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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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Google to Train 8,000 Indian Journalists on Fact-checking

Training workshops will be conducted in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Kannada in cities across India, Google India said in a statement

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To guard journalists from falling prey to false news stories, Google India on Tuesday said it will provide training to 8,000 journalists in English and six other Indian languages in the next one year.

For this, the Google News Initiative India Training Network will select 200 journalists from cities across India who will hone their skills in verification and training during five-day train-the-trainer boot camps that will be organised for English and six other Indian languages.

This network of certified trainers will then train more journalists at two-day, one-day and half-day workshops organised by the Network.

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Training workshops will be conducted in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Kannada in cities across India, Google India said in a statement.

The focus of the training will be fact-checking, online verification and digital hygiene for journalists, using a curriculum built by experts from First Draft, Storyful, AltNews, BoomLive, Factchecker.in and DataLeads.

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“Supporting trusted, authoritative media sources is a top priority for Google, which is why we are proud to collaborate with Internews, DataLeads and BoomLive to support journalists in their fight against misinformation in India,” said Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab Lead, Asia-Pacific.

“Our goal is to train more than 200 trainers, who will then train 8,000 journalists in six languages over the next year, making this Google’s largest training network in the world,” Liu added. (IANS)