Kashmir witnessed a shutdown on Monday over the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) move to summon Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president Yasin Khan and Kashmir University scholar Aala Fazil to New Delhi for questioning in an “illegal funding case”.Several supporters of Mr. Khan held a silent sit-in in Lal Chowk against his summoning. The NIA had asked Mr. Khan to asked present himself before the NIA on Monday.“We would continue our peaceful protest until Yasin sahab leaves the NIA headquarter,” said a protesting trader.The shutdown call by traders, supported by separatists, impacted the daily life in the Valley. There was a thin traffic on the roads as educational institutions, petrol pumps and banks remained closed. The authorities placed areas under five police stations in the old city under restrictions. Train service in south Kashmir was also stopped. Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The NIA is resorting to coercive and intimidating tactics against people of Kashmir”.NIA raids continueMeanwhile, the NIA on Monday continued with its raids in Kashmir Valley.Police sources said two youth, one from Ganderbal and another from Baramulla, were questioned regarding their involvement in stone pelting.The NIA has registered a case in May regarding illegal funding from across the border to fuel violence in J&K. Seven separatist leaders are already in the NIA custody.Court grants bail to Jamaat-e-Islami spokesmanThe high court on Monday granted bail to Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) spokesman Zahid Ali Lone.“Freedom of speech and expression is the soul of our democratic and secular fabric. The might of our great India is not so weak that by using a few nonproductive and ego satisfying slogans the people will be scared even by a grain of fear that their levies will be put at a peril,” said Justice M. K. Hanjura, while granting bail.Lone’s lawyer Salih Pirzada said his client was arrested on August 4 “for raising slogans.” The police had alleged Mr. Lone’s objecting was “to induce the youth of the adjoining areas to indulge in rioting and join the militant ranks to accomplish the ultimate aim of seceding Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India”.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he can’t leave aside his public relations exercise even for five minutes.The Congress chief was addressing a public rally in Dhule district of north Maharashtra.“Our prime minister tells the media that India is united after the Pulwama terror attacks, but immediately targets Congress,” Mr. Gandhi said.“India’s prime minister can’t leave aside his public relations [exercise] even for five minutes. That is the difference between him and us,” Mr. Gandhi said.The Congress leader accused Mr. Modi of misusing solemn occasions to target the Congress.“He [Modi] does the same [engage in PR exercise] at the war memorial opening,” Mr. Gandhi said, referring to Mr. Modi opening an all-out attack on the Congress during the opening ceremony of the National War Memorial in Delhi recently.Mr. Gandhi also ridicules Anil Ambani on the Rafale aircraft deal, saying the industrialist can’t even make a paper plane.Slamming Mr. Modi over the Rafale deal, Mr. Gandhi said under the Chowkidar’s watch, Rs 30,000 crore went into Anil Ambani’s pockets.
Praja Rajyam Party chief K Chiranjeevi on Thursday said he strongly desired to merge his party with Congress in the temple town of Tirupati where he launched his party two years ago. The actor-turned politician said he had floated his party on August 26, 2008 on a grand scale and on the same magnitude he would like to merge the PRP with Congress. However, Chiranjeevi said that he left the final decision to the Congress High command on the venue of the merger. The PRP has now 18 legislators in the 294 member Andhra Pradesh Assembly.- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
AddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713email@example.com Six Rice University students awarded Fulbright grantsHOUSTON — (May 2, 2014) — Six current or former Rice University students have been awarded 2014 Fulbright grants to study, teach and/or conduct research in a foreign country.Jemina Bouma, Joyce Chou, Kristian Edosomwan, Nathan Liu, Antonia “Toni” Sebastian and Albert Wei will receive support from the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and people of other countries. The primary source of funding is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.“Fulbright grant recipients are chosen because they have a strong academic background, leadership potential and a passion for increasing mutual understanding among nations and cultures,” said Madalina Akli, assistant director of fellowships and undergraduate research at Rice. “It’s quite an honor for Rice to have six students win this award in one year.”Bouma, from Annapolis, Md., is a senior majoring in cognitive sciences. This summer she will study in Suzhou, China, with a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to improve her ability to speak Chinese after four semesters of study at Rice. Then she will go to a city in Mexico to do a Fulbright English teaching assistantship. “I plan on becoming a teacher in the future, so this year will be a great experience of leading in the classroom,” she said. In addition, Texas schools have