Students union elections in Haryana after 22 years, most parties boycotted

कुरूक्षेत्र में 70 से ज्यादा प्रदर्शनकारी छात्रों को हिरासत में लिया गया, 11 विश्वविद्यालयों में 1,108 कक्षा प्रतिनिधियों में से 517 को निर्विरोध चुन लिया गया

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हरियाणा में 22 साल बाद हुए छात्र संघ चुनाव, अधिकतर दलों ने किया बहिष्कार

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कुरूक्षेत्र: हरियाणा में 22 साल के बाद छात्र संघ के चुनाव हुए लेकिन एबीवीपी को छोड़कर प्रमुख छात्र संगठनों ने चुनाव के ‘अप्रत्यक्ष’ होने का विरोध करते हुए इनका बहिष्कार किया. पुलिस ने कुरूक्षेत्र में 70 से ज्यादा प्रदर्शनकारी छात्रों को हिरासत में लिया.


इस तरह के प्रदर्शनों की खबर राज्य के अन्य हिस्सों से भी आईं. अप्रत्यक्ष चुनाव व्यवस्था में, कॉलेज में कक्षा प्रतिनिधि चुने जाते हैं जबकि विश्वविद्यालयों में विभाग प्रतिनिधियों का चुनाव होता है. इसके बाद वे छात्र संघों के पदाधिकारियों का चुनाव करते हैं.     शाम पांच बजे तक उपलब्ध परिणामों के मुताबिक, राज्य के 11 विश्वविद्यालयों में 1,108 कक्षा प्रतिनिधियों (सीआर) में से 517 को निर्विरोध चुन लिया गया. इसी तरह से कॉलेजों में 1,816 सीआर को निर्विरोध चुन लिया गया.

तत्कालीन मुख्यमंत्री बंसीलाल ने हिंसा की घटनाओं के बाद 1996 में छात्र संघ चुनाव पर रोक लगा दी थी.    प्रदेश के शिक्षा मंत्री राम बिलास शर्मा ने कहा कि मतदान शांतिपूर्ण रहा. एनएसयूआई और राष्ट्रीय लोक दल के भंग हो चुके छात्र संगठन इंडियन नेशनल स्टूडेंट्स ऑर्गनाइजेशन के 200 से ज्यादा छात्रों ने कुरूक्षेत्र में प्रदर्शन किया.    

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US Calls For Separate Trade Agreements With EU European Union, Japan, UK

US will seek a trade agreement with UK as soon as it exits the European Union in 2019 (Representational)


US officials announced Tuesday negotiations for separate trade agreements with Britain, the European Union and Japan as part of efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to rebalance global commerce.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the three separate trade agreements.

“We are committed to concluding these negotiations with timely and substantive results for American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses,” Lighthizer said in a statement.

The move follows the Trump administration’s renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and its push to correct what Trump maintains is an unbalanced trade picture.

In the notifications to Congress on Japan and the EU, Lighthizer cited “chronic US trade imbalances” and said that US exporters have been long “challenged” by tariff and non-tariff barriers in Japan and in Europe.

The goal, he said, is to achieve “fairer, more balanced” trade with the US trading partners.

Lighthizer said the US would seek a trade agreement with Britain as soon as it exits the European Union in 2019.

The letter to Congress said Washington would seek to address tariff and non-tariff barriers and achieve “free, fair and reciprocal trade” with the United Kingdom.

Playing Hardball

Trump has been playing hardball with US trading partners, using tariffs and threats in an effort to boost US exports and curb the longstanding deficit in merchandise trade, despite warnings from many US lawmakers and the International Monetary Fund.

Trump in May had ordered Commerce to investigate the possibility of imposing tariffs of up to 25 percent on foreign autos and auto parts, a prospect that alarmed the industry and could have serious repercussions for Japan and Europe.

“We need to work together to de-escalate and resolve the current trade disputes,” IMF chief Christine Lagarde said at an IMF and World Bank gathering in Bali last week.

Trump has levied or threatened tariffs on goods from economies around the world, notably China, but also on traditional allies such as the European Union.

More tariffs and their countermeasures “could lead to a broader tightening of financial conditions, with negative implications for the global economy and financial stability,” the fund warned.

The new talks, if successful, would address trade with Europe and Japan but leaves the thornier challenge of China, which accounts for more than half the US trade deficit.

The US trade deficit ballooned in August to its highest level in six months, according to government figures showing American consumers snapped up more imported cars and mobile phones.

The total US trade deficit rose 6.4 percent over July to $53.2 billion, overshooting analyst forecasts.

