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J-K’s NSUI state committee members resign alleging favouritism

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Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 20 (ANI): Several state committee members of Jammu and Kashmir’s National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), including the State Vice President Vishal Kotwal, resigned from Congress on Saturday alleging favouritism in the party.
According to a press release, the members alleged that in the Congress party, no opportunity is provided to common students and activists belonging from a non-political background.
“Party ideology and internal democracy are being overruled by some vested interests and deserving candidates are being ignored even after serving at various designations and levels within the party,” read the release read.
Those who resigned include Vishal Kotwal, Senior State Vice president, Chander Kant Sharma, State general secretary and Kishore Sharma, Rahul Bhagat, Sandeep Singh Chib, Sahil Singh Jamwal.
They have also sent a legal notice to party higherups including Sonia Gandhi, president of All India Congress Committee (AICC), Neeraj Kundan, National President of NSUI, Ankush Bhatnagar, National Secretary and in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir and also to the election authority of NSUI.
“Our decision to resign is voluntary on our part and arises from our concern for the welfare of the student community at large and our zeal to work at a different stage to bring reforms in the society,” they said, in their first interaction with the press after resignation.
According to the release, Vishal Kotwal, senior vice president of NSUI, said that his union membership was commenced by the election authority of NSUI in October 2018 and the elections’ process was also announced for the elections for the state committee of J-K NSUI.
A press conference was addressed by the representatives of NSUI regarding the same and it was made clear that die election was purely based on voting and membership during the time window allowed for the same.
They further alleged that despite the already announced process, the national president reopened the membership drive in order to give benefit to his plotted candidate.
Chander Kant Sharma, state general secretary said that Neeraj Kundan, the National President of NSUI had deliberately delayed the election dates multiple times without any reasoning given to the potential candidates.
While announcing the elections it was represented that the elections will be held within a reasonable time, but they failed to conduct the election till the lapse of more than two years from the announcement of membership, according to the release.
They further alleged that they have been cheated by Neeraj Kundan and the NSUI election authority by not conducting the elections despite being paid for the membership and other election dues.
The union also claimed that in other states like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh also, the NSUI and the Congress party have done the same thing, alleging that membership fees worth crores were misappropriated in the name of conducting elections, but no election has been held. (ANI)

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 3 (ANI): The son of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Kaushal Kishore was injured when he was shot at by unidentified assailants in Lucknow, police said on Wednesday.
The assailants who were riding a bike shot at Aayush, 30, in the Madiyava area of the district and fled.
Uttar Pradesh Police admitted him to the trauma centre for treatment where has been declared out of danger.
“Ayush, son of the MP, has received a gunshot injury in his chest and was brought to the hospital for treatment. His condition is stable now. The case will be investigated,” Raees Akhtar, DCP North told reporters.
Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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Priority is not to let any fascist force come to power in WB: Tejaswi Yadav

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Patna (Bihar) [India], March 3 (ANI): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and son of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejaswi Yadav, on Tuesday said their priority and duty is not to let any communal and fascist force come to power (in poll-bound West Bengal).
“It is our priority and duty to not let any communal and fascist force come into power (in West Bengal). We have decided to strengthen Mamata ji’s hands and give our unconditional support to her,” Tejashwi Yadav told reporters.
He said, “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called us and we will be there, wherever she needs us.”
On March 1, the RJD leader had announced his full support to her in the coming assembly polls in the state.
Addressing the media after meeting the TMC supremo at Nabanna, the state secretariat here, Tejashwi told reporters, “It is Lalu ji’s decision to provide full support to Mamata Ji. Our first priority is to stop BJP from coming to power in Bengal.”
He also took a jibe at the “baraat” of BJP leaders in the recent weeks arriving in West Bengal to campaign for the party and questioned their ability to run the government in the state better than Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“The BJP is such a big party. The BJP has brought a ‘baarat’ (procession) of all the union ministers to West Bengal. Who is their groom? Name a single BJP leader who is more experienced than Mamta Banerjee in running the government. Will you hand over power to a leader who does not have any experience?” Tejashwi Yadav asked.
West Bengal will witness eight-phased Assembly polls beginning March 27. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
While Mamata Banerjee is seeking her third consecutive term, BJP has set a target of winning 200 seats in the 294-member state Assembly. Congress and the Left have stitched an alliance for the polls.
With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the state. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): Addressing the Global Bio-India Startup Conclave, 2021, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that innovation has to be affordable for the people, accessible to the masses, and should have an impact on society.
“Innovation has to be affordable for the people, accessible to the masses and should have an impact on society,” the Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry said at the Conclave organized by the Department of Biotechnology on Tuesday.
Piyush Goyal said in a statement that our startups, young professionals, innovators, thinkers and scientists will be at the cutting edge of technology worldwide, and at the forefront of India’s development to ensure a better future for our children.
Expressing his hope towards the growth of the country, Goyal said that newer technologies will serve the country and ensure we convert future challenges into opportunities.
Goyal complimented all the young startups for their ingenuity, their forward-looking thinking and all the good ideas demonstrated by them.
“Our startups need to be encouraged to experiment, to go beyond the run of the mill thinking. Stressing on the need to ensure they are not afraid of failure. It is only when somebody fails, he knows how not to do something, and the learning helps in the future,” he added.
Lauding the efforts of DBT, the minister said that they have demonstrated India’s capability and prowess in research, innovation and new technologies. He said that the forward-looking, contemporary thinking and professional approach of the department has ensured that there are over 4,000 startups in the country in the field of Biotechnology.
During the event, the project development cell of DBT was launched. Five new technologies were also launched. (ANI)

