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Raisoni’s National Student Parliament 2018 brings eminent speakers under one roof

At the three-day National Student Parliament 2018 organised by Raisoni Group of Institutions at GH Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur, eminent personalities from varied fields came under one roof to share their opinions on different subjects.

Present at the inaugural session were former actress and politician Nagma Morarji, Sunil Raisoni, author and entrepreneur Yogesh Chabria, writer and actor Dr Sanjay Upadhye, Manish Awasthi (National Political Editor, India News) and Syed Maulana Kalbe Rushaid (Shia Scholar and Politician). Each of these chief guests expressed their views on different subjects. While Nagma, speaking to a jam-packed auditorium, stressed upon the need of having good leaders, Dr Upadhye urged youngsters not to be driven away by movies which are shown in today’s age. At the inaugural session, Nagpur law student Sahil Dewani was also felicitated by the chief guests for winning 20 medals at Nagpur Universitys 104th convocation ceremony.

Former journalist and BJP spokesperson Shazia Ilmi, transgender rights activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and Simeran Bhasin (CMO, Wildcraft India Private Limited) in the next session spoke about gender equality in India. Tripathi, who has championed the cause of transgender rights in the country, gave a fierce speech on the subject, which got a standing ovation from the students present. Ilmi stressed upon the need of changing mental attitudes in the country to make gender equality a reality. Bhasin, who’s often credited for the success of the brand Fasttrack, got nostalgic as she remembered the initial days of her career wherein she spent a year in Nagpur.

After the session on gender equality, the discussion moved towards another interesting topic ? Caste Vs Kabiliyat. The speakers at this session were Rajya Sabha MP Dr Vikas Mahatme, former chairperson of National Commission for Minorities Wajahat Habibullah, Advocate Swati Nakhate of the Maratha Muk Morcha, Jiten Jain from the Youth For Equality? movement and transgender activist Gauri Sawant. While Jain rued that reservation should be on the basis of financial status, he and Dr Mahatme presented a slide by slide presentation discussing criteria on basis of which the most deserving person can get reservation. Nakhate, who helms the Maratha Muk Morcha, gave an aggressive speech about the want of reservation for Marathas. Sawant, on the other hand got emotional during her speech, which she ended saying, I’m somebody who’s not defined by caste but by my sex!

On the second day and the third day, topics which were discussed by other eminent speakers were: Personal Liberty under Article 21 and Right to Privacy, Media – Truth or TRP and Redefining freedom @ 70.

Pictures by: Amar Ashok Jajoo and Himanshu Pal

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan




Avani Arya | Nagpur
“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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Twitter to allot Blue, Grey, Gold check marks to users starting next week: Elon Musk




Avani Arya | Nagpur
Twitter’s new verification program is all set to launch in the coming week, although with different colors this time

Elon Musk

Twitter’s new verification program is all set to launch in the coming week, although with different colors this time. Elon Musk has announced that Twitter will start to manually allot Blue, Grey and Gold check marks to organizations, governments and Twitter Blue subscribers.

The decision came to surface following impersonation issues like – users buying the subscription plan and impersonating famous personalities to mislead people. The feature was rolled back soon after. 

Musk elaborated on the topic by saying that the companies will get a gold check mark, government will get a grey check mark, and blue for celebrities or not. Calling the process painful but necessary, he further added, “Sorry for the delay, we’re tentatively launching Verified on Friday next week. Gold check for companies, grey check for the government, blue for individuals (celebrity or not) and all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before the check activates.” 

For Twitter Blue subscribers, users will get Blue Tick of verification along with priority in reach and display on the social networking site. All this, if you are willing to pay $8 in the US or ₹719 in India – per month.

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If I’ve a genuine friendship with someone, that relationship is still labeled and that affects me: Kartik Aaryan




Elina Nayak | India

Kartik Aaryan

Kartik Aaryan is one such actor who’s relationship status is much talked about. Recently, in an interview, the actor spoke about his ‘friendships’ and ‘relationships’ getting labeled constantly. But, Karthik agrees with the fact that even though he’s used to living under media scrutiny, he’s not thick-skinned yet.

“I understand the price you pay for being an actor. You cannot run away from the fact that no one’s going to watch you or write about you. It’s something you chose to be in this movie world. So, I’ve agreed to the fact that my life will be out there for all. However, if there’s a genuine friendship somewhere, that relationship will still be labeled. And that kind of labeling creates a lot of issues between people sometimes. That’s not fair I believe. I’m already used to it, but I’m not thick-skinned yet,” he said in a candid chat. 

Kartik, who’s kicked about his upcoming movie, ‘Freddy’, elaborated, “If there’s any negative news or rumour, it still affects me big time. And it hurts even more when I’ve not done anything, rumours are completely baseless. Having said that, I’m okay with things and have accepted the life of a film star. There’s not much privacy.”

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