Jammu and Kashmir RSS chief Suchait Singh on claimed the “footprints of terror elements” are increasing in West Bengal and accused the Mamata Banerjee government of “engineering terror violence” and “communal politics” in the State.“We express concern over the increasing presence of ‘Jihadist’ elements in West Bengal, the policy of vote-bank appeasement being followed by the state government there and the shrinking population of Hindus in the State,” he told reporters here.The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), at its Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) in Coimbatore, had discussed and passed a resolution expressing grave concern over the alleged rise in violence in West Bengal, Singh said.“The ABPS has strongly condemned the extremist violence and the appeasement policy of the Bengal government,” he said.The J-K RSS chief called upon the countrymen to create awareness against this “Jihadist violence and communal politics of the West Bengal government“.Referring to the attack on a police station, just 8 km from the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s Malda district, he said the “increasing attacks against security forces is a grave danger to national security“.Singh said, “Hardliner clerics have been issuing fatwas to incite violence, and Hindus have been attacked in several places in West Bengal.” In the border areas, the growing presence of hardliners is forcing Hindu families to flee and they are also behind the fake currency, cow smuggling and illegal migration rackets, he alleged.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its probe into the Burdwan Bomb Blast case had found evidence of terror groups being active in several parts of West Bengal, he claimed.Singh also said 57,185 ‘shakhas’ were currently being run at 36,729 places in India, besides 79,675 weekly meetings and monthly ‘sangh mandali’“People under 45 years age make up for 90% of the attendees at these meetings, of them 53%are students,” he said.Singh said in the last one year 1,04,256 Swayam Sevaks attended the seven-day ‘Prathamik Shiksha Varg’, the first step towards becoming an RSS volunteer.Prant Karywah Parshotam Dadiechi explained in brief the Sangh’s working in J-K and 279 ‘shakhas’ that were running at 180 places with 110 weekly meetings and 76 ‘mandali’Dadiechi claimed around 45 people join the RSS online every month. More than 1,600 people from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions have joined the organisation in the last three years, he said.
A student of the Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalay (MVM) here was expelled for one year after she termed its teaching staff as “anti-nationals” in her Facebook post. The post was uploaded after MVM authorities denied permission to hold a programme at the college auditorium marking the death of revolutionary Bhagat Singh. Officials said that Asma Khan, a member of the Bhagat Kranti Dal and second year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) student, was removed from the institute for a period of one year after she uploaded the social media post.College principal Niraj Agnihotri said the decision to expel Ms. Khan was taken by the college’s staff council.“She should either withdraw this post or submit an apology for such a comment. It is not acceptable. She also said that the college was patronising anti-national activities,” Mr. Agnihotri said. He added that instead of apologising, Mr. Khan had brought a lawyer and some supporters to “pressurise” the college management.“The student’s post went viral on social media. We are not against such events but the college auditorium had been engaged till March 20 for a training programme being conducted by the government. Moreover, there was a possibility that the duration of the training programme could be extended,” he said. He said the group could have conducted the programme in any other part of the college campus. Mr. Khan, meanwhile, expressed dismay at the college’s action and called it hasty. “It is surprising that the college authorities decided to rusticate me for one year on the basis of a Facebook post without issuing me a show-cause notice or following set procedures,” she said. She alleged that the action against her was taken under pressure from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which she claimed was out to “spoil” every activity of the BKD. She said that the post, which was uploaded on March 19, was deleted immediately. “The post didn’t name any person. My rights are being ignored,” she claimed.
