Protest News Updates: 9 April 2018

 

9 April 2018

 

Hungerstrikes

Centre on offensive as Rahul Gandhi woos SP, BSP on Dalit row 9.4.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
A fierce war of words broke out across north and south India on Sunday between the BJP-led government at the Centre and Opposition parties over the issue of Dalits. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Congress, SP and BSP supported violence and disrupted the peace of the country. Eleven people had been killed as thousands of Dalits carried out violent protests across northern states on April 2 against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act. “The Opposition is playing politics in Dalit icon BR Ambedkar’s name. Our party is working to strengthen the SC/ST Act. This is being opposed by Rahul Gandhi,” Prasad said at a press conference here. “Ambedkar said Dalit movements should never be violent. The rights of Dalits must be protected but the medium cannot be violence,” said Prasad. This was after BSP chief Mayawati said the success of the protests has left BJP scared of Dalits. “The protest was largely successful. Authorities in BJP-ruled states have started atrocities towards Dalits. Many Dalits and …
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Rajaram Bhat moved to private hospital 9.4.2018 Hindu: Cities
Protest at goshala goes on
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Special status can still be achieved: Vijayamma 9.4.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition
She visited party’s fasting MPs in New Delhi
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How Cauvery issue brought together Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan on one stage 8.4.2018 DNA: India
On Sunday, it was an unusual sight in Chennai.  Not many could have thought that the simmering tension over the Cauvery issue will bring together two of the biggest names in Tamil Nadu. Along with hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Tamil Nadu’s capital city, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth shared the stage to protest against Centre’s delay in forming the Cauvery Management Board. This was for the very first time since both announced their political career that they came toghther. Burying their political differences, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan spoke for the people of Tamil Nadu and said that at a time when people are suffering, it is an embarrassment to talk about cricket. Both shared the view that until the Cauvery issue is not resolved IPL matches must not be held in the state. Rajinikanth, who has announced his intentions to launch his political party, said the entire Tamil Nadu was seeking the formation of Cauvery Management Board “in one voice”.  Both of them are amazing crowd-pullers and have …
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Nepal PM conferred with Honorary degree at Dehradun University 8.4.2018 General News
Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is on a three-day State visit to India, was presented an Honorary degree at GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in the capital city of Uttarakhand Dehradun.Oli, who arrived at Pantnagar earlier in the day, visit the Breeder Seed Production Centre and an integrated farming project at the University.He arrived in India on April 6 on a three-day maiden visit.During his visit, he met with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, among others.The Nepal Prime Minister is accompanied by his wife Radhika Shakya and an entourage of ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs), secretaries and other high-ranking officials of the Nepal Government.
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Manoj Tiwari to go on hunger strike over fund issue 8.4.2018 General News
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari today accused the AAP government of “creating hurdles” in development of civic amenities. He also warned that he will sit on an indefinite hunger strike if funds are not released for two infrastructure projects in north east Delhi till April 12. Inaugurating a senior citizens’ recreation centre developed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, Tiwari also charged that the Arvind Kejriwal government was indulging in partiality over developments. “The AAP government is causing hurdles and adopting partial approach over development works. If funds are not released for the Shastri Park loop and Seelampur flyover by April 12, I will sit on an indefinite hunger strike,” a Delhi BJP press statement quoted Tiwari as saying. He said the people of his parliamentary constituency, north east Delhi, were waiting for these projects for years and he would do everything to fulfill their wish. “The Shastri Park loop and doubling of the Seelampur flyover will save …
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IPL in Chennai an ’embarrassment’ during Cauvery protests: Rajinikanth 8.4.2018 Rediff: News
The actor also said that the Centre will face TN wrath if it fails to set up CMB.
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CMB issue: Rajini, Kamal observe silent protest 8.4.2018 deccanherald.com
