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rag

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1. 
a. a small piece of cloth, such as one torn from a discarded garment, or such pieces of cloth collectively
b. (as modifier): a rag doll
2. Brit slang, esp naval a flag or ensign

rag

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in British universities
a. a period, usually a week, in which various events are organized to raise money for charity, including a procession of decorated floats and tableaux
b. (as modifier): rag day

rag

Jazz
a piece of ragtime music

rag

[rag]
(petrology)
Any of various hard, coarse, rubbly, or shell rocks that weather with a rough, irregular surface, such as a flaggy sandstone or limestone used as a building stone. Also known as ragstone.

rag

A large roofing slate that has one edge untrimmed.
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The second-year students just wanted to get an introduction and unfortunately, he took it as ragging. He also got into a verbal spat with a senior.
As long as ragging entails mocking or making simple fools, forcing juniors to dress up in a particular manner or behaving in a stupid way, even verbally assaulting them or making them sing some bizarre songs, it can be justified, but the moment all boundaries are broken and matters extend to grievous bodily or emotional harm or injury, it calls for immediate interference by state authorities as was done by the Sri Lankan government back in 1998 with the introduction of Prohibition of Ragging and Other Forms of Violence in Educational Institutions Act.
The Minister categorically cautioned that those who are involved in ragging will not be tolerated and they will not be allowed to continue their education in that institution.
A semi-structured questionnaire was prepared to assess the different aspects of ragging. The questionnaire mainly focused on the view about ragging: Positive and negative sides of ragging, they are in favor or against ragging and some local issues regarding ragging such as their personal experience, common modes of ragging in the institute, knowledge on legal issues of ragging, and their suggestions to stop ragging in the campus.
The current statistics shows that ragging in India is much graver than just a fly in the ointment of Indian education system.
The police, however, in this case as well maintain that it was not a case of ragging.
Meanwhile Minister of Higher Education, S B Dissanaike has vowed to eliminate all forms of ragging from the higher education institutions including universities and to upgrade all state universities.
He further assured that strict action will be taken if the reports regarding the ragging incident will found correct.
UGC has sent letters dated 28.7.2015 and 10.2.2016 to the Chief Secretaries and the Education Secretaries of the concerned States where the ragging cases reported are high.
Colleges have been instructed to form antiragging committees to check cases of ragging.
'Ragging is an outburst of organized horseplay, usually in defiance of authority, riotous festivity, especially of under-graduates in British Universities'.
Summary: Etawah (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): After the cases of ragging were reported from Saifai Medical University here, the District Magistrate (DM) conducted an investigation and found the university's Anti-Ragging Squad (ARS) to be negligent in discharging its duties.