Harsh Vardhan's remark on sex education draws varied reactions

New Delhi, June 27 (ANI): Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's remark on sex education pour in varied reactions after he said that instead of using condoms, people should use moral values and demanded ban on sexual education in schools. BJP leader Prabhat Jha and DUSU President Aman Awana supported the stance and said that sex education is not necessary. Congress leader Manish Tewari condemned the same and said that the thought process comes from some other generation and is backward. CPI leader Annie Raja said that such statement can increase sexual violence cases. Former DUTA President Aditya Narayan Mishra also condemned this 'closed mindset'. Meanwhile, AIPWA National Secretary Kavita Krishnan appealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take cognizance and order the ministers to keep 'RSS ideas' out of ministry. Jun 27, 2014

DU admissions: Students protest, go on hunger strike demanding VC's resignation

New Delhi, June 27 (ANI): Delhi University students have started an indefinite hunger strike demanding the resignation of Delhi University (DU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dinesh Singh and an immediate rollback of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). Dhruv Sangwan, South Campus President from Indian National Students' Organization ( INSO ) said that students were suffering due to the confusion at the time of admission. Meanwhile, many protesting students and teachers have also gathered outside the VC's residence demanding his resignation. The standoff between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Delhi University has resulted in an inordinate delay in the admission procedure. The Delhi University yesterday proposed that all Honours courses except B.Tech should be reverted back to the three year format. Jun 27, 2014

Political leaders condole loss of lives in GAIL pipeline fire

New Delhi, June 27 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday condoled the loss of lives in the GAIL pipeline fire in Andhra Pradesh. At least 14 people were killed and seven others injured in a fire following a blast in a gas pipeline belonging to GAIL in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district today morning. Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) is the country's largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company. Jun 27, 2014

N Chandrababu Naidu to visit GAIL blast site with Petroleum Minister

New Delhi/ Andhra Pradesh, June 27 (ANI): After at least 14 people were were burnt to death and several others were injured in a huge gas pipeline blast in the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, state Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu ordered probe in the case. Cutting short his New Delhi trip, Naidu is rushing to East Godavari to reach the accident spot. Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is also expected to accompany Naidu to the accident site. He also constituted a committee for the investigation. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled loss of lives in the explosion. Jun 27, 2014

HRD Minister Smriti Irani on FYUP issue of Delhi University

Bhopal, June 27 (ANI): Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday refused to comment over the tussle between Delhi University and University Grants Commission regarding FYUP. Irani stated that it is not proper time for her to speak on this issue. Jun 27, 2014

Tussle between DU and UGC invites mixed reactions

New Delhi, June 27 (ANI): The tussle between Delhi University and University Grants Commission which is growing day by day has invited mixed reactions. Former DUTA President Aditya Narayan Mishra said that it is an unfortunate incident as the future of many bright students is at stake. CPI leader D Raja stated that the FYUP initiated by the Delhi University started with confusion as the university was not able to justify the cause for such a programme. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the government is concerned about the future of many students and hoped that he UGC-DU trouble will soon end. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari slammed the ruling government for politicizing the issue and delaying admissions in a prestigious university as DU. Jun 27, 2014

Hafiz Saeed denies JuD being a 'foreign terrorist organisation' as claimed by US

Lahore, June 27 (ANI): The US State Department has named a self-proclaimed Pakistani charity as a "foreign terrorist organisation", a status that freezes any assets it has under US jurisdiction. Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) calls itself a humanitarian charity but is widely seen as a front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET), a Pakistan-based group accused of orchestrating attacks in India, including the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. However, Hafiz Saeed, who founded LeT and now leads JuD, lashed out at the United States government for targeting JuD in the name of LeT without having any proof. He said the State department was doing this at the instigation of India. Jun 27, 2014

Amarnath Yatra: Pahalgam route closed due to heavy snowfall, pilgrims left with only Baltal route

Srinagar, June 27 (ANI): With only a day left for Hindu pilgrimage of Amarnath Yatra to commence, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir closed one of the routes in Pahalgam due to heavy snowfall. The pilgrims are now left with only one route, that is, through the Baltal base camp route. Addressing a news conference in Srinagar, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), RK Gupta said Pahalgam route will remain closed for first three days. Thousands of pilgrims undertake this journey to the shrine cave to worship an ice stalagmite called Shivlinga, believed to be the symbol of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration. The cave containing the holy Shiva shrine is located at a snow-capped mountainous peak of the Himalayas, 290 kilometres northwest of the Poonch district in Kashmir. Gupta added that pilgrims were briefed about the journey and hoped for their safety and security. Jun 27, 2014