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Dalit Woman Stripped Naked And Force Fed With Urine In Madhya Pradesh

The shocking incident allegedly took place at village Mudwara under Nowgong police station of Chattarpur district on 24th August. A 45-year old Dalit woman had been granted a “patta”of a piece of government land a few months ago. The piece earlier belonged to Vijay Yadav. He was angered and started harassing her.
The victim alleged that on 24th August, Yadav had let his cattle in her field to damage the crops. When she went to his home to complain, Yadav’s wife Vimla beat her with lathis. After some time, Yadav joined them, stripped the victim and also forced her to drink his urine. Moreover, she was threatened that worse treatment would be meted out to her if she dared to register a complaint with the police.

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World’s largest solar power station to come up in Madhya Pradesh

By PTI

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh will house world’s largest 750 Mega Watts(MW) solar power station in Rewa district, state’s energy minister Rajendra Shukla said today.
“Global tenders for commissioning the solar power station in an area over 1,500 hectares at Bandwar region in Gudh tehsil of Rewa, will be invited shortly,” Shukla told PTI.
He said that if all goes well, the plant will start generating solar energy by March 2017.

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Vyapam: India’s deadly medical school exam scandal

A medical school admission examinations scandal in India has turned into a veritable whodunit with thousands of arrests, mysterious deaths and the suspected involvement of top politicians and bureaucrats. Soutik Biswas travelled to Madhya Pradesh to investigate.

The call came late in the afternoon when he was taking some foreign journalists to meet victims of clinical trials near the central city of Indore.

It was 13 July 2013, six days after the local police had caught half a dozen students from a city hotel who they suspected were plotting to rig medical school exams.

Dr Anand Rai, a medical officer himself, has the reputation of being a feisty – if sometimes, reckless – whistle-blower, so he was helping the police with intelligence about how medical school exams were being rigged in Madhya Pradesh.

“There was a man on the line threatening to kill me. He said don’t do this job any more,” says Dr Rai, 38. The man rang off.

Two minutes later, the man called again. “Don’t you give this number to the police. You will pay for it, if you do,” he said, before hanging up.

Highest bidder

Dr Rai promptly handed over the number to the police, who tracked the call to Mumbai. A local police team went to Mumbai and arrested the caller.

The man, an assistant professor in a private medical college, turned out to be the mastermind of what has now turned out to be one of India’s biggest scandals, involving the rigging of mainly medical school admissions. He told investigators that Vyapam officials were complicit in the scandal. Vyapam is the Hindi acronym for anoffice that conducts more than 50 examinations for government jobs and medical school admissions in Madhya Pradesh.

How examinations were rigged:

  • Candidates hire impersonators – medical students from neighbouring states – who write their exam. Impersonators even appear for physical education tests.
  • Candidates pay ‘scorers’ – again medical students themselves – who sit close to them during the examination and help them cheat.
  • Question papers are leaked and sold to candidates.
  • Answer sheets are rigged and higher marks given to the candidate.
  • Unfinished answer sheets are filled up later by teachers involved in the scam.

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Vyapam scam: Media demand ‘fair probe’ in Madhya Pradesh deaths

Media in India have urged the government in the central state of Madhya Pradesh to hold a fair probe into the alleged irregularities in government jobs and admissions in educational institutions.

The government ordered an investigation into the allegations in 2013 when details emerged that “undeserving” candidates were repeatedly given admissions in medical and engineering colleges, and also in jobs.

Millions of students work hard every year to clear an exam that ensures them a place in good colleges run by state governments and also private organisations.

But media reports say that some find other means, like paying bribes or cheating, to get a place after they fail to clear the intensely competitive exam.

Opposition parties have blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not holding a fair probe into the scam which, they say, has been going on since 2007.

The BJP, however, said it was confident the authorities were investigating the allegations in a fair manner.

The scam – widely known as Vyapam – has been making headlines since 2013, but the death of an investigative reporter in the state on Saturday has brought the media’s spotlight back on the case.

