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#MeToo: WCD Ministry to set up legal committee



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Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said the government will form a committee to hear the #MeToo cases in India. (File Photo)

New Delhi, Oct 12: The Women and Child Development Ministry (WCD) on Friday said that it will set up a legal committee in the wake of the #MeToo campaign, where multiple sexual harassment cases from the media and entertainment industry have come to light.

“The Ministry will be setting up a committee of senior judicial and legal persons as members to examine all issues emanating from the #MeToo India movement,” it said in a statement.

The committee will look into the legal and institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints of sexual harassment at work and will advise the Ministry on how to strengthen this framework.

“I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complaint. Cases of sexual harassment at work must be dealt with a policy of zero tolerance,” said Union WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi.

According to a WCD official, the committee will go into the legal and institutional framework and not based on individual complaints.

“Public hearing doesn’t mean hearing of individual complaints. It means any stakeholders can come and depose before the committee if they want to,” the official added.

The formal order regarding the constitution of the committee will be disclosed in a few days.



Kashmiri students turned out of PG accommodations in Haryana after Pulwama attack




Kashmiri students turned out of PG accommodations in Haryana after Pulwama attack

Chandigarh, Feb 16 Over 100 Kashmiri students, including girls, have been turned out of their paying guest (PG) accommodations in Mullana village in Haryana’s Ambala district, forcing them to seek refuge with the authorities of a private deemed university where they are studying.

The Kashmiri students of the Maharishi Markandeshwar (deemed to be university) in Mullana, around 75 km from here, are being accommodated in the institution’s hostels, sources said.

With sentiments riding high against terrorists from Kashmir and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack, the Kashmiri students were ordered out of PG accommodations by respective landlords after the Mullana village sarpanch (headman) Naresh Kumar issued an ultimatum to PG owners to oust Kashmiri students.

With tension mounting in the village, the Haryana Police are keeping a close watch and have assured Kashmiri students about safety.

“We are talking to the Kashmiri students and assuring them. More force has been deployed in the village,” said Ambala district police chief Aastha Modi.

The village sarpanch on Friday issued an ultimatum to PG owners to oust Kashmiri students from accommodations within 24 hours. The ultimatum was issued after residents of the village took out a march against the Pulwama terror attack.

Most of the Kashmiri students were asked to leave on Saturday. “The ultimatum came all of a sudden. We were asked by our landlords to vacate accommodation. We are scared,” a second year student from South Kashmir told IANS.

Some of the Kashmiri students have reportedly moved with friends in nearby places like Ambala, Chandigarh and Rajpura, sources said.

The village sarpanch justified the ultimatum to Kashmiri students. “After the Pulwama attack, some Kashmiri students posted comments on social media celebrating the deadly strike. We have to be cautious about such elements,” Kumar said, adding the ultimatum was not for all Kashmiri students, but for three students who were behind the unwarranted posts.

Meanwhile, the district authorities claimed that the situation was under control. “Students have been shifted to the university hostel for safety. We have warned the village sarpanch,” said Ambala Deputy Commissioner Sharandeep Kaur Brar.

Though the authorities have asked students to return to respective PG accommodations, the students have chosen to remain inside the campus for around four days.

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Rajnath holds meeting with RAW chief, NSA, other security officials



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New Delhi, Feb 16 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday held a meeting with RAW chief A. K. Dhasmana, Additional Director IB Arvind Kumar, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and NSA Ajit Doval in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that left 49 CRPF troopers dead.

What transpired between them was not immediately known or officially communicated, but sources in Home Ministry said that Singh took stock of the security situation in Kashmir in the aftermath of the terror attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The meeting also come in the wake of outrage and anger among the people post the attack as the country expecting retaliation from the government.

From the US, China, Russia, Canada, Australia and the European Union to Afghanistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, various countries have come in support of India and expressed solidarity with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Just a day after the Pulwama attack, India started the process of isolating Pakistan on the international stage with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale meeting at least two dozen envoys in the national capital.

It also withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan. According to experts, India’s decision to withdraw the MFN status to Pakistan would adversely impact the neighbouring country’s economy.

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Congress won’t acquire farm land without farmers’ consent: Rahul Gandhi



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Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), Feb 16 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said his party governments will not take farmer’s land without their consent.

“If any farmer’s land is taken for industry or a project, then the industry or project has to be set up within five years. If it is not done within this period, the land has to be returned to farmers,” he said at a farmers’ rights convention at village Dhuragaon in Lohandiguda block of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district.

“The Congress has taken the step of returning the land of tribals. Chhattisgarh is the first state where this has been done,” he said, stressing tribals have the first right over forests and should enjoy the benefits.

He said the Congress, which has returned to power in the state after 15 years, would fulfil its promises. He said tendu leaf collectors now get Rs 4,000 against the Rs 2,500 they were getting during the Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Gandhi distributed land right titles to farmers for area acquired by the previous BJP government for a Tata Steel project, which never materialised due to local opposition and eventually the company pulled out.

The Congress had made the return of land a campaign promise in the November assembly elections.

Gandhi also distributed loan waiver certificates to eligible farmers and forest rights certificates. He also laid the foundation stone of the food park being built by the state government in the area.

Taking pot-shots at the previous government, He said it claimed that it had no money for farmers. “They were putting your money into their own pockets or pockets of their 15 businessmen cronies,” he alleged.

He also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bailing out top industrialists but not waiving farmers’ loans. “Our government had sought 10 days to waive loans and did it within six hours.”

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