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“Say Goodbye To The Maulana Azad National Fellowship:Centre Declares End For The Scholarship Program”

India: The Modi government has disclosed that they are planning on discontinuing the “Maulana Azad National Scholarship Scheme”, which was initially created and implemented in response to the recommendations of the Sachar Committee, at the beginning of 2022-23. The Fellowship, established in 2009, provided students of six minority communities – Buddhists, Christians, Jains, Muslims, Parsis, and Sikhs – with financial assistance in order to complete MPhil and PhD programmes.

This cancellation is certain to have a prejudicial effect on the Muslim, Sikh, and Christian students, as they will be deprived of a valuable opportunity to study and progress in their respective fields.Student organizations across India have denounced the recent rollback of Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) by the Modi-led BJP government as a ‘blatant injustice’, and have urged immediate reinstatement of the scholarship earmarked for students from minority communities.

This is seen as a violation of the Right to Education for the disadvantaged minority communities, and an affront to the vision of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar for a more inclusive India. The Right to Education Act, 2009 mandates that the Central Government must provide compulsory and free elementary education to all. In this regard, the Punjab State Commission for Minorities has addressed an appeal to the Hon’ble Smt. Drupadi Murmu, President of India, called for directions to the Central Government to resume these schemes and grants for the benefit of the minority communities.

This past year has seen the Sangh Parivar attempt to deny Muslim women the right to education and to push its version of aggressive majoritarian cultural nationalism by taking over educational spaces. The stopping of MANF could be seen as part of this campaign, denying access to education as well as keeping higher studies in the hands of privileged few.

The latest announcement by the BJP government reinforces its hostile stance against minoritie.

At least 16 stranded snow-tourists die at Pakistan hill station

Islamabad:Pakistan, Jan 8 (Reuters) – At least 16 tourists died in freezing temperatures after being stranded in their vehicles in northern Pakistan, where thousands had flocked to enjoy the snow, officials said on Saturday.

With some 1,000 vehicles still stranded, the government has declared Murree, 64 km (40 miles) northeast of the capital Islamabad, a calamity hit area.

“For the first time in 15 to 20 years such large number of tourists flocked to Murree, which created a big crisis,” Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Pakistan’s interior minister said a video message.

The minister said that around 1,000 cars were stuck in the hill station, a town elevated from the nearby area, confirming that “16 to 19 deaths have occurred in their cars.”null

Army platoons and paramilitary forces have been deployed to help the civil administration in rescue operations, he said.

Late on Friday the government announced the closure of all roads leading to the station to stop any further influx of the tourists.

Soldiers walk as they take part in a rescue operation after a heavy snowfall in Murree, Pakistan January 8, 2022. Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
People stand next to cars stuck under fallen trees on a snowy road, in Murree, northeast of Islamabad, Pakistan in this still image taken from a video January 8, 2022. PTV/REUTERS TV via REUTERS
Vehicles are seen on a snowy road, in Murree, northeast of Islamabad, Pakistan in this still image taken from a video January 8, 2022. PTV/REUTERS TV via REUTERS

People stand next to cars stuck under fallen trees on a snowy road, in Murree, northeast of Islamabad, Pakistan in this still image taken from a video January 8, 2022. PTV/REUTERS TV via REUTERSRead More

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed shock over the “tragic deaths” of the tourists. “Have ordered inquiry and putting in place strong regulations to ensure prevention of such tragedies,” Khan said in a tweet.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry appealed to people to not visit the hill station.

Snowfall, which began on Tuesday night, continued at regular intervals, attracting thousands of tourists. Due to huge numbers of visitors, many families ended up getting stranded on roads.

Local media reported that over 100,000 vehicles entered the hill station.

Videos shared on social media showed entire families, including children, lying dead in their snow covered vehicles.

“Were the deaths caused by cold or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning?,” Dr. Faheem Yonus, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Maryland UCH, said in a tweet. “CO is odorless, lethal if an idling car is buried in snow, the blocked exhaust (silencer) can quickly kill the passengers as they breath CO.”

