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Congress tears into Modi as farmers hit the streets in Rajasthan

Private and government buses did not ply on roads to avert any mishap and more than 1,000 police personnel were deputed to manage law and order on the streets.

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Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan

Jaipur, Sep 25 : At a time when farmers all across the state staged major protests in different cities against the three farm bills passed in Parliament recently, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, veteran leader Randeep Surjewala and Chhattisgarh minister TS Singh also launched a scathing attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Surjewala, on this occasion, said that Corona in the country, China on borders and Modi on the farms has been making attacks. The anti-farmer agenda of the Modi government started in 2006 from Bihar where farmers lost their earnings. Now this draconian law has been brought in , he said.

Gehlot said that the entire country is on the streets because of the vicious situation created by the NDA government. The kinds of decisions taken by this NDA government are known to people, be it demonetisation, GST or to bring in farm bills. The farming mandis formed in the last 40 years have been uprooted in one day. However, the big industrialists are getting major discounts. They can do whatever they want, he added.

Gehlot said that the farmer is intelligent and he understands how his interest can be retained safely. “Now the government is talking about MSP for its defence. The situation is quite serious. The way in which all three bills were passed is shameful. No one talked. Therefore, our leaders have spoken to the President in the matter,” he added.

Gehlot said that in case there was a dispute between farmer and a trader, it was resolved in the kisaan Mandi. “Now, the farmer will have to go to an SDM to resolve this fight. All the provisions are anti-farmer. Mandis shall be scrapped soon. Signs of great ruin are visible,” he added.

Surjewala further said that the Congress party stands with the farmer in the bandh (strike) called by farmers on Friday. “The BJP is conspiring to end the success story of the Green Revolution. Today, 62 crore farmers and farm labourers are protesting the draconian laws passed in the country while Modi remains busy fooling the nation,” he added.

Meanwhile, protests were staged in different cities of the desert state.

Bandh, Raasta Roko, Protest meetings were organised in different cities including Shri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Churu, Bikaner, Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Pali, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Kota, Bundi, Baran, Chittaurgarh, Bhilwara and Jaipur, among othr places. Roads were blocked in many towns, said Sanjay Madhav, spokesperson of Akhil Bharatiya Kisaan Sangharsh Samiti, Rajasthan.

Madhav said that the Samiti and Left front stands with over 200 associations of farmers, labourers, tribal organisations and other such associations. “We have decided that these draconian laws shall never be implemented in the nation,” he said.

In Shri Ganganagar thousands of farmers blocked roads for close to two hours.

Private and government buses did not ply on roads to avert any mishap and more than 1,000 police personnel were deputed to manage law and order on the streets.

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Govt overturns DU’s pro-VC’s removal, calls it invalid

Soon after her appointment, Bhatt took out an order cancelling the appointment order by Joshi terming him “without any jurisdiction and lawful authority”.

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New Delhi, Oct 23 : The chaos at Delhi University has intensified following a Central government move. A late night order by the Department of Education of Union Education Ministry issued has reversed the order by Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Delhi University Yogesh Tyagi to remove the pro-VC P.C. Joshi, stating that the latter will “act as a vice-chancellor and all the orders to be issued under the statutes with the approval of Vice-Chancellor should be issued with the approval of Pro-Vice Chancellor P.C. Joshi”.

The ministry’s order also said that since Tyagi is “absent” on medical grounds, orders issued by him are not “officially valid and should not be acted upon by the university functionary”.

“In future, if the Vice Chancellor wants to join the office, proper medical fitness certificate issued by the competent authority,” the letter signed by deputy secretary Birendra Kumar Singh at the union education ministry stated.

The order also mandated that the VC has to produce a fitness certificate from the centre he is being treated in if he wishes to rejoin the varsity in future.

“In future, if the VC wants to join the office, a proper medical fitness certificate issued by the competent authority who treated him, must be obtained,” the order read.

