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रोहित वेमुला के नाम मार डाले गए एक होनहार का ख़त

By ए मिरसाब,

देश में हैदराबाद विश्वविद्यालय के छात्र रोहित वेमुला की मृत्यु के बाद एक शोक और आक्रोश का मिश्रित माहौल है. विश्वविद्यालय प्रशासन द्वारा निकाले जाने के बाद उससे पैदा हुई परिस्थितियों के चलते 26 साल एक रोहित को आत्मह्त्या करनी पड़ी.

लेकिन यह कोई पहली घटना नहीं थी जिसमें शिक्षा और सामाजिकता के पिछड़े तबके से ताल्लुक रखने वाला कोई होनहार इस देश और युवाओं को छोड़कर चला गया. ऐसी घटनाओं में देश के अग्रणी समाज का नाहक दखल और उसके खौफ़नाक परिणाम मुख्य कारण होते हैं.

Congress feels BJP will get credit for GST: Rudy

Guwahati : Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Wednesday slammed the Congress over non-passage of the GST bill, saying the party was obstructing the legislation as it feels the Narendra Modi government will get the credit if the bill is passed.

"Unfortunately, the Congress believes that if the GST bill is passed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre will be credited," the minister for skill development and entrepreneurship, who is on a visit to some of the northeastern states, told reporters at the BJP's state headquarters in Guwahati.

PDP pushes for confidence building measures in Kashmir

Jammu : The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Wednesday that the party will not stake claim to form government in Jammu and Kashmir unless the central government announces some confidence-building measures (CBMs) for the state.

"There are no preconditions from our side on government formation in the state. We only want implementation of the already agreed upon agenda of alliance," PDP legislator Firdous Tak told reporters.

"Unless the Centre announces the CBMs which would be in line with the agreed terms, we would not be ready for government formation," he added.

Rs.551 crore loan to pay municipal workers' salaries: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced a loan of Rs.551 crore for payment of salaries to striking workers of two municipal corporations in the national capital and urged them to call off their strike.

Employees of Delhi's three civic bodies -- North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation -- have been protesting against the non-payment of salaries, directing their ire at both the Delhi and central governments for the last eight days.

Woman detained for crossing barricade on PM's route in Delhi

New Delhi : A 20-year-old woman was detained by Delhi Police on Wednesday for crossing a barricade put up on a route to be taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Jatin Narwal said the woman ran across the barricade on the Race Course Road around 2.15 p.m. and broke a flower pot in the process.

"She has been detained for questioning. She only said she wanted to seek justice, but has not given any clear reason," he told IANS.

Rajeev Kumar takes over as new Kolkata Police chief

Kolkata : Indian Police Service officer Rajeev Kumar on Wednesday formally took over as the new police commissioner of the city, replacing Surajit Kar Purakayastha.

"Kolkata Police is one of the oldest and prestigious organisations of the country. I hope I will keep its flag flying high," said the 1989 batch officer after taking charge at a brief ceremony at the police headquarters here.

"We will need the cooperation of all sections of society so that we can serve better," said Kumar.

Indian firm developing vaccine for Zika virus

Hyderabad : Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is developing world's first vaccine for Zika virus, which has been declared as public health emergency by the World Health Organisation.

The vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer on Wednesday announced that it is working on ZIKAVAC vaccines for Zika infection.

The company, which claims to be working on the vaccine for one-and-half years, has informed both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government of India about the status of its project.

Submission of Aadhar, PAN to speed up passport issuance

Chennai : Submission of Aadhar card, PAN and voter identity card will speed up the process of issuance of passport to an applicant, a senior passport official said on Wednesday.

"The ministry of external affairs (MEA) has brought in a new scheme under which a passport applicant will get a passport within three days if he/she submits Aadhar card, permanent account number (PAN) and voter identity card details in addition to other documents," regional passport officer K. Balamurugan told reporters here.

Commission chief flays Jharkhand over SC welfare schemes

Ranchi : National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairperson P.L. Punia on Wednesday flayed the Jharkhand government over the non-implementation of welfare schemes for the weaker sections in the state.

"The conviction rate of just 2.08 percent compared with the national average of 23.81 percent in cases involving the scheduled castes in Jharkhand is the lowest in the country," Punia said at a press conference here.

He said that out of all such registered cases, police filed charge sheets in the courts in only 50 percent cases.

CPI-M to soon decide on electoral deal with Congress in Bengal polls

Agartala : The CPI-M central leadership would decide about the party's electoral alliance with the Congress in the forthcoming West Bengal assembly polls during its three-day politburo and central committee meetings in New Delhi from February 16, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said here on Wednesday.