Despite Trump’s efforts to attack the trade deficit, so far this year it has risen 8.6 percent over the same period in 2017.

The gap in goods trade with China rose to $38.6 billion for August and with Mexico hit $8.7 billion — both the highest monthly totals ever.

The August figures suggested retaliatory tariffs imposed by China continued to whipsaw American farmers, whose rural counties Trump’s Republican Party traditionally counts on for political support.

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National Students’ Union of India Chief Fairoz Khan Quits Amid Sexual Harassment Claims, Rahul Gandhi Accepts Resignation

Fairoz Khan, who isfrom Jammu and Kashmir, submitted his resignation on Monday.

New Delhi: 

The national president of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Fairoz Khan has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment, sources in the Congress said Tuesday.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accepted his resignation, the sources told PTI.

Mr Khan, who is from Jammu and Kashmir, submitted his resignation on Monday.

The party had set up a three-member committee to look into the issue after a woman levelled charges of sexual harassment against the chief of its youth wing.

The Congress worker from Chhattisgarh also filed a complaint against him in the parliament Street police station, saying that she feared for her life. 

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On Rafale Deal, French Blog Featuring 2 New Trade Union Documents Sets Up New Row

PM Narendra Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale jets in April 2016. (File)


In the Rafale jet deal, documents featured in a French aviation blog may fuel more controversy amid opposition allegations that France snagged the Rs 59,000 crore deal as a trade-off for aeronautics major Dassault tying up with Anil Ambani’s company.

Images of two trade union documents put up by the French blog Portail Aviation may add fodder to the political wrangling over the deal for 36 Rafale jets sealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the French in 2015.

The images are of documents published by two unions of Rafale-maker Dassault – the CFDT and CGT. These are minutes of a meeting held on May 11 2017, in which the number 2 of Dassault Aviation, Loik Segalenn, is talking about the joint venture with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence.


The CGT statement says, “…a complete presentation of ‘Make in India’ with the creation of the enterprise ‘Dassault Reliance Aerospace’ at Nagpur was done for us”.

The blog does not interpret the documents and leaves it to readers to conclude whether or not Reliance was imposed on the French as a partner as a condition for the deal.

The CFDT’s document was mentioned earlier in a report by the French publication Mediapart just after former French President Francois Hollande’s explosive statement that France had no choice when it came to selecting Anil Ambani and his rookie company as offset partner for Dassault. According to Mediapart, an internal document of Dassault confirmed Mr Hollande’s statement.

Dassault denied the allegation, saying the reference in the document was to the obligation to make offset investments in India and not the compulsion to get into a joint venture with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence.

Details of the meeting appear to present a different picture.

The CGT statement says, “…a complete presentation of ‘Make in India’ with the creation of the enterprise ‘Dassault Reliance Aerospace’ at Nagpur was done for us. According to Mr (Loik) Segalen it was imperative and obligatory for Dassault Aviation to accept this “contrepartie” in order to obtain the export contract Rafale India.” The French word used is “contrepartie”, which can mean “compensation” or could have the negative sense of a “trade off”.

The second union (CFDT’s) statement talks about ‘Make in India’ being “the inevitable consequence” of the deal “imposed” by India, and says a joint venture with Reliance was created to attain this objective.

It is evident that the statements are not talking only about the offset obligation but also about the joint venture with Reliance.

Whether one of them was mandatory are among the questions raised by the opposition in India as well as a section of the French media.

The Congress has accused the government of corruption and crony capitalism. The party had seized on French president Hollande’s comment to Mediapart last month to go hammer and tongs against the government, alleging that Anil Ambani’s company was imposed as a preferred partner on the French.

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Union Minister Inaugurates ITO Skywalk, Accuses Delhi Government Of Stalling Project

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the ITO Skywalk in New Delhi today.

New Delhi: 

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the ITO Skywalk in New Delhi today and accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led government of stalling it for one year.

The minister also said the Delhi government created hindrance in execution of several other projects including the Metro Phase-IV.

Mr Puri, who also inaugurated a foot over bridge at ITO, alleged that a “false narrative” was being created around these projects and some people who have nothing to do with the project are trying to take credit.

The Union housing and urban affairs minister claimed that when the Delhi government, which was supposed to provide 20 per cent of the project cost, did not give its clearance, his ministry decided to execute it on its own.

The ITO Crossing and ‘W’ Point Junction are the two busiest crossings in the city.

There are over 25 major offices and other institutions located in this area. Approximately, 30,000 pedestrians cross various roads around ITO Crossing and ‘W’ Point. The skywalk, which has been constructed with a cost of Rs 55 crore, has six lifts.

