior doctor had said.”Both the children have other health issues as well.While Jaga has heart issues Kalia has kidney problems. Though initially Jaga was healthier, now his condition has deteriorated. Kalia is better,” Mahapatra said.The first phase of the surgery was performed on August 28 when the doctors created a venous bypass to separate the veins shared by the babies that return blood to the heart from the brain.The twins were admitted to AIIMS on July 13.Elaborating on the challenges faced during the surgery, the medical team said each of the children required 20 units of blood.”There was a situation in which one of the kids did not have blood nerves which had to be created. The skin grafting was also done and later extra care had to be taken for the blood, nutrition and overall health of the two so that they could sustain during the surgery,” said Guleria.The most challenging job after the separation was to provide a skin cover on both sides of the brain for the children as the surgey had left large holes on their heads.”The skin was generated from the expansion of two balloons which were placed in their heads during the first surgery. If the twins make it, the next step will be reconstructing their skulls,” Maneesh Singhal, professor and head of plastic surgery at AIIMS.Neurosurgeon Deepak Gupta, who played an important role in the surgery, said the twins also had seizures during the procedure which had to be taken care of by the operating team.Gupta had earlier said the condition, which the twins suffer from, afflicted one in 30 lakh children, of which 50 per cent die either at birth or within 24 hours.In the country, two similar surgeries had taken place earlier to separate twins joined at the head but were not successful as the children died during the procedure.

As Diwali gift, 10-yr-old Nepal resident gets his fingers back

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For Virendra Singh, it was indeed a ‘happy’ Diwali this year after doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital performed a breakthrough surgery to give the 10-year-old his fingers back. The Nepal resident had lost his hands to electrocution two years ago. A plastic surgeon has now transferred two big toes from each of his feet to his hands.“It was a very complex surgery and took 10 hours and a huge team to make it successful. We had a specialised anesthesia team continuously monitoring the microvascular blood flow for the survival of the toes that were transplanted on to the hand. Any failure would have led to even more trauma to the child. Routine work had become challenging for him and this Diwali gift would now help him write,” said Dr Rakesh Kain, Professor of Plastic Surgery, Safdarjung Hospital.After the electrocution incident, in which both hands of the child were severely burnt, the doctors had to amputate one hand completely and half of the palm other hand with all the fingers. Singh had to quit studies as he was unable to write after this.The complicated surgery involved removing two toes from each of his feet, along with the blood vessels and nerves, and reattaching them to the hands along with restoration of blood circulation. Dr R P Narayan, Head of Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, confirmed the successful surgery and shared that he intended to bring the hand transplant programme to the institute as many people lose their hands due to electric shocks, accidents, or other burns. Just two months ago, a 22-year-old Afghani student had his toe successfully transplanted on to his right hand after he lost the hand in a bomb attack in his country. Past incidentAfter the electrocution incident, in which both hands of the child were severely burnt, the doctors had to amputate one hand completely and half of the palm other hand with all the fingers.

Naidu discharged after angioplasty at AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, (AIIMS) on Saturday, after a successful angioplasty to remove a blockage in one of the main arteries.Naidu, 68, was admitted to AIIMS at around 8 am to the Cardio-Neuro Centre on Friday because of a spike in his blood pressure and sugar levels, which was followed up by an angiography which confirmed blockage. The vice president was then operated on and a stent was placed to treat the condition. The procedure was handled under the supervision of renowned Professor of the Department of Cardiology, Dr Balram Bhargava.Doctors at AIIMS confirmed that all of the parameters of the vice president are normal. He has been advised complete rest for the next three days and to not have any visitors during this period.Earlier, Naidu had visited the hospital for a “complete body checkup” after being elected as the vice president in August. The tests then had pointed to some problems related to the heart.

Solving the problem of sexual exploitation of children not on politicians’ priority list: Independent Rajya Sabha MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Worried over sexual exploitation of children in India, Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Friday bemoaned that the issue was not a priority for politicians.The lawmaker said while efforts by individuals and the civil society were “well-meaning”, the menace has assumed a form that only an “institutional approach” can address.He blamed “years of neglect” by various governments for this.The independent Rajya Sabha member from Bangalore launched a National Action Plan against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (NAPCSEC) during a press conference in New Delhi.”While we talk of girl education and development, the issue of girl safety and their exploitation has never been made part of the mainstream discussion,” Chandrasekhar said.”The problem has been that we have not been institutionally organised,” he said.Asked why he believed it hasn’t been made a political priority so far, the lawmaker replied, “I think there has been a basic reluctance to accept it as a major problem.” “But if we as a society come together and collectively make it an issue, the government will respond,” he said.The NAPCSEC plan has proposed creation of a national child grid, on the lines of NATGRID, for timely action.P M Nair, Chair-Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, also attended the event.Nair, a retired IPS officer, said the need was to keep the ‘customer’ at the centrality of this proposed framework.”That is how the demand would be choked. These ‘customers’ are treated as mere witnesses and that is what needs to change. They should instead be named and shamed,” he said.According to the NCRB data provided by the National Coalition for Protection of Children, an initiative by Chandrasekhar, “The total number of child trafficking cases reported in India in 2015 was 3,490 with an offender conviction report of 14.3 per cent.”Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal are among the states from which girls are picked up for prostitution at an early age. Delhi, Mumbai and Goa are some of the places where they end up, living a hellish life, the NCPOC said

