TN girl who fought against NEET commits suicide, leaders condemn state, Centre | WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs TN girl who fought against NEET commits suicide, leaders condemn state, Centre – WeForNews | Latest News, Blogs
Connect with us

India

TN girl who fought against NEET commits suicide, leaders condemn state, Centre

Published

on

Anitha-wefornews-min

Chennai, Sep 2, 2017: A Dalit girl from Tamil Nadu, who fought against the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) exams for medical colleges, allegedly committed suicide on Friday.

Earlier today, speaking to media Anitha father said: 

Her death united Tamil Nadu’s opposition parties in condemning the Chief Minister K.Palaniswami government and also the BJP-led central government.

Anitha, who had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in plus two or class 12. She scored cut-off marks of 199.75 for engineering and 196.75 for medicine. She was offered a seat in aeronautical engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology, but she denied it as she wished to become a doctor.

However, she failed to clear NEET – common entrance exam for admission in medical courses. The entrance exam was made mandatory last year and it is based on CBSE syllabus.

Hailing from a village in Ariyalur district, around 300 km from here, she was the daughter of a daily labourer.

In her petition in the apex court against NEET, Anitha had said that rural students will not be able to compete against the students from the city if a common entrance exam is held for medical college seats.

In a statement issued here, former Union Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss blamed the central and the state governments for the tragedy.

Expressing his condolences to Anitha’s parents, he said the state government headed by Palaniswami and the central government should accept responsibility for her death as they had initially assured that Tamil Nadu will get one year exemption from NEET.

The PMK leader said he was not able to understand as to why Anitha who took up the cause of rural students against NEET would commit suicide.

Some student organisations held a protest here. Police took the agitators into custody and later released them.

Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar, who was seen on television screens constantly assuring the students that they would get exemption from NEET, on Friday urged the students not to resort such an extreme step.

He promised help from the state government to Anitha’s family.

DMK Working President M.K.Stalin also urged the students not to take extreme steps.

Expressing shock over Anitha’s suicide, Stalin said the central and the state government should own moral responsibility for her death.

Recalling the letter written in blood by Anitha seeking his support against NEET, Stalin said she is dead even before that letter got dried.

Speaking to reporters here, actor Kamal Haasan said: “We have lost a good doctor.” He said those who should fight against NEET were indulging in horse trading, in a veiled reference to the divide in the ruling AIADMK.

The actor further added that those who were praising NEET have now vanished.

Actor Rajinikanth in a tweet said:

He did not comment on NEET.

Leaders of several other political parties also condemned the state and the central government for Anitha’s suicide, criticising the latter for backing out at the last moment from supporting the ordinance drafted by Tamil Nadu government despite an earlier promise of support.

In a late night statement, Chief Minister Palaniswami expressing his grief and condolences announced a solatium of Rs 700,000 to the family of Anitha.

He also promised a government job to a family member of Anitha in line with their educational qualification.

Wefornews Bureau

Cities

700 Doctors At Delhi Civic-Body Hospitals Go On Indefinite Strike Over Pending Salaries

Resident doctors of Hindu Rao Hospital are on a relay hunger strike for the last couple of days, demanding release of their pending salaries too.

Published

on

By

Doctors Protest for Salary

New Delhi: Patients of North Corporation-run hospitals faced hardship as the senior doctors there went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday, a day after they had gone on casual leave en masse over their pending salaries.

Maruti Sinha, general secretary of the Municipal Corporation Doctors’ Association (MCDA) said, “Our demands, which include release of pending salaries for the last three months, have not been met, so we are now on an indefinite strike”.

MCDA, an association of senior permanent doctors of the civic hospitals, was established in 1974, and has about 1200 members. It also includes doctors from hospitals run by other two municipal corporations.

“We have about 700 doctors from the North Corporation hospital who are part of MCDA. We all went on mass casual leave in protest. And, even though our conscience doesn’t allow, our doctors did not attend to patients even in emergency wards,” Sinha said on Monday.

Patients at Hindu Rao Hospital and other North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run hospitals faced inconvenience as doctors struck work to press for their demands. Authorities may have taken services of contractual doctors, she said.

PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com

Services were also hit on Monday when the senior doctors went on a mass casual leave and did not even attend to patients in the emergency department.

Resident doctors of Hindu Rao Hospital are on a relay hunger strike for the last couple of days, demanding release of their pending salaries too.

Continue Reading

India

Mr PM stop robbing public, be self reliant, says Rahul Gandhi

Mr Prime Minister, Quit robbing the public, Stop giving money to your friends, Be Self-Reliant, tweeted Rahul Gandhi

Published

on

Rahul Gandhi Farmers

Mr Prime Minister,
Quit robbing the public,
Stop giving money to your friends,
Be Self-Reliant, tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

Continue Reading

India

India, US need to jointly confront China’s threats to security: Pompeo in New Delhi

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday in the national capital said that India and the US need to jointly confront China’s threats to security in the Indian subcontinent and the Indo-Pacific

Published

on

mike pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday in the national capital said that India and the US need to jointly confront China’s threats to security in the Indian subcontinent and the Indo-Pacific.

Speaking at the third India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue in New Delhi, amidst the ongoing face-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Pompeo discussed several issues from “cooperating on defeating the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, to confronting the Chinese Communist Party’s threats to security and freedom, to promoting peace and stability throughout the region”.

As per an official statement of the US government, Indian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar at the meeting raised the issue of security threat India is facing from China. “In the area of defence we are challenged by reckless aggression on our northern borders,” he said at the bilateral dialogue.

The meeting assumes significance because the US secretaries of the Trump administration travelled to New Delhi amidst Coronavirus pandemic even as an intense ongoing campaigning for the Presidential elections due on November 3 was underway in the US.

“Our friendship and commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific was clearly, clearly highly on display when we were in Tokyo this past week and a half for the Quad meeting that Minister Jaishankar and I had with our Australian and Japanese friends earlier this month,” Pompeo told his counterpart.

The US secretary of state said, “Today is real opportunity for two great democracies like ours to grow closer, as I said on my trip to India last year when I called for a new age of ambition in our relationship. I think we’ve delivered on that over this past year. There is much more work to do for sure.”

Together, India and the US are building a better future for “our people based on our shared set of values and our cultures, our defence ties, our scientific collaboration, and mutual prosperity. I thank you for your leadership to each of you to build what ought to be a defining partnership of democracies in the 21st century,” he added.

Jaishankar, at the 2+2 Dialogue said that as the global economy has taken a massive hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian government has to quickly make up for the losses as economic downturn will have both domestic and external consequences.

According to the US Department of State statement, Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper, at the meeting with his counterpart Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pointed out that Tuesday marked the 15th anniversary of the first US-India Defence framework.

“We have strengthened our defence and security partnership considerably since then, especially over the past year, during which we advanced our regional security, military-to-military, and information-sharing cooperation. Our focus now must be on institutionalizing and regularizing our cooperation to meet the challenges of the day and uphold the principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific well into the future,” he said.

The two sides discussed key opportunities to expand their efforts on “regional security concerns” and to advance their “defence priorities”, to include increasing information sharing and mutual logistics operations between their militaries.

Jaishankar in his remarks said that at a time when it is particularly important to uphold a rules-based international order, the ability of India and the US to work closely in defence and foreign policy has a larger resonance. “Together we can make a real difference when it comes to regional and global challenges, whether it is in respecting territorial integrity, promoting maritime domain awareness, counterterrorism, or creating prosperity,” he added.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Live Data

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.