Joining the ongoing state-wide protests demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) by the Centre, actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Vijay and other film personalities participated in a silent protest here. The Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC), South Indian Artistes Association (SIAA), Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) and Distributors Association had announced that the silent protest would be held here in Valluvar Kottam area on Sunday. Top actors including SIAA president and actor Nasser, Film Producers Council president and actor Vishal, actors Dhanush and Sathyaraj, directors Shankar and Vikraman, and actor-director S A Chandrasekar also participated in the protest. The silent protest was also for demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, against which the locals have been staging agitations, citing health reasons. Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests over the CMB issue, with the ruling AIADMK staging a hunger strike led by Chief Minister K …
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Protests on Andhra Pradesh issue continue in Delhi 8.4.2018 Deccan Herald – TOP STORIES RSS FEEDS
YSR Congress MPs continued their fast here over the special category status to Andhra Pradesh even as party’s honorary president Y S Vijayamma rued the lack of unity among parties. On its part, rival TDP MPs, on Sunday morning, attempted to protest outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence here but were detained and taken to the police station. During a meeting with protesting YSR Congress MPs, Vijayamma, wife of former  Andhra Pradesh  chief minister late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and mother of the party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, said, “in the past, indefinite strikes were so effec
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Oli seeks Pantnagar varsity’s expertise to revolutionise agriculture in Nepal 8.4.2018 General News
Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli today sought the research expertise of GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in his endeavour to revolutionise agriculture in his country. “Looking at what the Pantnagar University has done in the field of modernising agriculture in India, I think if the University and Nepal collaborate in the sector, agriculture in our country will get revolutionised through a technological boost,” Oli said addressing a special convocation of the University. Describing India and Nepal as predominantly agricultural economies, he said though two-thirds of Nepal’s population depended on agriculture, the sector’s contribution to the country’s economy was not as significant. Two agricultural universities have been set up in Nepal but expertise of research faculties of Pantnagar University and the Government of India will be needed to strengthen these institutions which are at a preliminary stage, Oli said. The Nepalese Prime Minister was conferred with the .
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Setting up CMB: Rajini,Kamal observe silent protest with actors 8.4.2018 General News
Joining the ongoing state-wide protests, demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board by the Centre, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, actors Kamal Hassan and Vijay, along with other actors and film personalities, participated in a silent protest here. The Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC), South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA), Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) and Distributors’ Association had announced that the silent protest would be held here in Valluvar Kottam area today. Top actors, including SIAA president and actor Nasser, Film Producers’ Council president and actor Vishal, actors Dhanush and Sathyaraj, directors Shankar and Vikraman and actor-director S A Chandrasekar also participated in the protest. The silent protest was also for demanding closure of the Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, against which the locals have been staging agitations, citing health reasons. Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests over the CMB issue, with ruling AIADMK .
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Sad Andhra Pradesh Lawmakers Not Uniting For Special Status: YSR Congress 8.4.2018 NDTV News – Top-stories
Ruing lack of unity among the Andhra Pradesh MPs over the fight for special category status to the state, YSR Congress Party today said the centre was not heeding the demand seriously due to the…
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TDP MPs detained while marching towards PM’s residence 8.4.2018 General News
A group of 21 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs were on Sunday detained by police while marching towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence to demand special status for Andhra Pradesh.
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Protesting YSR Congress MP falls ill, hospitalized 8.4.2018 General News
Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) MP Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli, who, among many others, was on an indefinite hunger strike over the demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh, was admitted to hospital after he fell ill on Sunday.Velagapalli, along with four others MPs, tendered his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on April 6 in protest against the Centre over its failure to award special status tag to the state of Andhra Pradesh.PV Midhun Reddy, YS Avinash Reddy and Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy were the other MPs who submitted their resignations.On March 31, YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced that his party’s MPs would quit and sit on indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi to press for the issue.Demanding the same, their MPs had disrupted the budget session of Parliament which led to multiple adjournments of Lok Sabha.The YSRCP was the first party to move a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over the
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TDP MPs try to protest near PM’s residence, detained 8.4.2018 General News