Veteran historian Satish Chandra dies aged 95

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran historian Satish Chandra, author of NCERT textbooks from 1970s to early 2000s and former JNU professor, passed away on Friday. He was 95.Chandra was Professor of History at JNU. Along with S. Gopal, Bipan Chandra, and Romila Thapar, he founded the Centre for Historical Studies at the School of Social Sciences where he served as its chairperson for a few years.He has been described as of India’s leading scholars of the Moghul period and as one of India’s most influential historians. His book, Mediaeval India, has been widely used as a textbook in schools and colleges around the country.Through the 1970s, he was the vice chairman and chairman of the University Grants Commission of India.

Mumbai University Academic Council hails V-C Deshmukh’s OSM efforts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when close to 4,000 students at the University of Mumbai are still awaiting their results, five months after the exams, the varsity’s Academic Council has hailed Dr Sanjay Deshmukh ‘s decision of introducing on-screen evaluation at a meeting convened on Wednesday.The university’s academic council in its meeting on Wednesday passed a resolution congratulating Dr Sanjay Deshmukh (who is currently being sent on ‘forced leave’ owing to the result mess) for his ‘efforts that led to the introduction of the on-screen marking (OSM) system’ hailing it as a successful practice.Sources in the academic council said that a senior professor who happens to be close to Deshmukh proposed that the council should acknowledge Dr Deshmukh’s efforts for bringing in a new system of evaluation. This was backed by a group of academicians who are a part of the council and a resolution congratulating Dr Deshmukh was passed.University officials denied that such a resolution was passed. “No such decision was taken” responded Dr Devanand Shinde, acting Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai.VESTED INTERESTMany see the resolution as an attempt of a few members in bringing Dr Deshmukh back to the university even as the state government is yet to take a final decision in this regard.

Out on five-day parole, Sasikala visits ailing husband M Natarajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sasikala, who was removed from the AIADMK last month after the factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and now Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam united, met Natarajan and was with him for about two hours in the hospital, sources said.Later, she returned to her niece Krishnapriya’s residence in the city. The beleaguered AIADMK leader’s car briefly halted in front of a Ganesha temple in Kotturpuram and she prayed from inside the vehicle as used to be done by late AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa.Sasikala’s low profile visit to hospital was in stark contrast to her public appearances prior to her incarceration in February.During her days before being imprisoned, she used to be surrounded by party men and loyalists raising slogans praising her as “Chinnamma”.Sasikala has been lodged in the Parapana Agrahara central jail since February this year after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction by a special court in a disproportionate assets case. Her relatives Ilavarasi and V NSudhakaran are also serving four-year jail terms in the case.Facing tough parole conditions, she refrained from visiting party men or interacting with them during her hospital visit today.The hospital, meanwhile, said in a statement that Natarajan (74) is recovering and he is “awake and oriented and is on ventilator support through tracheostomy, which was performed on October 6”.TTV Dhinakaran loyalist and senior leader Nanjil Sampath said he saw Sasikala in the hospital and told her to pray.He said he asked Sasikala to recite ‘Sundara Kandam’ from the Ramayana “as it would bring her relief”.Sasikala arrived in the city yesterday from the Parapana Agrahara central jail in Bengaluru after being granted parole for five days.Natarajan was admitted at the liver Intensive Care Unit of Gleneagles Global Health City under the care of a team of doctors led by Professor Mohamed Rela, the hospital said.It said that at the time of admission, he had “worsening liver failure, kidney failure and lung congestion, and underwent liver and kidney transplantation on October four.” In a statement, Director, Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation of the hospital, Dr K Ilankumaran said considering Natarajan’s age and his associated co-morbidities, his condition was stable during the surgery and he is “recovering well in the liver intensive care unit”.”He (Natarajan) is awake and oriented and he is on ventilator support through tracheostomy, which has been performed on October six.”As in any other combined liver and kidney transplant surgeries, his condition would be critical for the next few days, Ilankumaran said, adding “he is under close observation and monitoring”.It may be recalled that Sasikala had sought parole for 15 days, but was granted only five days with tough conditions, including that she will not get involved in any political or other public activity or take part in party activities.She is allowed only to visit the hospital where her husband is admitted and stay at the residence as mentioned in the application.Sasikala has also been restricted from interacting with any media — print or electronic.

