Students’ groups clash on AMU campus after alleged attack on TV channel crew

Two groups of students clashed on the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus on Tuesday after a protest against an alleged attack on a television news channel team, including two women reporters, university and police officials said. The channel team members were allegedly attacked over live coverage of a meeting where political parties were invited to talk about representation of Muslims in the electoral process. Superintendent of police, City, Ashutosh Dwivedi said, “Two student groups clashed on the university campus and one of them sat on dharna (sit-in) seeking action against…

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Private schools in UP announced that they will not admit children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) in the next session.

Private schools in UP on Thursday announced that they will not admit children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) in the next session, if the government does not give re-reimbursement for the last six years as per the RTE Act and judgment thereafter. Anil Agarwal, president of Unaided Private Schools’ Association, UP (UPSA), informed that the association has written to the state government demanding immediate re-imbursement of fees payable to schools for admitting/teaching children of EWS and disadvantaged sections, as stipulated by the Right to…

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Ear-tagging stray cattle and fining owners: Will UP govt crack the whip?

The Yogi Adityanath government, which is taking measures to deal with stray cattle menace, is yet to take the bull by the horns and implement the Central government’s ear-tagging scheme for livestock. The radio-frequency enabled ear-tag is a 12-digit unique identification number, like the Aadhaar, affixed as a yellow tamper-proof tag inside the ear of animals like cows and buffaloes. The Centre, which launched the scheme two years ago largely to keep the animals in good health and check their illegal trade, has made ear-tagging compulsory and farmers are charged nothing…

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English medium primary school students in UP don’t want to switch over to Hindi after Class 5

Students enrolled in government-run English medium primary schools say they do not want to switch over to Hindi as a medium when they begin lessons in upper primary school after finishing Class 5. Their demand to convert some of the upper primary schools from Hindi to English medium is growing louder with every passing day. Kajal Kumari, a student of English medium primary school Gejha in Gautam Buddh Nagar said, “Switching back to Hindi will not be easy. I request the authorities to please do something so that we may…

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Amroha custodial death: Victim’s family sold jewellery for cops’ bribe

Family members of 30-year old dalit Balkishan Jatav, who died in police custody in Amroha district of west UP on Wednesday, alleged they had to sell their jewellery to pay the bribe demanded by policemen for Balkishan’s release. “When I reached Dhanaura police station on Monday, I was asked to pay a bribe of ₹ 5 lakh and was threatened that if the money was not given, Balkishan would be charged under serious sections of the IPC and sent to prison. They also told me that they would release Balkishan…

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Agra school girl set ablaze by unidentified men, dies

A 15-year-old girl succumbed to burn injuries at the Safdarjung Hospital here Thursday, two days after she was set ablaze allegedly by unidentified men in Agra, police said. The class 10 student was Tuesday waylaid by two unidentified men, who allegedly poured petrol on her and set her on fire with a lighter, they said. The girl had suffered 55 per cent burn injuries, including facial burns, and her airway was also burnt due to smoke and fumes which was creating a problem for her to breathe, a doctor at…

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Couples at mass marriage in Uttar Pradesh get toilet seats as wedding gift

As a wedding gift, this one is truly novel, and useful from the word go. At least 18 couples in Prayagraj returned home from their marriage ceremony carrying toilet seats, gifted to them by the organisers of the mass wedding. Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachha Bharat’ mission, the organisers decided to give toilet seats to the couples instead of the usual crockery, suitcases, sewing machines etc, so that they start their new life in a healthy way. Besides, the couples were also given a sapling and asked to…

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UP govt opts for bovine sex selection to contain bull population

Under criticism over the stray animal menace, the Yogi Adityanath government plans to extend to all 75 districts the gender-sorted semen pilot project that the Akhilesh Yadav government launched in three districts in 2016end to contain the bull population and increase the number of cows by ensuring that only females calves are born. Principal secretary, animal husbandry, Sudhir M Bobde said, “We have decided to introduce sex- sorted semen technology based project in all the districts of Uttar Pradesh to contain the growing bull population. This will turn out to…

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‘Mehrunisa’ – where Nawabi Lucknow meets reality

A meeting with ‘Peepli Live’ actor Farrukh Jaffar in Lucknow, two years back, gave filmmaker Sandeep Kumar an idea for a film. This meeting gave birth to his fifth film, ‘Mehrunisa’, in which Jaffer plays the lead. A meeting with ‘Peepli Live’ actor Farrukh Jaffar in Lucknow, two years back, gave filmmaker Sandeep Kumar an idea for a film. This meeting gave birth to his fifth film, ‘Mehrunisa’, in which Jaffer plays the lead. “The story is a fiction but partly based on my lead actor’s life too. She started…

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Now, ‘water gateway’ to Chattar Manzil unearthed : Lucknow

The ongoing excavation work at Chattar Manzil reached another level on Monday as workers unearthed a ‘water gateway’ leading to this iconic structure. The UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN), the construction agency engaged in the restoration of the structure, termed it one of the major discoveries so far. Officials said workers engaged in the excavation stumbled upon a ‘cylindrical structure’ that was lying buried for years. On clearing the debris, it was found that the structure made of lakhauri bricks was a tunnel, which connects the over 200-year-old Chattar Manzil…

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