IIT-M Scholar Beaten For Participating in Beef Test, HRD Minister Orders Probe

On Tuesday, a group of IIT-Madras students allegedly thrashed. A PhD scholar at  IIT-Madras, R Sooraj participated in a beef festival which is organised in the institution on May 29, 2017 l held to protest the central government’s ban on sale of cattle for slaugh.

The festival organizers from the institution told Hindustan Times that During lunchtime on Tuesday, six to seven students surrounded R Sooraj, an Aerospace engineering, PhD student at a hostel canteen and attacked him. The organiser of beef festival in institution, Abhinav Surya, a final year mechanical engineering student said that Sooraj’s right eye was badly  damaged and immediately, he was rushed to the hospital.

Beef Ban Protest

Abhinav Surya told Hindustan Times, ” We have lodged a complaint with the Dean of IIT-M and are planning to register a police complaint as well.” On all this activity in college campus, the Human Resource Development ministry sought for a report from the institute, on Tuesday.

According to sources, the HRD ministry has asked to the director of institute to provide complete facts about the incident after speaking to both the parties because for now, it is being felt like that the media is showing the version of only one student.

Beef Ban Protest

Institute Sources said, institute is planning to sought a final report on the matter and with clear facts that will emerge after they  receive a reply on the issue from both the parties. Violence of any kind is not at all acceptable in college campus. On Sunday evening, a group of around 70 to 80 students held the beef festival to demonstrate against the Central government  notification and guidelines that they had right to choose their own food.

Central government  notification on beef fest echoed with similar kind protests in various other parts of the country as well, neighbouring state Kerala is also included against the controversial rule that many say hurts millions of poor farmers and mostly Muslim and Dalit meat traders. The West Bengal and states of Kerala have rejected the centre’s notification and called it a violation of India’s federal structure.

Modi Tour To 4 Nations, Signed 7 Agreements in Spain Today

On sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  addresses about his four-nation tour to Germany, Spain, Russia and France that will begin from tomorrow whose main aim is on the India’s economic espousal with these nations and inviting more  investment from them in future.

On tuesday, he arrived to the capital of Spanish  Madrid on the second nation of his six-day, four-nation tour aimed at inviting more investment for India’s transformation. “Landed in Spain, marking the start of a very important visit aimed at improving the economic and the cultural relations with the Spain,”  after landing in Madrid, Modi tweeted in English and Spanish. Since 1988 Modi’s visit to Spain will be the  first visit by any Indian prime minister.

Modi said that he along with  Merkel will “chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, , innovation and science and , urban  and civil aviation, skill development, clean energy, development cooperation,technology,infrastructure, railways,health and alternative medicine, “Describing Germany as a valuable partner, the prime security and counter-terrorism minister said, “German competencies fit well with my vision for India’s transformation.”

He is received by Spanish FM by a  a special way said Gopal Baglay, a. Spokesperson for the ministry of external Affairs in a tweet that”Hola ana! Prime Minister Modi arrives in Madrid is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in nearly last three decades.”. Modi will attend a special meeting with Mariano Rajoy his Spanish counterpart on the way to strengthen his bilateral engagement, including in the high-tech sector. Modi will also call on the King Felipe VI of the Spain.

Modi will  also join a round-table conference with the  leading Spanish business leaders who are interested in investing in India. In a statement by the ministry of external affairs it is said that Prime minister’s visit to Spain will add further fortitude to the existing warm and a common India-Spain bilateral ties,”.

After his tour to spain he,  will directly go to Russia- St Petersburg on June 1  where he will attend the 18th India-Russia annual Summit with Vladimir Putin, the Russian President  and on next day he  will also attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. On 2 and 3 june, the prime minister will  take officials talks with the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron as he will be in Paris with a view to further make  India-France strategic ties more stronger.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Modi will also go for attending the fourth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) during which the two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and the two sides inked 12 agreements/Memorandum of Understandings (MoU).

80 Killed And 13 Injured in Kabul Blast, In Afghanistan Diplomatic Area

Wednesday morning again lead for the disruption between India India and Pakistan as a Vehicle Bomb Near the Indian Embassy in the diplomatic area of Kabul is blasted which causes the death of 49 people and more than 300 people got injured in this blast. But in  a tweet Sushma Swaraj,the  External Affairs Minister said that all Indian officials were safe, no need to worry at all. Waheed Majroh, Health ministry spokesman  told the reporters about  the death count had reached 49, which was confirmed by  the government media office and second health official as the interior ministry requests Kabul residents to donate blood for the injured civilians.