“When I became the minister in September 2017, I was told that the skywalk project, which was cleared in 2016, was still awaiting the Delhi government’s nod. We then decided to execute this project on our own,” Mr Puri said.

Last week, Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) minister Satyendar Jain said none of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ministers were invited for the inauguration of the project.

According to the Union housing and urban affairs ministry, the project has been executed with the funds provided by the Centre. The PWD of the Delhi government was an executing agency.

The Delhi government issued a statement saying, “No amount of tall claims and rhetoric will be able to mislead the people of Delhi, who will finally judge, whether cutting ribbons will be a substitute for hard work.”

It said that bureaucratic queries were raised about the necessity of the project and a former Delhi PWD secretary, now posted outside the city, raised questions about the need for such a project.

“His objections were, however, overruled by Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia who headed the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC), which gave its approval for providing the Delhi government share of Rs 12 crore for the skywalk project,” the statement said.

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Brexit Talks In Crisis Over Irish Border Ahead Of European Union Summit

The issue has emerged as a threat to Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership (File)


Last-ditch talks between London and Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiators failed to agree a draft divorce settlement on Sunday, still blocked on the issue of the Northern Irish border just days before a make-or-break European Union summit.

Britain’s Brexit pointman Dominic Raab made an unannounced trip to the EU capital for talks with his opposite number Michel Barnier, briefly raising hopes that a deal might be in the offing.

But negotiations ended without a breakthrough, including on the issue of trade to and from Northern Ireland, which has emerged as a possible deal breaker and even a threat to Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership.

Diplomatic sources in Brussels confirmed to AFP that negotiations have been suspended until Wednesday, when the leaders of the other 27 EU member states will be in town on the eve of their October summit, which had already been billed as a “moment of truth”.

“We met today Dominic Raab and UK negotiating team. Despite intense efforts, some key issues are still open, including the backstop for IE/NI to avoid a hard border,” Barnier tweeted, referring to EU member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.

Diplomatic sources confirmed that a meeting of the “diplomatic sherpas” — senior officials representing the leaders of EU members — that had been planned for Monday to review a draft deal has been cancelled.

“The commission informed the ambassadors that no deal was reached today. There will be no further negotiations until the summit,” one source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Other sources familiar with Barnier’s meeting with EU ambassadors confirmed this, and one added that “certain countries insisted that preparations for a ‘no deal’ be accelerated.”

With Britain set to leave the bloc at the end of March, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker had demanded “substantial progress” this week, and Raab’s visit stoked optimism.

“With several big issues still to resolve, including the Northern Ireland backstop, it was jointly agreed that face-to-face talks were necessary ahead of this week’s October European Council,” Raab’s ministry said.

A senior British government source played down initial reports a deal had already been done, saying there are still some “big issues” to be resolved and “Dominic has gone out there to try to resolve the outstanding issues”.

– ‘Hell week’ –

Sunday’s flurry of activity came as May prepared to face what one newspaper cartoon dubbed “hell week”.

On Tuesday, she will rake over the Irish border issue with her cabinet, amid speculation that more ministers could resign if she ploughs on with her proposals.

David Davis, who quit as Brexit secretary in July over May’s broad blueprint, wrote in The Sunday Times newspaper her plans were “completely unacceptable” and urged ministers to “exert their collective authority” this week.

Then on Wednesday, May goes to Brussels, still facing the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Neither London, Dublin nor Brussels wants to see checks imposed on the border, but the problem persists of finding a way to square that aim with Britain’s decision to leave the European single market and the customs union.

Britain has proposed sticking with EU customs rules after Brexit as a fallback option to keep the border open, until a wider trade deal is agreed that avoids the need for frontier checks.

May says this will only be temporary, but her spokeswoman was forced to clarify the point after media reports that the final “backstop” arrangement will have no legal ending date.

The EU’s suggestion would see Northern Ireland remain aligned with Brussels’ rules, thus varying from the rest of the United Kingdom.

– Pro-Brexit fury –

May’s plans have infuriated the pro-Brexit core of her centre-right Conservative Party — not to mention her Northern Irish allies in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The minority Conservative government relies on the DUP, Northern Ireland’s biggest party, for a thin majority in parliament,

The DUP are staunchly pro-UK, pro-Brexit and fiercely opposed to any moves that could put distance between Northern Ireland and the British mainland.

They have threatened to vote down the British government’s budget if May gives way to Brussels.


