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By Ishan Kukreti

Delhi Police detained protesters agitating against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as Film and Television Institute of India’s (FTII) chairman in front of Shastri Bhavan today. Protesters at ‘Stand in solidarity with FTII students’ saw the rough side of law after slogans urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act judiciously were raised.

The highly agitated protesters, who had gathered to show support to the students of FTII were sent packing to the Parliament Street police station.

The frustration and a sense of wrong being done to them was evident in the eyes of students, who raised passionate slogans against Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitly, Narendra Modi and the general saffronization of educational institutes that’s been going in the country lately.

The solidarity protest was supposed to start at 2 PM. However, after starting at 2:15 PM it could not last for more than 20 minutes. The police forced the demonstrators into buses to be sent to the police station.

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ACP Ved Bhushan told NewsGram that the protesters had not received permission for carrying out the demonstration and hence the police had to intervene.

A delegation from FTII including ex-chairman Saeed Mirza, Resul Pookutty and members of student bodies from FTII, JNU and NSD will be meeting Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitely today at National Informatics Center.

FTII students along with other student bodies of the country have been protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the premier film making institute of the country.

The students are demanding Chauhan’s removal as FTII’s chairman citing professional and artistic incompetence as the reason.

“Films can lead to propaganda and that is the whole point behind this protest. See, we are supposed to be political film makers, but we don’t want to stay in a place with a political bias.” an alumnus of FTII, Saumik Bhattacharya told NewsGram  

 

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India to Withdraw Pakistan’s ‘Most Favoured Nation’ Status

The Ministry of Commerce will issue the necessary communication in this regard, Jaitley added.

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Jaitley said that the CCS observed a two-minute silence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and expressed their condolences to the bereaved families. Wikimedia

Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the government has decided to withdraw the “Most Favoured Nation” status given to Pakistan, in the wake of the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir a day ago when a CRPF convoy in Pulwama was rammed into by an explosive-packed SUV that has left 45 troopers dead.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the suicide attack on Thursday that proved to be the most devatating since militancy erupted in 1989.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Jaitley said: “The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”

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“The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.” Pixabay

The Ministry of Commerce will issue the necessary communication in this regard, he added.

“The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible steps, and I am referring to all diplomatic steps, which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible evidence are available of having the direct hand in this gruesome terrorist attack,” Jaitley said.

The MEA in due course will keep you informed with regard to steps taken, he added.

Jaitley said that the MEA would also engage with the international community to make sure that the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism which has been pending for over three decades with the UN, particularly because of the definition of the word terrorism, must be adopted at the earliest.

 

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“The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”, says Jaitley. Pixabay

Besides Modi and Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the meeting.

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Jaitley said that the CCS observed a two-minute silence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and expressed their condolences to the bereaved families. At least 38 others continue in hospitals with injuries in the attack that has left the security establishment stunned.

He said the CRPF of course will make detailed arrangement with regard to transporting the bodies of the deceased to their families. (IANS)