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By Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: The students of Jadavpur University (JU) held a rally against the issue of the repeated harassment of female PhD students at the hands of male professors, today in the campus.

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Somlata Guha, a third year student of Philosophy told NewsGram (NG), “There have been several incidents of female students being manhandled by male professors in the past. This issue crops up very often, especially with the PhD students”.

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The students vehemently demanded that the authorities should immediately sack the guilty professors, else they would go on an indefinite hunger strike. They also remarked that attending the class with these predators is no less than an embarrassment.

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The general secretary of the students’ association, Shramon Bannerjee, while speaking to NG said, “The issue of molestation and harassment at the hands of professors has left us all in shame. We will place our demands in front of the vice chancellor and if he doesn’t take any action, the students of JU know how to make him act”.

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The situation in JU is very volatile at present, as students refuse to accept the treatment faced by their the female students at the hands of the male professors. Interacting with NG, the students firmly stated, “Either the VC will ask these professors to step down, or he shall have to resign from his post”.

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West Bengal Topper’s name Archisman Panigrahi Appears in Jadavpur University Merit List without Applying

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West Bengal Class 12 topper Archisman Panigrahi tops the Jadavpur University merit list without applying to the varsity. Wikimedia

Kolkata, July 14, 2017: West Bengal Class 12 topper Archisman Panigrahi is in a unique predicament, his name tops the Jadavpur University merit list in four subjects without him ever applying to the varsity.

“I never applied to Jadavpur University but I came to know through a friend that my name figured in the top in the merit list for physics, chemistry, geology, and mathematics. The marks and birthdate were not mine,” the student said.

He said he has informed the varsity authorities.

“I have written to the dean highlighting that I had not applied and I can see my name on the top,” he said.

According to varsity vice chancellor Suranjan Das the matter will be taken up with the cyber crime department of the police. (IANS)


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US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump asks Latinos, African Americans to give him needed win in Florida

According to a poll taken by the website Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Trump by less than 2% nationwide

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Miami, November 6, 2016: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asked on Saturday in Tampa, Florida, for the Hispanic and African American electorate’s vote in this vital state, where polls show him in a technical tie with rival Hillary Clinton.

“What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump asked Latino and African American voters, and at his first rally of the final sprint to next Tuesday’s elections he promised to fix what is wrong with the country.

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Before the elections he will visit eight states, including another visit to Florida next Monday, EFE news reported.

Trump said that African Americans and Latinos are suffering in Florida’s cities and all over the country from high crime rates, the worst education and no jobs, problems that he vowed to remedy if he wins the November 8 election.

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He also said that Democrats always forget about these minority voters once the elections are over.

These segments of the electorate, which polls indicate massively support former US secretary of state Clinton, could be vital for determining who will win Florida’s 29 electoral votes — which Trump needs to obtain the total of 270 that will give him the key to the White House.

Latinos represent 16% of Florida’s registered voters, while African Americans make up 13%, and their vote is crucial in these Florida elections, where surveys point to the Democrat having a minimal lead, EFE news added.

In Florida, 4% more Latinos have come out for early voting or have voted by mail than in 2012, while African American participation has dropped 7% compared to the last presidential election when the candidate was President Barack Obama, who finally won the state.

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Trump said he felt good about the voting results up to now, which on Saturday showed a difference of less than 7,300 between the registered Democrats and Republicans who have already voted, out of a total of 5.7 million registered voters in Florida.

The real-estate magnate said the final vote of African Americans and Hispanics will be very different from what people think.

He said Clinton is the candidate of the past, while his is the movement of the future, and it’s time for change, for new leadership.

According to a poll taken by the website Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Trump by less than 2% nationwide. (IANS)

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National Library in Kolkata will now house Books from Vietnam at the ‘Vietnam Corner’

The National Library in collaboration with Embassy of Vietnam in India and the committee also organised a seminar on 'Indo-Vietnam Relations: Golden Past & Nurturing For Glorious Future'

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Kolkata, November 05, 2016: The National Library, the largest library in the country, will now house books from Vietnam at the ‘Vietnam Corner’, which was inaugurated on Friday and is the first such corner to be set up by a foreign country in the library.

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“For the first time in India books from Vietnam are available. The Vietnam Corner is the first such corner to be set up by a foreign country in the National Library,” Geetesh Sharma, President of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee said.

“It has been patronised by government of Vietnam. They will supply the books for readers and research scholars. This will strengthen people to people interaction between the nations,” said Sharma.

A Vietnam Corner was also inaugurated at Jadavpur University. The Solidarity Committee will supply the books at the varsity.

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The National Library in collaboration with Embassy of Vietnam in India and the committee also organised a seminar on ‘Indo-Vietnam Relations: Golden Past & Nurturing For Glorious Future’.

The book “Da Nang: The City of Wonders” by Sharma was released on the occasion.

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Tran Quang Tuyen, Minister, Deputy Chief of the Vietnam Embassy in India was the chief guest while Arun Kumar Chakraborty, Director General, National Library presided over the function. (IANS)