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JNU Movement: Lectures on Nationalism compiled to form a book




New Delhi, Jan 11: In early 2016, three students – Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, and Anirban Bhattacharya – of Jawaharlal Nehru University were charged with sedition for organising a cultural event in solidarity with Kashmiris.

The event later sparked major controversies all across India. A movement was carried out under the label – ‘Stand with JNU’ and during this, JNU Teacher’s Association initiated lectures on Nationalism to counter the so-called custodians of Nationalism who labelled JNU and its associates as ‘Anti-National’. Through these lectures, they narrated that there are several definitions of Nationalism.

‘What the Nation Really Needs to Know: The JNU Nationalism Lectures’ is the name of the book in which all the lectures given by Nobel professors are compiled. The book is published by the publication of Harper Collins and edited by four teachers representing the JNU Teacher’s Association. The book is now available at Amazon and other offline bookstores for merely around Rs 200. It consists of lectures by 24 academicians and intellectuals who gave lectures out in the open of JNU’s administrative block – now ‘Freedom Square’.

Historians Romila Thapar and Harbans Mukhia, Economists Prabhat Patnaik and Jayati Ghosh, Sociologists Satish Deshpande and Badri Narayan and much more are the donors of the content in the book, their lectures and articles are also compiled in the book.

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, Executive Editor of Harper Collins told the Indian Express before the release of the book that “The book has formally been published in December and the books will start going out into the stores in early January. We’ll even have an event at JNU sometime to release the book. All the authors are stalwarts in their field, and they’ve got varied opinions – not all of them are Left-liberal people. Although everything was available on social media, bringing it all together in a physical document gives it a life of its own.”

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Fodder scam: Verdict in third case involving Lalu today



Lalu Prasad Yadav

Ranchi, Jan 24: A special CBI court here will on Wednesday pronounce judgment in a fodder scam case in which two former Chief Ministers of Bihar — Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra — are accused.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad will deliver judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This will be the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

Currently, Lalu Yadav is in Birsa Munda Central Jail of Ranchi, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was awarded five years’ imprisonment.


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Petrol prices in Delhi at three year high; diesel at record level




New Delhi, Jan 23: A rally in global crude oil prices petrol prices in the national capital to an three-year high level on Tuesday.

Petrol prices increased to the over three-year high level of Rs 72.23 per litre on Tuesday from Monday’s Rs 72.08 per litre.

As per the data from IndianOil, the previous high for petrol prices in Delhi was Rs 72.51 a litre reported on July 1, 2014.

While in other major metro’s Mumbai and Kolkata and Chennai, petrol rose to at Rs 80.10 per litre, Rs 74.94 and Rs 74.91 respectively.

The previous highs in Mumbai and Kolkata and Chennai were Rs 80.60 (August 2014), Rs 75.46 (October 2014) and Rs 74.91 (August 2014) respectively.

Similarly, there was an appreciation in diesel prices across the metro cities, As on Tuesday, prices of diesel in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai touched record of Rs 63.01 per litre, 65.67 and Rs 66.44 respectively.

In Mumbai, diesel was priced at Rs 67.10 per litre — the highest level since August 2014 when it was sold at Rs 67.26 a litre.

The jump in diesel prices several key metros assumes significance as the fuel is the mainstay of the transportation sector and will have a consequent upward effect on inflation.

Several factors like production curbs by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and high demand have led to a surge in crude oil prices to a three-year high. As on January 23, Brent crude oil prices hovered around $70 a barrel.

Besides global factors, daily price revision allows for a sudden hike in domestic fuel prices which showcases international trends.

Meanwhile, imposition of various state taxes and levies generally increases  prices.

At present, the diesel and petrol do not fall under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.


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Bill on data protection to be ready by March: Centre to SC



New Delhi, Jan 23: The Central government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the bill on data protection — being drafted by a committee of experts headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna (retd) — would be ready by March.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal gave the information to a Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan, which is hearing a batch of petitions that challenged the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act as violative of the fundamental right to privacy, news agency IANS reported.

The expert committee headed by Justice Srikrishna — a former Judge of the apex court — has Department of Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, Unique Identification Authority of India head Ajay Bhushan Pandey, MeitY Additional Secretary Ajay Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology-Raipur Director Prof Rajat Moona, National Cybersecurity Coordinator Gulshan Rai, Indian Institute of Management-Indore Director Prof Rishikesha Krishnan, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy’s Arghya Sengupta and Data Security Council of India’s Rama Vedashree as its members.

Continuing his arguments, senior counsel Shyam Divan took the court through the Aadhaar Act provisions to demonstrate that under the statute itself the demographic and biometric data of Indian citizens could be shared with private firms.

As the top court stated that if there were “deficiencies” in the Aadhaar scheme’s implementation, resulting in leaks, the same could be plugged,

Responding to this Divan said “It (collection of data) can’t be reconciled with (working of) a democratic open society. The entire programme is bad as everyone is entitled to safeguard himself/herself against exposure of their demographic and biometric data.

Telling the court that the way Aadhaar was being linked with everything “you will have a huge proliferation of data for the purpose of identification”, he stated “Lift your imagination much higher than where we are”, understand the implications of the state possessing the biometric data of the people.


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