Raghuram Rajan in list of probables for this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He is one of the six economists on the list of probable winners complied by Clarivate Analytics, a company that does academic and scientific research and maintains a list of dozens of possible Nobel Prize winners based on research citations.The entry to the list does not guarantee that Rajan is a front-runner but he is a probable who stands a chance to win.Rajan, whose three year term as Reserve Bank Governor ended on September 4, 2016, is considered a candidate for his “contributions illuminating the dimensions of decisions in corporate finance”, Clarivate said.The Nobel Prize in Economics will be announced on Monday.According to Clarivate Analytics, the list of possible Nobel Prize winners based on research citations include Colin Camerer of the California Institute of Technology and George Loewenstein of Carnegie Mellon University (for pioneering research in behavioural economics and in neuroeconomics); Robert Hall of Stanford University (for his analysis of worker productivity and studies of recessions and unemployment); and Michael Jensen of Harvard, Stewart Myers of MIT and Raghuram Rajan of the University of Chicago (for their contributions illuminating the dimensions of decisions in corporate finance).Rajan, who at 40 was the first non-western and the youngest to become the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, shot to big fame three years after he predicted a financial crisis at an annual gathering of economists and bankers in the US in 2005.He was appointed RBI Governor by the previous UPA government in 2013 and although he wanted a second term he was not offered an extension, which most of his predecessors got, by the current NDA regime.He is currently the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

Watch: When Jagmeet Singh spoke about ‘attacks on minorities’ in India ahead of PM Modi’s 2015 Canada visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh, the Ontario provincial lawmaker, was elected on the first ballot to lead the party into the 2019 election against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau s Liberals. He won the decisive first-ballot victory over three other candidates by receiving 53.6 per cent of the vote. “Thank you, New Democrats. The run for Prime Minister begins now,” he tweeted after the election. “That’s why today, I’m officially launching my campaign to be the next Prime Minister of Canada,” he added.However, Jagmeet Singh, who was born in Ontario and the son of immigrants from Punjab has a troubled relationship with his motherland. He was denied an Indian visa in 2013, and in July 2017 had even alleged that Indian government was trying to ‘undermine his campaign’ to become the leader of the NDP. He claimed figures with links to the Indian High Commission in Ottawa were trying to use their ‘influence’ to prevent members of the community from ‘contributing to his campaign’.Earlier, in 2015, he had issued a statement saying: Human rights organizations have appealed to the Canadian government to address the escalating attacks on minority communities in India, specifically regarding forced conversions supposedly carried out by people of other faiths in certain parts of the country against Muslims, Christians and other minority religions. Concerns regarding Sikh Canadians, including prominent community leaders, media personalities and politicians being denied Indian visas have also been raised and believed to be due to criticisms of India’s human rights record.”
ALSO READ Jagmeet Singh becomes first Sikh politician to lead Canada’s major New Democratic PartySingh secured 54 percent of the vote, defeating three rivals to become the new head of the NDP, succeeding Thomas Mulcair. The results of the vote, conducted online and by mail, were announced at a party meeting in Toronto.The Toronto-area politician, who led in fundraising since joining the race last May, had been touted by supporters as someone who could bring new life to the party, which has struggled since the death of charismatic former leader Jack Layton in 2011.Singh’s profile was boosted in early September after a video went viral showing him calmly responding with words of love to a heckler who interrupted a campaign event to accuse him of wanting to impose Islamic Shariah law in Canada.”His skill, in being able to diffuse the situation, it understandably appealed to a lot of people who ended up supporting him,” said Christopher Cochrane, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto.Cochrane added that Singh’s ability to connect both with young people and ethnic minorities would make him a “force to reckon with” when competing against Trudeau in 2019.Trudeau congratulated his new political rival on Twitter on Sunday, saying: “I look forward to speaking soon and working together for Canadians.”The NDP is the third largest party in the federal Parliament, with 44 of 338 seats. The party lags well behind the centrist Liberals and right-leaning Conservatives in political fundraising this year, according to Elections Canada data.Singh will now focus on rallying supporters and targeting center-left voters who helped propel Trudeau’s Liberals to a decisive victory in 2015.There are hurdles ahead. Singh does not have a seat in the federal parliament and will have to win one in a special election. He also needs to persuade voters that his party can form a government, although it has never held power federally.There are also questions over whether he will have success in Quebec, Canada’s mainly French-speaking province, where overt signs of faith are frowned upon.With inputs from agencies

