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US State Department seeks to dismiss move to classify RSS as terror outfit

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Representing the US State Department, US attorney Preet Bharara filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Sikhs for Justice(SFJ) for declaring Indian right wing outfit RSS as a terror group.

The motion for dismissal claimed that “Neither SFJ, nor this court possesses authority to compel the Secretary of State to designate an entity as a foreign terrorist organization- a discretionary action that implicated important foreign affairs and national security considerations, and which is entrusted to the political branches.”

SFJ claimed that the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) needs to be designated as a terror outfit for “believing in and practicing a fascist ideology and for running a passionate, vicious and violent campaign to turn India into a Hindu nation with a homogenous religious and cultural identity.”

SFJ attorney Gurpatwant S Pannum said ,“Political question doctrine cannot trump the fundamental rights of protection of life and liberty which are embedded in the American constitution.” He added that SFJ will be challenging the motion.

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Facebook Introduces Free Online Education Programme in The US

The "We do" module lets educators and students learn together. And the "You do" is designed to help students practice their new skills

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Facebook has launched in the US free online education programme CodeFWDTo to increase the numbers of underrepresented and female students interested in pursuing computer programming.

“We’re working on a number of initiatives like CodeFWD to widen the pipeline of diverse talent studying computer science so the next generation of tech innovators reflects and incorporates diverse perspectives, building a future that benefits us all,” Lauryn Ogbechie, Education Partnerships Director at Facebook, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Created in partnership with connected toys maker Sphero, CodeFWD by Facebook, has been designed for both English and Spanish speakers.

It is a three-step programme where educators and organisations introduce computer programming to 4th to 8th grade students.

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Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

With the first module “I do”, CodeFWD prepares educators to introduce the basics of computer programming to their students, even as they may be discovering the concepts themselves.

The “We do” module lets educators and students learn together. And the “You do” is designed to help students practice their new skills.

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“After completing these three steps, educators who want to continue developing their students’ coding skills using a tangible, hands-on product can apply to earn a free classroom set of programmable robots from our partners at Sphero,” Ogbechie said. (IANS)

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