Gajendra Chauhan takes charge @FTII, Protests continue, Police intervenes

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FTIII protestsPune : Following a spate of protests and rejections in the past seven months after his controversial appointment as the Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), BJP member Gajendra Chauhan today took to his chair albeit amidst welcome and protests by varied groups of FTII students in Pune on Thursday today.Taking up the responsibility bestowed on him, Chauhan is all set to start his tenure as the FTII chief.

Today, as protests came in from FTII students, Pune police detained more than 40 students for protesting against Chauhan’s appointment.Police used force to disperse and get hold on a group of about 40 FTII students protesting against Chauhan. Although Police had issued a warning on Wednesday in anticipation, and had urged the students to maintain peace and decorum, yet the protest continued today. On the event of the first meeting of the new FTII Society headed by Chauhan, members of FTII Students Federation (FSA) staged a protest demonstration at the institute’s gate shouting ‘Gajendra Chauhan go back’ which led to a scuffle between the students and police.The meeting, and important scheduled association, was expected to be attended by, among others, Anagha Ghaisas, Rahul Solapurkar, Shailesh Gupta and Narendra Pathak. These were few names which had found disagreement from the FTII students, who had not taken these appointments in their liking, and had objected to by the FTII Students Association (FSA), stating, them as being political and allegedly lacking in merit and stature for the post.

Students said a few minutes ago — We have been brutally targeted by police who lathi-charged us with the knowledge of FTII administration. We have been cheated by I and B Ministry. We have been cheated by the government. Nothing has come out which stands to our liking, and does not go down well for the growth and future of the prestigious institution.

Students had been on an unprecedented 139-day strike demanding Chauhan’s removal, opposing Chauhan’s appointment since 12 June, 2015. They agreed to call it off on 28 October, 2015 after repeated negotiations with the government and returned to the classes. However, the students on Wednesday said that this did not mean they had given up. The FSA stated — We still have problem with these appointments and will continue to resist it unless concerned authorities put the FTII Society (which governs the institute) in abeyance. Higher education in the country should be free from all political interference. Pahlaj Nihalani’s presence in the Society for holding an unjust post in CBFC is also unacceptable.

US, Japan, S Korea pledge united response to North Korea’s H-bomb testing

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north korea Kim Jong-unNew Delhi : The US, South Korea and Japan have declared a united stand on the recent North Korean Hydrogen bomb test claim and have decided to tackle it together, standing shoulder to shoulder on this matter. The trio said they would be united in their response to North Korea’s claim of ‘having successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.’

Case in point — North Korea released an image it said showed Kim Jong-un signing the order for the test. North Korea said it carried out the hydrogen bomb test on Wednesday, and if the declare is to be confirmed, this test would add to the list of previous such events, making it North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, and its first of the more powerful H-bomb. Taking cognizance of the situation at hand, the UN Security Council has also agreed to start shaping out new measures against North Korea. However, the house of opinion is divided at large over diverse views, and skepticism remains over whether the North really did conduct such a test. The ground experts have tried to analyse the claim and experts have said the seismic activity generated by the blast was not large enough for it to have been a full thermonuclear explosion.

White House announced that President Barack Obama had spoken separately to South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the matter. A White house statement outlined — They agreed to work together to forge a united and strong international response to North Korea’s latest reckless behavior.H-bomb of North Korea test permit

Japan, from its side, gave out a strong message, which came directly from none other than the Leader himself, when, Shinzo Abe told reporters — We agreed that the provocative act by North Korea is unacceptable. “We will deal with this situation in a firm manner through the cooperation with the United Nations Security Council.

South Korea too released its strong voice, as South Korea’s presidential office said in a statement that Ms Park and President Obama had agreed to closely co-operate on the issue. the statement further added — The international community must make sure that North Korea pays the corresponding price for the nuclear test.

The United Nations’ Security Council (UNSC) held an emergency session on Wednesday and condemned the test claim as ‘a clear threat to international peace and security.’ Japan’s ambassador to the UN, Motohide Yoshikawa, called for a swift and robust new UN resolution, and insisted, saying — The authority and credibility of the Security Council will be put in question if it does not take these measures.

J and K CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed passes away

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

New Delhi : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed died this morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where he was admitted for the past 15 days and was undergoing treatment. The Chief Minister breathed his last around 7.30 AM this Thursday.

Sayeed, 79, is survived by his wife, three daughters including PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, and a son. The mortal remains of the departed soul would be flown to Srinagar where the body would be kept for people to have the last glimpse of their leader, and pay their homages. Later, he would be, most likely, be buried in his ancestral village in South Kashmir.

An ailing Sayeed was admitted with complaints of fever and neck pain in the year end that went by. he was hospitalized on December 24 as doctors at AIIMS diagnosed him to have sepsis, decreased blood counts and pneumonia.Under constant monitoring and care, he was kept in the Intensive Care Unit of AIIMS. However, with passing time, during hospitalization his platelets’ count had dropped dangerously low. In the last few days of his survival, the Chief Minister had to be kept on a ventilator.

Sayeed took over as chief minister of PDP-BJP coalition on March 1 last year. Leaders from centre and state have begun to pay their condolences. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the family of Sayeed in hospital and extended his heartfelt condolences to the family.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the death of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, saying his demise leaves a huge void in the nation. He tweeted — Mufti Sahab provided a healing touch to J&K through his leadership. He will be missed by all of us. Condolences to his family & supporters. What stood out about Mufti Sahab was his statesmanship. In his long political journey he won many admirers across the political spectrum…. leaves a huge void in the nation and in J&K, where his exemplary leadership had a major impact on people’s lives”.