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Ex-serviceman who won star medal during Indo-China war now drives an auto

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], March 3 (ANI): An ex-serviceman, who was a star medal awardee during the 1971 Indo-China war, now drives an autorickshaw in Hyderabad for a living and has appealed to the state government for help.
Sheikh Abdul Kareem, an ex-Army personnel is a Star Medal recipient, a special award for his contribution to the 1971 Indo-China war.
Speaking to ANI, Kareem said, “I was recruited into the Indian army after the death of my father who worked for the British Army and then for the Indian army. In 1964, I entered the Indian army.”
“I participated in the 1971 Indo-China war and was posted in Lahaul area. I was awarded with Star Medal and was the special award recipient in 1971,” he said.
Kareem said, “During the reign of Indira Gandhi, as there were surplus army personnel, many of them were removed from the postings and I was one of them. While in the army, I applied for government land and was given five acres of land in Gollapalli village in what is now Telangana.”
He said, “After nearly 20 years, the five acres land that was given to me has been distributed among seven village persons and after complaining about the same, I was offered another five acres under the same survey number but was denied the original land. Now it has been nearly about one year and till now the document of the land details are not ready.”
He said that after being removed from the army, he faced a lot of problems. He said that he does not even own a home and currently, at the age of 71, is driving auto-rickshaws to feed his family.
“I offered my services to this nation as an army personnel for nine years, but was removed and am now driving an auto-rickshaw at the age of 71. It has been difficult to feed my family. I do not even have my own house so that I can look after my family,” he said.
He also urged the government to provide ex-servicemen who are homeless with the double bedroom flats that are given to the poor.
“Despite winning a good service medal, I have not even received any sort of pension or any financial support from the government. I also request the central government to financially suport ex-servicemen who are in need of help,” he said. (ANI)

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Naveen Patnaik sanctions scholarship worth Rs 101 cr for SC, ST students in Odisha

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Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) [India] March 3 (ANI): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sanctioned Rs 101 crore for providing scholarships to 50,000 Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students.
An official release said the scholarship amount will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of students. The Chief Minister also inaugurated three ‘Akanshya’ hostels and 68 other hostels. He also launched “My Hostel” cards for 5.75 lakh students living in hostels.
Addressing the event, Patnaik said, “Education is the basis of reformation and my government has always focused on the education and because of this SC&ST students have been excelling in various fields.”
He also stated: “A total of 1.5 lakh student will be benefited through the programme. They can avail post-matric scholarship through Odisha State Scholarship portal directly in their bank account.”
“This will benefit around 5.75 lakh students in getting proper accommodation and study facilities in 6,700 hostels constructed for SC & ST students. Steps have been taken to provide proper education to them.
Highlighting the nutrition programme yesterday for the tribes, the Chief Minister said that this is another important programme of the state government. (ANI)

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Three masked robbers loot jewellery worth Rs 20 lakh in Patna

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Patna (Bihar) [India], March 3 (ANI): Three masked robbers looted jewellery worth over Rs 20 lakh from a jewellery shop at gunpoint at Patna in Bihar.
“Robbers entered the shop in the presence of customers. One of them pointed a gun at the attendant and snatched gold chains from his hand. One of the accused dropped a gun in the shop,” Superintendent of Police Jitendra Kumar Singh told reporters.
The police recovered the gun and further investigation is underway.
Shopkeeper Jagjeet Singh claimed that the robbers looted jewellery worth over Rs 20 lakh from his shop. (ANI)

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