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The explosion was said to have been happened  by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (IED) around 50 meters from the Indian mission. According to the sources All staff members have been shifted  to strong rooms. A huge felicitate of smoke could be seen arises from that  area but it was not clear what the main  target of the blast. Sources told the reporters  that the  intelligence agencies of  India had not ruled out the possibility of the Indian mission being the target.

Photographs accessed are shown clearly about window planes of the embassy building fragmentize by the impact of the blast which was reported from near the German Gate.
The entry in the diplomatic area  to the road of Kabul which aims of houses missions of several countries through the German Gate,the closest being the German Embassy.
Disparage the attack our  Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in Spain as part of his four-nation tour, tweeted that: We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul. Our thoughts are  very much similar with  the deceased & prayers with the injured. India stands with The Afghanistan in fighting all types of terrorism. Forces supporting terrorism need to be defeated.

Manpreet Vohra, Indian ambassador said that the Indian mission building suffered damage from this blast. He Tweeted that Massive Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device( VBIED) not too far from our Embassy, Indian ambassador in Kabul. Witnesses had told the reporters  that the roads are blocked by dozens of cars and  some wounded people are also  seen there.There was no immediate claim of injury, but the attack came as the pressagent Taliban are moving  up their annual spring offensive.

The Islamic State group has also claimed the responsibility for several recent bombings in the Afghan capital,  which also include a powerful blast on May 3 which aims at an armoured NATO convoy that killed near about  eight people and wounded 28.The blast was the latest in a long line of attacks in the Afghan capital. Kabul empire  had the highest number of contingency in the starting months of 2017 thanks to multiple attacks in the city, with civilians sensing a lot  of the violence in the City.

Last year, in March , in Afghanistan Jalalabad city the Indian consulate  was attacked by the terrorists, which leads to the death of nine people  several people got injured. Wednesday’s attack underscores the spiralling insecurity in the Afghanistan, where Afghan forces be set by soaring casualties and the desertions are struggling to beat back the insurgents. More than one third of the country is not under government’s control.

The Afghan troops are backed by the  US and NATO forces, and the Pentagon has reportedly asked the White House to send thousands more troops to the country to break the deadlocked fight against the Taliban. Today around 8400 US troops are in Afghanistan, and also there are another 5,000 from NATO allies, who also mainly serve in an advisory capacity — a far cry from the US presence of more than 100,000 six years ago.

DU Unrealistic Cut Off, CBSE Must Rethink Evaluation Process

Admission process for India’s frightening college has started on 29 May 2017, stressing all those who scored less than 95% that “Life is a race and you’re far behind in this race”. The Ace University in the national capital of India, Delhi, Delhi University (DU) has asked to those who scored more than 95% to wait for special orientation classes. And the rest who attained less than 95% were told by the lecturers and counselors that why it is important to look somewhere else if your marks are below 95%, something no student wants to hear.

Students are told again and again about the importance of high cut-off marks, base grade or fill forms for all the courses. Many of the students have left their hopes for admission already as they knew their marks are not enough for this so called Top-class University. A counselor screamed, “Fill, fill, fill up the forms for all courses, you do not know what you will eventually get. Whatever comes is a bonus.” Preeti Singh, daughter of a farmer and a student from Delhi Public School, scored a little less than 89 percent said, “I want to be an economist, know the marks will lead me nowhere. But I still came, hoping some colleges would have lowered the bar this year.” In the college she wants to pursue her further studies is one of India’s high-status, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), which had 100 percent as cut-offs in the first list last year for honours courses in commerce and humanities and closed the list in the first shot unlike other colleges that had the second round for admissions and even a third round sometimes.

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There are chances unluckily that the campus colleges will have high cut-offs this year for all the courses as the number of students across India who scored 95% and above in the CBSE Class XII has increased to gigantic 8 percent. The SRCC’s officiating principal RP Rastogi said, “The cut-off marks will increase, we get applications from all over the country.” The principal of SGTB Khalsa College Jaswinder Singh said, “There will be no let down this year, it will be exactly like last year, perhaps a little worse.” This time the students of Delhi will also face a stiff competition as the number of students who scored above 95% has gone down to 2,326 from last year’s 2,927. On the other hand, the number of students scoring above 95% has gone up by 740 this year. The DU has more than 56,000 seats in the various undergraduate courses this year, which are also 2,000 more than the last year. However, the applicants are more than four times of the seat quantity. According to the estimation, approximately 350,000 students will apply for the seats this year.

DU Admission Process

The interesting thing is 85% of the applications received by the Delhi University are from CBSE students. The principal of Bluebells School in Delhi Suman Kumar said, “It’s a pity that the students have to suffer so much and it’s high time the CBSE rethinks evaluation norms, and students must look for alternate options, pursue second or third choices and not get frustrated. But it’s easier said than done.” She also said that as a principal, she’s also the part of this terrifying process and knows what students go through a system that’s not taking the name of changing. Another student Preeti Singh says that the doors to the big university are closed for her from the very first day and she has no other option than taking admission into a private college where the fees range between Rs 3,50,000 to 4,50,000 for an undergraduate course. “My parents, who almost bled for more than a decade to educate me, will now have to pledge family jewelry or insurance certificates to take a loan to get me into a private college,” she confessed.

