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Top 10 news today 21 January 2016: Amartya Sen on what India needs, ISRO satellite launch, Pakistan attack, Rahul Gandhi ‘bechara’, more

Thu January 21 2016, 2:26 pm
  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    1. India needs tolerance very badly: Amartya Sen :Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Wednesday said that India needs tolerance "very badly" but also underscored the importance of skeptical tolerance. "An aluumni of erstwhile Presidency College which has now developed into the Presidency University, Sen discussed the influence and contributions of early 19th century poet Henry Louis Vivian Derozio in education and society. " Calling Derozio's legacy as an inheritance, Sen urged current batch of Presidency students to address the major issues confronting India. Calling for scepticism and reasoning in the activities, be it history or science, Sen - the author of " The Argumentative Indian" - stressed on being relevant to society. " (PTI)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    2. Student's suicide: This is not Dalit versus non-Dalit issue, says Smriti Irani. The suicide case of Rohith Vemula, research scholar at University of Hyderabad, was not a " Dalit versus non-Dalit issue", and there was a "malicious attempt to project it as a caste battle", Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said on Wednesday. " Irani said the case was being "misrepresented" and that she was compelled to clear the air on it. " "It's not a Dalit versus non-Dalit confrontation," the minister said, adding that there have been media debates suggesting that Vemula mentioned the names of people and organisations who forced him to commit suicide. (PTI)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    3. ISRO's PSLV-C31 rocket puts fifth navigation satellite IRNSS-1E in earth's orbit. India on Wednesday placed its fifth navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit after a textbook-launch from the rocket port here. "We have begun the new year with a successful launch and a precise injection of the fifth navigational satellite in the intended orbit," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar said from the mission control centre 20 minutes after the PSLV rocket carrying the satellite blasted off at 9:31 a.m. "The 44-metre-high polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV-C31), weighing 320 tonnes and carrying the 1,425-kg Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1E), soared into a cloudy sky, leaving behind a column of dense orange flame and a huge cloud of fumes at the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan space centre on the sea coast here, about 80 km north-east of Chennai. " "The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) comprises a constellation of seven satellites of which IRNSS-1A, IRNSS-1B, IRNSS-1C, IRNSS-1D and IRNSS-1E have been put into orbit so far. "(PTI)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    4. Pakistan attack: Terrorists kill 21 in Bacha Khan University; four attackers too die. At least 21 people including students were killed and dozens injured when four terrorists stormed the Bacha Khan University near here and opened indiscriminate fire in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. The morning attack started around 9.30 a.m. when some 3,000 students and university employees were at the sprawling campus besides 600 guests, many for a poetry recital to commemorate the anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, popularly known as Bacha Khan. Sharif, now in Zurich, called it a "cowardly attack" and said the terrorists "have no faith and religion". Modi tweeted: " Strongly condemn the terror attack at Bacha Khan University in Pakistan." (PTI)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    5. Congress workers burn BJP leader Hema Malini's effigies for calling Rahul Gandhi 'bechara' For the third consecutive day Congress workers today burnt effigies of BJP MP Hema Malini demanding an unconditional apology from her for reportedly calling their party vice president Rahul Gandhi a 'bechara' (helpless one) earlier this week. The party workers burnt effigies of the actor-turned-politician at the busy Holigate area in Mathura, in Kosi Kalan, some 45 km from the district headquarters, and in Vrindaban, and threatened that they would intensify their stir if she did not tender an apology. "Hema had reportedly called Rahul Gandhi 'bechara' (helpless one) for opposing the GST bill which, she said, will be good for the country. " "The Congress workers also slammed the BJP MP for allegedly not fulfilling her promises made to farmers who had suffered heavy crop losses due to unseasonal hailstorm last year. " (PTI)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    6. Nitish Kumar, Lalu Yadav attack Narendra Modi government over Dalit student's suicide. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Yadav on Wednesday targeted the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for intolerance in the country that resulted in the suicide by a Dalit student in Hyderabad. " Desh mein aaj rajnitik intolerance ka mahaul hain and usi ka result hain ki ek Dalit chatra ne atmahatya kiya (There is an environment of political intolerance in the country that resulted in the suicide by a Dalit student)," Nitish Kumar said. " "We should be alert and ready for a big fight ahead, and for this, we have to work for a grand alliance across the country on the lines of Bihar... if possible a grand alliance bigger than Bihar," Nitish Kumar said. (PTI)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    7. New Year bonhomie between Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee. Amid intense political fight between their parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received "very touching" New Year greetings from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee which he reciprocated and got a thanks message from the " Didi". " I thank Mamata Didi & wish her a great 2016," Modi tweeted." The bonhomie between Modi and Mamata came amidst an open fight between her party Trinamool Congress and BJP over the recent violence in Malda. BJP, on the other hand, has alleged that Mamata Banerjee was playing the "dirtiest vote bank politics" in Malda as she was trying to "communalise" issues by using "extremist forces". (PTI)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    8. Weather report: North in intense cold grip; 4 killed in UP mishap due to fog.Mercury today dropped across northern India as Leh in Jammu and Kashmir shivered at minus 16.4 degrees Celsius with national capital recording the coldest day of the season even as four people were killed in a road accident due to fog in Uttar Pradesh. In neighbouring UP, four people were killed when their car fell into a canal in Auraiya district last night as dense fog marred visibility even as light to moderate rain and thunder-shower occurred at some places in the state in the last 24 hours. Jaipur recorded the lowest temperature of 4.6 degrees Celsius last night. Jammu and Kashmir continued to remain in the grip of intense cold as night temperature, which was already below freezing point, dipped further with Leh recording the lowest temperature of the season at minus 16.4 degrees Celsius, down by five notches. (PTI)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    9. Security beefed up in Haridwar for Ardh Kumbh. Vigilance has been heightened at the ongoing Ardh Kumbh mela and security beefed up around vital installations in the district after four youths with suspected terror links who were allegedly planning to launch an attack here were nabbed, police said today. Security around sensitive and crowded spots, including Har Ki Pairi has been tightened, Inspector General of Police G S Martolia, in charge of the security for the mela, said. Four youths with suspected terror links who were allegedly conspiring to strike in the mela area were held by a joint team of Delhi Police Special Cell and Uttarakhand police last night from Manglour town in Haridwar district. Visitors to temples are on CCTV surveillance and senior police officials are patrolling the mela areas 24x7, he said.(AP)

  • Amartya Sen , intolerance, smriti irani, hydrabad controversy, isro , isro pslv, pakistan attack, bacha khan university, hema malini, narendra modi, rahul gandhi, lalu yadav, nitish kumar, ardh kumbh mela, mamata banarjee

    The Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi alleged that PM Narendra Modi "lacks understanding of things" and that he makes "big media celebrations" around "his ideas". (PTI)

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