Modi’s remarks on Alwar rape aimed at polls: Gehlot

first_imgRefuting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the gangrape last month of a Dalit woman in Alwar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday accused him of targeting the Congress on the issue for political mileage in the sixth and seventh phases of Lok Sabha election.Mr. Gehlot said Mr. Modi had twisted facts as a “ploy to get electoral benefit”.The Chief Minister told reporters here that contrary to Mr. Modi’s claims and despite his attempts to provoke Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, there was no likelihood of the party withdrawing support to the Congress government in Rajasthan.“We will continue to get the BSP’s support. Ms. Mayawati’s concern is natural and justified, as she leads the Dalit community,” he said.Addressing the election rallies in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Modi had launched an attack on Mr. Gehlot and Ms. Mayawati and dared the latter to withdraw support to the Rajasthan government over the incident. Mr. Gehlot said the State government had already taken prompt action in the matter and the police had arrested all the accused. “The Thanagazi SHO was suspended and Alwar Superintendent of Police was removed. But Mr. Modi is using this incident in his election campaign to personally target me,” he said.The Chief Minister said the State government had decided to appoint Deputy Superintendents of Police (Women’s Security) in each district as nodal officers to supervise investigation into the crimes against women and children. If a police station refused to accept a complaint in such a case, the SP could directly register the FIR, he said.Mr. Gehlot said several cases of rape took place during the previous BJP regime in Rajasthan and a BJP MLA was involved in a rape case in Uttar Pradesh. “Mr. Modi never talked about them,” he said, adding that reports had emerged about BJP leader Hem Singh Bhadana going to the victim’s family with an offer to settle the matter.“Mr. Modi has been personally targeting me on various occasions. This is the latest instance. When I was in-charge [of Congress] during Assembly election in Gujarat, he misled and provoked farmers against me. He has no right to take a high moral ground and generate controversy in a rape case,” Mr. Gehlot said.Mr. Gehlot also accused the Prime Minister of bringing all democratic institutions under the control of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sevak (RSS) and threatening their very existence. “Democracy and the Constitution are under threat in the BJP’s rule. Mr. Modi wants to win the Lok Sabha election by hook or by crook… He can go to any extent. The Election Commission has become a silent spectator,” Mr. Gehlot said.After Mr. Modi accused Ms. Mayawati of shedding “crocodile tears” on the gangrape, the BSP chief rejected the charge as “dirty politics”. BSP State president Sitaram Meghwal told The Hindu that Ms. Mayawati was closely monitoring the progress of investigation in the case and his party would ensure that the criminals were brought to justice.last_img read more

The YahSat 1B satellite was successfully launched

first_imgThe YahSat 1B satellite was successfully launched from Baikonur onboard a Proton-M launcher on Monday night.The satellite, owned by UAE-based YahSat, which includes a Ka-band payload, will provide services to customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and south-western Asia. YahSat 1A was launched last year from French Guiana onboard an Ariane 5 rocket.last_img

Smith School Entrepreneurs Accepted into Terp Startup Incubator

first_imgPast Terp Startup participants have gone on to achieve success in business pitch competitions, including 2016 Cupid’s Cup winner Javazen, and 2017 Pitch Dingman Competition first and second place winners Curu and CourseHunter. regions: Baltimore / Washington, DC Last Updated May 2, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business has announced that it has accepted 10 startups into the Terp Startup summer incubator program. Terp Startup is the final phase of the center’s three-stage Fearless Founders Accelerator.Only the best of the best make it to Terp Startup—students must go through a lengthy application process where they must prove why their startup is worth it. Those who are accepted receive a stipend of up to $5,000, access to the Smith School’s incubator space, and a dedicated mentor to help them grow their businesses over an eight-week period in the summer.Chris Rehkamp, the Dingman Center’s student venture programs manager and head of Terp Startup, says that he organizes a variety of activities, workshops and field trips designed to help each startup learn more about the specific challenges of venture creation.“The applicants for this year’s Terp Startup cohort were really strong,” said Rehkamp. “I am so excited about the diversity of backgrounds and skill sets of this group. Their commitment to learning from one another and adding value to the cohort is a universal sentiment. I know we’re going to get a lot done this summer!” Some of this year’s startups include:Dark Sonar Technologies, LLC: a cybersecurity company that detects and prevents threats on websites and mobile apps by providing automated identity and access management software.Kodactive: a platform for teaching students Computer Science through interactive programmable STEM toys and a project-focused curriculum. Current products include a RC Car equipped with sensors to make it self-driving, as well as a Kodactive Krane which teaches students about sorting algorithmsSymbiont Health: This startup has developed automated fall detection devices to account for the millions of elderly falls that are due to a sudden loss of consciousness. Smith School Entrepreneurs Accepted into Terp Startup Incubator RelatedTop Entrepreneurship MBAs in BaltimoreIt may not be New York or San Francisco, but Baltimore is gaining a reputation as a hotbed for startups and entrepreneurs. Last year, Entrepreneur Magazine placed Baltimore second on a list of “Hot Startup Cities That Aren’t San Francisco or New York,” emphasizing its concentration of companies working in…October 11, 2016In “Featured Home”Dingman Center Provides Funding for Fearless Founders Hatch ClassThirteen entrepreneurs and groups of entrepreneurs in the Spring 2015 Hatch Cohort of the Fearless Founders program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland have received a total of $11,000 in capital to support their businesses. Capital One provided a $2,500 minimum viable product…May 22, 2015In “Featured Region”Smith School’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship Launches Bootstrapped PodcastNew media is everywhere, and comes in some many new forms — Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Apple News. Nowadays media, news and information is now delivered in every imaginable way across a plethora of internet platforms. Another example of new media on the rise is the podcast — essentially the internet…May 17, 2016In “Featured Region” About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini last_img read more