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Students commit suicide if I don’t have sex with them, claims Yoga guru

Students commit suicide if I don’t have sex with them, claims Yoga guru

Washington: Bikram Choudhury, founder of the heat-fuelled Bikram yoga, has denied that he attacked six female students who are suing him for sexual assault. The 69-year-old yoga teacher said in an exclusive interview that he wants to show people and tell the truth to the world, that he never assaulted them, CNN reported. Choudhury, who claimed that he would never resort to physical aggression to have sex because he has so many offers, added that women like and love him and so if he really wanted to involve the women, he doesn’t has to assault them. Choudhury noted that he feels sorry for his accusers, claiming that he has nothing against them and doesn’t think they’re bad people and added that it’s not them saying that but are influenced by somebody. He repeatedly denied assaulting his accusers or ever having consensual sex with them, but when asked whether he’d had sex with other students, he responded, “yes and no.” houdhury, who’s been married to his wife for more than 30 years, added that he has no intention to have sex with any of his students or any women, claiming that sometimes students commit suicide if he doesn’t have sex with them. Choudhury claimed these encounters took place before he was married, but when asked for evidence, his attorney advised him not to give out the names. Robert Tafoya, Choudhury’s attorney, said that they know for a fact that these claims allegedly occurred many years ago, and nobody ever came forward and yet, after this lawyer sends out these kinds of blasts in social media asking people if they’ve been a victim of Bikram Choudhury, all of a sudden these people come forward and all have very similar claims. DC
President, PM greet people on Mahavir Jayanti

President, PM greet people on Mahavir Jayanti

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, the last Tirthankara of the Jains. “Greetings and good wishes on Mahavir Jayanti to all my fellow citizens and in particular, members of Jain community,” the president tweeted. He said: “Teachings of ahimsa (non violence), truth and compassion enunciated by Bhagwan Mahavira hold great significance for today’s world.” “Let us resolve to ceaselessly strive for harmony and amity in our country and across the world on this auspicious day,” he added in a series of tweets. Prime Minister Modi too extended his greetings on the occasion, saying: “On Mahavir Jayanti I bow to the venerable Lord Mahavir, who showed the path of peace and welfare for entire humanity.” Mahavir Jayanti is being celebrated on Thursday.

Giriraj clarified, matter ends, says BJP

The row over union Minister Giriraj Singh’s remark on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s skin colour has ended as the minister has clarified, the BJP said on Thursday. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters: “Giriraj Singh has clarified about his comment, matter ends.” Singh, who has stoked controversy in the past as well, told reporters in Patna on Tuesday that he wondered if former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had married a woman who was not white-skinned, would the Congress have accepted her as its president. “If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian and if she wasn’t white-skinned, would the Congress accept her as a leader,” he said. Following the outrage triggered by his comment, Singh on Wednesday expressed regret and said his remarks were made during an off-the-record conversation. “During off-the-record conversation, there is talk of different kinds. If Sonia ji or Rahul ji have been hurt by my remarks, I express regret,” he said.
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    ‘You are safe’, MoS VK Singh tells Indians evacuated from Yemen

    New Delhi: INS Sumitra on Wednesday reached Djibouti with first batch of Indians evacuated from war-torn Yemen. Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, who is in Djibouti, a country neighbouring Yemen, to oversee the evacuation exercise christened ‘Operation Raahat’ greeted the Indian nationals The Indian Navy on Tuesday night evacuated 348 Indians from Yemen. Those evacuated include 101 women and 28 children. INS Sumitra had departed last night for Djibouti with the Indian nationals. INS Sumitra rescued the Indian nationals after New Delhi got permission to dock its ship at the Aden harbour for the evacuation of its citizens from the sea port city as the government launched a massive air and sea evacuation operation for its over 4,000 nationals in Yemen. The government has sent an IAF C-17 Globemaster to bring back Indians. Another aircraft will reach soon. Fighting has been going on in Yemen since January 22, when the legitimate government under President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was ousted by Shiite Houthi forces. This has provoked the recent military campaign by a coalition of 10 countries lead by Saudi Arabia. The air raids have left 83 people killed and about 350 others injured across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul aziz Al Saud late Monday evening. The Saudi Arabian King recalled the strong and close relations between India and Saudi Arabia and assured Prime Minister of his full attention to the safety of Indians in Yemen and all possible assistance for their early and safe evacuation. Two warships have also been pressed into service besides two other passenger ships while the Indian Air Force has put on stand-by two C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft. Air India has also stationed two 180-seater Airbus A320 planes in Muscat for evacuation of Indians from Yemen’s capital Sanaa to Djibouti whenever a clearance is given by the concerned authorities. The Defence sources said four ships, including destroyer INS Mumbai and stealth frigate INS Tarkash — will reach Yemen by Saturday. Two merchant vessels – Kavaratti and Coral – have also been dispatched. The four ships are to join each other in Arabian Sea on April 2 and proceed as a composite group to Djibouti.

