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HC notice to UGC, JNU against M.Phil, Ph.D notification

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New Delhi, April 18 : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central government, the UGC and JNU on a plea challenging UGC notification that put a cap on number of M.Phil and Ph.D research scholars a professor can guide.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra sought response from government, University Grant Commission and Jawaharlal Nehru University and posted the matter for hearing on April 28.

The plea filed by the CPI-M-affiliated Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and some aspiring M.Phil and Ph.D students of JNU and Delhi University challenged the constitutional validity of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil and Ph.D degree) Regulations 2016 which came into effect from July 5, 2016.

They have contended that the UGC notification “threatens to put their future in jeopardy” as they would not be able to find research supervisors/guides due to the said notification.

The SFI and students argued that the notification’s ramifications will extend beyond existing researchers and lead to few admissions of research aspirants in the current academic session.

Compared to 970 seats in the last academic year for these two degrees, this year the number of seats has dropped to 102 due to capping of the number of students per research supervisor for M.Phil and Ph.D courses, said the plea.

The admission regulations were contrary to the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles of State Policy, said the plea terming regulations as “irrational, unreasonable and arbitrary”.

The petition further argued that the cap was put without consulting or informing students and without improving infrastructure.

It also challenged various provisions of the regulations including those laying down a minimum percentage requirement of 55 per cent for general category and 50 per cent for reserved category as well as the 100 per cent weightage given to viva-voce exam.

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Sukma: CRPF personnel killed in Naxal encounter

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Sukma, April 21: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost his life in an encounter with Naxals near Kistaram camp in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on late Friday.

The gunfight erupted when troops of 212 battalion of CRPF, 208 CoBRA, along with Chhattisgarh police were carrying out a cordon and search operation last night.

The deceased was a native of Madhya Pradesh.

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Raipur: 7-year-old sexually assaulted in school

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Chhattisgarh, April 21: In yet another case of crime against minors, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at Raipur School.

Speaking to ANI, Victim’s father said “It was her first day to the school on Wednesday. She went to the school and we wanted to meet her at the school, but we weren’t allowed to do so. While changing her clothes after she returned from school, my wife noticed blood on her private parts and she was not wearing undergarments.”

On being asked if she had reported about the incident to the teacher, the minor replied that the teacher was absent on the second day of her school.

Meanwhile, the police said that they were investigating the matter and were examining CCTV footages of the school. An FIR was lodged for the same.

The president of Child Right Commission, Prabha Dubey, said “I have spoken to the girl personally. She is saying that a ‘bhaiya’ had allegedly molested her. We asked the peon of the school about the undergarment, to which she replied that she had thrown away the undergarment since the girl had urinated on it. I will constitute a team to investigate the matter.”

In the wake of recent Unnao, Surat Kathua rape cases, Indian social media has been abuzz with the words – “rape horror”.

Massive countrywide protests are being held demanding death penalty for those accused of raping minors.

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Accused in fake facebook post on Manohar Parrikar’s health, gets bail

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Panaji, April 20: A city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa for posting fake information about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death” on Facebook.

He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000, reported The Hindu.

In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning the arrest.

Kenneth, 35, was arrested by the Crime Branch on Wednesday, a day after he put up the post on social media, on a complaint by a BJP office-bearer.

Parrikar is undergoing treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer in the US.

On Friday, a few dozen protesters rallied at the police headquarters and accused police of trying to “muzzle” free speech.

The Opposition has also criticised the police for the arrest of Silveira, who contested the 2017 by-poll in Panaji but lost to Parrikar.

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