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Rajasthan: 6 Kashmiri students beaten up, called stone pelters




Jaipur, April 20: In a complete act of cynicism, 6 Kashmiri students studying in Rajasthan’s Mewar University are beaten up by locals of Chittorgarh district and allegedly termed them as terrorists and stone-peltors.

A student of the university on the condition of anonymity confirmed the news and said “At least nine fellow students were beaten up with sticks and bats around 6 p.m. on Wednesday near Gangrar town after the locals got to know that they are from Kashmir. At least six of them were injured.

Hindustan Times quoted one of the victims, Bahar Ahmed Giri, who said, “Six of us were assaulted in three separate attacks that took place at the same time in the market. The attacks seemed coordinated.”

Though none of the students suffered serious injuries, the community is upset with the university administration for failing to protect them and have demanded the arrest of defenders.

Giri added, “They hurled abuses, called us terrorists and said we throw stones at the army. They told us to go back to Kashmir and threatened that they won’t let us study here.”

Reportedly Rajasthan Police registered an FIR against two unknown people but recorded a different version of events. The university has also backed the police’s version.

According to the police, in the scuffle 2 men attacked and students too retaliated. While University director Harish Gurnani said, “A little scuffle happened between the students and the outsiders. There is nothing serious.”

However the students have alleged that police is weaving a story. “Police did not do anything. They say that the locals did not harm us. Will they act when the locals kill one or two of us?,” another student Waseem Khan said.

He alleged that the attackers also reached the hospital where they were being treated and abused them in the presence of police.

This is not the first time when an attack is being reported on the University students from Valley.

Earlier, in March 2016, 4 Kashmiri students were beaten up after rumours of beef being cooked in the university hostel was spread. The following month, a massive scuffle arose after India lost to West Indies in the T20 cricket world cup. After the incident, 16 Kashmiri students and a warden who also hailed from Kashmir, were suspended by the university.

“If the university can’t provide us security, they should tell us. We’ll all go back. Last time also they assured us that the offenders will be arrested but nothing happened,” Khan said.

According to Kashmiri students, around 250 university students from the J&K protested against Wednesday’s incident. Some students even skipped dinner in protest however the university denied these protests.

“These students had dinner and there was no protest. Classes are being held as usual,” a Mewar University official said.

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Is operating ratio of Indian Railways the worst: Chidambaram



P Chidambaram

New Delhi, April 21: Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday asked if the operating ratio of Indian Railways is the worst and added that if the ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded it, that indicated a “comprehensive failure of management.”

He also asked if it was true that the accounts are being “dressed” to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent.

“What is the Operating Ratio of Indian Railways in 2017-18? Is it the worst ratio in recent years,” Chidambaram tweeted.

“Is it correct that the true Operating Ratio has exceeded 100 per cent? Is it correct that the accounts are being ‘dressed’ to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent,” he asked.

“If the Operating Ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded 100 per cent, that indicates a comprehensive failure of management of the Indian Railways,” Chidambaram said.


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No parole for mafia don Abu Salem to get married



A file photo of gangster Abu Salem being taken to jail after a Mumbai court sentenced him life imprisonment in the Pradeep Jain murder case in 2015.

Mumbai, April 21: The Maharashtra government on Saturday rejected an application by incarcerated mafia don Abu Salem seeking 45 days parole for getting married, official sources said here.

Among the grounds cited by the authorities are that parole is not permitted for those accused or convicted of terror charges under the revised parole rules of the Maharashtra government in 2016, an official, who declined to be identified, told IANS.

Abu Salem, who is currently undergoing life imprisonment in Taloja Central Jail, Navi Mumbai, had applied in March to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner for parole for his second marriage with Sayed Bahar Kauser alias Heena.

The marriage was scheduled for May 5 in Mumbai and he had also provided the names and details of two of his cousins who were willing to stand guarantee for him.

He planned to stay temporarily at the Mumbai home of his prospective wife Heena during the parole duration.

In his application, Abu Salem cited how he was in jail continuously since the past more than 12 years without stepping out on parole/furlough even once.

In September 2017, Abu Salem – a close confidante of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar – was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence for his role in the March 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 and wounded over 700 others.


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Cabinet approves restructured scheme for making local bodies self-sustainable



Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Saturday approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient.

Addressing a press conference here, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who chaired the CCEA meeting — will officially launch the scheme on April 24 in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla.

The total outlay for the scheme during 2018-19 to 2021-2022 would be Rs 7,255 crore, of which 60 per cent would be borne by the Centre.

Tomar said the RGSA will help more than 2.55 lakh Panchayati Raj Institutions to develop governance capabilities to deliver on sustainable development goals through inclusive local governance, with a focus on optimum utilisation of available resources.


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