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Hyderabad varsity condemns police ‘raids’ at Jamia

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Hyderabad, Aug 16 : The Joint Action Committee of students’ groups at University of Hyderabad ON Tuesday condemned police ‘raids’ at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University on the eve of Independence Day celebrations.

The group of Social Justice, an umbrella grouping of various students’ organisations, said it stands in solidarity with the students of Jamia “to resist and destroy the ground which gives legitimacy to the criminalization and oppression of minorities, and to safeguard the autonomy of academic spaces at all costs.”

“Throughout its history, Jamia has been the target of communal profiling and repression, such as in the aftermath of the Batla House encounter in 2008, or the brutal attack on April 9, 2000, when students were assaulted by the Delhi police,” the JAC said in a statement.

“This comes at a time when we are already witnessing the heavy militarisation and policing of all academic spaces across the country in an attempt to stifle any kind of dissent, and to stop any critical questions from being raised,” it added.

The JAC noted that the way university administrations in JNU, HCU, Jadavpur and other universities gave a free hand to the police to exercise brutality on the students, points clearly to the fact that the administrations work “hand in glove with the police and the state to stifle and silence, rather than protect the rights of the university community and resist the attack on the universities’ autonomy.”

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Gujarat was first state to adopt policy for solar power: PM Modi

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New Delhi, 24 Oct : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated three projects in Gujarat including the Kisan Sarvodaya Scheme, under which the farmers will get electricity during the day for the irrigation purpose and said that Gujarat was first state to adopt policy for solar power generation.

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Mehbooba Mufti said she would not raise any flag other than Kashmir

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Srinagar, 23 Oct. : Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, who was released after nearly 14 months of detention, has started political activities. Mehbooba, who came to address a press conference for the first time after so many months, has announced that her party will unite in bringing Jammu and Kashmir back to the same status (before Article 370 is removed).

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Indian economy to contract by 10.3% in 2020; may show 8.8% growth in 2021: IMF

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New Delhi, 13 Oct. : The Indian economy, severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is projected to contract by a massive 10.3 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

However, India is likely to bounce back with an impressive 8.8 percent growth rate in 2021, thus regaining the position of the fastest growing emerging economy, surpassing China’s projected growth rate of 8.2 percent, the IMF said in its latest ‘World Economic Outlook’ report.

Released ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, the report said global growth would contract by 4.4 percent this year and bounce back to 5.2 percent in 2021.

America’s economy is projected to contract by 5.8 percent in 2020 and grow by 3.9 percent the next year, the IMF said.

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