The loan book on India’s education stands currently at Rs 15,000 crore, and it’s most likely to cross Rs 17,000 crore this year, which is going to witness a big increase when many of parents would seek cash for further studies for their children in various private colleges. The India’s largest Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), has a 23% loan share in the education loan market. For domestic colleges, the average size of education loan is Rs 4,00,000 whereas, in overseas education, it goes between Rs 50-60 lakh. The educators in India say the students study under a constant state of anxiety, unable to concentrate, study, remember, sleep or eat because they feel guilty that their parents have spent so much money on them and have huge expectations as well.  A seasoned counselor who has the experience of dealing with the similar situations, Swati Sodhi said, “Parents often impose their own unfulfilled ambitions on their children. We are not talking about 95 percent plus here, we are talking about parents pushing their children to 98 to 99 percent so that they get the right course.”

“Everyone says it’s unfortunate, but proudly displays their big numbers on the Facebook and WhatsApp groups. Marks of children are a great pride for parents in India. It appears racist, those with big marks are segregated, like the rich, and the rest, like poor, huddled together,” she added. Due to parent’s unrealistic ambitions, poor teaching quality in schools and highly competitive race for marks in the Indian Education system, many of the studies has shown that the Indian students are on edge all the time. An engineer turned filmmaker Saurabh Kumar said, “In India, students’ aspirations are total, totally, misaligned with the country’s job markets and yet you have a Rs 28,00o crore test-preparatory market flourishing, especially in cities like Kota. Isn’t it sheer nonsense for 1.5 million to take an entrance for medical and engineering colleges when only 10,000 will get through?” Kumar also said that it has become a pressure in India that increases because of the parent’s message to their children in their school that Comes first or left behind. “Every year, students read in magazines about top colleges, wish there was a list of alternate courses, even worst colleges. But who will bell the cat, the market is big and rich?” Kumar added.

According to the studies by MM Advisory services, an estimated 300,000 Indian students go abroad for higher studies and one-third of them promise homes to raise cash. This number is increasing 15-20 percent every year. The veteran journalist Arindam Mukherjee who has been seeking educational trends in the country since two decades said that the admission process remains fully complicated and the top colleges have no seats available whereas most of the private colleges charge high fees but lack quality faculty. She gave a perfect example through comparing two colleges, the JIPMER medical college in Puducherry, which is also considered among the best in India is charging Rs 20,000 per annum for a five-year MBBS course and on the other hand, the Amrita School of Medicine in Kochi charges Rs 35,00,000 for the same course. “So, the 95 percent plus marks becomes very, very important. It’s your perfect stepping stone to get into the good colleges which will charge low fees, else you burn cash on private colleges, says Mukherjee.

The famous, controversial, author and columnist Shobhaa De said that she feels the same about this nightmarish process around this time every year. She is also writing an article, why the Indian education system in India needs a drastic change, especially the admission process. “I, for some strange reasons, continue to get nightmares around the time when admissions take place. What kind of marks are these? Can a college realistically have a 100 percent cut off the mark?” Questions De.

Madras HC Stays Ban On Animal Slaughter, It Can Embarrass Modi Govt

On Tuesday, the Madurai bench of Madras High Court has granted a four-week stay on the implementation of rules banning the sales and purchase of cattle at animal markets, which was notified by the central government. A division bench headed by M V Muralidharan and C V Karthikeyan issued the interim order on various petitions recorded by S Selvagomathi, a resident of Madurai and Asik Elahi Baba, who came from Kalimanglam near Madurai. The judges said, “It cannot be so exercised as to bring into existence substantive rights or obligations or disabilities not contemplated by the provisions of the act.”