    US shuts down embassy, consulates in Saudi Arabia over security concerns

    Citing ‘heightened security concerns at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Saudi Arabia’, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates have cancelled all consular services in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran for Sunday and Monday, officials said. “Telephone lines to the Consular sections will not be open during these two days,” the embassy said in a statement. It urged U.S. citizens, currently present in the country ‘to be aware of their surroundings, and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the country’. In the statement, the US said: “The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia and limit non-essential travel within the country.”
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    Former minister’s son guns down Lahore teenager

    A former Pakistani minister’s son gunned down a 15-year-old boy in Lahore after a minor road accident, police said on Thursday. According to police officials, Mustafa Kanju also injured a passerby when he and his three guards opened fire following a minor road accident involving his vehicle and a motorcycle at Cavalry Ground in Lahore Cantonment, Geo News reported. Mustafa Kanju is son of Pakistan’s former minister of state for foreign affairs Siddique Kanju. The slain boy was identified as Zain, who, police said, was a student of Class 9. The injured youth is his friend Hasnain. Police have arrested three guards accompanying Mustafa and ceased their vehicle. However, Mustafa fled from the scene. Police have lodged an FIR against Mustafa and launched a search to arrest him. Meanwhile, mother of the slain teenager has appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the chief justice of Pakistan to look into her son’s killing.

    Two killed in Kenya college attack

    At least two people were killed and four injured as suspected Al-Shabaab militants on Thursday attacked a college at Garissa in Kenya. Kenya’s National Disaster Operations Centre said the government has mobilised security troops, including Kenya Defence Force (KDF), who are at the scene to engage the masked gunmen suspected to be Al-Shabaab militants, Xinhua reported. There are fears of mass casualties as gunmen are still holed up in the compound, the centre said. “The security forces have cornered the gunmen in one dormitory. They are not allowing anyone inside the compound and have taken control,” Hamza Yusuf, a student, said. Official reports said over 30 students have fled to safety while others who escaped with injuries are receiving treatment for gunshot wounds. The Kenya Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations are the at scene to help in the rescue services. Ismail Abdikadir, an activist based in Garissa, said the gunmen went into the college posing as worshippers for morning prayers. “There were many students who were for the morning prayers. There could be many casualties,” Abdikadir said. The attack started from the mosque inside the campus where the attackers shot at worshippers indiscriminately. Students who escaped the gunfire said there were at least five attackers. Many other students and teachers were still being held hostage. Local security officials said there had been threats on the institutions there from terror group. “We had the threats earlier and had alerted the institutions here,” a security official said.
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    Bazm-e-Ittehad organizes annual Mushaira in Jeddah

