This minister blames mobile phones, TV for rising rape cases

News Network
December 5,2019

Jaipur, Dec 5: In a controversial statement, a Rajasthan Minister has blamed television and mobile phones behind the rising incidents of rape saying that when TV and mobile were not invented, there were no "rapes", news channel reported. Congress leader Bhanwarlal Meghwal, who is the Minister of Social Welfare of Rajasthan, made this statement while speaking to media at Jaipur.

Meghwal said that no rapes were reported when television and mobile phones were not invented. "Now youngsters are moving towards wrong trends by looking at mobile TV," he was quoted by news channel. The minister also told media that decision on the rape cases should be taken within three months and culprits should be hanged publicly.

His comments were in connection with the Telengana gang-rape and murder case. A 26-year assistant veterinarian from Hyderabad was raped and murdered by four accused before they burned her body on November 27. All four accused have been arrested by police.

This is not the first time that bizarre comments have been made on rape and its causes. In 2014, Vinay Bihari, a Bihar BJP leader, had blamed non-veg food for rape and molestation. 'People who eat more non-vegetarian food like chicken and fish are inclined towards carrying out molestation and rape,” Bihari had said.

Months before the Nirbhaya incident in December 2012, a Haryana khap leader accused Chinese fast food chowmein for rising rape cases. In 2014, Babulal Gaur, then BJP minister from Madhya Pradesh, had said that item songs in Bollywood are responsible for such crimes.

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Avi
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Friday, 6 Dec 2019

I partly agree with Bhanwarlal Meghwal & Babulal Gaur. Porn is everywhere now!

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DGCA withdraws permission to operate jumbo aircrafts at Calicut Intl Airport

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August 10,2020

Kozhikode, Aug 10: Reversing its decision in giving permission to operate big and jumbo aircrafts from Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said no big aircrafts will be operated from and to the airport till further orders, in view of the recent Air India Express plane crash at the airport on Friday last, the reasons for which is being investigated by the DGCA.

The airport was given permission to operate bigger aircrafts a couple of years ago. However, the DGCA has been putting pressure on the Airport authorities on augmenting infrastructural facilities like Runway End Safety Areas (RESA) that was lacking at the airport.

However, this was facilitated by shortening the runway, which was pointed out to be a flaw, in a table-top airport like Calicut, Airport sources informed here on Monday.

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New national education policy: Here are some of the key highlights

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July 29,2020

New Delhi, Jul 29: The new National Education Policy (NEP) approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday is set to usher in a slew of changes with the vision of creating an education system that contributes directly to transforming the country, providing high-quality education to all, and making India a global knowledge superpower.

The draft of the NEP by a panel headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief Kasturirangan and submitted to the Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal when he took charge last year. The new NEP replaces the one formulated in 1986.

Some of the key highlights of the New Education Policy are:-

The policy aims to enable an individual to study one or more specialized areas of interest at a deep level, and also develop character, scientific temper, creativity, spirit of service, and 21st century capabilities across a range of disciplines including sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, among others.

It identified the major problems facing the higher education system in the country and suggested changes such as moving towards multidisciplinary universities and colleges, with more institutions across India that offer medium of instruction in local/Indian languages, a more multidisciplinary undergraduate education, among others. 

The governance of such institutions by independent boards having academic and administrative autonomy has also been suggested.

Under the suggestions for institutional restructuring and consolidation, it has suggested that by 2040, all higher education institutions (HEIs) shall aim to become multidisciplinary institutions, each of which will aim to have 3,000 or more students, and by 2030 each or near every district in the country there will be at least one HEI.

The aim will be to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in HEIs including vocational education from 26.3 per cent (2018) to 50 per cent by 2035.

Single-stream HEIs will be phased out over time, and all will move towards becoming vibrant multidisciplinary institutions or parts of vibrant multidisciplinary HEI clusters.

It also pushes for more holistic and multidisciplinary education to be provided to the students.

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Coronavirus is now spreading at the fastest pace in India

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July 27,2020

New Delhi, Jul 27: India’s coronavirus epidemic is now growing at the fastest in the world, increasing 20% over the last week to more than 14 lakh confirmed cases, according to Bloomberg’s Coronavirus Tracker.

Infections in the South Asian nation of 130 crore people have reached 14.3 lakh, including 32,771 deaths, India’s health ministry said, with daily cases close to a record 50,000 on Monday. India is only trailing the US and Brazil now in the number of confirmed infections, but its growth in new cases is the fastest.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are among the states where the maximum number of daily cares are being reported. The world’s second-most populous country has been ramping up testing, with 515,472 samples taken on Sunday, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Still, India and Brazil have some of the world’s lowest testing rates, with 11.8 tests and 11.93 tests per 1,000 people respectively, compared to the US with 152.98 tests per 1,000 and Russia with 184.34, according to Our World in Data, a project based at the University of Oxford in the UK.

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