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Kanhaiya manhandled outside court : SC says We are keeping a close eye over JNU violence

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The Supreme Court said on Thursday it is keeping a close eye on the law and order situation in Patiala House court a day after JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was “manhandled” while being produced in court.

“We are keeping an eye on law and order in Patiala House court; everyone should be very  careful while giving statements,” the SC said.

The Supreme Court also counselled “moderation” instead of taking “extreme positions” in dealing with the situation arising from the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and charging him with sedition.

Telling the rival counsel that a “blame game would not help anybody”, a bench of justice J Chelameswar and justice Abhay Manohar Sapre said: “Moderation seems to be the best option.”

The apex court will decide on lawyers who shouted slogans and attacked people at court later on Thursday.

None of the three lawyers, who were summoned by Delhi Police in connection with the February 15 attack on journalists, students and teachers of JNU in Patiala House court, appeared before the police. While one of the three lawyers has been identified as Vikram Singh Chauhan, names of the other two have not been disclosed by the police.

Meanwhile, the apex court stepped in to rush a six-member panel of advocates appointed by it to Patiala House courts on Wednesday afternoon after it was apprised of fresh incidents of violence involving persons in black robes.

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Transparency needed on India-China face-off at LAC: Rahul

He said, what happened with Nepal and why, what is happening in Ladakh should be made clear.

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Rahul Gandhi on Kashmir Situation

New Delhi, May 26 : Amid reports of a face-off between the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army in eastern Ladakh at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the Narendra Modi government must come clean on the situation arising and inform the citizen what is happening at the border.

Addressing a press conference through video conferencing, Rahul Gandhi said: “The details of what happened along the border, the government should share with the people.”

He said, what happened with Nepal and why, what is happening in Ladakh should be made clear.

“I cannot see transparency. The issue of Ladakh and China is a live issue. Transparency is required,” he said.

He was responding to a question on the face-off on LAC that was triggered the Chinese objected to road construction and development of infrastructure by India within the Indian territory.

Last week Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli asserted that Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal and vowed to “reclaim” them from India through political and diplomatic efforts. His Cabinet also endorsed a new political map showing the three areas as Nepalese territory. Oli went a step further and told in the Npal parliament that the territories belong to Nepal but has been made a disputed area.

The former Congress chief also said that till the time there is no transparency, till that time it would not good for him to speak. “If I have more information then I will share more details on it,” he added.

This is Rahul Gandhi’s fourth interaction with the media in the last two months.

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Why you want to hold varsity exams: Raj Thackeray to Maharashtra Governor

The Governor made his displeasure clear in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray as the embarrassed government attempted to combat the crisis – before Raj Thackeray’s unexpected booster dose on Tuesday.

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Mumbai, May 26 : Given the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown for two months, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray on Tuesday raised questions on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s insistence on holding the final year university exam in the state.

“Why is there this unreasonable demand to hold the final year examinations? Why and for who?” Thackeray pointedly asked the Governor in a letter.

The MNS chief detailed how the coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented national upheaval followed by the lockdown, and given the present turbulent scenario, it was impossible to ascertain how long the shutdown will continue, especially in Mumbai and Pune.

“If, even the lockdown is eased, does that mean we are free from the coronavirus? Of course not! You too are aware of this,” Thackeray said, seeking the reasons why the Governor wanted to hold the varsity exams.

He wrote that considering the prevailing circumstances besides the fact that the coronavirus is dangerous and highly infectious, “is it reasonable to ask so many students to step out and set for these exams? Are they not putting their and their families’ lives at risk?”

“What is the logic behind this? Keeping the health of the students in mind, why shouldn’t the decision be taken to cancel the final year exams in totality?” Thackeray urged the Governor.

The surprise intervention by the MNS chief came as the Maha Vikas Aghadi government reeled under a missive by the Governor last week raising, strong objections to a letter by Minister of Higher & Technical Education Uday Samant to the UGC recommending cancellation of the final year varsity exams, which Koshyari – in his capacity as Chancellor of all universities in the state – pointed out, contravened the guidelines.

The Governor made his displeasure clear in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray as the embarrassed government attempted to combat the crisis – before Raj Thackeray’s unexpected booster dose on Tuesday.

However, the MNS leader also said that his plea did not tantamount to indiscriminately declare all the students as ‘pass’, but suggested that their passing could be based on their performance in internal exams or the previous semester, or try to evaluate them by giving projects, or some such practical solutions.

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Rahul to Modi: Lockdown has failed, what’s the strategy to open India

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New Delhi, May 26 : Describing the nationwide lockdown as a failure, former Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the relaxation in the lockdown and asked what was the strategy for opening the country.

He also accused the Central government of not supporting the state governments, which have been transferring the money directly into the hands of the farmers and labourers. Addressing a press conference through video conferencing, Rahul Gandhi said, “Two months ago the Prime Minister said that we were going to fight in 21-days a war against novel coronavirus (Covid-19).”

“And now we are in 60 days and we are the only country in the world where the virus is exponentially rising and we are removing the lockdown. It is pretty clear that the aim and the purpose of the lockdown has failed,” the Congress leader said.

  • Four stages of lockdown have not given the result that the Prime Minister expected
  • What is the central govt planning to do going forward as disease is growing
  • Central govt must infuse cash to people; it will be fatal if they do not do it
  • Centre must support states; it will be difficult for Cong-ruled states to function without central support
  • India has been facing a very serious unemployment problem for a while. Make in India and other initiatives have not given expected results. Now Coronavirus has multiplied the problem of unemployment
  • The government should listen to opposition and common people. If the BJP gives suggestions to our govts. in states ruled by Congress Party, we would listen to them and even accept the suggestions which are valid and helpful. That’s how democracy should run.
  • Govt’s job is that of governance and our job is to draw attention to the issues which are ignored by the govt. I was warning the government in February & I am doing the same now.

He said the result of the “failed lockdown” is in front of all. “We in the Congress want to understand what the government’s view is. What is their view for going forward? We want to understand what is the strategy?” he said, adding that the Prime Minister and his entire advisory staff, including his top medical people said that the disease would start to reduce in May, whereas the cases are not reducing and are increasing.

“I want to ask the Prime Minister and the government, now that we have a failed lockdown, what is the strategy going forward and what is the strategy as far as opening India is concerned,” he said.

He also said, “What are the precautions that they are going to take to curb this disease, and how they are thinking to support migrants, state governments, MSMEs.

“We have great expectations, multiple press conferences about the economic package. The Prime MInister said that the economic package was 10 per cent of GDP whereas the reality is that it is one per cent of GDP and hardly any cash is being given to people,” the Congress MP from Kerala’s Wayanad said.

Rahul Gandhi said, “Directly we are giving cash to farmers, labourers, but we are not getting any support from the central government. And it is becoming extremely difficult for our states to function without adequate support from central government.”

This is Rahul Gandhi’s fourth interaction with the media in the last 60 days amid the nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of novel coronavirus. He has interacted twice with the national media and once with the regional media.

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