Police today detained Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lawmakers when they attempted to protest near Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg here demanding the special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The decision to protest was taken after TDP lawmakers met at Rajya Sabha member and former Union minister Y S Chowdary’s residence this morning to chalk out the next course of action. The lawmakers were detained on their way to the prime minister’s residence. “Twenty MPs are sitting at Tughlak Road police station. Police will allow all MPs to go after sometime. They were detained from Bhinder Point near Air Force Station, while they were marching towards the PM’s house,” a police officer said. TDP lawmaker Jayadev Galla said: “The prime minister is the person to take decisions on the special status. He has to fulfil his promises and that is why we want to raise our demands with him.” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the lawmakers “in solidarity” at the police …
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‘Centre ignoring AP’s demand for spl status due to its MPs’ disunity’ 8.4.2018 General News
Ruing lack of unity among the Andhra Pradesh MPs over the fight for special category status to the state, YSR Congress Party today said the Centre was not heeding to the demand seriously due to the disunity. YSR Congress honorary president Y S Vijayamma, who is the wife of former AP Chief Minister late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and mother of the party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, lamented the lack of unity among the state MPs, while meeting her party MPs sitting on an indefinite hunger strike at AP Bhavan here. “In the past, indefinite strikes were so effective that it attracted governments’ attention and they responded to it. Today nothing is happening despite several attempts by the opposition parties,” she said in an apparent reference to the denial of special status to the state by the Centre with the Telugu Desam Party keeping off from YSR Congress MPs’ hunger strike. YSRCP is in opposition in Andhra Pradesh. “Late Rajashekar Reddy used to tell us that only a united AP would have
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Special status: TDP MPs protesting outside PM Modi’s residence detained 8.4.2018 General News
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Members of Parliament, who were protesting outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in Lok Kalyan Marg over their demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh, were detained on Sunday.Earlier on Thursday, the TDP MPs, including those from the Rajya Sabha, held the protests inside Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s chamber as the party’s no-confidence notice against the government was not taken up for discussion.The following day, they continued with their protests inside the Parliament premises as they were marshalled out from the office of Mahajan.The House was adjourned sine die on Friday in regard to granting of special status to the southern state.On March 16, the ruling TDP reached a deadlock with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue and ultimately quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition. Since then, the TDP MPs have regularly staged protests in the Parliament demanding Special Category Status.Meanwhile, the ..
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Hyderabad: Woman pelts stones at media after friend held for driving drunk 8.4.2018 General News
A woman in Hyderabad city of Telangana on Saturday created a nuisance and started throwing stones on media persons after her friend was caught for driving drunk, police said.According to Traffic Inspector in Gopalpuram, Majid, the traffic police on Saturday night caught a person in a Swift car driving in a drunk state at a checkpoint at Film Nagar main road here.His woman friend, who was sitting beside him in the car, overreacted and tried to hit media persons, who were already present there, with stones, he said.A case was registered against the driver and his car was seized, he said.No action has so far been taken against the woman.
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Charge sheet in Kathua rape and murder case to be filed next week: Police 8.4.2018 General News
The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir police is likely to submit the charge sheet before the high court in the rape and murder case of a minor girl in Kathua district next week, a senior police officer said today. The incident had sparked an outrage across the state. “The over two-and-a-half-month long investigation is almost complete and we are likely to file the charge sheet in the court, which is monitoring the case, next week,” the officer told PTI. Body of eight-year-old girl from the Bakherwal community was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. On January 23, the government handed over the case to the crime branch of state police which formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and arrested eight persons, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, in connection with the case. The head constable was charged with destruction of evidence. Among the accused, former revenue official ..
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TDP MPs protesting for special status outside PM Modi’s residence detained 8.4.2018 Latest News
The following day, they continued with their protests inside the Parliament premises as they were marshalled out from the office of Mahajan
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Dharna