Earlier on Thursday, Joshi was removed from his position, just a day after he cleared the appointment of a new registrar even as Tyagi had appointed another person for the job.

Geeta Bhatt, a member of right-wing teachers’ group National Teachers’ Democratic Front (NDTF) has replaced Joshi. She’s also a leading member of the Group of Intellectuals and Academics (GIA), which said Delhi riots were a conspiracy of “Jihadis” and “Urban Naxals”.

Soon after her appointment, Bhatt took out an order cancelling the appointment order by Joshi terming him “without any jurisdiction and lawful authority”.

The chaos at the university began when the joint-registrar’s office issued a notification naming PC Jha as the director of the university’s south campus and as interim registrar from October 21.

“He has been appointed as Director South Campus in place of Prof. Suman Kundua with immediate effect till further orders. He will also act as Registrar, University of Delhi, as an interim arrangement, with immediate effect till further orders,” the notification had said.

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Heavy rainfall forecast in Odisha, districts put on alert

A depression formed over northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours, the IMD said.

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 23 : The Odisha government on Thursday said it has alerted all district Collectors to remain alert as several parts of the state are likely to receive heavy rainfall in the next two days.

Special Relief Commissioner P.K. Jena said that the districts under red, yellow and orange warning are required to make advanced planning and remain fully prepared to meet any eventuality arising out of flood, water-logging and possible landslides in hilly areas.

The Indin Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red warning for Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts, orange warning for Puri district, and yellow warning for Ganjam, Khurdha, Cuttack, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj districts for the next two days.

Meanwhile, several places in the state started receiving rainfall on Thursday.

A depression formed over northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours, the IMD said.

The system is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts as a deep depression between Sagar islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh) over Sundarbans by Friday afternoon, it said.

The Met Department said heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore. Squally weather with wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph and gusting to 50 kmph is likely along the coast in all the four districts, it said.

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Day after chaos, Delhi University’s pro-VC removed

Meanwhile, The DU Teachers’ Association condemned the series of events and termed them as “unprecedented chaos”.

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The drama over the appointment of the new registrar has taken an ugly turn as Delhi University’s (DU) pro-Vice Chancellor, P.C. Joshi, has been removed from his position on Thursday.

The development came a day after he cleared the appointment of a new registrar, even as Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi had appointed another person for the same position.

Joshi will be replaced by Geeta Bhatt, a member of right-wing teachers’ group, National Teachers’ Democratic Front (NDTF).

Bhatt is also a leading member of the Group of Intellectuals and Academics (GIA), which had said that the Delhi riots of February were a conspiracy of “Jihadis” and “Urban Naxals”.

Soon after her appointment, Bhatt took out an order saying that Joshi is “without any jurisdiction and lawful authority”.

The chaos at the university began when the joint-registrar’s office issued a notification naming P.C. Jha as the Director of the university’s South Campus and as interim registrar from October 21.

“He has been appointed as Director of South Campus in place of Suman Kundua with immediate effect till further orders. He will also act as Registrar, University of Delhi, as an interim arrangement, with immediate effect till further orders,” the notification said.

According to university sources, the fight is between two factions, one backed by the Vice Chancellor, who backed Jha, and Joshi, who on the same day of Jha’a appointment, sent him a letter of “illegally occupying the office”.

“In case you are not vacating the office immediately, you will be forcibly moved out of office and action will be initiated against you,” Joshi said in the letter to Jha.

Meanwhile, professors and officials at the university have called the fiasco disturbing and humiliating for the university.

“The reputation of the university is built over decades and it can be lost within no time. Only one side can be right, but here both the sides are issuing letters, showing a situation of lawlessness. Those who are in power did not care about the reputation of the university, especially during admission time,” said a professor of the university.

Meanwhile, The DU Teachers’ Association condemned the series of events and termed them as “unprecedented chaos”.

Vice Chancellor Tyagi, who is on medical leave at the moment, did not respond to the reporter’s calls and messages.

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