    Bazm-e-Ittehad organizes annual Mushaira in Jeddah - Mar 02 2015

    By Mirza Qudrath A prominent Jeddah-based social organization, whose specific aim is the welfare of Indians in Saudi Arabia and back home, conducted a highly successful mushaira in Jeddah at the weekend. For Bazm-e-Ittehad Jeddah (BIJ), this was a special event because the organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The mushaira was just one part of the elaborate silver jubilee celebrations. The center of attraction were the two newly elected members of Maharashtra Assembly, Imtiaz Jaleel from Aurangabad and Waris Yusuf Pathan from Mumbai, both of whom won the elections on Asaduddin Owaisi’s Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) ticket. Both were honored with the prestigious Salar-e-Millat Award for their community service. The BIJ awards are inspired by the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, who represented the historic south Indian city of Hyderabad in the Indian Parliament for several years. Because of his exemplary leadership, he is popularly referred to as Salar-e-Millat (leader of the community). The constituency is now represented by his eldest son Asaduddin Owaisi, who has emerged as a credible voice of Indian Muslims in recent years. Jaleel and Pathan were overwhelmed by the huge response from the Indian community in the Kingdom. “Our party’s eyes are firmly set on the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where we expect to make a huge impact,” said Jaleel to thunderous applause. The UP Assembly goes to the polls sometime next year. He said the MIM is gaining ground thanks to the honest leadership of the Owaisi brothers. He said his party expects to do well in the forthcoming elections to the Aurangabad Municipal CORPORATION. “Please continue to pray for us as we continue to notch one electoral milestone after another,” he said. Pathan said the party has REGISTERED quite an impact in the Maharashtra Assembly elections. “Now we expect to do well in Mumbai civic polls,” he said. “We will expand in key states … Yes, we will go to UP and we will go to Bihar.” Pathan said the MIM victory has forced its opponents to take notice. “Those parties who would never raise our issues in legislative bodies are now forced to pay attention,” he said. “The ultimate beneficiaries are the underprivileged Muslims and Hindus. This is the result of our proactive politics.” A beautiful souvenir, by Editor in Chief and BIJ chief patron Dr. Syed Ali Mahmood and his team Mirza Qudrath Nawaz Baig, Azmath Emraan & M.N. Qureshi, was released on the occasion. It chronicles the journey of the BIJ over the last 25 years and includes priceless photographs of events in Jeddah that were graced by the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi and current MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi. The mushaira was a huge hit and went on until 4 a.m. Famous poet Shafiq Abidi conducted the Mushaira and entertained the audience with his classic couplets and comments. Renowned poets from India who graced the occasion with prominent local poets to recite their poetry were Naeem Akhtar Burhanpuri, Rubab Rashidi, Dr. Anjum Bara Bankavi, Aga Sarosh, Waheed Pasha Qadari and Syed Alamdar Rizwi. Local poets were Dr. Syed Naeem Hamid Ali Al-Hamid, Mujahid Syed, Naeem Bazidpuri, Ather Nafees Abbasi, Dr. Aleem Khan Falki, Mahtab Qader, Sadiq Kirmani, Dr. Mohammed Karim Baibani, Nasir Burni, Anwar Ansari and Altaf Shaheryar. The first poet was the young Altaf Shaheryar who warmed the hearts of the audience with his sentimental couplets, which were appreciated by all. Hamain Izharkarna chahiyatha Palat ker waar karna chahiyatha Hokomatkardiya us kay hawalay Jisay sansar karna chahiyatha A few couplets of Sajid Kirman’s oriented style poetry. Khatain hein merifitrat main ye kis nay kahdiya foqolbasher houn. Waheed Pasha Shah Qadri, who is famous for his humorous verses, entertained the audience by taking jibes at the social and ECONOMICAL issues of the county. Majlis nay ghosa estara mara hay doostoun her larnaywala “Amma” pukara hay doostoun Tum tu chai walay ho Achay din kialaogay Puchti hay ye bevikubtalaygimahangai Khati dal aurpaaperkubtukhilaogay. Syed Alamdar Rizvi, the most impressive poet of the evening, recited Ghazals and and romantic couplets. Bus AikHarfayTamunnaibohat hay MairayHaq main ye Ruswaibhoat hay Salamt ho Agar AhsaasApna Tu main bhiGhahraibohat hay. Ghamkidunyakohumnawakerna per mohabbatkahousalakerna Dr. Aleem Khan Falki spoke on various social issues. Khaab-e-Ghaflat say jaganaywaloun Jag jaozarakhudbhijafanaywaloun Mashalainhoungimairy hath main aik rose Aleem Souch lo aAjmairaygharkojalanaywaloun. This is the fourth time that the BIJ has held an international mushaira in memory of the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi. BIJ Vice President Mohammed Ubaidur Rehman rightly remarked in his opening address that the BIJ mushaira has attained the same status as that of Salim Jafri’s annual mushaira in Dubai in the 1980s. “Whenever the history of mushaira in Jeddah is written, the BIJ mushaira will find a notable mention,” he said. BIJ President Ahmeduddin Owaisi congratulated the team behind the success of the event. “This is a result of teamwork,” he said. “And every year the quality of our events have improved.” The team that won accolades included General Secretary Mohammad Abdul Qayyum, adviser Mirza Mazher Ali Baig, spokesman Mohammad Yousufuddin Amjad, Media Secretary Asrar Siddiqui, Joint Secretary Syed Khaja Viqaruddin, Treasurer Mahmood Balsharaf, Social Media Website Head Azmat A. Emran, Education and Outreach Head Mirza Qudrat N. Baig, Media Watch Head Mohammed Al-Qureshi and executive members Nadeem Abdul Basith, Farooq Ahmed, Obaid Bajhao, Mohammed Ali Nayyar, Mohammed Naseeruddin, Syed Ashfaq Mohiuddin, Mohammad Iftekhar and Mohammed Khaja Muzaffaruddin. Among the prominent attendees at the event were Urdu News Editor in Chief Tarek Mishkhas, former Hyderabad Mayor Mir Zulfikar Ali and well-known Indian journalist Shams Ahsan Saifi. – Yahind.com
    Medical Entrance test mandatory for NRI students

