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Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from protest against ABVP, urges people to join in huge numbers

Days after her picture about the alleged violence by ABVP, went viral, LSR College student Gurmehar Kaur withdrew from the protest against ABVP today.
Gurmehar Kaur (Picture Source: Gurmehar’s facebook account)

Days after her picture and comment about the alleged violence by ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad) on Ramjas College Campus last week, went viral, Lady Shri Ram College student and daughter of Kargil war martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, Gurmehar Kaur, today withdrew from the protest against ABVP in New Delhi.

Gurmehar announced her decision on her twitter account earlier this morning. She wrote on Twitter: I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say. I have been through a lot and this is all my 20-year-self could take. In another tweet she said, Please go to the march in huge numbers. Best of luck. To anyone questioning my courage and bravery, I’ve shown more than enough. Meanwhile, a large number of students and teachers from DU and JNU as well as Left and AAP-affiliated student groups have joined the protest which started earlier today.

Gurmehar alleged that the ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad), which is the student organisation of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), tried to violently prevent Jawaharlal Nehru University Students (JNU) from the entering the Ramjas College to attend a programme last week tagging the students as ‘anti-nationals’. She posted a picture on her facebook account with with a pla card. The comment with the picture read:

“The brutal attack on inncocent students by ABVP is very disturbing and should be stopped. It was not an attack on protestors but on attack on every nation of democracy that is held dear in every Indian’s heart. It is an attack on ideals, morals, freedom and rights of every person born to this nation. The stones that you pelt hit our bodies, but failed to bruise our ideas. The profile picture is my way of protesting against the tyranny of fear. If you’re a student in any Indian University, in any Indian state and you wish to protest against ABVP that take a similar selfie and make it your profile picture. Use the hash tag #StudentsAgainstABVP and copy paste this message along with it. It’s time for every student of India to unite! Jai Hind! Jai Democracy!”  

Yesterday, Gurmehar had filed a complaint saying that she had got rape and death threats on social media following which she was given protection from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). Swati Maliwal, DCP chief had also informed that Gurmehar gave them the complete list of people threatening her on social media.

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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