Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui



Delhi: Man held for sending lewd messages, videos to 1,500 females

New Delhi: A 31-year-old man, who was apparently annoyed over not getting married, allegedly tormented around 1,500 women and girls in Delhi-NCR by sending them vulgar messages and obscene video clips through WhatsApp and was arrested, police said today. Examining the mobile phones used by the accused, police stumbled upon contacts of more than 1,500 … Continue reading Delhi: Man held for sending lewd messages, videos to 1,500 females



Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh


Non-NET Fellowship Not to be Discontinued: HRD Minister

New Delhi: Putting an end to the anxiety among PhD aspirants, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani today made it clear that the non-NET fellowship is not being discontinued.

Her assertion came on a day when she met an eight-member delegation including representatives from student unions of Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University at her residence.

“Not being discontinued. Need to include state university students and direct benefit transfer (DBT) so that students accrue benefit directly,” she tweeted following her meeting with the students.

Ms Irani’s tweet came in response to a concern raised by CPI (M) MP in Rajya Sabha Ritabrata Banerjee who had also written to the minister expressing her concern over the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to scrap the non-NET fellowship.

The UGC, had resolved to discontinue the scheme of non-National Eligibility Test (NET) fellowship, which is provided to those undertaking research in central universities across India, in a meeting held on October 7. The commission contended that the fellowship programme was discriminatory in nature and lacked uniformity among universities in the selection process.

The commission had also cited shortage of funds as the reason behind inability to provide fellowships.

Under the scheme, financial assistance was provided to students undertaking MPhil and PhD. Students were provided Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 8,000 per month respectively.

PhD students got assistance for four years and MPhil students for 18 months.

They also got a contingency amount per year to help them carry out their research. Hundreds of students from JNU, DU, Jamia Millia, Ambedkar University and other institutions have been protesting since last week at the UGC office demanding the authorities to restore the fellowships.

While 100 of them were detained on last Friday and released later in the evening, the UGC officials had assured a student delegation that the decision will be reviewed.

However, students chose to continue the protest until their demands were met. Meanwhile, the left-backed All India Students Association (AISA) which has been protesting since last week claimed that the delegation included only representatives from BJP’s student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

“We will continue our protest and organise a strike at JNU tomorrow. The protest will go on until a circular is issued by UGC revoking the decision,” the party said in a statement.