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NIA questions 2 Delhi University teachers in connection with Elgaar Parishad

This comes just over a fortnight after the NIA arrested a DU teacher – associate professor Hany Babu M T, who teaches English – citing his alleged involvement in the same case.

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Two Delhi University (DU) teachers – P K Vijayan from Hindu College and Rakesh Ranjan from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) – were questioned on Friday by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case.

This comes just over a fortnight after the NIA arrested a DU teacher – associate professor Hany Babu M T, who teaches English – citing his alleged involvement in the same case.

All three were involved in the Committee for the Defence and Release of G N Saibaba, a former Political Science teacher of DU convicted of having Maoist links. Their membership of the committee was also allegedly in focus during the duo’s questioning.

According to Vijayan, both of them were summoned at 10 am and were allowed to go around 8.30 pm. He said Ranjan was interrogated first, and he was made to wait until Ranjan’s questioning got over.

“My interrogation began around 4 pm; then he was made to wait. Their focus was on the Bhima Koregaon violence and my role in the Saibaba defence committee,” Vijayan said. The NIA investigators, Vijayan said, told him that their names had come up during the probe – “so they just wanted to us to clarify.”

Ranjan, who teaches Economics at SRCC, did not respond to calls and texts.

Student groups of both colleges released statements condemning the questioning.

The NIA is investigating the connection between “provocative speeches” made at an Elgaar Parishad event on December 31, 2017 and the caste violence in Bhima Koregaon in Pune the following day.

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President Kovind gives assent to Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill

The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, was passed by Parliament in the recently concluded Monsoon Session

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A new law that provides for inclusion of Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi in the list of official languages in Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to Urdu and English, has been notified after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent.

The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, was passed by Parliament in the recently concluded Monsoon Session.

The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020, received assent of the President on September 26, according to a gazette notification.

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Happy that Akali Dal has quit NDA: Shiv Sena, NCP

Raut added that both Shiv Sena and SAD were pillars of the NDA and they are no longer there, the present dispensation cannot be called the NDA anymore.

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Mumbai, Sep 27 : Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies, the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party, on Sunday welcomed the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) decision to quit the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.

The Punjab-based SAD is the second party – and among the oldest allies – after the Shiv Sena, to have broken ties with the BJP in the past one year.

“Both parties (Shiv Sena and SAD) stood by the BJP through thick and thin, while others have joined when they smelt power. Shiv Sena was forced to quit the NDA last year while Akali Dal has quit over the farm bills. We felt sad over the development,” Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.

NCP President Sharad Pawar said “congratulations” to SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal, who under the leadership of his father Parkash Singh Badal, pulled out of the NDA.

He also lauded Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who quit as Union Minister ahead of voting on the farm bills in the Lok Sabha, for leaving the NDA to protest against the bills and expressed his thanks to them “for firmly standing with the farmers”.

The Congress has also severely criticised the bills that were passed in the parliament last week leading to a furore among farmers all over the country, and is planning more protest agitations, state party chief and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said on Sunday.

In October 2019, after the results of Maharashtra Assembly polls were announced, the Shiv Sena had broken ranks with the BJP as the latter, which had a higher number of seats, refused to concede the post of Chief Minister.

The Sena also bitterly accused BJP leaders of betraying it after promising to give the post, and later quit the NDA to ally with the NCP and the Congress to form the MVA government in the state.

Raut added that both Shiv Sena and SAD were pillars of the NDA and they are no longer there, the present dispensation cannot be called the NDA anymore.

“This is a different kind of alliance. The Shiv Shiv appreciates Shiromani Akali Dal’s decision to break it’s ties with NDA in the interest of farmers,” Raut tweeted.

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Rail-Roko: Farmers continue to block tracks in Amritsar against farm bills

Farmers, under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, have been staging a sit-in on the rail track in Punjab since last Wednesday

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Farmers squatted on the Amritsar-Delhi railway track here on Sunday, continuing their ‘rail-roko’ agitation against the contentious farm bills passed by the Parliament last week.

People from nearby villages brought cooked food and other items for the demonstrators. ‘Langar’ (community kitchen) has also been organised at the site by local gurdwaras.

Women wearing saffron dupattas also joined the protest, raised slogans against the Centre and said they would not allow the implementation of the three legislations.

Farmers, under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, have been staging a sit-in on the rail track in Punjab since last Wednesday.

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher demanded that all the sitting 13 MPs from Punjab should tender their resignation with immediate effect in support of the farmers’ demands. He asserted that BJP leaders would not be allowed to enter villages.

The committee had announced to extend their agitation till September 29. Trains services remained suspended in the state because of the protest.

Farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre’s farm reforms would pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big companies.

Parliament had passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020; the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill. These are yet to get the assent of the President.

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