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MeToo Accused Union Minister MJ Akbar returns to India amid accusations of sexual harassment – #MeToo के आरोपों से घिरे केंद्रीय मंत्री एमजे अकबर विदेश दौरे से भारत लौटे, कहा

खास बातें

  1. एमजे अकबर विदेश दौरे से दिल्ली लौटे.
  2. मीटू के आरोपों पर बोले- बाद में दूंगा बयान.
  3. नाइजीरिया के दौरे पर गये थे एमजे अकबर.

नई दिल्ली: #MeToo के तहत यौन उत्पीड़न के आरोपों से घिरे केंद्रीय विदेश राज्य मंत्री एमजे अकबर (MJ Akbar) विदेश दौरे से भारत लौट आए हैं. नाइजीरिया के दौरे पर गये केंद्रीय मंत्री एमजे अकबर रविवार की सुबह दिल्ली लौटे. दिल्ली लौटते ही केंद्रीय मंत्री एमजे अकबर पत्रकारों के सवालों से कन्नी काटते नजर आए और इस पूरे मामले पर कुछ भी बोलने से इनकार कर दिया. हालांकि, पत्रकारों के बार-बार सवाल दोहराने पर उन्होंने सिर्फ इतना कहा कि वे बाद में बयान देंगे और फिर चलते बने. गौरतलब है कि #MeToo के तहत करीब 10 महिला पत्रकारों ने एमजे अकबर यौन उत्पीड़न के आरोप लगाए हैं. इन महिला पत्रकारों में एक विदेश महिला पत्रकार भी शामिल हैं. 

केंद्रीय मंत्री एमजे अकबर को लेकर भाजपा जल्द ही ले सकती है कोई फैसला: सूत्र

दरअसल, समाचार एजेंसी एएनआई के मुताबिक, जैसे ही एमजे अकबर दिल्ली पहुंचे और एयरपोर्ट से बाहर निकले तो पत्रकारों ने उन पर लगे आरोपों से संबंधित सवाल किए, जिसके जवाब में उन्होंने कहा कि- मैं बाद में बयान जारी करूंगा.’ गौरतलब है कि एमजे अकबर आरोप है कि उन्होंने पत्रकार और संपादक रहते कई महिला पत्रकारों का यौन उत्पीड़न किया है.  

वहीं, माना जा रहा है कि केंद्रीय मंत्री एम जे अकबर के इस्तीफे के लिए बढ़ रहे दबाव को देखते केंद्र सरकार और भाजपा जल्द ही कोई फैसला ले सकती है. सूत्रों के अनुसार इस पूरे मामले में भाजपा पहले केंद्रीय मंत्री से उनका पक्ष सुनना चाहती है. यह वजह है कि विदेश राज्यमंत्री एम जे अकबर को लेकर केंद्र सरकार अभी तक कुछ भी नहीं कह रही है. मिली जानकारी के अनुसार अपने विदेशी दौरे से लौटने के बाद बाद अब भाजपा पहले अकबर से उनका स्पष्टीकरण मांगेगी. इसके बाद यह फैसला किया जाएगा कि इस मामले में पार्टी और सरकार को आगे क्या कदम उठाने चाहिए.

साउथ ब्लॉक के इस गलियारे का विवादों से रहा है पुराना नाता, जो मंत्री बनकर आया वह फंसा जरूर

सोशल मीडिया पर मी टू अभियान के जोर पकड़ने के बीच पिछले कुछ दिनों में कई महिला पत्रकारों ने उनपर यौन उत्पीड़न के आरोप लगाए हैं. हालांकि, भाजपा ने मामले में चुप्पी साध रखी है लेकिन अकबर के खिलाफ लगे आरोपों पर कोई रूख अपनाए बिना कुछ महिला मंत्रियों ने मी टू अभियान को अपना समर्थन दिया है. पार्टी के नेताओं का कहना है कि सबसे पहले अकबर को ही आरोपों पर जवाब देना है.

#MeToo: अकबर पर लगे आरोपों पर बोली BJP नेता- महिला पत्रकार इतनी मासूम नहीं कि कोई फायदा उठा सके


इतना ही नहीं, खुद विदेश मंत्री सुषमा स्वराज भी इस मामले पर कुछ भी बोलने से इनकार कर चुकी हैं. वहीं सरकार के सूत्रों का कहना है कि सबसे पहले वह इस पर केंद्रीय मंत्री एमजे अकबर का पक्ष जानेंगे और उन्हें खुद बोलने का मौका देंगे. 