    Medical Entrance test mandatory for NRI students - Feb 18 2015

    - Mohammed Saifuddin, Yahind.com NRI students seeking admission in medical colleges needs to put extra efforts now as they should pass medical entrance examination. The new criteria for admission in MBBS will be implemented from the next academic year. The new directive of the Medical Council of India (MCI) puts full stop to direct admission under NRI quota. Accordingly, NRI students will be admitted in MBBS course only on merit basis, based on their performance in entrance examination. MCI decision will sharply hit the earnings of private medical colleges. Fifteen percent NRI seats under Management quota was largely misused by the college managements across the country. They used to sell these seats to aspiring candidates at huge amount under the guise of donation and other hidden charges. Some colleges sold MBBS seats for as high as Rs. 90 lakh. Several colleges used to allegedly sell the seats without verifying the credentials of candidates. The only criteria was the money power, more money you offer, higher are the chances for the seat. In many cases MCI norms were also compromised. To stop such malpractices and corrupt activities, MCI has issued this directive in mid-January. It has been issued in accordance to the Supreme Court ruling which held that merit should not be compromised in admission under NRI quota. Dr. Reena Nayyar, Secretary, MCI, issued this circular to Health Secretaries and Directors of Medical Education of all state governments, Vice Chancellors/Registrars of all universities, Dean/Principal of all Medical Colleges and Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Dr. Reena defended the decision and said in addition to the Supreme Court ruling, Regulation 5 of the Graduate Medical Education Regulation 1997, says that the selection of students to a medical college shall be based solely on the merit of the candidate. She also clarified that there was no discrimination in the council requiring the NRIs to appear in test for the medical admissions as the Indians going abroad for studies have to also pass the entrance test. Following the directive of MCI, several colleges have started to look into the modalities for conducting entrance for NRIs. A group of minority medical colleges in Bangalore held a meeting to discuss the new directive. Fifteen percent NRI seats under management quota had been in several controversies. Several colleges were blamed for misusing this. As this decision aims to tackle corrupt activities it should be welcomed. As MCI decided to reform the admission process of NRIs, it’s a high time it should also look into the long pending demand of Indian workers in Gulf countries to reserve one third of this quota for their children. One third of the fifteen percent NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries is not new. AICTE has already reserved one third of the NRI quota for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries. It has been implemented in Engineering colleges across the country. Moreover, children of Indian workers in Gulf countries are treated on par with local candidates. All they have to pay is only the annual fee of Rs. 35,000 per annum. The educational problems of the children of Indians in Gulf countries were discussed many times. During the first PBD in New Delhi in 2003, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee promised to solve the educational problems of Indians in Gulf countries. Accordingly AICTE has issued a gazette notification on 26th Feb 2004, in which it reserved one third of the NRI quota (5% seats) for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries. As per the AICTE notification, one third of the fifteen percent seats are reserved for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf countries in all the institutions/University Departments, approved by AICTE, offering technical courses leading to Diploma, Degree and Post-Graduate Degree in Engineering & Technology, Architecture & Town Planning, Pharmacy, Applied Arts, MBA & MCA, Hotel Management & Catering Technology. It also stated that the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries should be treated on par with the local candidates for admission and that NRI fee should not be collected from them. Since the implementation of AICTE notification in Engineering colleges, it has been demanded to follow the suite in medical and all other courses. We have also raised this issue in these columns. But this issue has never been taken up by the concerned authorities. Now, in view of the fresh directive from MCI about the NRI quota, it should also look into this issue. Indians in Gulf countries did not reacted to the MCI circular as it was not publicized widely. But Indians in Gulf countries are expected to raise their demand once the news spreads in Gulf countries. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj reached Oman on 17th Feb for two day visit. During this visit she said that the welfare of large Indian diaspora, especially in the Gulf, is one of the top priorities of the Narendra Modi government. In view of Sushma’s claims and the fact that previous BJP government initiated the process of reserving one third of NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries in Engineering colleges, it will be interesting to see how the current BJP government takes up this issue. Last year Sushma Swaraj visited Bahrain in September and UAE in Nov. It is also reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit Gulf countries later this year. His schedule is much awaited but the educational problems of Indians living in Gulf countries should be taken up as the top most priority. Reservation of one third of the NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries which is already available in the Engineering colleges should be extended to all other courses including medical courses. In view of the latest MCI directive, it is high time for the BJP government to take up this issue seriously and take necessary steps to reserve one third seats under NRI quota for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries in medical and all other courses. – Yahind.com
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    Fatima, one of the few Muslim women in India to hold a commercial pilot’s licence needs help

