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By NewsGram Staff Writer

 Pune: The students of FTII on Sunday decided to end their hunger strike after the Information and Broadcasting Ministry agreed to have a talk with them on September 29. However this would not mark the end of their strike.

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“We are calling off the hunger strike since the government is willing to talk on September 29. But the strike remains until a positive result comes from their end,” students’ president Harishankar Nachimuthu and core committee member Ranjit Nair confirmed.

Over 250 students of the Film and Television Institute of India had been on a strike for over 100 days against the appointment of actor and Bharatiya Janata Party member Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman. The students find the credentials of the actor, best known for essaying ‘Yudhisthir’ in B.R. Chopra’s “Mahabharat”, questionable.

FTII, the country’s premier film institute which was established in 1960, has produced the likes of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Jahnu Barua, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri.

(With inputs from IANS)

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

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BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)

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