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Billionaire philanthropist George Soros slams Modi govt at World Economic Forum in Davos

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Hungarian-born US investor and philanthropist George Soros delivering a speech on the sideline of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. He criticised China’s hi-tech surveillance regime. Photo: AFP

New Delhi, Jan 25 : American billionaire philanthropist George Soros said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is creating a Hindu nationalist state.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) retreat in Davos, Switzerland, Soros said the biggest and most frightening setback in India came from nationalism.

“Nationalism, far from being reversed, made further headway. The biggest and most frightening setback occurred in India where a democratically elected Narendra Modi is creating a Hindu nationalist state, imposing punitive measures on Kashmir, a semi-autonomous Muslim region, and threatening to deprive millions of Muslims of their citizenship,” Soros said.

Soros was unsparing on US President Donald Trump as well. “President Trump is a con man and the ultimate narcissist who wants the world to revolve around him. When his fantasy of becoming President came true, his narcissism developed a pathological dimension. Indeed, he has transgressed the limits imposed on the presidency by the Constitution and has been impeached for it,” he said.

On the US economy, Soros said, “President Trump’s economic team is overheating the economy. An overheated economy can’t be kept boiling for too long,” he said, adding: “If all this had happened closer to the elections, it would have assured his re-election. His problem is that the elections are still 10 months away and in a revolutionary situation, that is a lifetime.”

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Jamia video war gets murkier

The videos — and there are several of them — bear the date December 15, 2019. That is the day when there was a confrontation between the police and students and the police allegedly caned students inside the university library.

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : In a series of videos that have emerged over the weekend attempting to give a fresh narative to the Jamia violence, a new set released on Tuesday showed alleged rioters hurling stones from inside the Jamia Millia Islamia campus here, adding yet another dimension to the attritional war between students and police.

The video war is over what happened at the university on December 15, 2019, while students were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)– with both sides pointing fingers at the other for provocating the violence that spilled all over the country.

The source of the videos and their authenticity could not be established by IANS.

The videos — and there are several of them — bear the date December 15, 2019. That is the day when there was a confrontation between the police and students and the police allegedly caned students inside the university library.

The new set of videos that emerged on Tuesday showed alleged rioters hurling stones from inside the university campus. The time shown on the videos indicate they were recordings of happenings that evening.

In one of the videos, people can be seen hurling stones from the central library gate, which has been in the news ever since the video war broke out.

Other videos that entered the public domain on Tuesday showed a large crowd entering what appears to be the hallway of the university’s central library. Many of them were seeing running inside the library. Some were seen carrying chairs as well.

Neither the university administration nor the police have commented on the authenticity of the latest videos that have entered the public domain.

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Plea on error in CBSE sample papers dismisses Delhi High Court

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking rectification of errors in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 accountancy sample question papers and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.

The petitioner, named Ravinder Nath dubey, has been teaching accountancy for the past 26 years.

Asserting that accountancy examination is on March 3, the petitioner sought court’s direction to immediately remove eight fundamentally and conceptually wrong answers from the CBSE’s website.

“If the students write these wrong answers in the board examinations, the examiners may deduct 7-8 marks of students,” Dubey rued.

A bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar called the petition “frivolous” and imposed a hefty fine on him.

“You are not talking about an exam paper but sample papers. The model papers are for students’ practice,” the bench said.

When the petitioner retorted that he has come with a proof, the court said, “The fine can be increased. I don’t want to do it.”

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Those born in TN won’t be affected by CAA: Palaniswami

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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Chennai, Feb 18 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said those who were born in the state would not be affected by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the opposition DMK should explain who in Tamil Nadu would get affected by CAA.

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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