Officials have given no word on the causes of the deaths.

India says China ‘inventing’ names in disputed Himalayan region

India hit out at China for giving “invented” names to several places in a disputed Himalayan region on their border as Beijing looks to assert sovereignty over the territory.

Several stretches of the lengthy frontier are disputed and relations have soured dramatically since 20 Indian soldiers died in a brawl in June 2020 on one section between Ladakh and Tibet.

Since then, both sides have reinforced the region with thousands of extra soldiers and military hardware as multiple rounds of talks have failed to de-escalate tensions.

This week the Ministry of Civil Affairs said it had “standardised” the names of 15 places in Zangnan (“South Tibet”) — Beijing’s title for the region India calls Arunachal Pradesh — and gave them all formal Chinese names.

The renaming of residential areas, rivers and mountains followed a similar move in 2017 involving six other locations in the same area.

“Arunachal Pradesh has always been, and will always be an integral part of India,” India’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.

“Assigning invented names to places in Arunachal Pradesh does not alter this fact,” spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a statement.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said “Southern Tibet is in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, and has historically been Chinese territory,” adding the renaming came within “the scope of China’s sovereignty”.null

Tibet has alternated over the centuries between independence and control by China, which says it “peacefully liberated” the rugged plateau in 1951.

It fiercely defends and militarises the Tibetan border and brushes aside any debate about Chinese historical ownership of the region.

India meanwhile sees China’s new Land Borders Law, approved in October and set to come into force on January 1, as hardening of Beijing’s position.

The law calls China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity “sacred and inviolable” and enables Beijing to “take measures to safeguard the territorial integrity and land boundaries and guard against and combat any act that undermines territorial sovereignty and land boundaries”.null

India said in October that it expected that “China will avoid undertaking action under the pretext of this law which could unilaterally alter the situation in the .India-China border areas”

KASHMIR DISPUTE AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE


India has a long history of employing fascist tactics to suppress the genuine aspirations of Kashmiris. Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 95,917 innocent Kashmiris including 7,215 in custody, widowed 22,939, orphaned 107, 855 and molested 11,245 women since January 1989.

India has introduced coercive measures including new domicile laws to change the demographic structure of IIOJK. These actions are illegal and in blatant violation of UNSC resolutions and international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention and Security Council Resolution 122.

Pakistan has presented a 131-page dossier detailing a series of atrocities committed by Indian government in IIOJK. Pakistan has shaken India diplomatically as the document has been officially shared with over 100 countries of the world.

Unfortunately, India did not reply to any of the questions asked by UNHRC rapporteurs on human rights violations, and is considered the acceptance of the crimes by Indian government committed in IIOJK.

UN should compel India to allow free access to special procedure mandate holders of the UN Human Rights Council for independent investigations of human rights violations.

Constituency NA-63 continues its development journey

Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA Mansoor Hayat Khan and MPA Ammar Siddique Khan inaugurated Usman Khattar Girls Degree College, Garhi Sikandar Water Supply Scheme, Usman Khattar Water Supply Scheme and completion of streets at a cost of Rs 13 crore. Laid the foundation stone of the projects.

The arrival of young leaders MNA Mansoor Hayat Khan and Ammar Siddique Khan at the venue was warmly welcomed by the esteemed locals and residents of Taxila.

On this occasion MNA Mansoor Hayat Khan in his speech once again spoke on education and training and said that we followed our manifesto and spent 70% of the budget on education.

MNA Mansoor Hayat Khan also slammed the PDM and the opposition and said that in the last 35 years they have deprived the constituency of development. Our 35 months have proved to be people friendly.

Host Malik Ayaz Mehmood, President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Taxila, Ajmal Khan Tanoli, former MPA Muhammad Shafiq Khan, Dr Asad, Ata-ur-Rehman Chaudhry, Syed Chan Shah Kazmi, PTI workers and residents of the area in large numbers attended the event.