Prez Kovind appoints 5 new Governors; DMK expresses discontent over new Tamil Nadu governor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind, on Saturday, appointed five new Governors – – Brig. (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd.) as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh- Banwarilal Purohit was appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu- Satya Pal Malik as the Governor of Bihar.- Professor Jagdish Mukhi was appointed as the Governor of Assam- Ganga Prasad as the Governor of MeghalayaBanwari Lal Purohit was appointed as the new Tamil Nadu governor, since Maharashtra governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had additional charge of Tamil Nadu. This is the first time that the state has got a full time governor after K Rosaiah retired in August 2016.However, hours after the appointments were announced, Tamil Nadu’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) expressed its dissatisfaction. Speaking to media, DMK Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson TKS Elangovan said, “Governor is going to act according to the wishes of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I don’t think there will be any change in approach.”Banwari Lal Purohit was earlier appointed as the Governor of Assam by the President on August 17, 2016. He has been a thrice elected member of parliament from Nagpur, twice on the Indian National Congress’s ticket and once as a BJP member.Meanwhile, Satya Pal Malik was appointed as Bihar Governor. The former MP and BJP’s national vice president, took over the post that had been vacant since Ram Nath Kovind was nominated as the BJP’s presidential candidate.Further, Brig. (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd.) was named the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, while Professor Jagdish Mukhi was appointed as the Governor of Assam and Ganga Prasad as the Governor of Meghalaya. (With Agency Inputs)

DU faculty member writes to V-C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the death of DU professor Dr Sanjay Kumar on Thursday, a member of the Varsity’s Executive Council (EC), highest decision making body, wrote a letter to the Vice Chancellor urging him to improve medical facilities provided to employees.”Dr Kumar was admitted to Sundarlal Jain Hospital on Wednesday evening. At midnight, his attendant was told to arrange for platelets as his count decreased dangerously. By the time it was arranged, he was no more,” said Rajesh Jha, assistant professor at Rajdhani College and an EC member.Jha further said that the hospitals the university has on its panel, where its employees can avail medical services, are badly equipped and cannot handle critical cases.”In many cases, the hospitals are turning away patients citing lack of beds. Dengue has acquired epidemic proportions and its increasing complexity requires super speciality treatment on an urgent basis,” reads the letter.”I request you to allow the university staff suffering from dengue to get admitted in any hospital and grant total reimbursement for the hospitalisation,” the letter added.Raising the issue of alleged loopholes at Sundarlal Jain Hospital, Jha said, “Last year too, the university administration was informed about the problems at the hospital even as it continues to be on the panel. The faculty members demand an immediate review of the panel as the University employees are presently deprived of better medical facilities.”

DU prof’s death due to dengue causes anger against MCD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A second case of dengue death was reported in the Capital on Thursday after a Delhi University professor succumbed to the vector-borne disease due to low blood platelet count.Dr Sanjay Kumar was admitted to Sunder Lal Jain Hospital late on Wednesday evening and his platelets dropped alarmingly later in the night. His family was advised to arrange platelets but he passed away on Thursday morning after his platelet count dropped to 10,000.Ironically, the DU professor had updated his Facebook status on Tuesday, making a joke about his low platelet count.His family members have stated that a number of people in the neighbourhood, some of whom include faculty members, are suffering from the disease too.Apart from the hospital’s seeming inability to cope with the dengue menace, the MCD too has received its share of the blame. Despite the large number of deaths in the Capital due to dengue, MCD records still show only one death related to dengue.The Delhi civic body has recorded the death of 13-year-old Nitish Kumar, a resident of Safdarjung development area, who died of ‘Dengue Shock Syndrome’ on August 1, thirty six hours after he was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.Meanwhile, deaths related to dengue continue to occur in the Capital.A 40-year-old man died of dengue at Lok Nayak Hospital in August.The case was followed by that of a 13-year-old girl from Burari area last week who succumbed to dengue at the Hindu Rao Hospital.So far, at least 288 fresh cases of dengue have been reported by the civic bodies of Delhi last week till September 23, taking the total count of people affected by the disease to 3,109. The number includes 1,465 Delhi residents and 1,644 people from neighbouring states.

BHU’s French connection: Royana Singh becomes first woman chief proctor in 100 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In less than 24 hours, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) got its first Woman Chief Proctor in 101 years of history. Prof Royana Singh of Anatomy department, was appointed as the new Chief Proctor.A decision to this effect was taken by the BHU Vice-Chancellor Dr GC Tripathi after holding meeting with female students of the university on late Wedneday. During the meeting, female students had suggested for a woman Chief Proctor who could be sensitive to their issues. The V-C had assured them to look into their demand.After the Varanasi Commissioner Nitin Gokran’s report, the Chief Proctor ON Singh had owned the moral responsibility and had resigned on late Tuesday night. He was replaced by Prof MK Singh of the Eye department as acting Chief Proctor on Wednesday. Acting on female students demand, a mellowed down Prof Tripathi replaced Prof MK Singh with Prof Roina Singh. This is being viewed a first major victory of agitating girls against the BHU administration.Born in French city Royana, her parents came back to India after her primary education there. Both her parents were professors in BHU Her father Indrasen Singh was a Professor in Genetics department while mother retired as Professor in Plant Physiology.Currently, Prof Roina Singh is heading Women Grievance Cell. She also held the post of Deputy Chief Proctor in the past. Her husband is a renowned surgeon of Varanasi. Hailing from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, Royana Singh had taught at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur before joining the BHU.Talking to mediapersons after taking over the charge, Prof Royana Singh said that security of female students and staffers would be her top priority. She appealed to all female students to save helpline number 08004922000 in their mobile and e.mail id [email protected] for reporting any eve-teasing incident.“I assure you that our team will reach the spot within ten minutes to initiate immediate action against eve-teasers,” she announced.“My top priority is to light up the hostel area, ensure all CCTV cameras are functional, women guards at girls’ hostels and round the clock male guards at male students’ hostels,” she said.It may be recalled that BHU was on a boiling cauldron since September 22 when female students staged a massive dharna at the main gate following an incident of molestation within the campus a day earlier. Violence erupted on September 23 night when police entered and baton-charged agitating students resulting in injuries to several students and journalists covering the event.