    Fatima, one of the few Muslim women in India to hold a commercial pilot’s licence needs help

    By Nitin B “Ever since the 9th standard I always collected newspaper articles about aviation and pour over pictures of different aircrafts for hours” says Fatima, a 26 year old from Hyderabad. Fatima is no ordinary 26 year old though. She is Captain Syeda Salva Fatima, the only Muslim woman in India to hold the commercial pilot’s licence. Despite being in a profession predominantly male, Fatima is quite an achiever as she also has a Private Pilot’s Licence and Flight Radio Telephone Operator Licence besides the commercial licence. “It was a different stream and it caught my attention. It wasn’t about being a doctor or an engineer like everyone else. I wanted to do something different” she adds. Fatima comes from the old city area of Hyderabad. She tells me that she never imagined that she would get this far, displaying a pleasant side of humility. Her father, Syed Ashfaq Ahmed, a bakery worker, who struggled to make ends meet was also proud of his daughter’s ambition and has backed her at every step. “Zahid Ali Khan sir, the Editor of Siasat daily, really helped me out.” says Fatima.”I met him at a ceremony where I welcomed him and he heard my story. He then offered to support me financially to undertake the pilot training which is why I’m grateful to him.” she adds. This meet was followed by five years of rigorous training at the Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy where Fatima obtained her three licenses and logged in a total of 200 flying hours on Cessna 152 and 172 (used primarily for flight training and personal use) including 123 hours of solo flight. Today, she needs to undergo an additional training over the initial licences and aircraft class training so that she can fly every plane including commercial aircraft giants like Air Bus and Boeing models. However, there is a downside. “The training costs about Rs. 30 to 32 lakh which is quite a lot.” But the determined captain doesn’t want to give up, having come this far and recently sent a letter to the Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju. “I’m looking forward to a response and lets hope for the best.” adds a positive spirited Fatima. P.S – The earlier headline that suggested that Fatima was the first woman to achieve this feat. A little further research revealed that Fatima was one of the first. Fatima obtained her license on March 11, 2013 but Saarah Sabah Hameed from Bangalore was already flying by then. However, this does not undermine the fact that she needs help. Courtesy: thenewsminute.com
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