Jinnah portrait at AMU sparks row

first_imgA BJP MP has asked Aligarh Muslim University to explain why it displays a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, triggering a row days after a student sought permission to hold an RSS shakha on the university premises.In a letter written to Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor yesterday, Aligarh MP Satish Gautam objected to the Pakistan founder’s picture on the walls of the AMU student union office.AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai on Tuesday defended the portrait, which has apparently been hanging there for decades, saying that Jinnah was a founder member of the university court and granted life membership of the student union. Traditionally, photographs of all life members are placed on the walls of the student union, he told PTI.“Jinnah was also accorded life membership of the AMUSU in 1938. He was the founder member of the University Court in 1920 and also a donor, the spokesman said. “He was granted membership before the demand of Pakistan had been raised by the Muslim League,” he said.The spokesman said no national leader had raised any objection to the photo even after Independence. These included Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C Rajagopalachari, Rajendra Prasad and Jawaharlal Nehru.Mr. Shafey said AMU student union has a long tradition of granting life membership to prominent people in politics, social and educational fields. Their photographs were a part of the rich heritage of undivided India and no one ever thought of raising this issue before, he said.The first recorded life membership by the student union was the one granted to Mahatma Gandhi on October 29, 1920, he said. This was followed by a long list of luminaries including Rajagopalachari, Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, C V Raman and British writer E M Forster, he said.Last week, the AMU Vice-Chancellor received a letter from an “RSS activist” Amir Rasheed seeking his permission to organise a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh `shakha’ on the campus. Mr. Kidwai said, “The University is not considering any proposal for allowing any camp or shakha organised by any political party.”“We have a tradition of not allowing political parties to put up their candidates either for contesting the Students’ Union polls or the Teachers’ Association elections,” he said. He said AMU had “no intention” of allowing any “direct intervention” of political parties inside the campus.AMU was not under any sort of pressure from any government agency, he added.He said the student union enjoyed a certain autonomy within the legal framework of the University’s constitution as enshrined by an Act of Parliament.“No Vice-Chancellor or governing body has ever tried to infringe upon such rights and hence, while we may have different views from the student union on many matters, the AMU authorities have always tried to avoid directly intervening in their matters,” he added.last_img
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BCCI forms special committee to look into India’s debacle on England tour.

first_imgThe BCCI has formed a special committee to look into India’s debacle on the England tour, the board announced on Monday.N. Srinivasan, who took over as the new president of BCCI, said the Indian team will bounce back from its defeat in England. “We have had just one bad series,” he said.India’s first World Cup winning team member Mohinder Amarnath, who once called the selection committee a bunch of jokers, and former Indian captain Anil Kumble will head the panel. Earlier, sources told Headlines Today that Amarnath might replace Yashpal Sharma as the representative from the north zone in the BCCI selection committee.Srinivasan also clarified that the Indian team had not received any specific invitation in London for the ICC Awards event that had created quite a row after M.S. Dhoni’s men skipped the ceremony.The BCCI chief also said former captain Sourav Ganguly will replace Sunil Gavaskar as the technically committee head. “We are yet to get his (Sourav’s) consent. I hope he agrees,” Srinivasan said.last_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennis

first_imgPrajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in Jakarta on Friday. Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.Istomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.With Prajnesh’s bronze, India’s medals tally swelled up to 25 medals — 6 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 6 LIVE UPDATES India are placed seventh on the medals tally table with 25 medals at the Asian Games 2018.Even though Prajnesh remained neck-and-neck with Istomin on most factors, it were the unforced errors that had the glaring difference. Prajnesh committed 25 unforced errors compared to 17 from Istomin.Apart from that, Istomin converted 57 per cent of his break points while Prajnesh could not capitalise on just the three break points opportunities he had.Istomin also managed to control the net better than Prajnesh, having won a total of six points at the net while Prajnesh could manage only half of that.Prajnesh began his campaign with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Indonesia’s Fitriadi M Rifqi in the Round of 32 following which he made it into the quarter-finals with a fighting 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over Ly Hoang Nam of Vietnam.advertisementIn the quarter-finals, Prajnesh beat Korea’s Kwon Soonwoo 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(8) in dramatic circumstances in a match that lasted almost four hours. The Rain Gods showered their blessing on Prajnesh at 6-6 in the deciding set when the Indian was reeling with cramps.The rain break have Prajnesh time to recover and he came back and took the match.Before Prajnesh, Leander Paes, Srinath Prahlad, Mahesh Bhupathi and Yuki Bhambri had won bronze medals in men’s singles for India while Somdev Devvarman remains India’s only gold medallist at the Games.Earlier in the day, Indian women’s kabaddi team settled for a silver for the first time after winning two straight gold medals in 2010 and 2014 with a 27-24 loss to Iran.Before that, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev in the final in Jakarta.Prior to that gold, Indian rowers put up a fabulous show as the Indian team clinched a gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final. Before that gold, Dushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls final and the team of Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh took a bronze in the men’s Lightweight Double Sculls final.Also, Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event after finishing with a score of 219.2 while Manu Bhaker endured another disappointing day in Palembang with a fifth-place finish in the same event.last_img read more

