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Aam agenda: AAP organizes rock concert, DU students get a taste of CYSS

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By Sagar Sethi

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Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing Chhatra Yuva Sanghrash Samiti (CYSS) jumpstarted its election campaign for Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections with a rock concert “DU Rocks,” at Talkatora stadium, New Delhi, today.

With performances by distinguished playback singer Shilpa Rao and illustrious musician Vishal Dadlani, the concert was emceed by Raghu Ram, a face once popular on MTV.

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The massive event had recently courted controversy in its wake with Congress calling it a blatant violation of DUSU election rules. However, the acquisitions couldn’t stop State Transport Minister Gopal Rai and Chief Minister of the capital, Arvind Kejriwal from wooing DU’s freshmen.

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While Dadlani pumped up the youth with ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Vande Matram’, Kejriwal’s promise of education loans up to 10 lakhs left the newly inducted members of Delhi University rooting for CYSS’s election candidates.

Although the event wasn’t any different from earlier such voter appeasing moves by ABVP or NSUI, Kejriwal urged the students to shun popular ‘money and power’ politics and vote for an ‘alternate’ student body.IMG-20150902-WA0005

AAP’s strategy of pulling the ‘aam’ young voters a little closer to its ‘aam’ politics seems to have hit the bull’s eye as the jam packed stadium and a won over crowd chanted praises for AAP and CYSS.

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  • Rimal

    Wow, that was enlightening!

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Akshay Kumar Lends Support to The Niine Movement Through His #18to82 Campaign

New Delhi, May 10 : Even months after the release of "Pad Man", Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has continued his effort to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. He has now lent support to a new campaign, bridging the gap between sanitary napkin users from 18 per cent to 82 per cent.

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New Delhi, May 10 : Even months after the release of “Pad Man”, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has continued his effort to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. He has now lent support to a new campaign, bridging the gap between sanitary napkin users from 18 per cent to 82 per cent.

The #18to82 campaign is a part of the Niine Movement, aimed at raising awareness about menstrual hygiene and tackling the age-old stigma against menstruation across both genders and all age groups.

Akshay, who boldly tackled the issue in Hindi film “Pad Man”, took to social media to support the campaign with the message: “Only 18 per cent of Indian women use sanitary napkins v/s 82 per cent who use unhygienic means. I support the #NIINEMovement which breaks the taboos on periods. Help bridge the gap from #18to82.”

The actor said in a statement: “Open and unafraid conversations on menstruation are powerful as they help to breakdown taboos… Menstrual hygiene is an urgent issue that we must resolve in India.

“Together, we can ensure that every female has the right to manage her period safely and with dignity, and the Niine Movement can drive the social revolution that India needs to initiate change for an entire country. The empowerment of women is the empowerment of a nation.”

The Niine Movement is conceived by social entrepreneur Amar Tulsiyan.

Tulsiyan said: “We each have a responsibility to do what we can to tackle the taboos around menstruation and educate the next generation about periods in the right way. It is my hope that through the campaign, the Niine Movement becomes the spark that leads the way in bringing menstrual hygiene and dignity to every woman and girl in India.”

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An ambitious five-year plan committed to grass-root change, the movement will be launched at the Menstrual Awareness Conclave, to be held here on Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Day on May 28. It will convene film personalities, academics, policymakers, government officials, activists, business stalwarts, NGOs and thought-leaders, including Akshay, to discuss the impact that stigma and taboos on menstruation have had on holding girls and women back for centuries. (Bollywood Country)