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Delhi assembly passes resolution to reserve 85% seats for local students in DU

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New Delhi, June 29: The Delhi assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to reserve 85 per cent seats for the students belonging to Delhi in the colleges funded by the Delhi government, which are affiliated to the Delhi University (DU).

The resolution was moved by Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia.

The resolution read that there were over two lakh students who pass out from schools in the national capital and many of them struggle to get admission in higher education institutions affiliated to DU.

“Delhi government, fully or partially, funds 28 of the 110 affiliated institutes. The money of tax payers from Delhi is being used to fund these colleges… the House hereby resolves that 85 per cent seats should be reserved for students from Delhi, in the colleges that are funded by the Delhi government,” the resolution said.

The House also passed another resolution to request the central government to amend sub-section 2 of section 5 of the Delhi University Act, 1922, which prohibits another state university to have affiliated colleges of its own.

While moving the proposal, Sisodia, who is also Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, said his government was of the view that to make a country capable, it is extremely necessary to make its people educated and that was the reasoning behind the Delhi government spending one fourth of its total budget on education.

“We may talk big about nationalism but if we are not able to provide good education to the students then our patriotism will remain incomplete and our nationalism will be fake,” Sisodia said.

He said the government wanted to expand the number of institutions that provide higher education to students in the national capital. Therefore, to end the shortage of such institutions, “we would like to open a university which is authorised to affiliate colleges which can be only done by amending sub-section two of section five of the Delhi University Act, 1922”.

Sisodia also said that his government opened about 13 new colleges imparting quality education in various streams across Delhi.

He added that he wrote to the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani and the present HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and pushed for the demand to reserve 85 per cent seats in the Delhi government-funded colleges of Delhi University for the local students, but to no avail.

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Bengal Panchayat polls: Sporadic violations as fresh nominations filed

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Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) Fresh nominations for the West Bengal Panchayat polls were filed on Monday amid tight security even as sporadic incidents clashes between the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition party activists took place in some districts.

Most cases of violence took place in the districts of Bankura and Murshidabad where BJP and Left activists accused the Trinamool Congress supporters of forcefully stopping their prospective candidates from filing nominations.

In Murshidabad, a CPI-M party office was vandalised by miscreants while a CPI-M candidate was allegedly beaten up and sustained a serious head injury.

The car of Congress leader Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury was also alleged attacked with bricks and crude bombs outside the party office in Murshidabad district’s Shamshergunj.

“As many as eight bombs were hurled at my vehicle outside the party office. The car has been damaged and two of my associates got injured in the incident,” Chowdhury said.

Stray incidents of violence were also reported from South 24 Pargana district’s Diamond Harbour, Budge Budge and Nodakhali where the CPI-M accused Trinamool Congress backed goons of stopping their candidates from going near the BDO offices to file nominations.

Acting on a Calcutta High Court order, the West Bengal State Election Commission on Saturday fixed April 23 as the extended deadline for filing of nomination papers for the coming Panchayat polls in the state and asked the state police to ensure security during the nomination process.

It also fixed April 25 for scrutiny of fresh nominations and April 28 as the last date for withdrawal of candidatures.

The opposition BJP, CPI-M, Congress and PDS had moved the court, accusing Trinamool of unleashing massive pre-poll violence against their party workers to prevent them from filing nominations ever since the poll process began on April 2.

Justice Subrata Talukdar on Friday quashed the SEC’s April 10 order that had cancelled the extension of date for filing of nominations, which the poll panel announced on April 9 night, directing it to issue a fresh extended deadline for filing of nominations in consultation with the state government and other stakeholders.

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Heavy smoke disrupts services on Delhi Metro’s Red Line

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Delhi Metro's Red Line (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) were suspended for more than one hour on Monday after heavy smoke from a nearby blaze.

New Delhi, April 23: Services on the Delhi Metro’s Red Line (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) were suspended for more than one hour on Monday after heavy smoke from a nearby blaze made it difficult for the trains to run, the DMRC said.

“At 1.15 p.m., heavy smoke was reported to have originated from the nearby slums beneath the viaduct between Mansarovar Park and Shahdara Metro stations. As a precautionary measure, train services were suspended between three stations between Dilshad Garden and Mansarovar Park Metro stations during this period,” said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in a statement.

“Rest of the line remained unaffected. At 2.33 p.m., normal services were resumed after due clearances,” it added.

The smoke was due to a major fire incident which occurred at a building in nearby Shashi Garden of Gandhi Nagar. Two men were killed in the massive blaze that had broken out at around 11 p.m. on Sunday in the three-storey establishment housing a jeans factory.

“Although our metro train system is fire-proof, we could not take chances and run the trains through smoke, which could have hampered the visibility as well. We suspended the operations the moment it occurred to us that it could pose some threat,” a metro official told IANS.

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7 injured after Delhi Metro guarder falls in Ghaziabad’s Mohan Nagar

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At least 7 injured after a guarder of Delhi Metro fell down in Ghaziabad's Mohan Nagar.

New Delhi, April 23: At least seven people were injured on Monday after a guarder, which was being used by the Delhi Metro for the construction of a foot-over bridge, collapsed in Ghaziabad’s Mohan Nagar.

According to a statement issued by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC): The accident took place at an under-constructed foot-over-bridge at the Mohan Nagar metro station on the Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda corridor.

The girder that fell was erected to build the foot-over-bridge in Mohan Nagar.

Ghaziabad: Five injured after a girder of Delhi Metro falls down in Mohan Nagar

The DMRC in its statement also said that they are verifying the details of the incident.

Meanwhile, The Chief Project Manager and General Manager/Safety of DMRC have reached the site to take stock of the situation.

The bridge was being built for the upcoming Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section of the network.

The 9.41-km metro extension is proposed to have eight stations in Ghaziabad – Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, river Hindon and the New Bus stand.

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