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Hyderabad varsity students ransack VC office
Hyderabad : Tension prevailed in Hyderabad University on Tuesday as students ransacked the office of Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao to protest his return from a nearly two-month leave.
 
The students barged into the office of the vice chancellor and ransacked the furniture. Raising slogans and blaming him for the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, the students also attacked his car.
 
The attack occurred minutes before Appa Rao was to address media persons to announce that he has resumed duties as the vice chancellor.
 
The incident once again triggered tension on the campus as police rushed additional forces to prevent further violence.
 
The students resorted to protests since Tuesday following reports that Appa Rao is returning to resume duties as the vice-chancellor.
 
He had gone on leave on January 24 amid massive protests on the campus over the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula.
 
The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, an umbrella grouping of various students' bodies, has blamed Appa Rao, central ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya and a leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for the suspension of five Dalit students, one of whom Rohith committed suicide on January 17.
 
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Kashmir government soon after Modi-Mehbooba positive talks
New Delhi/Jammu : Jammu and Kashmir is likely to have a new government as early as the next week that will end the two-month-old political stalemate in the state after Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti's "positive" meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital on Tuesday.
 
As Mehbooba met the prime minister at his official 7 Race Course residence, a senior PDP leader and former minister Nayeem Akhtar said in Jammu that "hopefully "government should be in place by March 29".
 
Mehbooba's meeting with Modi came days after she flew back to Srinagar rather upset after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) snubbed her over the PDP's fresh conditions for continuation of the ruling alliance in the state, which has been without an elected government since Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died on January 7.
 
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, in charge of the party's affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, said last week that his party would not be accepting any fresh demands and conditions from the PDP after Mehbooba's meeting with BJP president Amit Shah failed to break the deadlock.
 
But on Tuesday she appeared upbeat, dropping hints that a new government in Jammu and Kashmir may be formed soon. 
 
"It has been a positive meeting with the prime minister and I will go back to Srinagar and take the next step," Mehbooba told the media as she emerged from Modi's residence. 
 
"I am content after meeting the prime minister. I feel positive after this meeting." 
 
Asked if she would be sworn in soon as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba replied, "I have been authorised to take the final call on the government formation and hold discussions regarding the issue by the party's legislature party."
 
She also said that she has called for a legislature party meeting on Thursday and will take further decision there. "There is a particular forum to make announcements. Everything can't be announced here," she said.
 
Asked if Modi gave any assurance regarding her party's demands over government formation, Mehbooba said: "When you meet prime minister of the nation and discussions held are positive, then naturally we find more ways to the solutions of the problems faced by people of Jammu and Kashmir."
 
Mehbooba arrived in New Delhi on Monday in an indication that channels of communication with the BJP have been restored.
 
Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government after Mehbooba's father, Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, died in a Delhi hospital and the state came under Governor's Rule.
 
The PDP and BJP formed a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir in March 2015 after assembly elections threw up a fractured mandate. 
 
Mehbooba has been dragging her feet over government formation in the state after her father's death, and refused to take oath as the new chief minister till several demands made by the PDP were met by the BJP-led central government.
 
It was not immediately known what changed Mehbooba's heart. However, there were reports that a group of defectors from the PDP was readying to support the BJP if Mehbooba did not relent from her apparently non-negotiable stand.
 
The defection threat reports came even as Jammu and Kashmir has the toughest anti-defection law in the country. No number of lawmakers can defect from a political party to claim a split, according to the law.
 
"Even if all the 27 MLAs of the PDP had chosen to defect, the president of the party could still write to the speaker of the legislative assembly declaring the breakaway group as defectors and seek action against them as per the provisions of the anti-defection law," a constitutional expert said in Srinagar.
 
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Several killed as blasts rock Brussels airport
Brussels : Several people were killed on Tuesday when two massive explosions devastated the departure area of the Zaventem airport in the Belgian capital, triggering panic.
 
The Belgian fire service told local media there were at least several dead and wounded in the blasts which were centred at the American Airlines check-in desk, BBC reported.
 
Belga news agency reported that shots were fired and shouts in Arabic were heard before the two blasts, BBC said.
 
The airport was hurriedly evacuated and had been closed for flights, BBC said.
 
Pictures showed the terminal windows blown out from the force of the explosion and smoke rising high into the sky. Video also showed terrified passengers running for their lives out of the terminal. 
 
Sky News Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi, who was at the airport on his way to Tel Aviv, said: "I could feel the buildings move."
 
The incident came as the Belgian capital was on a state of high alert following the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week. 
 
Only on Monday, Belgium's Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the country was braced for a possible revenge attack following the capture of the 26-year-old Abdeslam.
 
CNN quoted a tourist, Anthony Barrett, as saying he heard the explosions at about 8 a.m. from his hotel across the terminal building.
 
"When I opened the curtains and looked out, I could see people feeling," he told CNN.
 
He said he saw about 19 or 20 stretchers carrying people so far. Luggage trolleys were also being used to transport the wounded.
 
"It is clearly a very serious incident," Barrett said.
 
The Brussels airport said that there had been two explosions and the building was being evacuated. "Don't come to the airport area," it said.
 
France is seeking Abdeslam’s extradition so he can stand trial for his alleged role in the November 13 rampage of gunfire and suicide bombings that killed 130 people in Paris.
 
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