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Probe ordered into ban on singing of Vande Mataram in State-aided college

first_imgA magisterial probe has been ordered into the alleged ban on singing of Vande Mataram and chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai in a government-aided inter college here, Ballia District Magistrate Bhawani Singh Khangaraut said on Tuesday.Mr. Khangaraut said he and Superintendent of Police Sriparna Ganguly visited Gandhi Mohammad Ali Memorial Inter-College on Tuesday and later ordered a magisterial probe. During the probe, statements of students, teachers and others would be recorded, he said, adding the college principal was also asked to clarify that there was no ban on chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram.FIR lodged An FIR was lodged on Monday by a Class XII student, Anuj Kumar Gaur, that he and three other students were attacked at the college gate in the afternoon at the behest of Principal-cum-Manager Majid Nasir and some teachers. He claimed Mr. Nasir and teachers were angry with him for telling a social organisation and mediapersons on Friday that singing Vande Mataram and chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai were not allowed in the college. He has stated in the FIR that around 20 to 25 men attacked them with lathis. When they cried for help, Mr. Nasir and teachers instigated the assailants to continue the beating, Anuj has alleged.last_img read more

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M.I.A. America

first_imgA new recording artist who finds success can expect many perks, including financial rewards. But perhaps the most exciting side benefit is the explosion of options. Superstars court you for collaborations. You get exclusive, V.I.P. invites. And you inch ever so closer to becoming part of music’s mainstream.Rapper M.I.A. had all of that and more within her grasp after she released her debut CD, “Arular” – an exotic blend of intoxicating world rhythms made gritty by her hard-hitting, politically charged rhymes. The album was a critical success, sold a respectable 130,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), made her an indie-scene darling and got her raves from the likes of Pitchfork and The New York Times.But she couldn’t partake of much of that good fortune, thanks to legal limbo that kept her out of the United States for a good part of the last two years – unable to secure a long-term work visa to enter the country thanks to familial ties to guerrilla fighters in her homeland, Sri Lanka, and perhaps her own biting words on record.“After the ‘Arular’ album I had financial freedom but I couldn’t have the other sort of artistic freedom, because people sort of like scrutinizing the words I said, and I couldn’t get a visa because of it,” says M.I.A, who was born in London but spent most of her youth in the tumultuous Sri Lanka before settling in Britain with her mother and siblings.“On the one hand, you get all the opportunities; you can go to Beverly Hills, you can work with Timbaland, you can go to Gwen Stefani’s house, but you can’t get in. Creditwise, all the artists are like, ‘Oh, she’s really amazing,’ but I couldn’t go and participate in any of that.” So instead of waiting for an invitation to come play in their world, M.I.A. retreated further into her own. She traveled the globe to record her sophomore album, “Kala,” but instead of heading to posh locales with state-of-the-art studios, she landed in places like war-torn Liberia, spent time with Aborigines in Australia, drummers in India and musicians in Trinidad, resulting in an album that has a decidedly Third World perspective – one that’s not heard nearly enough in music today, in M.I.A.’s opinion.“The thing is, an American voice, in every shape, form, size, is getting heard on the planet all over the world. If you go to a mud hut in Africa, they are listening to an American voice,” M.I.A. says with her distinct British accent. “(But) a two-way exchange can exist.”M.I.A. (real name: Maya Arulpragasam) helped further that exchange with the 2005 release of “Arular,” a dizzying mix of reggae ,rap and other genres that made for an eclectic, fresh new sound. With her striking looks and deft rhyming skills, she was one of the few rappers from overseas to make a dent in the American rap scene.Like much of American rap, M.I.A.’s rhymes contained hreferences to violence – but it had nothing to do with a gangsta lifestyle. Instead, she hreferred to another kind of warfare, that which had kept Sri Lanka in civil war for almost three decades.Known as Tamil Tigers, separatists have been fighting since to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils after decades of discrimination by majority Sinhalese-controlled governments. M.I.A.’s father, Arul Pragasam, has been active in the group; “Arular” takes its name from his, and is filled withreferences to uprisings and overcoming oppression.“M.I.A., missing in action, going to start a revolution,” she chants on one the album’s skits.Her political stance may have made her more exciting to the music world, but to the United States, officials apparently worried she could be inciting – so they denied her a visa to enter the country, despite her growing success here. Though she bought an apartment in Brooklyn, it remained empty as she kept reapplying to enter the country.In the meantime, M.I.A. had already decamped from London, so for the next two years, she was in essence, homeless, leaving her out of sorts and unsettled.“Personally I just needed a home, like I needed somewhere that I could just have a train of thought and live with it and then wake up tomorrow and have the same train of thought,” she says wistfully. However, not being able to record in the United States with A-list producers may have enhanced her artistic endeavors, as she layered her album input from far-flung places.“India gave me the bulk of it musically, just building the elements, and then Trinidad just gave me loads of inspiration to put those elements together and create songs and light a certain vibe,” she says.Of course, it’s not just the sound that makes the album unique – it’s the words the accompany it, and they are still fierce. On “Kala,” she hreferences warlords, raps with the artist Afrikan Boy about poverty, and talks about oppression of the world’s poor. But she’s not as blatantly political as she was on “Arular.”“I had to morph,” she says with a coy smile. “I’m going to get into more trouble for saying this, but it was morphing from being lyrically political into just living political and being comfortable with that. Sometimes you don’t have to shout out about stuff.“It’s kind of like what people say about money: they say that money talks but wealth whispers, and I think you can apply that to being political.”That approach may have paid off: early this summer, she finally gained her work visa, and celebrated by relaxing in her New York apartment.Though it took her two years to get settled in, in the end, M.I.A. doesn’t feel as if she’s lost anything by not being in the United States. In fact, she thinks it was the United States that may have come out the loser for the delay.“Me not being able to get into the country actually forced me to go to Africa and India, which actually works out worse for whoever wants me to shut up, because the worst thing you can do is make Africa look cool, or like make India look cool,” she says. “They just made it a step closer for a bridge to get built between modern developing countries and modern Third World and America, which is what needs to happen.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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National Register of Citizens: Assam minorities bombarded with re-verification notices