NID to give Vaishnodevi a facelift

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After making sustainable products using demonetised notes, National Institute of Design is now working on giving a facelift to Vaishnodevi, the famous shrine in the northern India, which is thronged by millions of pilgrims throughout the year.The Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, formed in 1986, which undertakes various developmental activities to make the yatra more comfortable, has sought help from NID to enhance the experience of a pilgrim, starting from signanes, facilities, crowd management.Professor Pravinsinh Solanki, who is spearheading the project along with his team has already readied them.”To understand the issues that people face every day while going uphill, I visited the shrine nearly four times this year. We are not just looking at signages but also focussing on those people who cannot read in any language. So visually they should be able to guide and help themselves. Another important aspect is that lot of people get lost while on their yatra. So we are planning to make colourful patches on the entire route and place boards which will educate pilgrims from both sides.”Among other aspects, our design includes crowd management, weather conditions, transportation, curbing the monkey menace, numbering the steps, two sided graphics, etc and souvenirs. We have a student from animation department at NID helping with visuals and a film and video student to make a short film for devotees.”Later, there will be interventions to improve on lockers, facilitate a better blanket availing option, etc.Pradyumna Vyas, Director, NID said, “Lakhs visit Vaishno Devi shrine round the year. Our endeavour is to make their journey more comfortable, rich and less cumbersome though design intervention. NID will be helping the shrine authorities in the entire totality.”

Jilted over job loss, former guest lecturer stabs Madurai professor 13 times

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior professor of the Madurai Kamraj University was allegedly stabbed multiple times by former guest lecturer on campus, media reports said on Tuesday.Selwyn Jenefa an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Journalism and Science Communication at Madurai Kamaraj University was reportedly stabbed 13 times by an ex-employee over loss of job.According to The Hindu, the accused, Jothimurugan was a guest lecturer at the university. He was miffed that S Jenefa had not renewed her contract.Jothimurugan was handling the practical sessions of students last year. But due to several complaints, Professor Jenefa didn’t renew his contract.He kept on visiting her and sought reappointment. In fact, there are reports that he tried to bribe the 40-year-old professor.On Tuesday, he was waiting for her outside her office on the campus.Around 10:30 am, he entered her office and allegedly stabbed her with a knife. He tried to flee from there, but the students caught him and handed him over to the police.Professor Jenefa has sustained injuries in her neck and stomach. He condition is said to be stable.Jothimurugan had studied at the same university and was employed briefly. According to media reports, the wife of the 32-year-old accused had left him soon after he lost his job.

Veteran journalist, author Arun Sadhu dies at 76

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran journalist, author and novelist Arun Sadhu, 76, died on Monday. It was in his novel Sinhasan (Throne), where he had first highlighted the corruption menace — the unholy nexus between the political class and the wealthy, though it has gained chorus nationwide now. The film, based on his novel, released in 1979 to super-hit status and is still considered to be a formidable political watch. Directed by Jabbar Patel and written by leading playwright Vijay Tendulkar, it effectively painted political turmoil and how common man continues to be the loser.In his career span, the veteran scribe wrote 12 books covering politics and global affairs. Besides, he wrote extensively on the rise of Shiv Sena, the Vietnam War, and the Chinese revolution. He also co-scripted a film on the life and work of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.Sadhu, who hails from the Vidarbha region, started his career in the Marathi daily Kesari and later worked with The Times of India, the Statesman and Free Press Journal. He also served as professor and head of the department of Communication and Journalism at Pune University.Sadhu was one of the founders of Granthali, a movement initiated to spread the culture of reading in the state. He was also a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award.

