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Feni to be notified as Goa's heritage drink: CM
Panaji : Feni, a traditional alcoholic drink distilled from the fermented juice of cashew apples, will be notified as the state heritage drink of Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Wednesday.
 
In his budget speech in the legislative assembly, Parsekar said the BJP-led coalition government was in the process of formulating a policy for feni.
 
"Feni is unique to Goa and is the first alcoholic drink to obtain a GI (Geographical Indication). I propose to notify feni as a state heritage drink," he said.
 
Feni is distilled from fermented juice extracted from the cashew apple and is a popular alcoholic beverage in Goa. A similar process is also used to distill coconut feni from palm toddy.
 
"We are also in the process of formulating a feni policy, providing marketing support, price control, while also exempting VAT (Value Added Tax) for certain categories of cashew and coconut palm feni," Parsekar said.
 
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JNU dean was not vigilant enough to prevent February 9 event: Probe panel
New Delhi : A high-level committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, inquiring into the February 9 event, has said that the dean of students was "not vigilant enough" in preventing it and that varsity students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were among those who did not submit the booking form to the appropriate authorities.
 
The five-member committee, which submitted its report last week, has also found faults with the university security for not making efforts to stop "outsiders" from raising provocative slogans at the event.
 
Anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at the event and sedition case was subsequently filed against JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Khalid, Bhattacharya and three others. All three were arrested and while Kanhaiya Kumar was granted bail, the other two are still in custody. 
 
"It is to be noted, given that the event had taken place in 2015 as well, DOS (dean of students) office was not vigilant enough to anticipate and prevent this event," the report said.
 
It also said security did not make any efforts to stop the outsiders from leaving the campus. 
 
"... the security was not alert and vigilant to stop the posters for this event till after the chief security officer (CSO) met the authorities,” it said.
 
The report also said that as the process of taking permission was not complete, there was confusion at the dean's office on whether the permission had been granted or not, and while the dean was not present on campus during the event, he was in touch over the phone with the CSO.
 
"The booking form was never submitted to the approving authorities by the students concerned (Khalid, Bhattacharya, Komal Mohite, Ashwati Nair). Since the process of seeking approval was never completed, the booking form did not reach the CSO. Therefore, the CSO did not know about the event," the report added.
 
The high-level inquiry committee included Professor Rakesh Bhatnagar, Professor H.B. Bohidar, Professor Suman K. Dhar, Professor G.J.V. Prasad, and Professor Ummu Salma Bava.
 
The report said that Mohite "misrepresented" her hostel address in the undertaking form and the other students did not write their full names.
 
The report also mentions that the undertaking form attached to the booking form did not have the full names and stamps of the four signing authorities- "the faculty, the chairperson, the dean of the school and dean of students/additional dean of students (DOS/ADOS)."
 
Kanhaiya Kumar along with JNUSU general secretary Rama Naga and varsity students Anant Prakash Narayan, Bhattacharya, Ashutosh, Khalid, Ashwarya Adhikari and Shwetha Raj were suspended on February 12.
 
However, the administration last week revoked the suspension of all after the committee submitted its report.
 
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shadi katyal

11 months ago

It is evident that all this cse is well planned by RSS/BJP as first salvo against JNU.\
why was Police there to start with?? Why did it not arrested the infiltrators with chosen slogans? How did Home Minster got involved and called the students as member of LeT.How did goon attorneys got into the court and assulted every one and boasted about beaing him up and police looked on.
Why were such upholder of Laws were not arrested ?
No one is talking of the rights of free speech being voilated and usse of SEDITION CHARGES against students is to let people know what will happen
Now we have another RSS slogan making dishramony and show intolerance
Where is progressof the nation

Congress, others seek amendments in Aadhaar Bill
New Delhi : The Congress and other opposition parties on Wednesday made strong pitch against the overall nature of the Aadhar Bill, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
 
As the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 was transmitted for discussion in the upper house, members across party lines expressed their reservation on presenting it as a money bill.
 
"We are not against the Aadhaar Bill, but it should only be used for identity purpose and not for anything else, said Congress' Jairam Ramesh.
 
"Aadhaar is a proof for identity. It does not entitles me for any subsidy. It only determines that you are you," he said, adding that it must not be made mandatory.
 
The former union minister said that the "whole idea of Aadhaar was to remove duplicity" and cautioned the house that it was passed in its present form it would become mandatory and would create unnecessary problems.
 
Giving example, he said that as he himself does not have Aadhaar card since he does not require subsidy, but if he was to buy a mobile phone number or an airline ticket and the Aadhaar was mandatory, he would have to get it made.
 
"We want it to be limited to subsidies," he said.
 
Ramesh also said that bill was not a money bill.
 
"I am happy that the government has brought the bill and I am here to support it but not without amendments.
 
Praful Patel of the Nationalist Congress Party also expressed similar apprehension about the bill saying India being a huge country, any identity card cannot be made mandatory as issuing them in a proper manner has always been a challenge.
 
He cited example of the election identity card, saying that the Election Commission of India and the Supreme Court had to announce that people who did not have it could also vote in elections by proving their identity by using any other mean they could have at that point of time.

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