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JNU students’ protest over hostel fee hike continues, ruckus in Parliament



A day after several JNU students were injured during clashes with the police who prevented them from protesting against the proposed hostel fee hike, the JNUSU will address the media this afternoon at the university’s Freedom Square. Students who were injured when police used batons and force to stop them from marching to the Parliament will also speak to reporters.

“We also appeal to students, who have been victims of brutalities at the hands of the Delhi Police, to join us and share their narratives with the media, so we can together expose the Delhi Police and the Home Ministry,” JNUSU said in its statement.

 The JNU Teachers’ Association has also come out in support and called for a protest against “Brutal Police Assault on JNU students and teachers”.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has denied any use of force. They may file an FIR, sources suggest.

The protests on Monday caused traffic snarls in many parts of the cities and brought the capital to a halt. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) briefly closed the gates of its four Metro stations leading to the Parliament in the evening

As protesting students who had gathered near the Jor Bagh metro station refused to move, CRPF personnel and policemen in plain clothes used batons to disperse the crowd. 

Surajit Majumder, secretary of JNU Teachers’ Association, was kicked and caned by two policemen in plain clothes who accused him of instigating students to protest. 

V Arun Kumar, a mediaperson, who was covering the protest was also hit on the head.

Shashibushan Samad, JNUSU councilor and a visually impaired student whose recitation of Faiz’s Laazim hai ki hum bhi dekhenge” during JNUSU elections in September went viral, was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre in a critical condition after policemen allegedly stamped on his chest with their boots.

According to the police, around 30 police personnel and 15 students were injured during the protest. While the students alleged that they were lathi-charged by police, top police officials denied having used any force.

Delhi Police spokesperson Mandeep Singh Randhawa was quoted as saying “the students hurt themselves when they were trying to climb on to and break the barricades.”

“There was no use of water cannons, tear gas shells or batons at any stage of the protest. Women staff was deployed in adequate numbers to deal with female protesters. Apart from 10 companies of CAPF (Central Armed Police Force), around 800 Delhi Police personnel were deployed to handle the protest and ensure the maintenance of law and order,” a statement by the Delhi Police said.

However, the students posted pictures and videos of the injured students to contest the police claims.

The police took JNUSU representatives to meet the MHRD Joint Secretary, GC Hosur, where they handed their memorandum of demands, including a rollback of the fee hike and sacking of Vice-Chancellor. 

The remaining students were asked by police to leave the venue after the JNUSU delegation left for the meeting. 

The opposition slammed the government and Delhi Police for its brutality.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in a tweet condemned the police crackdown on the students, saying a peaceful protest march to Parliament against the unprecedented fee hikes is being forcibly stopped by the police.

Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh also took to Twitter and said, “Is lathicharge and breaking heads of JNU Students, and leaving them bloodied the humanity of the Delhi Police? When they were thrashed by lawyers, they remembered the dignity of the uniform? Don’t such incidents stain the uniform?” 

The second day of the winter session of Parliament began with ruckus over JNU protests. The Left and BSP MPs raised slogans in the Lower House. Communist Party of India (CPI) Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswan gave a suspension of business notice in the upper house under rule 267, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue.

The Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) have given  Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over ‘Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue’.

TMC and Congress MPs seek to probe into violence against JNU students. Trinamool Congress’ Saugata Roy condemned the lathi charge by Delhi Police against JNU students seeking rollback of the hiked fees. “A high-level investigation is needed into police atrocities against students”, Congress’ TN Prathapan said

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Dust storm, light rain expected in Delhi-NCR today, heatwave conditions to abate

IMD claimed in a tweet that Thunderstorm dust with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 30-50 km/hr would occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North west Delhi, West Delhi, Central Delhi, East delhi and NCR( Loni Dehat, Hindon AF station, Ghaziabad, Indrapuram, Chapraula) Sonipat, Rohtak, Kharkhoda (Haryana) Baraut, Bagpat, Meerut, Khekra, Modinagar, Kithor , Garhmukhteshwar, Pilakhua, Hapur ,Gulaoti ,Siyana ,Sikandrabad , Bulandshahr ,  Jahangirabad (UP)



Dust storm, light rain expected in Delhi-NCR today, heatwave conditions to abate

On Wednesday, a dust storm with light to moderate rain is expected in numerous locations in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). The India Meteorogical Department (IMD) stated the city’s maximum and minimum temperatures are predicted to be in the range of 40 and 25, respectively.