FIR lodged against Dyal Singh prof for distasteful Durga post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Sunday registered a case against an Assistant Professor at Delhi University’s Dyal Singh College, Kedar Kumar Mandal, for posting an objectionable statement about Goddess Durga on a social networking site on Friday. He has, however, not been arrested till now.According to the south district police, who had received the complaint regarding the professor on Saturday, the plaint was thoroughly examined before the accused was booked.”A case under Section 153 (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Lodhi Colony police station,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Chinmoy Biswal said.Senior police officers also said that they will write to the authorities at the social media platform Facebook, in order to check the location from where the post was written and later shared in multiple groups. As of now, the case does not mention the sections of the Information Technology Act, but the police are examining whether these sections need to be added as well. In addition, the cops will serve him a notice, directing him to join the investigation.Mandal had posted the objectionable comment, in which he compared Durga to a prostitute, on his Facebook wall at 6.43 pm on September 22. The post was shared multiple times and nearly 100 people had commented on it before it was removed from his account.A section of DU teachers then filed a police complaint against Mandal on Saturday. As per the complaint, the post was shared in as many as 21 groups. Demanding strict action against him, members of BJP-backed National Democratic Teachers’ Front had said:”An FIR should be registered against the person for using such language for the Goddess and that too during the auspicious festival of Durga Puja.”Mandal remained unavailable for comments, despite repeated attempts.When queried, Dyal Singh College Principal IG Bakshi said: “The matter has come to our knowledge but we have not received any written complaint against the faculty member, so far. The college will take a decision regarding the matter on Monday.”Meanwhile, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) also demanded Mandal’s suspension. “We demand suspension of the person who has no respect for the religious sentiments of Hindus and dignity of women,” their statement read.

Admission process for DU’s medical courses delayed by two months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The process for admission to undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic medicine at the Delhi University (DU) has been delayed by more than two months, reportedly due to some “confusion” over communication received from the AYUSH Ministry on July 4, 2017, the varsity officials said.Following the declaration of results for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses, the Ministry had on July 3, 2017, sent a letter to all state authorities, stating that a “common counselling session” would be held for admission to both undergraduate and post-graduate courses in academic session 2017-18. The Ministry looks after education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, and Homeopathy, among other subjects.In another letter sent the very next day, however, the Ministry asked the authorities to keep the earlier order in “abeyance”. “It has been directed that the letter dated July 3, 2017, may be kept in abeyance till further order of the Ministry,” the letter read.Copies of both letters are with DNA.According to officials at the varsity’s Department of Medical Sciences, there has been no communication from the Ministry since then. “The university authorities were under the impression that some notification will be received regarding the admission process. We have written to the Ministry twice since then, but to no avail,” a senior official said.The Ministry officials, at the same time, claimed that all other universities and institutes have already begun their admission process and there must be some “confusion”. “All other universities and colleges are about to wrap up their admission process in these courses. We have no idea what made the Delhi University wait for so long,” a senior AYUSH official said.Meanwhile, to avoid any further delay, the DU has decided to conduct its own counselling session. “In a meeting held last Friday, officials at the Department of Medical Sciences decided that the varsity will begin its own admission procedure,” Imtiaz Ahmed, a member of the Admission Committee for Medical Sciences, said. The department has also issued a notification and forms in this regard on its website.The DU offers Bachelor courses in Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), and Homeopathy (BHMS) courses, for which the admission process begins in August every year.Calling the Ministry’s directions a “threat” for the university’s autonomy, the Delhi University’s Executive Committee member and Assistant Professor Rajesh Jha said: “Decisions related to the admission should be taken independently by the universities as any interference by the Centre will create confusion that can hamper the admission process in future as well.”

First drainage master plan in 40 years ready

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi does not receive rainfall comparable to Mumbai or Chennai, but a heavy spell for an hour is enough to inundate major traffic junctions and residential areas. There are over 300 major waterlogging hotspots in the city.Delhi has 426.55 km of natural drainage and a cumulative length of 3,311.54 km of engineered stormwater drains. There are 201 natural drains in three major basins of NCT of Delhi. But most storm drains have turned into open sewers, choking the flow of water and resulting in waterlogging. Several natural drains are dotted with encroachments.The problem is, Delhi continues to rely on a nearly four-decade-old drainage master plan made in 1976. The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi’s (IIT-D) drainage master plan, prepared for the Delhi government, addresses all these issues and more.The IIT-D team carried out multiple simulations on effective management of drainage system after collecting data from 11 government agencies. “Using rainfall data, we conducted simulations to see the impact on flooding. The points and locations that get waterlogged were included. We quantified the volume of water that needs to be drained. If the capacity is not in place, they have to change that or they have to change the incoming volume,” says Professor IIT-D professor, AK Gosain”The current practice of puncturing sewer lines and draining sewage into storm drains to deal with blockages should be stopped. DJB should use latest mechanisms such as super suckers for de-clogging sewer lines,” the draft drainage master plan says.Gosain says part of the plan’s implementation will start soon.

