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JNU allows students chance to clear Monsoon Semester exams

The decision was taken after a meeting of all the three Rectors, Registrars, the Dean of Schools and Chairpersons of Special Centres.

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New Delhi, Dec 30 : The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration, here on Monday, allowed another chance to students to clear the monsoon semester examinations.

“Those who have not completed their ‘academic requirements of monsoon semester 2019’ will be allowed to provisionally register from January 1 to 5, 2020,” said a notification issued by JNU Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar.

The winter semester of 2020 would start as per the academic schedule, the V-C said and added, students who couldn’t complete academic requirements in the monsoon semester of 2019, “need to be helped.”

The decision was taken after a meeting of all the three Rectors, Registrars, the Dean of Schools and Chairpersons of Special Centres.

The university would allow candidates, not eligible for registering in the winter semester, to provisionally register for the next session. “All the provisionally registered students are required to complete their academic requirements of monsoon semester by January 20 to keep their registration valid,” said the notification.

Earlier, the university had warned students that they would not be eligible to register in the next semester if they fell short on mandated academic requirements.

“All Deans and Chairpersons will ensure that evaluations, examinations and grading of the provisionally registered students are completed on or before January 20,” said the V-C, who also heads the Academic Council.

According to a circular issued by the Registrar, students, who may find it difficult to get timely signature from programme advisors/supervisors/chairpersons, should approach their respective Dean of the School/Chairperson of the Special Centre to validate their academic clearance.

The V-C said the project funding sanctioned to JNU faculty members by different funding agencies had touched Rs 190 crore.

The university has also introduced new study programmes such as the Schools of Engineering, Management and Entrepreneurship, Special Centres of Disaster Research and National Security.

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SC judge says opposing govt can’t be labelled as anti-national

“There have been many recent incidents where people have been called anti-national because they dissented from the government,”

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New Delhi, Feb 24 : Supreme Court judge Deepak Gupta on Monday said if attempts are made to quell dissent, then it will have a chilling effect on democracy, as “governments are not always right” and that opposing government can’t be labelled as anti-national.

Speaking at the lecture hosted by Supreme Court Bar Association on democracy and dissent, Justice Gupta emphasized the essence of democracy by stating that majoritarianism is antithesis to democracy. “There have been many recent incidents where people have been called anti-national because they dissented from the government,” he said.

“If some party gets 51% votes, does that mean the other 49% should not speak for 5 years…every citizen has a role to play in democracy….governments are not always right,” said Justice Gupta.

“Just because you take a contararian view, it does not mean disrespect to the country. Whenever there is a clash of ideas, there will be dissent. Right to question is an inherent part of democracy.”

He reiterated that the Opposition has the right to protest as long as peaceful means are adopted. Justice Gupta also cited excerpts from a lecture recently given by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, which said: “Blatant labelling if dissent as anti-national stops deliberative democracy.”

Citing vital components of democracy, Justice Gupta said democracy is considered successful, if it protects the civil rights of the citizens. “Dissent has an important role, it should be encouraged…it leads to finding better ways to run the country”, he added.

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Shots fired in Maujpur, vehicles vandalised

Pro, anti-CAA groups clash in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur

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Anti CAA and Pro CAA Protest in Delhi Pic : Credit @drpandey

The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.

Situation continued to remain volatile in north-east Delhi, with fresh cases of stone pelting reported from near the Babarpur-Maujpur metro station on Monday.

Several rounds of stone pelting between pro- and anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protesters took place.

After the anti-CAA protesters set their cars on fire, the pro-CAA group retaliated by setting shops and a house on fire. Around four cars were damaged and as many shops were targetted.

Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. A few policemen also attempted to pacify the groups. But the clashes were happening in several pockets due to which police force was taking time to reach the spots.

The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.

On Sunday, a clash broke out in the area between the two groups around 1 km from the Jaffarabad Metro Station, where one side of the carriageway had been blocked by anti-CAA protesters since morning. After slogan shouting from both sides, the groups started pelting stones at each other, leading to chaos in the area.

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The US will become India’s premier defence partner: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives US President Donald Trump with a bear hug. He also welcomes his wife Melania Trump. Namaste Trump event at Motera Stadium has started. Stay tuned for live updates of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump’s roadshow and their addre

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New Delhi, Feb 24 : India and the United States will sign two defence deals worth $3 billion in Delhi on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said on Monday.

The defence deals pertain to the sale of 24 MH-60R helicopters for the Indian Navy and six AH-64E Apache helicopters for the Army.

“As we continue to build our defence cooperation, the US looks forward to providing India with some of the best and most-feared military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made. We make the best and we are dealing now with India,” the US President said while speaking at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad after landing in the Gujarat city earlier.

“I am pleased to announce that tomorrow, our representatives will sign deals to sell for over $3 billion the finest, state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces.”

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Ahead of Trump’s visit to India, the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 19 cleared the two deals to acquire 24 MH-60 ‘Romeo’ naval multi-mission helicopters for $2.12 billion and six AH-64E Apache attack choppers for $796 million from the US.

The first batch of six MH-60R helicopters, equipped with multi-mode radars and night-vision capabilities as well as Hellfire missiles, MK-54 torpedoes and precision-kill rockets for potent anti-submarine warfare, would be delivered within a year. The remaining 18 will be delivered within four years.

The six Apaches, armed with Stinger air-to-air missiles, Hellfire Longbow air-to-ground missiles, guns and rockets, would be delivered in three and a half years.

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