Hardik Patel impacted BJP votes in Gujarat: Ramdas Athawale 9.4.2018 DNA: Top News
Ramdas Athawale, union minister of state for social justice and empowerment on Sunday said that Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel’s agitation had impacted the BJP in Gujarat. He also asked the young Patel leader to first joint hands with the NDA government and then seek reservation. “Hardik should join hands with the NDA and then seek reservation. I have also talked to the PM in this connection,” said Athawale, a Dalit leader himself who was in Surat on an invitation to attend the Bharatiya Baudh Dharm Parishad. Athawale said that when Hardik first emerged on the scene with his demand for reservation, he had backed the Patel leader’s demand then. “In Gujarat BJP lost some seats due to the influence of Hardik. Congress gained the seats not due to Rahul Gandhi as many believe but because of the backing that Hardik gave to the opposition party,” said Athawale. His press conference also saw some drama when a Dalit youth who was standing behind Athawale suddenly waved black flags …
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Modi juggernaut has to be stopped in Karnataka: H.S. Doreswamy 9.4.2018 Hindu: Delhi
He is a freedom fighter, a journalist, and above all a man who has led citizens’ movements for everything from providing housing to the landless to pr
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Protest Rally
 
Protesting Pashtuns demand public hanging of Pervez Musharraf 8.4.2018 General News
Over 1,00,000 Pashtuns held a rally in Peshawar on Sunday against the Pakistani state-sponsored terrorism in Pashtunistan and demanded public hanging of retired Pakistan Army General and former president Pervez Musharraf.The protestors also demanded international community to intervene in the war crimes against Pashtuns in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Waziristan.In the three-hour long rally, ‘Pashtun Long March to Peshawar,’ people chanted ‘Azadi’ (freedom) slogans.The rally organised by the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. amassed hundreds of families whose sons, husbands, daughters and mothers were abducted by Pakistan Army and its intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).”Today’s #PashtunLongMarch2Peshawer jalsa was huge. Pashtuns have told the state and the world that all of them are supporting #PashtunTahafuzMovement. People traveled from all over the country to attend it. This caravan for peace will go until the demands are
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Social Movements