PU bends rules to allow Chandigarh’s 1st DGP to take admission in LLB Sem 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what is being recommended as ‘a very rare case’, Panjab University (PU) has decided to bend rules to allow Chandigarh’s DGP Tajender Singh Luthra to take admission in LLB Semester 5 without clearing Semester 4 examination at his alma mater.In his special request to PU, Luthra who is the first DGP of Chandigarh, had sought permission for admission in LLB Semester 5 to earn his graduation degree.A former student of LLB at Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut from 2014 to 2016, Luthra contended that he had to leave his studies due to professional exigencies and commitments.While submitting a certificate from the institution that he has completed the 75 per cent attendance requirement in Semester 4, Luthra said he could not appear for the semester examination due to professional commitment.A special three-member committee was constituted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover to take a final call on the issue. The committee’s recommendations were discussed in the university’s Syndicate, which decided to allow Luthra to take admission, highlighting that he had already completed half of his course.The university administration on Saturday decided to bend the rules and allow Luthra to take admission in LLB Semester 5 (evening course), but necessitated that he will have to appear for Semester 4 examinations as a re-appear candidate.A 1990 batch AGMUT cadre officer, he was appointed the Chandigarh IGP in February 2016, and was later was promoted as the DGP. He was earlier the Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (PM Security) at New Delhi.Since he is posted as the DGP in Chandigarh, he could not attend classes at his former university in Meerut to complete the LLB degree, he requested the university to allow him to take admission there.Zeal for EducationDGP Tajendar Singh Luthra was studying LLB Semester 4 in Meerut before he was posted to Chandigarh. To continue his studies, he requested PU to let him take admission in Sem 5.

JJ school restores 32 historical sculptures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirty two sculptures, most of which are 100-150 years old have been completely restored at the Sir JJ School of Art as part of its restoration programme. Restored sculptures include replicas of some of the famous master sculptures of Greek and Roman style, which were imported from England to the art school in the 1880s as study material for students of painting and sculpture.So far, over 650 paintings (some of which includes classics by VS Gaitonde, KK Hebbar, SH Raza, etc and 32 sculptures have been restored as part of the restoration project undertaken by the school five years ago with the help of the National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC) and supported by the Department of Higher and Technical Education,”The school has a collection of over 100 sculptures. Some of them are over 100 years old. With time, some of them had started developing cracks. The team started working on some sculptures two years ago, and today, 32 sculptures have been fully restored,” said Professor Vishwananth Sabale, Dean, JJ School of Art.He said that most of these sculptures were brought in for students to study painting and sculpting. “during those times, such sculptures were not made in India and had to be imported. Students of art would use them to practice drawings while those studying sculpting would examine the 3D work,” added Sabale.Some replicas of famous Indian murals and relics made by students of the institute are also part of the collection. “Several Indian style murals and sculptures, which are replicas of those at famous structures across the country made by some of our students, are also being restored,” he said.RESTORING HISTORYAll sculptures are made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) while some old ones came in detachable forms. While a part of the restored structures would be a part of the gallery which is expected to come up at the iconic Kipling bungalow (which is being restored to make it a tourist attraction by the Maharashtra government), some of them will continue to be kept in the school as study material for students.

Students help AAI solve toll booth woes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Airports Authority of India has roped in students from the HL College of Commerce to monitor and collect data from the toll booth near the city’s airports.A team of seven students, which was deployed at the toll booth from Thursday midnight, will keep a record of the number and types of vehicles passing by.”We have two projects related to the airport. In the toll booth project, the airports’ authority wants to ascertain what types of vehicles come to airport and the time taken at the booth,” said Dr Parag Shah, professor of Statistics, HL College of Commerce.”Depending on the data, different booths might be created for private and public vehicles. Seven students will work on the project for 48 hours in different shifts. They have been given shifts of 12 hours and after the project, we will collect an extensive data and submit to airport officials,” he added.”Once this project is over, the students will make an analysis of passengers flying with different airline companies, their preferences and reasons for choosing a particular airline. The project will start in October and we will cover the domestic and international airport,” he added.STUDENTS AT WORKAirports Authority of India has roped in students from HL College of Commerce
The team of seven students will monitor and collect data from the toll booths near the city’s airports

Centre to decide minimum ecological flow of Ganga

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre will soon decide on the minimum environmental flow that needs to be maintained in River Ganga between Gaumukh and Haridwar. A three-member expert body constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation presented a draft policy paper on the issue to officials from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on September 11. The ministry has now sought comments from the states on the draft policy paper.The three-member expert body consists of Sharad Jain, Director, National Institute of Hydrology, Nityanand Rai of Central Water Commission and Professor AK Gosain, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Jain and Rai are also a part of the environment ministry’s expert appraisal panel that clears or rejects river valley and hydroelectric projects.According to top officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, once the e-flow is finalised, the existing hydropower projects in the upper reaches of Ganga, such as Maneri Bhali and Vishnuprayag, may have to reduce their power generation. Maneri Bhali Stage-I is the oldest project commissioned on Bhagirathi river, one of the two headstreams of Ganga, and has an installed capacity of 90MW. The proposed hydel projects, meanwhile, may have to incorporate design changes if they had not accounted for minimum e-flow, top officials said. There are nearly 100 dams proposed on Bhagirathi and Alaknanda, with a total capacity of over 6,000 MW.Environmental flow is the amount of water essential for the river to perform its ecological functions at a given time; it also social and cultural significance. The final outcome of the policy paper will thus have an impact on a host of things ranging from the government’s flagship Namami Gange project, existing and proposed hydel dams in Uttarakhand and irrigation facilities across Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Aviral Dhara (continuous flow) is one of the key components of the Namami Gange project.

