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Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, today demanded explanation from the state law minister, Jitender Singh Tomar, after a Bihar-based university informed Delhi High Court that Tomar’s law degree is fake.

A report published in a newspaper said that an inquiry report was filed before the court by the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University. The report stated that the serial number of the provisional certificate in the university records showed the name of some other person in a different stream of study and not that of Tomar.

However, Tomar denied all the allegations and said, “A fabricated case based on lies cannot be a reason to resign. My degree is 100 per cent genuine, I have all documents to prove it.”

Acting on the petition, the court said yesterday that Tomar used a “false and bogus” degree to become an advocate. The court has asked the minister to answer by August 20.

On the other hand, Congress leader, Ajay Maken, asked Kejriwal to intervene in the issue and immediately sack Tomar.

“These things were brought to the notice of Arvind Kejriwal by Prashant Bhushan and other leaders. If Arvind Kejriwal fails to remove the law minister and take moral responsibility than day after tomorrow, we will hold a massive demonstration outside the Delhi Secretariat,” said Maken.


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The sixth edition of the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF 2022) will be held at the beaches of Calicut (Kozhikode) from January 20 to January 23.

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Over 400 speakers including Jeffrey Archer, Ada Yonath, Abhijit Banerjee, Arundhati Roy, Remo Fernandes, Sagarika Ghose, Wendy Doniger, Shashi Tharoor, Manu S. Pillai, Devdutt Pattanaik, Chris Kraus and Sudhir Kakar among others will be part of the festival.

Organised by the DC Kizhakemuri Foundation, the event is supported by the Government of Kerala and Kerala Tourism Board. Well-known poet, critic, and writer Prof. K. Satchidanandan is the festive director of KLF 2022.

Set along the shores of the Arabian Sea, the four-day festival brings artists, actors, celebrities, writers, thinkers, and activists closer to people of different backgrounds and interests. With an aggregate footfall of more than 3 lakhs, KLF is the second largest festival of its kind in Asia, combining the best of literary and popular cultures.

The sessions at KLF aim to map literature through discussions on aspects of science & technology, art, cinema, politics, music, environment, literature, pandemic & its Impacts, business & entrepreneurship, health, art & leisure, travel & tourism, gender, economy, culture genomics, history & politics, and various facets that shape human consciousness.

Speakers include major award-winning writers, film and theatre personalities, performers and artists, designers, media personalities, sports icons, diplomats and celebrities from diverse backgrounds.

KLF 2022 will host 200 plus sessions boasting writers, experts, and performers from across India and more than 12 nations globally.

This year the organisers will introduce curated gastronomical exuberance with food trucks and ethnic cuisines.

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