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Campuses mustn’t become safe havens for hate politics: Venkaiah

Bengaluru: Days after the Jawaharlal Nehru University was rocked by violence, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said educational campuses must not become safe havens for the politics of hate and violence to thrive. He also said academic endeavors and co-curricular initiatives must attain primacy in universities and not factionalism and divisive tendencies. There is no doubt that there is …

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NGT seeks info on waste disposal, air pollution in states, UTs

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday directed the Central Pollution Control Board to obtain information from chief secretaries on solid waste management, restoration of polluted river stretches and air quality management in states and Union territories. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the nature and extent of information submitted by the CPCB is …

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Bengal celebrities join student protesters

Kolkata: Kolkata and various districts of West Bengal on Monday erupted in protest against the attack on students and professors of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, as students hit the streets in large numbers blockading roads and railway tracks and shouting slogans railing against right-wing Hindutva forces, like ABVP, BJP and the RSS.  Holding aloft banners and posters condemning the “fascist …

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HP assembly ratifies bill to extend quota for SCs, STs

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh assembly in its special one-day session on Tuesday ratified by a unanimous voice vote the bill that extends reservation for SCs and STs in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies by another 10 years. The Constitution (126th) amendment bill had already been passed by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on December 10 and 12, respectively. Later, …

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Nexus between university security, vandals: JNUSU

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh on Monday said she was hit with multiple rods during Sunday’s “organised” attack on the campus, but every iron rod used against students will be answered to by debate and discussion and the university’s culture will never be eroded. Ghosh, who was admitted to a hospital after sustaining …

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Pak arrests main accused in Nankana Sahib vandalism case

Lahore/New Delhi: The main accused in the recent vandalism at the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province was arrested and charged with a non-bailable section of the stringent anti-terrorism act and blasphemy, a senior police officer said on Monday. Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, also known as Gurdwara Janam Asthan, is a site near Lahore where the first Guru of Sikhs, …

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Protests across nation over violence in JNU

New Delhi: The attack on students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by unidentified goons triggered protests across India on Monday as the clamour grew for the resignation of the vice chancellor, who is being blamed for inaction during the violence that left 34 people injured. As horrific first-person accounts emerged of the attack on Sunday evening, including …

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Delhi polls on Feb 8, results on Feb 11

New Delhi: Assembly elections in Delhi will be held on February 8 in what promises to be a high stake triangular contest with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hoping to retain power on the plank of development and the BJP and Congress determined to put up a spirited challenge. Announcing the one-day poll for the 70-member assembly, Chief Election Commissioner …

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Congress castigates Delhi police for deadly JNU attack

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday demanded that Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik be held accountable for the attacks on a group of JNU students and teachers by a violent mob, saying the perpetrators must be identified and arrested within 24 hours. Strongly condemning the attacks, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said the “buck starts with the commissioner of police …

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Testing time for Mayawati

Lucknow: As Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati prepares to enter her 64th year on January 15, her troubles seem to be multiplying. While the BSP is facing threats from the Bhim Army, on one hand, and the Congress, on the  other, Mayawati is also getting increasingly isolated in politics. Mayawati’s growing nervousness is evident from the fact that she has …

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