Why NREGA workers hate Aadhaar and blame Centre for ‘slow poisoning’ the scheme: Glimpses from Jantar Mantar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you rue over bad pay hike, sample this: This year the NREGA workers got lowest wage hike ever, measly Re 1 in some states.It is this pay ‘hike’ and number of other issues for which hundreds of NREGA workers have been staging a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar since September 11.These workers, who form the first line of rural job front, are now facing a bleak future.They have now brought their struggle to the Capital and are demanding an increase in wages and work days under the NREGA scheme.Most feel that the paltry pay hike in April is just a way by the Centre to kill the scheme.They also allege that the Centre is ‘diluting’ the NREGA scheme through budget cuts, low wages and delay in payments.”Its like slow poison to kill the National Rural Guarantee Act (NREGA),” said activist Anuradha Talwar.The women working under the rural employment scheme complained of low wages and delays in payments in their respective states.”I get 10-15 days in a month and the payments are never on time. The wages are also less than what is expected to be paid,” said Galku Devi from Rajasthan.Under NREGA, workers from rural areas are guaranteed 100 days work. They are also eligible for a stipulated wage of Rs 192 per day within 15 days of completion of work.Nikhil Dey of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghtan said the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, the umbrella organisation seeking improvement in implementation of the scheme, has raised the demand of hiking the wages to Rs 600 and increasing number of work days to 240.”NREGA wages have been held constant in real terms since 2009. In the last two years, the wages have increased by as little as one rupee per day in some states,” he said.The activists also charged that the use of technology has further “hampered” smooth functioning of the scheme.”The workers as needed to get their numbers listed with Management Information System(MIS) and bank accounts where the wage payments are to be made. This is just one example how cumbersome it could make the scheme,” said Professor Ritika from IIT Delhi.Another NREGA activist from Rajasthan, Mukesh, highlighted “glaring lapses” in social audit of the scheme and how, despite a demand from the rural workforce, no jobs were available for them.”After demonetisation, large number of workers have returned to their villages and want work. But, there is no work for them due to several reasons including budget cuts,” he said.NREGA budgets have been “inadequate” for several years, Dey said.”After peaking at 0.6 percent(of GDP) in 2009-10, Central government expenditure on NREGA declined steadily to 0.3% in 2015-16 and 2016-17,” he said.These workers also have another issue that may force government to rethink its digital future policy.Aadhaar card is yet another hurdle for them. Most feel that its unnecessary and slows down even the basic work.A Times of India report quoted one Tukaram from Madya Pradesh who angrily talked about how Aadhaar is being mandatory even for accessing basic amenities.He said the pregnant women in his village faced great difficulties to call the ambulance.”To call the ambulance on the 108 number, we have to produce evidence of Aadhaar registration. One woman worker forgot to carry her Aadhaar card to hospital and did not remember her number, and we were faced with delay in all services,” the TOI report quoted him saying.From Madhya Pradesh to Delhi, the dislike for Aaadhar remains unchanged.According to the TOI report, Pushpa, a resident of Delhi, said, “This Aadhaar is killing people; whether it is access to ration or pension or hospital, nothing happens with it. It has become an excuse for government servants to not help.”(With PTI input)

Dalit thinker and writer Kancha Ilaiah receives threats over Arya Vysya book

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prominent Dalit thinker and writer Kancha Ilaiah on Monday lodged a police complaint alleging threat to life over his book on Arya Vysyas caste.In the complaint lodged with the Osmania University police station, Professor Ilaiah said he received threatening and abusive phone calls from unidentified persons over his book ‘Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu’ (Vysyas are social smugglers).Following the complaint, the police have registered a case under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC against unidentified persons and launched an investigation, a police official said.Arya Vysya associations had held protests in the city alleging that the title of the book and some of its contents were “derogatory and demeaning” to the community.Demanding withdrawal of the book, the associations have threatened to lodge a police complaint against Ilaiah.Ilaiah stated that he felt “terribly threatened” as some unidentified persons have been calling him continuously and speaking rudely since last evening.”I feel terribly threatened with their abuses, phone calls and messages. They are doing fearful activities against me on the streets,” he said in the complaint.Meanwhile, a complaint was also filed against the Dalit thinker over his book. However, no case was registered as the police are still verifying the plaint.