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Will protest ending of OBC quota for senior faculty: Lalu Prasad

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Patna, June 7 : RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday blamed the “Brahmanical RSS” and its “child” the BJP for a UGC decision to exempt senior teaching posts from the OBC reservations, saying the move will invite a “countrywide protest”.

“We will not sit silent. We will launch a countrywide protest to expose BJP-led government’s bid to end reservations at the behest of the RSS,” Lalu told reporters here.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, Lalu Prasad attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS) over what he alleged to be their “attempt to end reservations”.

“The BJP is the child of Brahmanical RSS. We won’t allow the anti-OBC, anti-Dalit BJP to take way the rights of the deprived. Let them not be in any misimpression,” tweeted Lalu in Hindi.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) last week informed the central universities that their current practice of exempting senior faculty posts from the OBC quota would continue.

While the Scheduled Castes (15 per cent) and Scheduled Tribes (7.5 per cent) quotas will apply to all teaching posts at these universities, the 27 per cent Other Backward Class (OBC) quota will cover the recruitment of assistant professors but not associate professors and professors.

The UGC officials have reportedly said the department of personnel and training had earlier exempted senior faculty posts (associate professors and professors) in technical courses from the OBC quota.

The UGC, they said, had merely extended that exemption to all courses in central universities.

The UGC is a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and is responsible for maintaining the standards of higher education.

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Telangana minister drops plan to vaccinate after PM Modi’s suggestion

Minister for Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao later told reporters that the decision was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion.

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Hyderabad, Jan 16 : Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Saturday decided not to take Covid vaccine, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to politicians to give priority to healthcare workers.

The minister was scheduled to take the vaccine at Gandhi hospital on the first day.

Following the national rollout of the programme by the Prime Minister, Rajender formally launched vaccination at the hospital but returned without taking the jab.

Minister for Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao later told reporters that the decision was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion.

“I am the captain of this (health) department,” Rajender had remarked while defending his decision to inoculate himself, at a news conference on Friday evening.

However, the health minister changed his mind after Modi’s suggestion. Following requests of politicians from some states, the Prime Minister advised them to wait and give preference to healthcare workers.

Public representatives are ready to take the vaccine but they will wait in view of the Prime Minister’s suggestion, said Rama Rao after inaugurating the vaccination at a centre at Tilak Nagar in Hyderabad.

A total of 4,000 healthcare workers are taking the vaccine at 139 centres across Telangana on Saturday.

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Hooda, several other Haryana Cong leaders detained during march to Raj Bhawan

Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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Several Haryana Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Bhupinder Sing Hooda, marched towards the Raj Bhawan on Friday to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and hike in fuel prices, but were detained by the police.

Police put up barricades to stop the protesters from moving towards the Raj Bhawan.

When Hooda and other party leaders tried to march towards the Haryana Raj Bhawan, they were detained by the police and taken to the Sector-17 police station in a bus. Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu detained in Lucknow

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Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party workers were detained while trying to march towards Raj Bhavan in Lucknow during a protest against the new farm laws.

Lallu said: “I want to say that I welcome the vaccine. I would like to thank the scientists who have developed it. It is the duty of the government to help people in times of a pandemic. When the pandemic struck, people contributed through money and other ways. Now that the vaccine is here, my primary demand is that it should be provided to people for free.

CM Yogi Adityanathji should get the vaccine first because that will help people get rid of all the misconceptions about the vaccine.”

Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said he would not take the “BJP’s vaccine”. Following criticism, he had subsequently tweeted the same day that he had “full confidence” in the ability of scientists, but would not take the BJP’s “political vaccine”.

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