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Take your problems to PM Modi Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy lashes out at

first_imgHD Kumaraswamy slept on the floor during his stay in Chandraki village.TwitterKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s Grama Vaastavya (village stay) programme witnessed ugly scenes after he lashed out at the villagers at Raichur district as they questioned him on unemployment. The incident took place near Karegudda village of Manvi taluk on on Wednesday, when the workers from Yermarus Thermal Power Station protested in front of the KSRTC bus in which CM Kumaraswamy was travelling.#WATCH Raichur: Workers from Yermarus Thermal Power Station protested before the bus of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy over wages and other issues & raised slogans of ‘Shame! Shame!’, while he was on his way to Karegudda for his ‘village stay prog’. The CM got angry on protesters. pic.twitter.com/FK3OI4limx— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019The protesters raised concerns over wages, unemployment and other issues to the CM. The angry protesters raised slogans against HDK which made him lose his cool. “When you have problems you come to me but when it is time to vote you vote for Modi,” an angry Kumaraswamy told the protestors.HDK also threatened to lathi charge the villagers for questioning him. He believes that the village stay programme will help the Janata Dal (Secular) have a better future by paving its way to the villagers’ hearts.last_img read more

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Greek MPs vote to ratify Macedonia name change

first_imgGreece`s prime minister Alexis Tsipras celebrates after a voting session on the Prespa Agreement, an agreement aimed at ending a 27-year bilateral row by changing the name of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia, at the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on 25 January, 2019. Photo: AFPThe Greek parliament on Friday narrowly ratified a landmark deal to rename neighbouring Macedonia, ending one of the world’s longest diplomatic disputes and earning rich praise for the “historic” move.A total of 153 MPs in the 300-seat Greek parliament approved the name Republic of North Macedonia despite widespread public opposition. The change had already been ratified by Macedonian lawmakers on 11 January.Since 1991, Athens has objected to its neighbour being called Macedonia because Greece has a northern province of the same name. In ancient times it was the cradle of Alexander the Great’s empire, a source of intense pride for Greeks.To make the UN-sponsored agreement final, Greece must now ratify a protocol approving Macedonia’s membership of the Western military alliance NATO. This is expected to take place next month.”We warmly welcome the next crucial step in the ratification… taken with today’s vote by the Hellenic Parliament,” EU president Jean-Claude Juncker said in a joint statement with foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn.”Both countries have seized this unique opportunity which sets an example of reconciliation for Europe as a whole and will give a further boost to the European perspective of the region,” the EU officials said.”Today is a historic day,” Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, who forged a close relationship with North Macedonia counterpart Zoran Zaev in drafting the agreement last year, said in a tweet.”Today we write a new page for the Balkans. The hatred of nationalism, dispute and conflict will be replaced by friendship, peace and cooperation,” Tsipras said on his Twitter page.European Council President Donald Tusk said the two countries had achieved “mission impossible.”- ‘Congratulations, my friend’ -“Congratulations my friend” Alexis Tsipras, Zaev said on Twitter. “Together with our peoples we reached a historic victory.”Long live the Prespa Agreement! For eternal peace and progress of the Balkans and in Europe!”Germany — whose chancellor Angela Merkel had personally expressed gratitude to Tsipras during a recent visit to Athens — also welcomed the news as a “victory for diplomacy.”Protests have been held in both countries against the agreement — some of them violent — and lawmakers in Greece have reported threats and arson attacks against their homes.A few dozen protesters gathered outside Greek parliament on Friday.A poll released by SKAI TV on Thursday night found 62 per cent of respondents oppose the deal, with 27 per cent in favour.A week earlier, another poll in Proto Thema weekly had found 66 per cent in opposition.- ‘Painful compromise’ -Anti-Tsipras daily Ta Nea on Friday said the deal was the result of a “painful compromise” and was full of “pitfalls”.In addition to normalising relations between the two countries, implementation of the agreement will open the door for Macedonia to join the European Union and NATO, hitherto blocked by Athens’ veto.But in Greece, its neighbour’s name continues to fuel controversy in politics and society, ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for October.Critics say the agreement — which drops Greece’s objections to an official Macedonian language and identity — opens the way for possible cultural usurpation and trade disputes.Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the conservative New Democracy party said the agreement “creates new problems” and “awakens nationalism”.”Your foreign policy is superficial and ignorant… you should be ashamed,” he told the government.But Tsipras told parliament during a two-day debate on the deal: “We never had a Macedonian language. Alexander the Great spoke Greek.””Are you afraid of a state that does not even have two per cent of our (military) capability and not even six per cent of our economic output?,” former foreign minister Nikos Kotzias, a signatory of the agreement, asked parliament on Thursday.On Sunday, clashes between police and masked protesters left 40 people injured as tens of thousands demonstrated in Athens against the name change.The government blamed far-right extremists and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party for the violence.last_img
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