VIDEO: #MeToo : केंद्रीय मंत्री एमजे अकबर पर विदेशी महिला पत्रकार ने भी लगाया आरोप

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HC Restrains IT Department From Reassessment Of Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran Income

Madras High Court has posted the appeal for further hearing to October 22. (File)


The Madras High Court today restrained the Income Tax (IT) department till October 22 from proceeding on the re-assessment of former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran’s income, based on the CBI chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

A division bench of justices G Huluvadi Ramesh and K Kalyana Sundaram gave the direction when an appeal filed by Mr Maran, challenging the October 10 order of a single judge dismissing his petition filed against the IT action, came up for hearing.

It then posted the appeal for further hearing to October 22.

Justice SM Subramaniam had said the petitioner, who held the high position of a Union minister, was duty bound to respond to the department’s notice to prove his innocence or otherwise.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charged Mr Maran with forcing Aircel owner C Sivasankaran into parting with his stake in the company in favour of Malaysia’s Maxis Communications Berhad when he was the telecom minister.

Mr Maran had pointed to his discharge in the case by a CBI court in New Delhi on February 2 last year in support of his plea for quashing the IT notice.

Dismissing his plea, the judge had said the petition was filed at the notice stage itself, which would hamper all further proceedings of the IT department and it could never be encouraged by the court.

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Judges Panel To Handle all cases of #MeToo Says Union Minister Maneka Gandhi

खास बातें

  1. समिति गठित कर होगी #मीटू मामले की जांच
  2. मेनका गांधी ने कही यह बात
  3. सेवानिवृत्त न्यायाधीशों की चार सदस्यीय समिति गठित की जाएगी

नई दिल्ली: केन्द्रीय मंत्री मेनका गांधी ने कहा है कि #MeToo मामलों की जन सुनवाई के लिए सेवानिवृत्त न्यायाधीशों की चार सदस्यीय समिति गठित की जाएगी. उन्‍होंने कहा, ‘वरिष्ठ न्यायाधीश, कानूनी विशेषज्ञों वाली प्रस्तावित समिति मी टू से उत्पन्न सभी मुद्दों को देखेगी. मैं प्रत्येक शिकायत की पीड़ा और सदमा समझ सकती हूं.’ उन्होंने कहा कि मै हर शिकायत के पीछे का दर्द समझ सकती हूं. काम पर यौन उत्पीड़न के मामले को जीरो टोलरेंस के साथ नीति के साथ निपटाया जाना चाहिए.

यह भी पढ़ें: #MeToo: अमिताभ बच्चन ने यौन उत्पीड़न मामले पर दिया बयान, बोले- महिला संग दुर्व्यवहार नहीं होना चाहिए

मेनका गांधी ने कहा, ‘हमने न्यायधीशों का एक समूह बनाया है, जो कुछ मामलों को एक मुक्त और स्वतंत्र शैली में जाचेंगे और उन्हें सलाह देंगे कि अब यहां से कहां जाएं’ महिला और बाल विकास मंत्री मेनका गांधी ने इस सप्ताह की शुरुआत में कहा था कि यौन उत्पीड़न की शिकायतों को 10-15 साल बाद भी अनुमति दी जानी चाहिए. साथ ही उन्होंने खुशी जताई कि #MeToo अभियान ने महिलाओं को उनके खिलाफ किए गए अपराधों के बारे में बात करने के लिए प्रोत्साहित किया.

यह भी पढ़ें: अक्षय कुमार ने रुकवाई नाना पाटेकर और साजिद खान की फिल्म ‘हाउसफुल 4’, बताई ये वजह


उन्होंने सोमवार को कहा, “आप हमेशा उस व्यक्ति को याद करेंगे, जिसने आपके साथ गलत किया है. यही कारण है कि हमने कानून मंत्रालय को लिखा है कि शिकायतें बिना किसी सीमा के होनी चाहिए. उन्होंने कहा, “अब आप 10-15 साल बाद शिकायत कर सकते हैं, इससे कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता कि आपने कितने दिन बाद मामले की शिकायत की है. अगर, आप शिकायत करने जा रहे हैं तो एवेन्यू अभी भी खुला है,” मेनका गांधी ने कहा कि यौन उत्पीड़न मामले को लेकर गुस्सा कभी खत्म नहीं होता.

VIDEO: #MeToo पर अमिताभ-आमिर ने तोड़ी चुप्पी
भारत में #MeToo अभियान बॉलीवुड अभिनेत्री तनुश्री दत्ता द्वारा अभिनेता नाना पाटेकर पर लगाए गए यौन उत्पीड़न के बाद शुरू हुआ. यह मामला 10 साल पहले का है. बता दें कि एक साल पहले वैश्विक तौर पर #MeToo अभियान सामने आया था. हॉलीवुड निर्मता हार्वे वेनस्टीन पर यौन उत्पीड़न के आरोप लगे थे. 

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