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There should be no room for intolerance in edu institutes:Prez



Pranab Mukherjee

Mumbai, Mar 17 : President Pranab Mukherjee today said there should be no room for intolerance, prejudice and hatred in educational institutes which should act as flag bearers for coexistence of multiple views.

Addressing a special convocation of the University of Mumbai to confer Honorary Doctor of Law to famous agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan, he said the higher education sector has a crucial role in national developmental effort.

“We should embrace free conversation and even argument, leaving behind narrow mindsets and thoughts. The lesson for a modern Indian university is to ensure that this great tradition finds new life and vigour within its precincts,” Mukherjee said.

The President also received the first postal stamp released here on the occasion of the university completing 160 years this year.

Mukherjee said higher education institutes must act as flag bearers for coexistence of multiple views, thoughts and philosophies.

“There should be no room for intolerance, prejudice and hatred within spaces of our educational institutions,” he said.

Mukherjee, a history post-graduate himself, said ancient India was known for the high-level philosophical debates and discussions it nurtured.

“India was not a mere geographical expression but it reflected an idea and a culture. Conversation and dialogue are part of our ethos and life. They cannot be done away with.

Universities and higher education institutions are the best fora for free exchange of views,” he said.

Emphasising on the importance of higher education on the economy, the President said, “The quality of training provided to students employed by the economy determines the level of its competence.

“Induction of quality manpower is the first point of contact the economy has with the higher education system,” he said.

Mukherjee said courses in the campuses must be aligned to the needs of the industry.

“It will be beneficial to have corporate experts advising academic managers on industrial requirements in the course curricula,” the President said.

Mukherjee said a good education system is one that can help develop social responsiveness in students.

“Ways should be devised to integrate student engagement with society in the academic framework,” he 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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PNB moves Hong Kong High Court against Nirav Modi



New Delhi, April 21: The Punjab National Bank on Saturday approached Hong Kong High Court against diamantaire Nirav Modi in connection with the multi-crore fraud. 

The public lender will also move the courts of other countries where the celebrity jewelry designer and his business associate Mehul Choksi have assets and businesses.

Earlier on April 6, the Ministry of External Affairs had asked authorities in Hongkong to arrest diamantaire who is one of the key suspects in multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case.

Junior foreign minister V.K. Singh had told parliament “The ministry has sought the provisional arrest of Nirav Deepak Modi by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China”.

The passports of Modi and  Choksi have been revoked.

Singh informed the house that India had submitted the request for Modi’s arrest to Hong Kong on March 23

Diamond trader Modi and owner of Gitanjali Gems, Mehul Choksi have been accused of defrauding the PNB of Rs 12,600 crore, with Rs 1,300 being added to the fraud kitty last month.

Earlier, the detected amount was Rs 11,300 crore.


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