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JNU teachers condemn JNUTA, Leftist students



New Delhi, April 30 : A group of JNU teachers came joined hands together in support of their colleague who had found his car vandalised after he addressed a memorial meeting organised for the 25 CRPF soldiers killed by Maoists in Sukma of Chhattisgarh last week.

The teachers condemned those who committed vandalism and also the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) for failing to come forward and denounce the act.

“We are not taking any names as to who did it. But it was certainly members of the Left parties who had opposed the meet and then raised the issue of our approaching police. They are giving themselves away,” Assistant Professor Buddha Singh, who found his car’s windshield broken on Saturday morning — the very next day of the memorial meeting, told media.

He wondered why these students (those associated with Left parties) marched behind those who talk about ‘azaadi’ (freedom) of Kashmir and Bastar, “but shy away from attending a meeting which commemorates our soldiers”.

Another teacher Atul Johari said that they did not know who broke the windshield and an investigation was on.

“We will also demand CCTV cameras on the campus — a process which was stalled so that such acts do not get captured,” Johari, a Professor in the Department of Life Sciences, said.

The faculty members, who addressed the media, also targeted the JNUTA for keeping silent on the issue.

“The JNUTA is full of anarchists. They lose no time in issuing a denunciation when certain acts or people are involved… I have been part of JNU for 25 years. I have lived in fear… and even now, when (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi is in power. Imagine what will happen when he’s gone,” Ashwini K Mohapatra, a Professor and Chairman of the Centre for West Asian Studies, told IANS.

Mohit Pandey, President of JNU Students Union, which consists of only Left parties, earlier rubbished the entire incident as “fake news” designed to act as “red herring” to take pressure off the government for the killing of soldiers.

“This is a fake attempt again to malign JNU… whatever wrong is there must be brought forth. But we will not allow RSS machinery to malign the name of JNU,” Pandey had said.

The memorial meeting was held at Sabarmati Dhaba inside the campus on Friday and went on till late in the evening.



DMK to hold black flag protest against farm laws on Saturday



Mk Stalin

Chennai, Dec 4 : DMK President M.K. Stalin on Friday said that his party will hold a black flag protest against the three farm laws passed by the Central government.

In a letter to party members, he said the protest will be held in solidarity with the farmers protesting against the laws in Delhi.

Stalin said party leaders will hold the black flag protest in all the district headquarters following the Covid-19 safety precautions.

Reacting to the DMK’s protest, Tamil Nadu BJP’s agriculture wing head G.K. Nagaraj said Stalin, who is supporting the protesting middlemen in Delhi, should tell what he has done for the welfare of the farmers.

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Bengal government to provide tabs to 9.5 lakh students to facilitate online education

There are around 36,000 government and government-aided secondary schools, around 14,000 higher secondary schools and 636 madrasahs in the state.



Mamata Banerjee

The state government will provide tabs to around 9.5 lakh students in government schools and government aided schools, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday.

“Because of the pandemic students are suffering. We will provide tabs to 9.5 lakh students studying in class 12 in government schools, government-aided schools and madrasahs. Computers would also be also provided to every secondary school to facilitate online education during pandemic,” Banerjee said at the state secretariat.

There are around 36,000 government and government-aided secondary schools, around 14,000 higher secondary schools and 636 madrasahs in the state.

“Many students are not being able to follow the online classes. The tabs would help the students even when they are pursuing their graduation,” said Banerjee.

With an eye on the crucial 2021 Bengal assembly elections, the chief minister also announced 3% dearness allowance for 10 lakh state government employees from January 1, 2021. This would cost the state exchequer Rs 2200 crore.

Speaking in another program during the day Banerjee said that Information Technology (IT) firms in West Bengal have registered 133% growth in the last eight years and IT exports have gone up by 175%.

“Many more investments are coming. On December 1, we cleared 20 proposals of setting up IT offices at Bengal Silicon Valley Hub with a proposed investment of Rs 3000 crore. They would directly employ 9000 IT professionals,” Banerjee said at a program

At present over 1500 IT companies, including Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Infosys, Cognizant and IBM among others, have their offices in West Bengal. The state has around 2.1 lakh IT professionals.

The chief minister while listing out a series of expansion plans of some of the top IT firms in the state said that while Nxtra Data of Bharti Airtel has come up with a proposal of Rs 350 crores, Wipro has an expansion plan worth Rs 500 crores in the state.

“Tata Consultancy Services is expected to increase their employment from the present 44,000 to around 61,000. Very soon their operation in West Bengal would be larger than their Bengaluru operation,” she said.

The chief minister added that while Cognizant Technology Solutions is also expected to expand further, ITC Infotech has almost completed their project in New Town and will employ around 3000 IT professionals there.

IT services giant Infosys will start construction of a proposed software development centre in the state by July 2021. They have been allotted 50 acres of land.

“Our youth will not have to roam in other states and across the world looking for jobs. They can work here,” Banerjee said.

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Farmers try to force their way into Delhi at Ghazipur border, stopped




Delhi UP Ghazipur Border

New Delhi: Agitated farmers on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border near Ghazipur on Thursday failed in their attempt to enter the national capital by breaking the barricades after the police pacified the situation.

“If a decision is not taken in 24 hours, we will break all the barricades at different locations and enter Delhi,” Pawan Khatana, Bharat Kisan Union’s Delhi-NCR President, told IANS after attempting to break the barricades.

Thousands of farmers protesting against the Central farm laws have laid siege at Ghazipur border and on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway in a bid to enter the national capital. The crowd swelled after around 100 tractors reached the protest site at noon.

The border points in the area continue to remain under heavy police cover with multilayered barricades in place.

In the morning, when the farmers had blocked the expressway, Gayendra Singh, SP (City), Ghaziabad, had said that the police were hopeful that the blockade will end soon on the key road leading to Delhi.

All eyes are now on the ongoing fourth round of talks between the farmers’ unions and the Centre. The third round talks had failed to break the deadlock on Tuesday.

The farmers have been sitting on protest for the last eight days at Delhi-Haryana and Delhi-Uttar Pradesh borders. Thousands of farmers have been camping at the Singhu border, while several other groups have blocked entry at the Delhi-Haryana border in Tikri, the Delhi-UP border in Ghazipur and the Delhi-UP border in Chilla.

The farmers are demanding that the three farm laws passed by the Parliament in September be repealed, expressing apprehension that they would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the mercy of the big corporates.

The government has, however, maintained that the laws will provide farmers with better opportunities. It has also accused the opposition parties of “misleading” the farmers.

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