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Central government to diminish the minority status of Jamia Milia Islamia!

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The center has a new stand on the minority status of Jamia Milia Islamia university, according to some media reports HRD ministry could file an new affidavit in the supreme court which could diminsh the minority status of the central university.

In its stand to withdraw the earlier support provided to the Jamia the HRD ministry stated it was an error as it was set up by an Act of parliament and is funded by the Centre, the Financial Express reported.

In its affidavit, the HRD ministry will state that its support for the February 2011 order by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) declaring Jamia a religious minority institution, was not in accordance with the law.

In January 2016 when HRD ,ministry was under Smriti Irani, former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi had advised the HRD ministry that it was entitled to change its view in court and revert to the stand that Jamia is not a minority institution and NCMEI’s ruling was not in accordance with the law.

However the government is waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision in the Azeez Basha case,which had declared that Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is not a minority institution as it was set up by the British legislature.

The BJP-led NDA government had earlier claimed that no institution can have both a minority status and be a central university.

The Indian Express reported, in pursuance of the 2011 NCMEI order, Jamia has already discontinued reservation for SC/ST and OBC students. It had reserved 50% seats in each course for Muslim candidates – 30% for general Muslim applicants, 10% for Muslim women applicants and 10% for Muslim OBCs and STs as notified under the Central government list.

Jamia was established by Muslim nationalist leaders in 1920 according to Section 2 (o) of the JMI Act, at Aligarh in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call to boycott all educational institutions supported or run by the colonial regime.

It was shifted to Delhi and was run by a registered society called the Jamia Millia Islamia society. In 1962, Jamia became a deemed university. In 1988, it was deemed a central university through a central law.

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J&K should become bridge of friendship between India, Pakistan: CM

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said her state should become a bridge of friendship and not a battlefield between India and Pakistan and appealed to the leadership of the two countries to do so.

At present, the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir have been witnessing a bloodbath, she said in her speech to police recruits at the passing out parade at the Sheeri Police Training School in Baramulla district.

“As the country moves on the path of development, the opposite is happening in our state,” she rued.

The Chief Minister lauded the police for bravely facing the toughest of professional challenges while making the ultimate sacrifice for the country.

“Handling law and order, you have to face your own brothers to restore peace and at the same time act with patience and restraint,” she told the policemen.

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Rajasthan govt asks Karni Sena to jointly move Supreme Court

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Jaipur, Jan 21: The Rajasthan government on Sunday said it has invited the Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput associations to be a party in its review petition in the Supreme Court against its order allowing the release of film “Padmaavat”.

Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria told news agency IANS, that the invitation was given to “strengthen the case” against the Hindi movie which critics say distorts Rajput history.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the founder of Rajput Karni Sena, told IANS that he was excited over the new development.

He quoted Kataria as saying that “we should all cooperate with each other in court to strengthen our case”. But the protests against the movie will continue, Kalvi said.

Continuing its protest against the screening of controversial film Padmaavat, Shri Rajput Rashtriya Karni Sena had threatened that it will not allow Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi to participate in 2018 edition of Jaipur Literature Festival. Registering its disagreement with Joshi, Rashtriya Karni Sena chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi on Friday threatened to disrupt session at JLF if Prasoon Joshi attends.

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President approves disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs, AAP to approach High Court

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New Delhi, Jan 21: President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, on President’s approval Delhi Minister Gopal Rai, said, “We had hoped to go to the President asking him to give us a chance to present ourselves. Now we received this news. AAP will knock the doors of HC and even SC if the need be .”

Congress after President’s assent to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs said: “AAP has been helped by BJP & EC by delaying the decision for over 3 weeks.” Delhi Congress President Ajay said, If decision would have come before 22nd Dec, these 20 MLAs would’ve been disqualified & couldn’t have voted for RS elections.”

BJP MP from Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi commenting on the issue said, “The fact that their RS nomination happened means EC was working at its own pace & there was no pressure that Arvind Kejriwal seems to have alleged.These are constitutional bodies whose mandate is to obey the law.”

However, one of the 20 AAP MLAs disqualified over accusations of Office of Profit, Alka Lamba told ANI that this is very unfortunate that the President took the decision in such haste, without giving us chance to speak. “It’s an act of Centre using constitutional institutions. We’ve trust on judiciary. Doors of HC & SC is open for us,” she added.

Election Commission on 19th January sent its recommendation to the President for his assent to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi party MLAs for holding ‘office of profit’. According to news agency ANI, the Election Commission said,” Recommendation on AAP MLAs is sub judice, will not comment on what recommendation has been given to the President.”

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