first_img Sachetan Nagarik Mancha, a group that has been demanding re-verification of 20% NRC applicants in districts bordering Bangladesh and 10% in other districts, have also criticised Mr. Hajela for a different reason.“During the July 23 hearing, Mr. Hajela said 27% applicants in the draft NRC have already been reverified. “He should reveal the process for carrying out the automatic re-verification, who he informed about it, and whether he issued a public notice about it. He should reveal these because a faulty NRC could pose a threat to the safety of Assam and India,” Mancha president Chandan Bhattacharya said. Anwar Hussain was surprised to receive a notice from the Local Registrar of Citizen Registration (LRCR) of the Goroimari Revenue Block on Saturday.The notice gave him less than 48 hours to appear, with all members of his family, for re-verification of their citizenship documents at the Golaghat North Development Block office in Golaghat district’s Dergaon, about 330 km west of his village Kanahara in Kamrup district. They were asked to report at 9 a.m. sharp on Monday.“I somehow managed to hire a 22-seater bus for my family and a few others. The vehicle alone will cost me ₹18,000,” said the 33-year-old Mr. Hussain, vice-principal of the Al-Amin Islamic Model School, before leaving for Dergaon in eastern Assam late on Sunday.He was not the only one in Kanahara; 148 others had received a similar notice. By Saturday afternoon, about 50% of the people in most Muslim-dominated villages, such as Goroimari, Sontoli, Kalatoli, Topamari and Maligari, in Kamrup district had received the notice — almost simultaneously.Not left out“All those who were asked to get their documents reverified are included in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30, 2018. They are not among the 40.07 lakh and 1.02 lakh put on the two lists of people excluded from the NRC,” Kanahara village leader Muksed Ali Choudhury told The Hindu.“The notices have been a bolt from the blue. Most people like Jamir Ali, Jahanara Khatun, Aamir Ali are daily-wagers and unable to get vehicles to centres 300-500 km away at such short notice. They fear they will be excluded from NRC if they cannot turn up at the specified place in time,” Mr. Choudhury said.Also Read Assam’s NRC exercise: The registry test of citizenship  There were reports of similar notices served in minority areas of districts such as Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Morigaon and Karimganj.‘SC snubbed’The Brahmaputra Valley Civil Society (BVCS), a group of academicians, retired bureaucrats, lawyers and professionals, said the notices cited The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue National Identity Cards) Rules 2003.“But the rules, as amended in 2009, and the Standard Operating Procedure that the Centre came up with for the NRC exercise say that a person has to be given at least 15 days to appear for a hearing. In a sudden bombardment of notices on August 3, people have been asked to go to faraway places for hearings on August 5, 6 and 7,” senior advocate H.R.A. Choudhury said.Also Read Assam NRC: SC questions need for sample reverification  “The LRCRs and NRC authorities have also snubbed the Supreme Court, which on April 10 ordered that a person should be called for hearing to a centre within a convenient distance in the same district. The notices have also violated the SC ruling on July 23 against the government’s plea for re-verification after NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said 27% re-verification has already been done,” Mr. Choudhury said.Under fireBVCS president Atowar Rahman said the notices have been served in mostly Muslim areas two days after the State government disclosed district-wise data on NRC inclusions and exclusions in the State Assembly. “We wonder if Mr. Hajela is under pressure from the government to have these notices served, or his office has done it voluntarily,” he said.Mr. Hajela could not be contacted. Other NRC officials cited the Supreme Court’s gag order.Also Read Supreme Court extends Assam NRC final publication deadline to August 31last_img read more

