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Kanhaiya Kumar attacked in court, sent to 14 day custody

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New Delhi: Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU students Union President was assaulted by lawyers on Wednesday when he was entering Patiala House court room, witnesses said.

Immediately after the attack on Kanhaiya, the Supreme Court (SC) rushed a team of lawyers with police protection to assess the situation at the court.

Kanhaiya Kumar was brought to the court because he is facing sedition charges.

He was escorted to the court by a posse of police personnel.

His arrest has triggered a political storm.

On Monday, lawyers had assaulted Delhi journalists and JNU students inside the Patiala House court complex, which is located in the heart of Delhi.

He has been sent to judicial custody till March 2.

Delhi Police counsel Ajit Sinha was told to tell the Patiala House magistrate to adjourn Wednesday’s hearing and remove those present in the courtroom by the supreme court.

While Kanhaiya was being brought to the court, a large group of men dressed in lawyers’ robes again barged into the Patiala House court complex and allegedly beat up a journalist and a student.

Vikram Chauhan led the group, which could be seen raising slogans “Vande Mataram” and waving India’s flag in the court premises.A journalist, identified as Anwar of the news channel CNN-IBN, said despite heavy police deployment, clashes erupted in the court complex and the cops’ were

A journalist named Anwar of the news channel CNN-IBN, said despite heavy police deployment, clashes erupted in the court complex and the cops’ were merely watching the incident and lawyers beat journalists and students.(IANS)

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JNU Set to Reopen by June 25

JNU is all set to return to classes by June 25

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JNU campus. Image source: Wikipedia

With restrictions easing, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) too is all set to restart. The students are expected to return to their classrooms between June 25 and June 30.

The new academic calendar was announced keeping in view of the COVID-19 situation and the UGC guidelines. “This academic calendar has been unanimously approved by all the Deans of Schools and Chairpersons of Special Centres”, read a statement issued by JNU vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar.

The resumption of the classes are planned so that students can complete their remaining academic components. Examinations will be completed by July 31, said the JNU.

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The next semester for the continuing students will start from August 1. Photo: www.jnu.ac.in

Meanwhile, the next semester for the continuing students will start from August 1. With a significant time being lost due to the compulsory total lockdown across India to contain the Coronavirus, the prestigious university doesn’t want to waste any more time. “Even if the examination results are not ready by July 31, students will have the opportunity to provisionally register and move on to the next semester,” said the JNU.

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Like last semester, the entire monsoon semester registration process will be completely online making it easy for the students to register even from their homes. Last time it created a row with many students objecting to it. “We have made sure that research scholars who have to submit their theses/dissertations will not face any difficulty as the deadline for submission is shifted to December 31, 2020,” the university added.

As of now, this academic calendar is tentative and much of it depends on when the lockdown is lifted and how. JNU administration said it is also expecting new guidelines from the UGC. (IANS)

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Facebook Pledges To Invest $100 Million For Supporting Coronavirus-Hit Journalism Industry

Facebook said the new commitment builds upon $300 million it has committed already to serving journalists around the world through diverse and inclusive news programmes and partnerships

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The social networking giant said the investment will include $25 million in emergency grant funding for local news through the Facebook Journalism Project. Pixabay

Facebook has pledged to invest an additional $100 million to support journalists at a time when ad revenues are declining due to the economic impact of the new coronavirus.

The social networking giant said the investment will include $25 million in emergency grant funding for local news through the Facebook Journalism Project, and an extra $75 million in marketing to get money to publishers around the world at a time when their advertising revenue is declining.

“This investment is in addition to the support we’ve already pledged to the news industry in response to COVID-19: $1 million in grants for local news, $1 million in grants for fact-checking organisations, and a $1-million donation to the International Fact-Checking Network,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

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The news industry is working under extraordinary conditions to keep people informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local journalists are being hit especially hard, even as people turn to them for critical information to keep their friends, families and communities safe.

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Facebook has pledged to invest an additional $100 million to support journalists at a time when ad revenues are declining due to the economic impact of the new coronavirus. VOA

“Through the COVID-19 Community Network grant program, direct funding is helping journalists cover important stories when we all need them most,” said Campbell Brown, VP, Global News Partnerships.

