Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday strongly opposed the introduction of a National Eligibility Entrance Test for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in dental colleges,saying such a move would hamper smooth implementation of the states reservation policy.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,she said the state had been following 69 per cent reservation for Backward and Most Backward Communities and SCs and STs in professional courses. Urging the PM to exempt the move in the state,Jayalalithaa said introduction of a National Eligibility Entrance Test would create confusion and litigation in the smooth implementation of this reservation policy,both in undergraduate and postgraduate admissions.
Music is beyond religion,borders: Asha Bhosle
NEW DELHI: Veteran playback singer Asha Bhosle,who was targeted by the MNS for being part of a reality show involving Pakistani artistes,says music is beyond religion and boundaries.
Refusing to directly comment on the controversy about the show Sur Kshetra,Asha,who turns 79 on Saturday,said,I am like an umpire on this show whose job is to take decisions on the field.
Music doesnt differentiate between rich and poor,religions or boundaries. We applaud whenever we hear a good song, said Asha.
The Raj Thackeray-led MNS had on August 30 issued a diktat to Colors TV channel,warning it to not broadcast the show which would feature both Indian and Pakistani vocalists on September 8. It had also asked Asha not to judge the show. However,the show was given a green signal by the MNS on Thursday after producers met Thackeray at his residence.