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Serena Williams powers into Wimbledon quarter-finals

first_imgWorld number one Serena Williams kept her bid for a record-equalling 22nd grand slam title on track at Wimbledon, overpowering Russian 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in a 7-5, 6-0 in the fourth-round on Monday.Kuznetsova, a double grand slam winner and three-times Wimbledon quarter-finalist, beat Williams on a hardcourt at the Miami Open in March.SERENA AT HER BESTBut on this occasion the six-times Wimbledon champion was too hot to handle, beginning the match as if late for an Independence Day appointment, serving a succession of aces and then hitting a brace of groundstroke winners, one off each wing, to break the Russian in the fourth game.Kuznetsova battled her way back, varying her pace by mixing in slices and drop shots on a surface on which both players at times struggled to keep their footing.Williams — bidding to equal Steffi Graf’s professional-era record of 22 grand slam singles titles — eventually shaded a first set that featured five breaks of serve and a break for drizzle when the Centre Court roof was closed.She ran though her opponent without losing another game after play resumed at 5-5 in the first set.last_img read more

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4 times Anushka Sharma’s hair proved she’s fearless, bold and fun

first_imgAnushka Sharma is the perfect blend of all things bold and the beautiful. From her powerful acting skills to her bold statements, there’s nothing one would not love about Anushka. While she amazes us with her chic fashion choices and boss-like personality, we always have our eyes set on one thing–her evolving, super-stylish hairstyles.Not one to be scared by experiments, Anushka stands out due to her dauntless haircuts, and the spirit to pull them off.  When most actresses stick to the classic straight, long hairstyles, this lady isn’t afraid of chopping them off in style.Also Read: Get rid of all your hair woes with these home remedies  These hairstyles by Anushka prove that she is not scared of challenges and we bow down to her for that.1. Anushka was recently spotted with a new hairstyle, and god, she looked sharp. The wavy lustrous locks were beautiful and perfect for the scorching heat.Photo: Yogen Shah2. If you think that retro is in the past, take a look at Anushka’s super short hair. Fashioned in an old way,  Anushka carried this look for the film Bombay Velvet with extreme confidence.Nobody but Anushka could have the heart to chop her long mane this short, and still look so sensual.Picture courtesy: Youtube3. Anushka’s look for PK became the talk of the town, and rightly so. She sported pixie hair, and looked magical in the short hairdo. Now, that was one statement hairstyle, Anushka. Picture courtesy: Pinterest4. Purple streaks with wavy hair, enough said. Anushka coloured her hair purple, and looked brilliant. How else do we descirbe a gorgeous woman with long purple streaks?advertisementPicture courtesy: Pinterestlast_img read more

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Monsoon session UP Assembly adjourned after obituary reference

first_imgLucknow: The first day of Uttar Pradesh Assembly’s monsoon session on Thursday was adjourned after paying tributes to BJP MLA Jagan Prasad Garg, who died in April. As soon as the House met this morning, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed condolence over the death of the Agra North MLA. He said that Garg was involved in various social activities and his death was an irreparable loss to the party and the House. Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chowdhury, Congress leader Aradhana Mishra Mona, BSP leader Lalji Verma and others also read out their condolence messages. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The House then observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect. After the obituary reference, Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit adjourned the House for the day. Earlier, Samajwadi Party legislators belong to both the Assembly and the Legislative Council sat on dharna before Chowdhury Charan Singh’s statue in the Vidhan Bhawan premises. Donning red caps, they tried to corner the BJP over law and order situation in the state, saying that Wednesday’s killings in Sonbhadra and attack on police personnel is Sambhal were enough to expose tall claims of the BJP government. The SP MLAs also raised plight of farmers in under the current dispensation.last_img read more

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Flames president says team is becoming a havenot market in NHL economy

first_imgCALGARY – The president of the Calgary Flames says the team is not swimming in money.Ken King told Calgary’s chamber of commerce Monday that the team has gone from a giver to a taker in NHL revenue sharing.“We’ve gone from a top-10 revenue contributing team, where we wrote the cheques in the last few years to help the other teams, and we have now crossed the line,” King said. “We’re now receivers. We’ll get a cheque this year.“Isn’t that ridiculous in this beautiful market? It shows where this is heading and it’s in the wrong direction.“I can say sadly we have crossed one of the remedies off the list and that is the new facility. I honestly do not know where that part of the story is going to end.”Under NHL revenue sharing, the league’s richest teams give up a portion of their revenue to help lower-grossing clubs pay players.With the Oct. 16 civic election as a backdrop, the city and Calgary Sports and Entertainment have each gone public with what they are willing to pay and what they think the other side should pay for a new NHL building.King declared earlier this month on behalf of Flames owners Murray Edwards, Alvin Libin, Clayton Riddell, Allan Markin and Jeff McCaig that they were halting negotiations with the city because talks were “spectacularly unproductive.”Their position is the team will continue to operate out of the 34-year-old Saddledome “for as long as we believe it is feasible.”While King declared during Monday’s question-and-answer session “the file is closed” on more arena talk, he used his platform to talk about the economic challenges the Flames face in a Canadian market considered foolproof for an NHL team.The Flames regularly sell out the Saddledome, which seats 19,289.“When people are telling you ‘this is a great market’ and it is, it’s a minimal market,” he said. “It’s on the margins when it comes to the number of people you need.”CSEC said they would have put $275 million of owners’ money into a $500-million building and that the city should raise the remaining $225 million through a community revitalization levy.A CRL allows the city to divert property taxes from new development that would theoretically spring up around a new arena into paying for it.The city proposed a three-way split on the cost of a $555-million arena, with the city and the Flames each paying $185 million and the remaining third raised from a surcharge on tickets.The city said the Flames would control the new arena and receive all revenue from it.King insists the city’s offer amounts to the team paying the entire cost, or more, because CSEC considers a ticket surcharge paid by users revenue that belongs to the team and because the city wants CSEC to pay property tax.When asked Monday to explain how ticket surcharge revenue counts as Flames revenue towards arena costs, King said “I could, but I’m not going to.”CSEC owns the Canadian Football League’s Stampeders, Western Hockey League’s Hitmen and National Lacrosse League’s Roughnecks in addition to the NHL’s Flames.The American finance magazine Forbes valuated the worth of the Flames franchise at US$410 million in 2016, which was 16th among its economic ranking of the 30 NHL teams.last_img read more

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Michelle Obama Joins Scholastic MathWork Webisode

first_imgFirst Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chef Sam Kass will deliver a special message to students during Scholastic’s Math@Work: Culinary Arts webisode launching April 29th at www.scholastic.com/mathematics.The Scholastic Math@Work: Culinary Arts webisode is designed to show students in grades 5 and up the connections between math and careers in the culinary arts while encouraging healthy eating.An advocate for ensuring all children live healthy lives, First Lady Michelle Obama will address students across the country on the importance of eating healthy and cooking healthy. Sam Kass, White House Chef and Executive Director of the Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to solve the problem of childhood obesity, explains the role math plays in his job: “I am constantly measuring ingredients, converting units and using fractions and proportions. With all the big events we have here [at the White House], I know from experience that math is the key to scaling up recipes to feed hundreds of people.”In the 30-minute Math@Work: Culinary Arts webisode, to be released online on Tuesday, April 29th, The Chew’s Carla Hall, and the newest Top Chef Nicholas Elmi challenge three NYC high school students to create healthy dishes that can easily be served in school cafeterias across the country. Along the way, students will also solve math problems and discover the links between what they learn at school and careers in culinary arts.Registration is open for the Math@Work: Culinary Arts webisode on the Scholastic Mathematics website at: www.scholastic.com/mathematics.last_img read more

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Gary Sinise To Host Got Heart Give Hope Celebration

first_imgHope For The Warriors is excited to announce the Got Heart, Give Hope Celebration to be hosted in Los Angeles on July 24, 2014 aboard the Battleship IOWA.The guest host for the evening will be Gary Sinise, actor, military advocate, and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Proceeds from the evening will benefit nonprofits Battleship IOWA, Puppy Jake Foundation, and Hope For The Warriors. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.The Celebration will begin with a tour of the Battleship IOWA, followed by a cocktail hour before the dining and silent auction. One of the highlights of the evening will be the Hope & Courage Awards that will be given to service members and military families who have demonstrated both hope and courage in facing challenges after their injuries. Hope For The Warriors will honor the courage of each award recipient, focusing on the hope they inspire through their remarkable stories of recovery and achievement.“Service members and military families demonstrate overwhelming courage and resiliency in the face of adversity,” Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors President said. “The Got Heart, Give Hope Celebrations honor their courage as they deal with extraordinary challenges.”This is Sinise’s first year hosting the Got Heart, Give Hope Celebration in Los Angeles. He has been a longstanding supporter of Hope For The Warriors, hosting Got Heart, Give Hope Galas for the previous four years in Washington, D.C.For more information about the 2014 Got Heart, Give Hope Celebration, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Duerr (sduerr@hopeforthewarriors.org).Source:PR Weblast_img read more

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Wounded Knee site to be offered to highest bidder

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Wounded Knee Massacre site in South Dakota was put up for sale earlier this year.More than 300 Native American men, women and children were killed by U.S. troops in 1890.Wednesday was the last day for the Oglala Sioux Tribe to come up with the $4.9 million asking price.But they said it was too much money and now it’s expected to be offered to the highest bidder.The 40-acres is actually valued at about $14,000.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has the story.last_img

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