large populations of Latino-descent students, especially Mexican, so I hope that after a year of full immersion, I will return with a much more authentic understanding of Mexican community and culture. I also am interested in how Mexicans perceive the importance of education, specifically regarding higher education, so I plan on working with education nonprofits as my side project.” After her Fulbright travels, she will work for Teach For America in 2015 and hopes to eventually open a dual-language school.Chou, from Wilton, N.H., is a senior majoring in sociology with a minor in poverty, justice and human capabilities. With a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, she will work with an elementary or middle school in Taichung, Taiwan. “I look forward to serving as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. and gaining more long-term overseas experience,” she said. “Development, gender and migration all interest me greatly. From a personal standpoint, the Fulbright is a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with my heritage. My parents and much of my family are Taiwanese immigrants, and surprisingly, I have been lucky enough to be placed in my mother’s hometown of Taichung.” After her Fulbright experience, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in international development or a related field and then work for a major international entity or human rights nongovernmental organization.Edosomwan, from Beaumont, Texas, is a senior majoring in sociology and Asian studies. She also has a Fulbright English teaching assistantship to work in Taiwan. “My goals are to gain fluency in Mandarin Chinese, learn about traditional Chinese culture and have fun teaching children about English language and American culture (especially of the South),” she said. Edosomwan is considering graduate or law school after her Fulbright experience.Liu, from Austin, Texas, is a senior majoring in bioengineering. His Fulbright grant will allow him to do research at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. “At Imperial, I will be developing nanoparticle-based clinical tests to predict how cancer patients will respond to first-line drugs before they begin therapy,” he said. “This will allow oncologists to selectively choose drug regimens personalized to work for individual patients, helping to prevent unnecessary side effects, improve quality of care and save health care dollars. Over the year, I will be dually affiliated with the Fulbright U.S. Program and the Whitaker Postgraduate Fellowship, and will also obtain a master’s degree in clinical research/translational medicine from Imperial.” He plans to enter medical school and continue collaborative research in experimental medicine.Sebastian, from San Antonio, is a Rice graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, in which she also has a B.S. She will use her Fulbright grant to study at Technical University at Delft in the Netherlands with Bas Jonkman, a professor of hydraulic engineering. “My research questions are ‘What are the drivers of flood loss?’ and ‘How can we mitigate flood loss?’” she said. “I propose to examine the increased flood risk posed by climate and land-use change to densely populated areas in the province of South Holland. The methodology developed during this study will provide a mechanism for spatially quantifying the subsequent increase in risk, and the results will help to direct land-use policy and investments in structural and, alternatively, nonstructural flood defenses. Ultimately, I hope to influence the policy driving flood risk management in order to increase coastal resiliency.” After her Fulbright research, she plans to return to Rice to complete her Ph.D. research, which is funded by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.Wei, from West Covina, Calif., graduated from Rice in 2012 with a major in political science and a minor in sociology. His Fulbright English teaching assistantship will take him to Taiwan to learn about classroom practices in an Eastern-culture setting. “I particularly want to look at how teacher culture (morale, mindset, pipeline) works to the benefit (or detriment) of students,” Wei said. “I am also interested in seeing how policy interacts with education in Taiwan. Clearly this is not an inner-city school with American minority populations like my experiences in Teach for America, which is what is going to make this experience both so challenging and exciting.” He hopes to go to graduate school in the U.S. after his Fulbright experience.For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit www.cies.org.# # #This release can be found online at news-network.rice.edu/news.Photos for download:Jemina Boumahttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/Jemina-Bouma-mug-shot.jpgJoyce Chouhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/Joyce-Chou-mug-shot.jpgKristian Edosomwanhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/Kristian-Edosomwan-mug-shot.jpgNathan Liuhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/Nathan-Liu_mug-shot.jpgAntonia “Toni” Sebastianhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/Antonia-Sebastian-mug-shot.jpgAlbert Weihttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/Albert-Wei-mug-shot.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. 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