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Jinnah portrait row: AMU students on indefinite dharna

The campus has virtually been converted into a fortress with the Rapid Action Force and the police deployed all over. AMU students’ union members who were injured in Wednesday’s lathicharge have alleged that the outsiders had plans of attacking former Vice President Hamid Ansari, who was present for a function on the campus.

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Lucknow, May 3 : A day after students were lathicharged for protesting the police inaction against “rightwing outsiders” raising anti-Mohammad Ali Jinnah slogans on the Aligarh Muslim University campus, students on Thursday sat on an indefinite dharna at the university gate.

The campus has virtually been converted into a fortress with the Rapid Action Force and the police deployed all over. AMU students’ union members who were injured in Wednesday’s lathicharge have alleged that the outsiders had plans of attacking former Vice President Hamid Ansari, who was present for a function on the campus.

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Ansari, a former Vice Chancellor of AMU, was to be conferred a life membership of the students union. However, after the violence, the function was cancelled and Ansari was escorted out amidst tight security. The AMU Teachers’ Association has demanded the Central government to institute a time-bound judicial inquiry into the incident and to punish the culprits.

The AMUTA Executive Committee has condemned the “deliberate criminal activity carried out by aggressors who came from outside the university” as well as the “brutal action taken by the police against AMU students instead of taking action against the criminal aggressors”. It has demanded immediate action against the culprits.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said he had sought a comprehensive report on the Aligarh incident from the district administration. CM Yogi, however, made it clear that “Jinnah ko hum samman nahi de saktey” (We cannot respect Jinnah).

Meanwhile, Rihai Manch spokesperson Shahnawaz Alam alleged that the controversy over Jinnah’s portrait had been caused to create an anti-Muslim environment and polarize votes for the upcoming bypolls in Kairana and Nurpur.

Alam said those who made ‘anti-Yogi-Modi’ comments on social media and were immediately put behind bars, whereas armed rightwing goons planning to attack the former Vice President were left scot free.

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Madhya Pradesh: Three killed in Burhanpur blast

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Bhopal, July 18: At least three people were killed after a blast in a cold storage in Burhanpur’s Ichhapur on Wednesday.

According to the reports, one person was injured. Police investigation underway in the mishap.

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Central Kerala badly affected by rains, 14 dead, 10,000 shifted to relief camps

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Thiruvananthapuram, July 18: Unabated rains over the past few days have badly affected normal life in Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts in Kerala. At least 14 people have died in the past 10 days.

With the Met predicting more rains in the next four-five days that may advance towards the northern part of the state, the authorities are carrying out relief on an aggressive footing.

Around 10,000 people have been put up in relief camps.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered district authorities on Wednesday to immediately release an amount of Rs 1,000 each to all those who are in these camps on or before July 17 even if they have gone home.

The state cabinet also directed Chief Secretary Tom Jose to see that an immediate assessment was made of the damages caused by the heavy monsoon.

On account of overflowing Meenachil river in Kottayam, the Southern Railway decided to cancel 10 trains on Wednesday. Most of these were short distance trains between Ernakulam to Kollam.

There were less rains on Tuesday and Wednesday with Thiruvananthapuram district witnessing a bright sunny day. Kollam reported less rains.

At Kottayam, the worst affected were the low-lying areas. Residents and rescue teams transported more than 50 people to relief camps on boats from these areas.

“A funeral was conducted with great difficulty as there was no place in the house to place the body,” a villager in Kottayam told the media.

A busy entrance exam coaching centre in Pala near Kottayam was flooded and closed for a week.

Compared to the past five years, Kerala has received 18 per cent more rains in 2018 and has now recorded the highest in the five year period, the Met figures showed.

Leader of Opposition R. Chennithala, who is part of an all-party delegation led by Vijayan that will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, said the state government must ensure to ask for an urgent release of funds to mitigate the loss suffered due to the heavy rains.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday assured in the Lok Sabha that the Centre will take a favourable approach to the calamity.

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3 killed as buildings collapse in Greater Noida, Rescue operation underway

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New Delhi, July 18: At least three people lost their lives after two multi-storey buildings collapsed in Greater Noida’s Shahberi village on Tuesday.

Many others are feared to be trapped under the debris.

The incident took place around 10 pm on Tuesday in Shahberi village of Bisrakh when a five-storey building collapsed on an adjacent under-construction building, officials said.

Four National Disaster Response Force teams and a dog squad present at the spot. Rescue operations are underway.

In connection with the incident, the police arrested three people including the builder and his two associates.

Taking cognisance of the mishap, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked the District Magistrate to follow up with the National Disaster Response Force team and Police for relief measures and to ensure immediate rescue.

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