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Not good to play politics on water: Kejriwal



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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said it is not good to play politics over issues concerning water, expressing confidence that Haryana won’t stop supplying Delhi its share of water.

“People in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi all are our own people. It is not good to play politics this way. Everybody should get water,” Kejriwal told reporters after meeting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at Rail Bhawan.

Asked if Delhi was prepared for a water crisis if Haryana stops supplying water to Delhi, Kejriwal confidently replied: “Haryana will not stop water supply.”

Haryana’s Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar on Thursday asked Kejriwal to construct a canal to get water from the Nangal dam, saying the state can’t provide water to the national capital as it has no other option left after Kejriwal opposed the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal project.

“Water is available in the Nangal dam for Haryana and Delhi, but we don’t have any resource to supply it and you (Kejriwal) opposed our only resource SYL canal in Punjab for your political gains. By doing this, you in fact stood against the interests of the people of Delhi,” Dhankar said in a letter to Kejriwal.

“Seeing your stand, Haryana will be unable to supply your share of water through its own canal as you have stood against the interests of the farmers and people of Haryana,” Dhankar said.

The Delhi government had termed Dhankar’s statement as an effort to draw public attention away from the real issues of Haryana.

“This letter has no value for us. It is just an attempt to divert the attention of the people of Haryana from their real issues,” Delhi’s Water Minister Kapil Mishra told IANS on Thursday.




Nitish silent over mob attack on professor: Jamia teachers



Bihar professor assaulted

New Delhi, Aug 19 : The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) on Sunday slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his silence over a mob attack on an Assistant Professor in the state.

Sanjay Kumar was attacked on August 17 in Motihari in Bihar after he posted a comment in response to a post, criticising former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Kumar had written, ‘Fascivad ke ek yug ki samapti. Atal ji anant yatra par nikle (The end of an era of fascism. Atal ji embarks on eternal journey)’

“We are surprised at the sullen silence of the government on this murderous assault. We can only conclude that your conscience has made peace with the lynch mob,” said the association in a statement.

The comments came after a 38-second video clipping which went viral on social media shows Sanjay Kumar in a street, with his clothes torn, abused, beaten by a mob.

Kumar teaches sociology at Central University of Mothihari. Following the attack, he was reportedly brought to the Patna Medical College and Hospital.

The JTSA claimed that Sanjay Kumar has named mob leaders Rahul R. Pande, Sunny Vajpayee, Aman Bihari Vajpayee, Purshottam Mishra, Ravikesh Mishra and Rakesh Pandey.

However, the attackers were booked under milder charges — all of which are bailable, the teachers’ body added.

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Teenage girl accuses man of rape, no case yet




New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) A 14-year-old girl has complained of rape by a man, who created a Facebook account in her name and uploaded her obscene pictures, police said on Sunday. No case has been registered as yet.

A police officer said that the crime was reported at the Alipur police station.

He however refused to provide further details. “The police is recording the statements. Action will be taken accordingly,” he said.

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Delhi University student leader assaulted, four held



Kawalpreet Kaur

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) Delhi University’s All India Students Association (AISA) President Kawalpreet Kaur and three others were assaulted by a group of youths here early on Sunday, following which four of the five accused were arrested, police said.

In an FIR lodged by Kawalpreet’s friend Ankit Pandey, the crime occurred at 12.15 a.m in Vijay Nagar area near the North Campus.

“They made obnoxious comments at Kawalpreet. They abused us. When we objected, they attacked us,” Pandey said in the police complaint.

The arrested were identified as Ayush, Rahul, Shubham and Monu. One person Pawan, who allegedly brandished a pistol, is yet to be arrested.

Kaur took to Facebook to accuse police of blaming her for being out late in the night instead of taking action against her attackers.

“… told me that I should haven’t ventured out at 12.15 a.m. and should have stayed in the room. The CCTV footage is clear. We hope Delhi Police shows some courage and take action,” she said.

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