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HRD ministry opposes merger of councils with ICSSR

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New Delhi, July 17, 2017: The Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry has opposed the proposal of merging its councils of historical and philosophical research with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) suggested by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) along with the NITI Aayog.

At a meeting held recently, the HRD ministry led by Prakash Javadekar decided to communicate its reservations after failing to be convinced about the benefits of the merger.

According to sources, the ministry believes that directives of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) is different to ICSSR and their merger might dilute the specific purpose for which each of the autonomous organisations was originally established.

On the same ground, the ministry is also opposed to the NITI Aayog’s alternative suggestion to merge the ICHR and ICPR with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

The ICHR was set up in 1972 with the objective of promoting and coordinating research in history and also “to give a national direction to an objective and scientific writing of history and to have rational presentation and interpretation of history”.

On June 14, the merger of ICHR and ICPR with ICSSR was suggested by the PMO and NITI Aayog as a part of the review of the 114 autonomous bodies under seven ministries or departments.

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Nagaland: Two Assam Rifles jawans killed in gunfight

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Imphal, June 18: Two Assam Rifles soldiers lost their lives, while four were injured in an ambush by suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) terrorists in Nagaland’s Mon district bordering Myanmar.

A gunfight erupted between the Assam Rifles jawans and suspected NSCN-K Sunday afternoon.

The incident took place when the soldiers were on their way to collect water from a river between Aboi- Mohung.

Following the information of an encounter, more reinforcements of security personnel were moved towards the site. Nagaland Police was also rushed to the spot.

Further details are awaited and an investigation in the matter is underway.

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Sri Ram Sene Chief Muthalik likens Gauri Lankesh to a dog

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New Delhi, June 18: While hitting back at critics for demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s statement on  Gauri Lankesh’s murder , Sri Ram Sene founder-president Pramod Muthalik triggered a controversy by comparing slain journalist killing to a dog’s death.

The opposition has been questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘silence’ over Lankesh’s killing.

Pramod Muthalik said, “Two murders took place in Karnataka and two in Maharashtra in Congress rule. No one questioned Congress govt failure. Instead, they are asking why is PM Modi silent and not speaking on Gauri Lankesh’s death. Is Modi responsible even if any dog dies in Karnataka”.

According to reports the 26-year-old Parshuram Vaghmare is said to have told the SIT that he did not know who he was killing when he pulled the trigger on Lankesh.He, however, reportedly claimed that he committed the murder to “save” his religion.

Muthaik’s statement came a day after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) summoned Rakesh Math, the Vijayapura district president of the Sene, for questioning in the case.

Muthalik later defended from his statement, saying he didn’t directly compare Lankesh to a dog, and that he was clarifying that PM Modi cannot comment on every death in Karnataka.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari slammed Muthalik for his comments on

“Disgusting, nauseating, revolting…vigilante group Sri Ram Sene’s Head Pramod Muthalik compares assassinated journalist Gauri Lankesh to a dog. Mr Prime Minister @narendramodi you did not condemn Gauri Lankesh’s murder are you now going to condone this too,” tweeted Tewari.

He further said added that Parshuram Vaghmare, who allegedly pulled the trigger on the veteran journalist, was not associated with his organisation.

Lankesh, 55, the Editor of ‘Lankesh Patrike’, was shot dead outside her residence in the city’s suburb by unidentified assailants on September 5 last year.

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Telangana: Local body chief kicks Woman in chest over property dispute

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New Delhi, June 18: In a shocking incident, president of Dharpally Mandal (a rural local body), Immadi Gopi kicked a woman in the chest, after she hit him with her footwear over a land issue on Sunday. 

In the video that has gone viral on social media, Gopi can be seen kicking the woman.

The incident took place at Indalwai village in Telangana’s Nizamabad district.

According to the Indian Express report, a case has been registered against Gopi under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) based on the woman’s complaint.

On the related note, Gopi also filed a counter complaint following which a case was registered against the woman and some of her relatives over trespass and damaging his property.

In the complaint, the woman said that last year Gopi sold her a plot which also comprised a house for Rs 33.72 lakh for which registration was done in her name.

Gopi had demanded an additional Rs 50 lakh “in view of rise in land rates in the area,” police stated.

As per the police, s0 far, he had not handed over the property and had been threatening her.

Following this on Sunday,  the woman along with her relatives, went to Gopi’s house to demand that the property be handed over. Later, a heated argument broke out after which the woman allegedly hit him with her footwear.

Reacting to this, Gopi then allegedly kicked the woman, police said.

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