India’s first “career portal”, addressing the needs of secondary and higher secondary students for information on scholarships and career choices, was launched with the support of United Nations Children’s Fund here on Wednesday. The portal is expected to help the students take “informed decisions” about their academic and professional pursuits.To benefit lakhsMinister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasra and UNICEF-Rajasthan chief Isabelle Bardem inaugurated the portal, set to benefit about 23 lakh students, at Dr. Radhakrishnan Shiksha Sankul here in the presence of school principals, teachers and senior officials.Mr. Dotasra said the portal would promote employment-oriented education in the State and provide information on 200 vocational and 237 professional careers, 455 employment avenues, 960 scholarships, 955 competitive examinations and 10,000 institutions of higher education to the students from Classes IX to XII.Experts in UNICEF have developed the portal after an assessment of needs, awareness and perspective of students, teachers and system functionaries. Dr. Bardem said the assessment had indicated that most of the boys and girls in the State were keen to join the workforce as soon as they finished Class X or XII. Besides, the assessment revealed a substantial progress in terms of gender equality among the students.“The career portal will serve the needs in the educational stream, enabling the students to choose their career path matching with their aspirations, interest, inclination and aptitude,” Dr. Bardem said, adding that this would reduce dropouts at various stages in schools and improve retention in jobs. UNICEF had selected Rajasthan for launching the portal because of its track record in employment-oriented education, she said.Mr. Dotasra also announced setting up of the Rajiv Gandhi Career Counselling Cell for adolescents and youths on the occasion. The cell will link school and college students with skill development programmes and internship opportunities in the pursuit of their career choices.Career informationUNICEF’s studies in Rajasthan have highlighted that two largest sources of career information for students are teachers and family members. About 69% of students mentioned that they were using Internet for their career-related queries, which indicates that the adolescents will quickly learn to use the career portal.
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Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now United Nations’ Special Envoy for Global Education, is to present the UN Global Education First Initiative in a high-profile MIPTV conference session, scheduled for Wednesday 10 April in Cannes, France.The MIPTV session will be followed by a “Countdown for Global Education” VIP lunch, marking the start of the 1,000-day countdown to 2015, the deadline that the global community has set to have every child in school.Organized by Reed MIDEM, MIPTV will take place in Cannes from 8-11 April, 2013.As MIPTV celebrates its 50th anniversary, it is timely for the global content market to provide a platform for the international TV industry that demonstrates its potential to drive positive social change. The goal is that, through partnerships with the UN’s Global Education First Initiative, the whole TV ecosystem from around the world backs this campaign by aligning with the cause of education.“We urgently need to create a global movement which will put pressure on leaders to make education a priority and to ensure that they keep their promises,” said Gordon Brown. “We’re seeing the beginnings of that global community already, but the television industry has a huge part to play in reaching people in every corner of the world, and communicating these issues to them in an entertaining and accessible way.”“MIPTV is committed to support this exceptional cause, which will mobilize the entire international TV and online digital ecosystem to create a real impact that will contribute significantly to the global community,” commented Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.“MIPTV is an ideal venue and audience to host the UN global Education First Initiative. The UN partnership with the TV industry on education is a win-win proposition,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.Featuring a video introduction from the United Nations’ Secretary-General, Ban Ki -moon, the session will present a diverse line-up of speakers, all addressing television’s power to change. David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications, the world’s leading non-fiction media company, will speak on the power of television to teach. Discovery, which is also marking its 50th anniversary this year, has recently given significant backing to the UN’s education initiative and other similar programmes.Social entrepreneur and former Microsoft executive John Wood, CEO and Founder, Room to Read, an organization promoting literacy and gender equality in developing countries, will tackle the power of television to inspire action.The power of television to catalyze a movement will be addressed by Robert Triefus, Chief Marketing Officer of luxury goods group Gucci, which has launched the “Chime for Change” global campaign focused on girls’ and women’s empowerment. Gucci is also sponsoring the “Countdown for Global Education” VIP lunch after the session, which will be moderated by Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.The session’s audience will also hear from Ziauddin Yousafzai , the father of Malala Yousafzai. Malala is the Pakistani girl who became a figurehead for the right of girls to education when she was shot in the head last year by the Taliban for simply going to school. A long-standing campaigner for education, Ziauddin Yousafzai runs a network of schools in Pakistan and is an adviser of the UN Special Envoy Brown on girls’ education issues.Source:PR Newswire