“We’re building on this work and will direct a portion of these funds to publishers most in need in the hardest hit countries. The first round of these grants went to 50 local newsrooms in the US and Canada,” he added.

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Facebook said the new commitment builds upon $300 million it has committed already to serving journalists around the world through diverse and inclusive news programmes and partnerships, including Report for America, the Pulitzer Center, the Community News Project and the Facebook Journalism Project’s Local News Accelerator training programme. (IANS)

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JNU – A Hotbed of Evil Agendas And Propaganda

The series of disgusting incidents at JNU and other educational institutions in the past have “clearly revealed” that educated people can act like unscrupulous rascals

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Deepika Padukone rushed to JNU. What is shocking is without an iota of guilt, such public figures shared the stage with such a group of people who has earned notoriety for sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists and inciting the violence.

BY SALIL GEWALI

Blatant duplicity, partisanship, arrogance, and terrors are what all have been desecrating the very sacred seat of academia.
Does anyone have the courage to unmask this open depravity in academic institutions like JNU?

The first week of this New Year has brought before us a devious drama enacted by a group of students at JNU. The news spread like wildfire in no time. Now, after a few days of deep investigation, the Delhi police have come up with evidence which is just the opposite of what was vehemently set forth by certain media people and columnists at the beginning. Without a very serious thought and possible contrary outcome one journalist ranted — “who killed Gandhi can also kill students”. He was spitting venom against all those who believe in patriotic values. No denying, the father of the nation was killed by Nathuram Godse and he was hanged on 15 Nov. 1949 for his unpardonable sin. Is it not total “stupidity” to blame the entire associations/families with which Godse was associated? A son is a drug addict, can we blame the parents or entire family, and also his ancestors and clans? Prince Andrew of England is allegedly found to be involved in a series of sexual misconduct. Can we now mindlessly blame and malign the image of the whole Buckingham Palace and Duke of Edinburgh..? But in India so-called journalists “reserve their right” to criticize, ridicule those all who show concerns for the Nation and work for its integrity.

 Incidentally, while the grievous injuries of the JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh switched from right hand to the left hand, albeit mirror image.., it was not the “comedy of errors” of JNU. But, as the administrative machinery of the entire University has continuously been trampled upon and disrupted, I daresay, it is a “tragedy of the academy” now. Here the academy not for the excellence but for the free-thinking for the “worse”! And, what do you call it when all such outrageous vandalism and brutalities by the students with particular leanings are “defended”? Is it not a very dangerous trend and unbecoming of any dignified institutions of higher studies? Mere a few screams of “false victimhood”, vis-à-vis vandalism, have drawn the attention of the celebrities directly from Bollywood. Deepika Padukone rushed to JNU. What is shocking is without an iota of guilt, such public figures shared the stage with such a group of people who has earned notoriety for sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists and inciting the violence.

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The first week of this New Year has brought before us a devious drama enacted by a group of students at JNU.

Needless to say, over the years we have noticed that the “support” comes with a vengeance if the outcry of protests has the overtone of hostility and “treason”. Another actress Swara Bhaskar thanked Pakistani people for support for the JNU cause. What does it mean when the responsible citizens make the mockery of the country’s sovereignty? Yes, these all unpatriotically vicious actors, actresses and intellectual elites are the role models for our youths these days. Just be serious and think about what kind of thoughts our children will develop on their minds and what we can expect from them for the nation.

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Another actress Swara Bhaskar thanked Pakistani people for support for the JNU cause.

The series of disgusting incidents at JNU and other educational institutions in the past have “clearly revealed” that educated people can act like unscrupulous rascals, senselessly inciting the violence and terrors. For some of the political leaders, JNU crises have come as opportunities to destabilize the country or cause misunderstanding and division among various communities. If we believe some of the articles by certain senior journalists, it can be well concluded that “education” does not always make one sane and civilized. Blatant duplicity, partisanship, arrogance, and terrors are what all have been desecrating the very sacred seat of academia. Who all are responsible for this depraved mess? Does anyone have the courage to unmask this open depravity in academia and society? Is it not time to say enough is enough?

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Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali