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Gurmehar Kaur responds to Rijiju tweet: ‘I’m not anti-national, nobody is polluting my mind

india Updated: Feb 28, 2017 08:09 IST
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DU student Gurmehar Kaur began a social media campaign against ABVP after violence in Delhi University.
DU student Gurmehar Kaur began a social media campaign against ABVP after violence in Delhi University.(Facebook/Gurmehar Kaur)

Here’s a quick update of what’s in the news.

Gurmehar Kaur responds to Rijiju tweet: ‘I’m not anti-national, nobody is polluting my mind’

Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student and daughter of a martyr, whose message on social media against right-wing students’ organisation ABVP went viral, said that she was heartbroken over the raging controversy triggered by her stand. Kaur also said she was not acting under anybody’s influence, apparently responding to junior home minister Kiren Rijiju’s tweet asking who was “polluting her mind”.

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Protests by ABVP keep Delhi University on the boil, counter-campaigns lined up

Protest and counter-protests continues to rock Delhi University over last week’s violence at Ramjas College. The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), led by the ABVP, held a Tiranga March on Monday, calling the demonstration with a giant national flag a course to instill nationalism in people, especially students. Students and teachers from DU and JNU, Left and AAP-affiliated student groups will take to the streets today.

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Jaitley rejects Chidambaram’s criticism, says his history and facts wrong

Finance minister Arun Jaitley has rejected criticism from Congress leader P Chidambaram on his ‘alliance of subversion’ remark about the turmoil in Ramjas College and said the latter had his history and facts wrong. On Chidambaram reminding Jaitley of his own role as a student leader in Delhi University in the mid 1970s, the latter told HT: “He belongs to a political party which subverted democracy in 1975”. “I went to prison for 19 months opposing the Congress’ autocracy. If fighting for democracy is Chidambaram’s definition of subversion, he really has to redefine his grammar of politics”, Jaitley added.

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Congress condemns BJP MP for comparing army martyr’s daughter to Dawood

The Congress denounced Union minister Kiren Rijiju and a BJP MP for making controversial remarks about Gurmehar Kaur, a slain soldier’s daughter, who started a social media campaign against the ABVP. The Congress said the remarks were a perfect example of the BJP’s “fascist mindset”.

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UP election: It would’ve been better if BJP had given tickets to Muslims, says Naqvi

It would have been better if the BJP gave tickets to Muslims for the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Monday. Home minister Rajnath Singh had reportedly said on Thursday that Muslims should have been given tickets. Water resources minister Bharti echoed similar views on Sunday. Read the full story here.

Indian engineer Srinvas Kuchibhotla’s body arrives in Hyderabad

The body of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer who was shot dead in a Kansas City bar in a suspected hate crime, arrived in Hyderabad on Monday night. His wife, Sunayana, and a couple of his friends from the US brought the body in a special flight of Air India that landed in the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on the outskirts of the city around 9.40pm.

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Donald Trump eyes massive hike in US defence budget for stronger military

US President Donald Trump is proposing a massive 10% hike in the country’s defence budget in line with his campaign promise of a stronger military. “This budget will be a public-safety and national-security budget,” Trump said a day before he addresses a joint session of congress. “It will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.”

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Padmakar Shivalkar, Rajinder Goel to get C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

The mobile phone of Padmakar Shivalkar, the champion Mumbai left-arm spinner who was unfortunate not to play for India, did not stop ringing yesterday after the BBCI nominated him for the Col CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award. Former Haryana left-arm spinner Rajinder Goel, Ranji Trophy’s highest wickettaker with 637 scalps, too didn’t get to play for India. He has also been bestowed with the same honour.

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Oscars 2017: PwC’s hard-won reputation under threat after Moonlight gaffe

For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards. Now its hard-won image as a dependable partner is under threat. The company has apologised for a colossal mistake at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night when actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty wrongly announced the top Oscar went to “La La Land,” instead of “Moonlight.” The presenters, it turned out, had been given the wrong envelope by tabulators PwC, in this case the one awarding Emma Stone for best actress for her role in “La La Land.”

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Nokia 3310 is back. Here are 5 things you need to know

The rumours were true - the iconic Nokia 3310 is back and it even has Snake. A refreshed version of the 3310, known for its simple design and a near indestructible shell, was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday. For the features of the phone.

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