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IIMC suspends student for making ‘sweeping statements’ against institute

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New Delhi, Jan 12, 2017: A student of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has been suspended for allegedly posting “sweeping statements” against the institute through his writings in online media and “provoking” his batch mates over the same.

Hindi Journalism student Rohin Verma had written a post against the termination of the contract of Academic Associate Narender Singh Rao. In a letter dated January 9, the institute authorities stated that Verma had violated the code of conduct for IIMC students.

In a notice issued on Monday, the institute said, “It has been noticed that he has been making wild allegations against the Institute through his writings in online media on a matter which is subjudice and provoking students to create unrest in the campus and thereby vitiating the academic atmosphere.”

IIMC Director General KG Suresh told media that the student had made “sweeping statements” against the institute, pertaining to a case which is sub-judice.

“He has been suspended and asked to appear before a disciplinary committee, but he has been trying to provoke other students as well. This suspension is based on flouting the disciplinary norms that all institutes have and has nothing to do with discrimination,” he said.

A teacher, Narendra Singh Rao’s was recently sacked. Rao has recently moved the Delhi High Court against the decision.

The student is also learnt to have written a letter to Suresh, asking him to withdraw the suspension order, failing which he would start “democratic protest”.

However, Verma denied making any defamatory post online. “I have been writing in online media for long. I wrote a news report which had all facts and quotes by the DG given to another media outlet which I have embedded in my story. Even the guards have been given my pictures so that they can stop me from entering the campus,” he said.

Verma said the move is unnecessary as journalists routinely write about issues which are subjudice. “Coalgate, 2G scam and many other scams are sub-judice but journalists write about them. I am in a media institute where I should be taught freedom of expression but I am being penalised for writing a news report,” he said.

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Tamil Nadu: 9 people killed as Anti-Sterlite protest turns violent in Tuticorin

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Chennai, May 22: At least nine persons were killed and over a dozen injured after the Anti-Sterlite protest turned violent in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin on Tuesday.

Hundreds of residents went on a rampage demanding the closure of a Sterlite’s industrial plant in the city, citing that the pollution it generates is causing serious health issues.

To control the situation police resorted to firing and lathi-charge. Section 144 has been also imposed in the area.

We condemn both the state and central government who have failed to constitute Cauvery Board with all its statutory powers. We also condemn the police atrocities & violence that took place in Tuticorin during the protest”, said DMK leader MK Stalin

The agitation against the plant, which represents the copper unit of Vedanta Limited, recently escalated after the firm announced the expansion of its unit in the city.

Sterlite Copper, which presently operates a 400,000-tonne per annum, maintains it has received necessary permits and has not violated any guidelines.

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Petroleum products should come under GST: IOCL Chairman

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New Delhi, May 22: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) Chairman Sanjiv Singh on Tuesday stressed on bringing petroleum products under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to provide relief to common people from a surge in fuel prices.

“There is no directive from the government to control fuel price. Spikes (in prices) were happening earlier and we decided to hold the prices for 19 days. All the petroleum products should come under GST”, said IOCL Chairman.

On being asked whether IOCL violated govt directive of day to day revision of prices of petroleum products during Karnataka election, he stated “government has given us a freedom to revise prices on day to day basis, we took a call”.

Earlier in a day, All India Petroleum Dealers Association president Ajay Bansal said the rising fuel price can be controlled by reducing VAT of state and central taxes.

“Fuel prices are directly linked to crude oil. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have reduced supplies. We don’t have any say to bring down the price. We can only reduce VAT of state taxes and central taxes, that is the only way to reduce the price,” asserted Bansal.

A litre of petrol in Mumbai was retailing at Rs 84.70, while in Bhopal it hit a record high of Rs 82.47 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, diesel touched Rs 71.66 in Bhopal and in Mumbai Rs 72.48 per litre.

In Delhi, prices of petrol was retailing at Rs 76.87 for a litre.

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Enforcement Directorate seizes assets worth crores from Dabur Director

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New Delhi, May 22: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday seized assets worth Rs. 20.87 crores belonging to Pradip Burman, the Director of Dabur India Ltd. in lieu of assets held abroad.

The ED seized the assets under section 37A of Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA), news agency ANI reported.

Burman, is the Chairman of Dabur Nepal Pvt Ltd (a subsidiary of Dabur India Ltd), Sanat Products Ltd., and Ayurvet Ltd. Sandesh. He joined the company in 1968, after completing his education from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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