From NCERT textbook review to protests in Assam by tribals, top stories of the day

Here is a look at the top stories of today to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2017 10:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
AIADMK leader,NCERT textbook,Tribal protests
Schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodya Vidyalayas, among others, follow NCERT curriculum.(HT Photo)

Bribery case: AIADMK leader Dinakaran to appear before Delhi Police today

AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran is all set to appear before the Delhi Police in connection with a bribery case on Saturday. Dinakaran is accused of bribing an Election Commission official to get the ‘two leaves’ symbol allotted to the AIADMK (Amma) faction, of which he was the deputy general secretary. An FIR was lodged against the politician after the official, Sukesh Chander, was arrested from a five-star hotel on April 16.

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NCERT to review school textbooks to update content; may include demonetisation

The Narendra Modi government has decided to undertake a review of school textbooks. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), an organisation that assists and advises the government on school education, has started an “internal review” of the contents of these textbooks. Council officials maintained that the review was meant to incorporate the developments in the past 10 years -- such as the goods and services tax (GST) and demonetisation. Changes in textbooks have often been controversial. Several BJP-ruled states, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, and Maharashtra, have tweaked schoolbooks in ways that have prompted the opposition to accuse them of saffronising education.

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Tribal youths from 24 organisations protest naked in Assam seeking rights

A group of tribal youths marched naked on the streets of Diphu, the head quarters of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on Friday seeking protection of their rights allegedly being usurped by non-tribals. The protesters drawn from 24 different organisations marched in the buff demanding among others preparation of separate electoral rolls ahead of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) elections, due in June. “We have been demanding an updated voter list for years. But the government hasn’t responded. The present list has names of thousands of non-tribals, stripping us of our rights,” a protester told a local news channel.

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Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) will debut in Maharashtra at a major function in Mumbai

The Janata Dal (United) led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will debut in Maharashtra at a major function in Mumbai on April 22. Prominent JD-U leaders from Bihar and other states will be present at Goregaon in northwest Mumbai to mark the formal launch of the party in Maharashtra. The party’s expansion is against the backdrop to project 66-year old Nitish Kumar as the next prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, JD-U Maharashtra unit Convenor and MLA Kapil Patil said. Besides ruling Bihar, JD-U has an organisational presence in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala.

Trump administration replaces Indian American US surgeon general Vivek Murthy

US surgeon general Vivek H Murthy was on Friday dismissed by the Trump administration, and replaced by his deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams. The US department of health and human services issued a statement saying Murthy was asked to step down “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump Administration,” USA Today reported. His deputy, Trent-Adams, who took over as acting surgeon general, is one of the first nurses to serve in the position.

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Giant metal cross removed during demolition drive in Kerala’s Munnar, CM fumes

A 30-feet tall metal cross was pulled down on Thursday as part of an official anti-encroachment drive in the hill station of Munnar in Kerala with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressing strong displeasure over the act. Vijayan said the government’s “displeasure” has already been conveyed to the Idukki district administration. Reacting cautiously to the incident, Syro Malabar Church spokesman said that there was no issue in removing a cross erected in an encroached land but questioned the manner in which it was demolished.

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Mumbai watchman arrested for attempted rape and murder in Andheri

In a case that brings back memories of the Pallavi Purkayastha rape and murder case, a watchman was arrested on Friday for allegedly trying to rape and murder a 50-year-old woman in a posh society in Andheri’s Four Bungalows area. The arrested accused, Raja Shebu, who is in his 20s, was employed as a temporary watchman at the building in absence of regular guard.

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Opinion: Fear and loathing in new India: Dadri, Alwar lynchings leave us unmoved

A family counts itself blessed that the 85-year-old mother is blind and is ,therefore, spared from having to watch the video of her son being told to escape – then chased and lynched. We shrug at a bride’s disappointment at a curtailed wedding feast because her family is too scared to serve buffalo biryani. Young Hindu men run amok in Uttar Pradesh, identifying Muslim-run butcher shops and force their closure. Nothing exemplifies the moral slide from Dadri to Alwar as much as the indifference by us citizens to the medieval-style lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan. There’s silence too from the courts that otherwise jump in to demand attention to the national anthem.

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Opinion: Women are molested virtually on a daily basis: Rana Ayyub

Jihadi Jane, Islamo fascist, ISIS sex slave, porkistani, Rana Hafiz Saeed, Islamic fundamentalist are just a few terms used for me on social media by Twitter trolls, many of whom happen to be active BJP members. Intolerance to views from women, irrespective of ideology breeds on both sides of the political spectrum. We are molested virtually on a daily basis for views that do not find favour in the prevalent idea of the normal, the acceptable.

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Remembering OP Nayyar, the fusion king of Bollywood

Long before ‘fusion’ music became all the rage, composer OP Nayyar was deftly mixing western instrumentation with Indian rhythm and producing great numbers that are still popular decades later. So fond was he of the beats of his native Punjab that the dholak and the tabla were introduced in the most unlikely of songs – consider the peppy Jaiye aap kahan jayenge from Mere Sanam or the seductive Aaiye meherbaan from Howrah Bridge.

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Salvaging Aurangzeb’s reputation: Review of a new book on the Mughal emperor

Audrey Truschke’s research will radically change your view of Aurangzeb(1618-1707), who is invariably presented as the most despotic medieval ruler of all time whether in the accounts of official tour guides at Agra Fort, or of historians across the political spectrum. Employing various historical sources, the author has argued that Aurangzeb was a tolerant emperor who argued for religious freedom, and to an extent even advocated secular policy in matters of governance. Indeed, he did few extreme things during his long rule. In Truschke’s words, Aurangzeb was man of his time. To single him out as a despot label him a bigot is a gross misrepresentation.

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Pune banks on revival of Dhoni’s form in clash against Sunrisers today

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s form will remain in focus when the struggling Rising Pune Supergiant square off against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL encounter in Pune today. Playing only their second edition of the IPL, Pune in seventh place in the table with four points after losing three matches and winning two in their last five outings so far. Pune had suffered three successive losses but Steve Smith’s men snapped the losing streak with a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last outing and they will be eager to maintain the momentum. For Pune, the form of former skipper Dhoni is a cause of concern. With scores like 12 not out, 5, 11, 5, 28, Dhoni looks far from being the swashbuckling batsman that he has been in the past.

First Published: Apr 22, 2017 10:56 IST