The court said there was a significant strength in the disputes made by the senior counsel for the petitioners for permitting the interim relief required. The judges were in a disagreement with the Assistant Solicitor General that a conjecture was on the side of Central government when that particular was commenced not by Parliament, but by Executive. The direction for the Center challenged that the goal of the notification was to have a control on animal markets. On the other hand, the Court has issued the notices to both Center and State government to respond to it in four weeks and has stayed the Center’s order.  As per the petitioners, the new Regulation of Livestock Market Rules must be canceled as the provisions have gone against the constitution, “breached the cardinal principle of federalism” and it’s conflicting to the Parent legislation – Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

The petitioners also added that the right to choice of food (non-vegetarian or vegetarian) is part of the individual’s right, privacy, and liberty. “Against the fundamental rights of citizens, and the right to food and its choice is a fundamental right,” said the petitioner Selvagomathi against the Centre government. The petitioners claimed that since the notice was associated with food, it must have been approved by the Parliament. The petitioners said, “The slaughtering of animals for food, the food… made out of such animal flesh and offering the sacrifice of animals are part of the cultural identity of most communities in India, protected under the Constitution.” They also said that the new rules were a troublesome interference with the liberty of traders and business beneath the constitution. By saying the order “unreasonable and unconstitutional”, the petitioners said the government order would affect “severe food scarcity and famine since there is no alternative, adequate quantity of food provided by the state.”

The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamta Banerjee said on Monday that her government would not accept this order and would also “challenge it legally and constitutionally”. Opposing the ban, the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed to his counterpart in all states to object to the “covert attempt to usurp the powers of the state legislature in the guise of rules under a Central Act.” Talking about the Regulation of Livestock Market Rules, said under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act last week, “no person shall bring a cattle to an animal market unless, upon arrival, he has furnished a written declaration signed by the owner of the cattle or his duly authorized agent… stating that the cattle has not been brought to the market for sale for slaughter”.

“…Where an animal has been sold and before its removal from the animal market, the Animal Market Committee (to be formed in every district) shall… take an undertaking that the animals are brought for agricultural purposes and not for slaughter,” another provision notifies this. According to the rules, it is required the Animal Market Committee to make certain that the buyer of cattle is not going to further sell the animals for slaughter.

Cyclone Mora, 27 Bangladeshi Rescued By Indian Navy

In a gesture of concern over the Bangladesh’s situation after Cyclone Mora, the Indian Navy has rescued 27 people in a key operation in Bangladesh, where the country has been hit hard by Cyclone Mora, shocking extensive destruction and leaving millions of people homeless behind. The Indian Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said that the Indian Navy Ship Sumitra rescued 27 people who were found floating at sea over 100 miles away from Bangladesh’s city of Chittagong.

“INS Sumitra operating in the Northern Bay of Bengal rescued 27 survivors found adrift at sea approximately 100 miles south of Chittagong. These include ladies, children, and elderly people. Search and rescue for more survivors are drastically hampered due to prevailing rough weather in the area,” Sharma added.  Damaging more than a few houses, killed at least 6 people as Cyclone Mora made landfall in Bangladesh yesterday, the experts are struggling to evacuate over a half million people from the seaside ranges.

Due to Cyclone More, all the flights from Chittagong and the Cox’s Bazaar airports were suspended. No less than 2.5 million people in 10 districts are at the risk of falling in the way of a serious Cyclonic thunderstorm. Districts like Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barisal, and Pirojpur were at risk. The Bangladesh’s Meteorological Department had said that the brutal Cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ had moved towards Northward over North Bay and started crossing Cox’s Bazar – Chittagong coast at 6:00 AM and it’s likely to move in a northern direction ahead.

India-Germany Ties "We Are Made For Each Other" Says Modi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi described ties the Germany as the two countries are “made for each other” after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel have signed eight major deals in Berlin today. “We are looking at outcome-oriented momentum in India-Germany ties and a quantum jump, especially in economic ties,” PM Modi said. The German Chancellor also praised India as a reliable partner.

The German Chancellor Merkel has long planted strategic relations with India and frequently stressed on the fact that Germany and the European Union must compete with the new emerging economic giants. She said on Sunday that the Germany can no longer depend fully on traditional allies the United States and Britain in the age of President Donald Trump and Brexit only. The PM Modi and Ms. Merkel talked on an EU-Indian free trade and investment deal at a time when New Delhi is rough with Beijing’s Silk Road trade and infrastructure initiatives across Eurasia. These two leaders are going to meet again at a G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg next month and it is expected that the discussion on the issue of growing military reach of China across the contested South China Sea and in the Indian Ocean will heat up as well.

Before going on board on the four-country tour, which includes Germany, Spain, France and Russia, PM Modi wrote, “India and Germany are large democracies, major economies and important players in regional and global affairs.” In a Facebook post, PM Modi said, “Our strategic partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order”, differencing India with the one-party state China. On Monday, PM Modi and Ms. Merkel had enjoyed dinner at the Schloss Meseberg retreat outside Berlin. The leaders of both countries also led a joint cabinet meeting where environment, foreign, economy, and other ministers had a get-together.

The talks are their fourth intergovernmental consultations, which is a format that Germany has only with a few countries, including China, France, and Israel. In the EU, Germany is the largest India’s trading partner and a top source of foreign direct investment. In total, more than 1,600 German companies with 40,000 employees work on the subcontinent.