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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‘Will fight with all our might,’ says Priyanka as Congress ties up with Mahan Dal

The Congress has found its first ally to fight the general elections in Uttar Pradesh with the grand old party announcing on Wednesday that it will tie up with the little-known Mahan Dal. The Mahan Dal is an OBC outfit with some influence in few western UP districts. The Mahan Dal had secured 0.11 per cent votes 2017 assembly polls. “I welcome Mahan Dal, Rahulji wants us to take all communities together. We will fight the 2019 polls with all our might,” Congress general secretary in charge of eastern U.P.…

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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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President Ram Nath Kovind urges people to perform ‘sacred act’ of voting during Lok Sabha polls

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave a clarion call to people to perform the “sacred act” of voting, emphasising this year’s general election should be seen as a “once-in-a-century moment” that will shape the India of the remainder of the 21st century. Mr. Kovind said an election was not just a political exercise. It was a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action. “The ideas and idealism of our democracy will come into force to elect the 17th Lok Sabha.” In his customary address to the…

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AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal to not contest Lok Sabha elections, wants to focus on Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party Sunday said its convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will not be contesting from Varanasi in the coming Lok Sabha elections, but the party will field astrong candidate for the seat. “Kejriwal will not contest the Lok Sabha polls, as he wants to give special focus to his state.The AAP will contest on all the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Punjab, Haryanaand Goa. The party will contest on some seats in UP, and final modalities will be worked out by February. Apartfrom Varanasi, the party…

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Ten new species found this year : The secret life of plants

Plant collectors have searched for the hidden wonders of the plant world for centuries. Yet plants that are new to science are still being described, at a rate of about 2,000 a year. Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered and named more than 100 new plants in 2018. Their list of the top new plants includes carnivorous pitcher plants, exotic orchids and climbers with untapped medicinal powers. Herb found in a waterfall Prof Aiah Lebbie discovered an unusual plant clinging to rocks near a water fall in Sierra…

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Fight air pollution and save your lungs with this plant which can clean indoor air

Researchers have genetically modified a common indoor plant – pothos ivy – to remove pollutants inside the house including chloroform and benzene that have been linked to cancer, according to a new study. The modified plants express a protein, called P450 2E1 or 2E1, that transforms these compounds into molecules that the plants can then use to support their own growth. “People have not really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that is because we could not do anything about them,” said Stuart Strand, Professor at…

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GST council slashes tax on TVs, cinema tickets; leaves cement untouched

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council today brought down prices of goods such as TV sets, cinema tickets and video games from the top 28 percent rate, which now only be levied at only 28 items like air conditioners, cement, and sin items such as pan masala, aerated drinks and tobacco products. Announcing the decision after the GST Council meeting, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said that monitors and TV screens, tyres, power banks (of lithium-ion batteries) have brought down from 28% to 18% slab, while accessories for carriages…

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Sohrabuddin Sheikh ‘fake’ encounter killing case: CBI court acquits all 22 accused

A special CBI court in Mumbai on Friday acquitted all the 22 persons accused in the alleged fake encounter killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his associate Tulsiram Prajapati. “The way in which evidence was brought before me I could not help,” Justice SJ Sharma said while passing the order. He ruled that the prosecution has failed to put forth any “documentary and substantive evidence” to suggest or establish the alleged conspiracy. Ninety-two witnesses, including three key ones, turned hostile during the trial. Taking note of…

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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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