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HRD team to take stock of situation in NIT Srinagar
Srinagar : A day after tension erupt in National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, a two-member team of union human resource development ministry (HRD) will arrive here on Wednesday to assess the situation in the campus.
 
"A two-member team of HRD ministry is arriving on Wednesday to take stock of the situation in NIT Srinagar where a group of non-local students clashed with police on Tuesday," a senior administrative official told IANS here.
 
The official said the situation in the campus was calm and no untoward incident was reported during the night.
 
Paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) was deployed inside the campus on Tuesday evening after a group of students clashed with the police.
 
Non-local students shouting slogans had tried to take to the road when police intercepted their march at the main gate of the campus.
 
Protesting students also tried to rough up a senior police official who advised them not to take to the roads as that could result in a law and order situation.
 
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Prakash Patel

8 months ago

ML should go to the detailed news.This news is only distorted version not giving complete details. There remains unanswered questions.Why non local students were beaten up selectively by J & K Police.These students, some have locked themselves inside their hostel rooms to avoid beating by the local police whose biased behavior is well known.Some non local students were finding escape from the campus to avoid beating by the police and not for taking protest on roads as made out by media.It is welcome move by the central government to deploy CRPF. Similar incidence in 1981-82 in NIT Srinagar
( then R.E.C.Srinagar) was by deploying CRPF to protect non local students as locals from around Hazratbal area also started beating non locals.
As this institute comes under central government,it is good to permanently deploy CRPF corps there to protect non locals. Also administration of needs to completely overhauled .Central govt need to appoint one administrator from outside to keep vigil on day to day affairs of the institute.

Don't politicise issue of guidelines to curb Sikh-centric jokes: SC
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday counselled the various parties before it seeking the guidelines for curbing racial comments and jokes on Sikhs and a clampdown on websites carrying Sikh-centric jokes not to fight among themselves and politicise the issue.
 
A bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit asked the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), and private petitioner Harvinder Chowdhury not to fight among themselves as the issue being agitated by them was their common cause.
 
"You are fighting among yourself. It is a common cause. What they (Sikh religious bodies) have to say they will say, what you (Harvinder Chowdhury) have to say you will say, don't politicise the issue. Now it is assuming political overtones," Chief Justice Thakur told the parties vying with each other in stating their positions. 
 
Chowdhury, a practising advocate of Supreme Court, claimed that she represented 1.5 crore Sikhs.
 
"Not today. It has to wait," the court said as it adjourned the hearing for two months asking both the SGPC and DSGMC to ask the committees set-up by them to make suggestions that the top court could direct to be enforced.
 
The DSGMC has set-up a committee comprising former apex court judges Justice H.S.Bedi, Justice M.Y.Eqbal, Rajya Sabha member Pawan Kumar Verma, North Eastern Council member M.P. Bezbaruah, former union law secretary Rajhbir Singh to suggest guidelines as to how to go about curbing racial comments and jokes on Sikhs.
 
Similarly, the SGPC Atoo has set up a committee headed by its president Jathedar Avtar Singh, former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge K.S.Grewal, former Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh, Fathegarh Sahib Guru Granth Sahib University vice-chancellor Gurmohan Singh, well-known scholar Prabhjot Kaur, high court advocates Gurminder Singh and Pavit Singh Mattewal, apex court lawyer Satinder Singh Gulati, SPCP secretary Avtar Singh and additional secretary Simarjit Singh.
 
The SGPC in its petition has sought direction to communications ministry to install filters to screen websites which targets Sikh community with indecent, offensive and oppressive jokes being violative of the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
 
Besides this, it has sought direction to the website owners to pay adequate compensation to the National Legal Service Authority for having caused damages to the reputation and dignity of Sikh community.
 
Pointing to the difficulties being faced by the community, SGPC in its petition has contended that even before a Sikh child faces an actual competition, he/she has to get over the stereotype of his/her image.
 
The SGPC has urged the court to decide "whether such acts of circulation of funny jokes on Sikhs, amounts to violation of their fundamental right to live with dignity under article 21 of the constitution; their right of equality under article 14 of the constitution; and their right to profess and propagate their religion, as enshrined under article 25 of the constitution".
 
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Diageo files objections against tribunal order in Mallya case
Bengaluru : British liquor major Diageo Plc on Tuesday filed objections against the Debt Recovery Tribunal's March 7 order to stop paying liquor baron Vijay Mallya $75 million (Rs.515 crore) as part of its severance package.
 
Tribunal presiding officer Justice C.R. Benakanahalli posted the case for hearing to April 13 after recording objections filed by Diageo and other defendants, including United Spirits Ltd (USL), in which it has controlling stake, Standard Chartered Bank and Unit Trust of India Investment Advisory Services Ltd.
 
The tribunal passed the interim order on an application filed by State Bank of India (SBI) on February 26, a day after Diagio signed a deal with Mallya for resigning as chairman and non-executive director of USL and not competing with it in the spirits business worldwide over the next five years.
 
The order also attached the package amount till the tribunal heard the case finally heard and disposed of the original application the SBI-led consortium filed before it in June 2013 against Mallya, his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines for defaulting on loans amounting to Rs.9,091 crore, including interest.
 
Diageo, however, confirmed to IANS on March 9 that it had paid Mallya $40 million (Rs.275 crore) on February 25 as part of the $75 million package, with the balance ($35 million) to be paid in equal instalments over the next five years.
 
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