Newspapers and TV channels are giving wall-to-wall coverage to Akshay Singh’s death.

He was visiting the state to investigate the scam for a national news channel.

The India Today group, Singh’s employers, has demanded a probe.

“The circumstances of the untimely death of TV Today journalist Akshay Singh merits a full, fair and independent inquiry,” the group said in a statement.

‘Mystery deaths’

Officials in the state say that at least 30 people linked with the scam have died since the start of the investigation in 2013.

However, the main opposition Congress party says more than 150 people have died.

Several mystery deaths have prompted media outlets to ask for a fair investigation.

The Deccan Herald says the scam is “an indication that the state’s institutions have degenerated and are rotten beyond belief”.

“The sheer ruthlessness that underlies the mystery deaths is probably even beyond what a seasoned crime writer can visualise. And, the most shocking part is that the Madhya Pradesh government of Shivraj Singh Chouhan does not seem to be accountable to anyone,” it says in an editorial.

The paper urges the Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s federal investigative agency, to step in to “enable a fair investigation which needs to be monitored by the Supreme Court”.

It adds that the scam “makes a complete mockery of the principle of fairness, honesty and justice – without which institutions cannot survive”.

Hindi newspaper Jansatta finds it “astonishing” that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has refused to acknowledge these deaths as “suspicious”.

It appear that witnesses are being killed “to shield some big names”, the paper adds.

Dainik Jagaran, another Hindi daily, urges the federal government to set up strict rules and monitoring systems in states to avoid such scams.

Twitter anger

Several Twitter users, including senior journalists, have also expressed their anger over these deaths.

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Central India aflame with attacks on Christians

The state of Chhattisgarh, in central India, is gaining a reputation for continued attacks by Hindu nationalists on Christians. Chhattisgarh, which borders the states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh, is the scene where well-known Hindu extremist groups are persecuting religious minorities and continue to accuse Christians of “forced conversions.” It was in nearby Orissa in 2008 that scores of Christian churches and homes were burned, while Christians were murdered. An investigation of the atrocities remains inconclusive.

Last week, a Christian place of worship was incincerated in Kondagaon district in Chhattisgarh. According to a report by the Fides news agency, the Evangelical Fellowship of India, which brings together several evangelical Christian communities, built a chapel of wood and straw in the village Chhote Salna. The chapel was burned down on the evening of April 2 as local Christians looked on helplessly. The land on which the church stood had been donated by local Christians, who came to worship there from elsewhere in the district.

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Sindhi Film for International Film Festival – Be proud to be a Sindhi

You would be glad to know that the feature film “PYAR KARE DIS‘ would be showcased on 15th Oct’09 at Indore in Global Cinema festival in the regional film category (Sindhi). The festival is being organised by Film Federation Of India in collaboration with the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

The Film PYAR KARE DIS is based on the theme of Power of love. The film is produced by an NRI Sindhi Mr. M. Harwani who provided a platform to make a good Sindhi cinema. PYAR KARE DIS is directed by Kamal D. Nathani who has been into direction for more than 2 decades. His first Hindi feature film “THE HOPE” was also internationally acclaimed at various festivals including Emden Festival, Germany, MAMI International Film Festival etc.

Its a great achievement for the Sindhi community as a whole to note that World renowned ghazal master Jagjit Singh has sung a devotional Sindhi song for the first time in his life for this feature film. Famous singers like Shaan, Roop Kumar Rathore and Richa Sharma have also sung sindhi songs for the first time in their careers.

PYAR KARE DIS has been made just like any other film. Cine star Preeti Jhangiani sizzles in a special dance sequence and climax of the film PYAR KARE DIS. The film has been shot on picturesque locales of Saputara and other outdoor locations apart from the various film studios of Mumbai.

It is my humble request to pass this information to as many Sindhis as possible as this is a matter of pride and a great milestone for Sindhi community in the 60 years of independence. This will also give an opportunity to the Sindhi community in INDORE and adjoining places to go and view the film PYAR KARE DIS at INOX THEATRE ON 15TH OCT AT 2.15 P.M.