Hardik Patel impacted BJP votes in Gujarat: Ramdas Athawale 9.4.2018 DNA: Top News
Ramdas Athawale, union minister of state for social justice and empowerment on Sunday said that Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel’s agitation had impacted the BJP in Gujarat. He also asked the young Patel leader to first joint hands with the NDA government and then seek reservation. “Hardik should join hands with the NDA and then seek reservation. I have also talked to the PM in this connection,” said Athawale, a Dalit leader himself who was in Surat on an invitation to attend the Bharatiya Baudh Dharm Parishad. Athawale said that when Hardik first emerged on the scene with his demand for reservation, he had backed the Patel leader’s demand then. “In Gujarat BJP lost some seats due to the influence of Hardik. Congress gained the seats not due to Rahul Gandhi as many believe but because of the backing that Hardik gave to the opposition party,” said Athawale. His press conference also saw some drama when a Dalit youth who was standing behind Athawale suddenly waved black flags …
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Modi juggernaut has to be stopped in Karnataka: H.S. Doreswamy 9.4.2018 Hindu: Delhi
He is a freedom fighter, a journalist, and above all a man who has led citizens’ movements for everything from providing housing to the landless to pr
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Inclusion and the right to dignity 8.4.2018 Hindu: Lead
The onus of battling discrimination must not fall on the shoulders of Dalits alone
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Pak Media blackout Pashtun March, draws flak 8.4.2018 General News
The Pakistani media’s move to blackout Pashtun Long March has invited massive backlash from its own people, including scholars and journalists as well.People have taken to Twitter to condemn the media blackout.”In modern Pakistan the media & academia – 2 sources critical 4 building narratives – are almost totally captured by the establishment. Most journalists and scholars have turned willing partners of the military which is critical for personal development and progress (Military Inc),” Ayesha Siddiqa, a noted author tweeted.Senior Pakistani journalist came to fore and expressed its support for the Pashtun rights movement and urged people to participate, saying, ” Today I feel ashamed as a journalist for the media blackout of #PashtunLongMarch2Peshawar I support this march and urge all to be part of it.””Pakistani media blackout and the propaganda of Pakistan army supported ‘Gul Khans’ show how fearful Pakistan is of a peaceful march that is demanding for right of Pashtuns to …
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Protesting Pashtuns demand public hanging of Pervez Musharraf 8.4.2018 General News
Over 1,00,000 Pashtuns held a rally in Peshawar on Sunday against the Pakistani state-sponsored terrorism in Pashtunistan and demanded public hanging of retired Pakistan Army General and former president Pervez Musharraf.The protestors also demanded international community to intervene in the war crimes against Pashtuns in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Waziristan.In the three-hour long rally, ‘Pashtun Long March to Peshawar,’ people chanted ‘Azadi’ (freedom) slogans.The rally organised by the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. amassed hundreds of families whose sons, husbands, daughters and mothers were abducted by Pakistan Army and its intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).”Today’s #PashtunLongMarch2Peshawer jalsa was huge. Pashtuns have told the state and the world that all of them are supporting #PashtunTahafuzMovement. People traveled from all over the country to attend it. This caravan for peace will go until the demands are
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ADC Chairmen urge BJP, NPF leaders 7.4.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
ADC Chairmen urge BJP, NPF leaders
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India to meet its clean energy target before time: Union Minister 7.4.2018 General News
Emphasising on the need to transform the ongoing solar energy progress in India into a social movement, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said the country would meet its renewable target of 175 GW, including 100 GW of solar, before the stipulated time frame of 2022.
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Hardik Patel challenges discharge plea rejection in Gujarat High Court 7.4.2018 DNA: Top News
Gujarat High Court on Friday issued a notice to Gujarat government following Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s application against the lower court’s decision rejecting his discharge application in a sedition case filed against him. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel on Friday filed an application against a decision of a Sessions Court in Ahm-edabad, which rejected his discharge application in the case. A further hearing is now scheduled for May 8. Crime Branch of Ahm-edabad police had filed a sedition case against Patel and others after his Patidaar Rally in Ahmedabad in August 2015. Patel has been demanding reservation quota for Pati-dars in education institutes and government agencies. Violence had erupted in the evening after the rally. Patel has been charged with inciting violence which led to the death of dozen-odd Patidar youths in the state. Patel had then filed a discharge application in the city Sessions Court, which had in February early this year rejected the plea. It had …
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Trade Unions

Explainer: Macron’s rail reforms and French union strikes 9.4.2018 Reuters: World News
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s rail workers on Sunday launched the second wave of rolling strikes over government plans to reform the debt-ridden national state-owned railway company SNCF before its monopoly on domestic passenger rail expires.

  

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Bangladesh sentences man to death for murder of union leader 8.4.2018 General News
A Bangladesh court today sentenced a man to death in absentia for murdering a union leader who led strikes in the powerful garment industry. A court in the northern district of Tangail ordered that factory worker Mustafizur Rahman be hanged for kidnapping and murdering high-profile unionist Aminul Islam in 2012. Trade union groups rejected the sentence, saying Rahman was being singled out to cover up for powerful groups involved in Islam’s murder. Islam’s mutilated body was found by the roadside in Tangail a few days after he disappeared from Ashulia, the major garment hub on the outskirts of Dhaka. All his toes had been broken and his legs bore serious puncture wounds. State prosecutor Multan Uddin said Islam was likely targeted as a prominent labour activist who spearheaded major strikes over wages at garment factories. “Aminul waged a struggle for the interest of workers. Perhaps the people whose interest was affected murdered him in a pre-planned manner,” Uddin said. Police have ..
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JAC’s stir enters 17th day, no solution visible 8.4.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
JAC’s stir enters 17th day, no solution visible
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Eight injured in mishap at RFCL 7.4.2018 Hindu: Hyderabad
Under-construction tank collapses
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AIR swaps frequency of flagship channel 7.4.2018 Hindu: Health
Employees question decision
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