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All central universities to fly national flag
Surajkund (Haryana)/New Delhi : All the 46 central universities in the country will fly the national flag on their campuses to signify a "strong India", said a resolution adopted at a meeting of vice chancellors chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday.
 
The first flag will be hoisted at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a proposal presented by the minister and backed by all the 46 vice-chancellors, according to human resource development ministry officials.
 
"At a central place in every university, the national flag will be flown prominently and proudly," said the resolution passed at the meeting in which the vice-chancellors of central universities were also present.
 
Irani had called the meeting of VCs following widespread protest over the suicide of Dalit scholar of Hyderabad University Rohith Vemula.
 
The decision came following the row over the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on February 12 on sedition charges for allegedly raising anti-national slogans at an event organised at the university campus on February 9.
 
According to HRD officials, the proposal for hoisting the national flag atop a 207-feet pole was put forward by the minister and it was unanimously agreed upon by all the VCs.
 
The other important resolutions also passed in the meeting included a transparent proactive mechanism for grievance redressal of the university community, including students, staff and faculty; steps to appoint an anti-discrimination officer; increasing cost-effective and transparent access to higher education; and commencing an online admission process,
 
Among the other resolutions were that universities must make sure that instruction in English and an Indian language as applicable to the state is available to ensure that no student is deprived of higher education due to language limitation and institutionalising a suitable redressal mechanism/strengthening the existing system to ensure a healthy, safe and congenial work environment for women, students, staff and faculty. 
 
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Internet services blocked in Haryana after clash
Chandigarh : With the Jat community agitation spreading in Haryana, state authorities have blocked internet services in the affected districts.
 
Internet services, including 2G and 3G, in the worst affected districts of Rohtak, Sonipat and Jhajjar have been since midnight, officials said here on Friday.
 
"This has been done so that rumours are not spread as this could lead to the situation getting out of hand," a senior Haryana police official told IANS.
 
Jat protesters clashed with security forces and security forces in Rohtak town on Thursday evening when the police tried to remove the blockades put up by the protesters.
 
The protesters attacked with stones and bricks. A police vehicle was also damaged in the clash.
 
"Some roads are blocked by the protesters. We are trying to persuade them to remove the road blockades. We have requisitioned para-military forces and we are prepared to tackle the situation," Saurabh Singh, district police chief of Rohtak, the worst affected by the agitation, told media.
 
Life remained paralysed in most parts of Rohtak, Jhajjar and some other districts of the state as the agitation entered the sixth day on Friday.
 
The Jats are demanding reservation for the community in government jobs and educational institutions.
 
The Haryana government has called for an all-party meeting in Chandigarh on Friday to resolve the issue.
 
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Online agricultural market's launch to benefit farmers: Modi
Bhopal : The government will launch on April 14 an online national agricultural market to ensure remunerative prices for farm produce to the farmers across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.
 
Plans were also afoot to connect 550 farmer markets in the country through the use of technology, Modi said while formally launching the 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana' at a farmers' rally at Sherpur in Sihore district of Madhya Pradesh. 
 
The national agricultural market was part of the government aim to provide the benefits of the 'Digital India' initiative to the country's farmers, he said.
 
The launch of the virtual platform to benefit farmers will coincide with the birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, he said.
 
Giving details of the programmes and schemes for the farmers launched by the BJP-led central government, he said the national agricultural market will provide a platform so that the farmers get the maximum price for their produce.
 
He pointed out that the prices of various farm produce varied in different markets in the country but the farmers sold their yield at the nearest available market. 
 
This resulted in unremunerative prices to the farmers, which was sought to be redressed by the virtual platform of national agricultural market, Modi said. 
 
The prime minister said the 'Digital India' initiative would also help the farmers by giving them access to information on the best price offered for farm produce on their mobile phones in an instant.
 
He said the Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme, launched by the government last month, will be a panacea for all problems faced by the farmers.
 
"Farmers did not believe in the crop insurance policies of the previous United Progressive Alliance government. It is the main reason that not even 20 percent farmers in the country opted for crop insurance. We have now come up with this scheme keeping in mind the lack of interest among farmers." 
 
Taking a dig at the previous UPA government at the Centre, the prime minister said that the earlier insurance schemes benefitted the companies and not farmers. The new crop insurance scheme will definitely benefit the farmers in the country, he added.
 
As for the availability of urea fertiliser in the country, Modi said it was due to government initiatives that no chief minister wrote to the central government on the matter in 2015. Farmers too did not need to queue up to procure urea.
 
The prime minister honoured Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with 'Krishi Karman' award. Modi was also felicitated on the occasion on behalf of the state's farmers.
 
Speaking on the occasion, union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said those who could not differentiate between a sugar cane and a legume plant were talking of farmers' welfare.
 
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was also present on the occasion, said after the implementation of the new crop insurance scheme, no farmer will talk of leaving agriculture for better avenues of earning livelihood.
 
The union cabinet in January gave its nod to the 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana' in which premiums are as low as 1.5 percent. 
 
A uniform premium of two percent of the sum insured will be charged from farmers for all kharif crops and 1.5 percent for rabi crops. The annual premium for horticultural crops will be five percent of the sum insured. The remaining insurance premium will be given by the government.
 
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