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Bihar floods lead to massive devastation.

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Bihar: Heavy rainfall has thrown life out of gear in Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim and parts of West Bengal. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in these states on Saturday and Sunday.

After drought-like situation till last week, Bihar now fears floods as the water levels of several rivers have been rising following heavy rains in the past six days.

The Water Resources Department had issued a high alert in vulnerable districts, particularly bordering Nepal, said an official.

In Bihar, flood water inundated several new areas in West Champaran, East Champaran, Katihar, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, Supaul, Bhagalpur and Purnea district.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar convened a meeting of legislators of all party yesterday and discussed ways to tackle the situations.

 

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Protest at BHU after professor accused of sexual harassment returns

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Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University students staged an overnight protest outside the campus gate after a professor, accused of sexual harassment, was reinstated and allowed to take classes. The students have been protesting since Saturday evening, demanding that the professor be punished.

Professor S.K. Chaubey of the Zoology Department was suspended in 2018 after charges levelled by a few students. In June, the BHU executive council revoked the suspension of Mr. Chaubey. However, it censured and restricted him for taking academic classes. Mr. Chaubey returned to taking classes a few days ago.

After assurance from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice-chancellor that the matter would be reconsidered and referred back to the executive council for a review, the students called off their protest, according to a press release.

“The complaint against Prof SK Chaube, Department of Zoology, by some students of the department were inquired into by the Complaints Committee.The report of the committee was considered by the executive council and a punishment was imposed on him.

“However, on the recommendation of the matter, it has been decided to refer it back again to the executive council for a review of its decision,” the BHU release said.

“Till the time, the executive council reconsiders it, Prof S K Chaube is directed to proceed on long leave,” it said.

Chaube was suspended in October last year on the charges of sexual misconduct levelled by some students of his department.

In June, the BHU executive council, the highest decision-making body of the varsity, revoked the suspension of Chaube, however, it censured and restricted him for taking academic classes.

Chaube returned to taking classes a few days ago, triggering protests, a student said.

In order to ensure prevention of sexual harassment, the university has already circulated guidelines framed under the Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employee and Students in Higher Educational Institutions Act, the release said.

It will be re-circulated for displaying it on the notice board of each department, it said.

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