The IMD tweeted an advisory that thunderstorms, dust with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 30-50 km/hr would occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, West Delhi, Central Delhi, East Delhi and NCR (Loni Dehat, Hindon AF station, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Chapraula) Sonipat, Rohtak, Kharkhoda (Haryana), Baraut, Bagpat, Meerut, Khekra, Modinagar, Kithor, Garhmukhteshwar, Pilakhua, Hapur, Gulaoti, Siyana, Sikandrabad, Bulandshahr, Jahangirabad (UP).

For the next two hours, light to moderate intermittent rain is expected over and near Adampur, Hissar, Hansi, and Meham (Haryana).

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On Thursday, May 18, light rain is predicted for in Delhi based on the seven-day prediction for the city. The sky will mainly be cloudy, with the potential of a light  rain or drizzle, according to the weather office.

The air quality will continue to be deteriorated in the city after strong winds with dust swept across the Delhi-NCR on Tuesday. Following this, visibility had reduced to 1000 metres. Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of regional forecasting centre, said the dry atmosphere is one of the reasons for the dust storms.

Following Tuesday’s severe winds and dust storm that blasted across the Delhi-NCR, the city’s air quality had taken an alarming dip.

The monsoons, which are awaited across India, are likely to make landfall in Kerala on June 4. Usually, the monsoon arrives on May 31 or June 1 but the delay will be made up as the phenomenon progresses on its south-west to north-east arc. With extreme temperatures right from a cold sytart to May to dust-laden winds in mid-May, the weather in the country is paying the price for accelerating climate change.

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Security lapse at Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Patiala home, says it will not deter him from raising his voice against Punjab

After his release from jail, he slammed the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for its law and order in the state.



Navjot Singh Sidhu

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has filed a complaint with the Punjab Police after he spotted a suspicious person wrapped in a grey blanket on his terrace. He alleged a security lapse at his Patiala home. He couldn’t catch him as he fled after his servant raised an alarm.

Taking to Twitter, Sidhu said, Today on the terrace of his residence an unknown suspicious character wrapped in a grey blanket was noticed around 7:00 pm, the moment his servant went out raised the alarm, and called for help, he immediately ran and escaped.

The 59-year-old further said that he has spoken to DGP Punjab Police and has also informed SSP Patiala. He said the security lapse will not deter him from raising his voice for Punjab.

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Punjab Police registered a case in this matter. According to the reports, the Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police Varun Sharma visited his residence after the complaint and is currently investigating the matter. The CCTV footage of the area is also being scanned, reports state.

Cricketer-turned-politician came out of the Patiala Central Jail on April 1 after serving nearly 10 months in a 1988 road rage case. After his release from jail, he slammed the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for its law and order in the state.

He said Democracy is in chains. Punjab is the shield of this country. When dictatorship came in this country, a revolution also came, led by Rahul Gandhi.

Sidhu also slammed the Mann government over the pruning of security of slain singer Sidhu Moosewala and also making it public.

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Air India Delhi-San Francisco flight suffers tech glitch before take-off, returns to stand

The airline has not given any official statement in this matter.



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Air India flight which was en route to San Francisco from Delhi on Monday had to be returned to the stand because of a technical glitch. The San Francisco-bound flight suffered a tech issue before take off.

According to the reports, the aircraft which was carrying over 200 passengers from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) had to be replaced with another aircraft. Later, the passengers were accommodated in another aircraft.

The airline has not given any official statement in this matter.

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Earlier today, another Air India incident occurred where a London-bound flight returned to Delhi’s IGI airport after a mid-air brawl between an unruly passenger and the flight’s cabin crew.

A brawl ensued between a passenger and the crew members shortly after it departed from the airport at around 6:35 am. The onboard ruckus forced the plane to turn around and return to Delhi again where the raucous passenger was deboarded and handed over to the police at the airport.

Air India apologized to the passengers on the affected Delhi-London flight for the delay and inconvenience caused to them due to the incident and assured them that efforts will be made to ensure such incidents do not occur in the future.

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