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Ravi Shankar Prasad to inaugurate global virtual conference on law schools

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Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) is presenting truly international, first-of-its-kind global academic Conference from November 25-27 on the theme ‘Reimagining & Transforming the Future of Law Schools and Legal Education: Confluence of Ideas During & Beyond COVID-19.

The Conference will be inaugurated by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law and Justice. The Inauguration ceremony will also have a keynote address delivered by Cyril Shroff, Managing Partner of one of India’s leading law firms, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

This conference aims to bring together nearly 170 thought leaders from 6 continents and over 35 countries over 30 thematic sessions and two keynote addresses to reimagine the future of legal education.

Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India will deliver the Constitution Day lecture on November 26. Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir will deliver the keynote address in the Constitution Day Forum on November 26.

Justice U.U. Lalit, Judge, Supreme Court of India to will deliver the Presidential Address and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Member of Parliament will deliver the Valedictory Address on November 27.

“In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, it is very important for leaders of legal education from all over the world to come together to re-define the future of legal education which will impact the future of students, academics, and institutions. Jindal Global Law School wanted to live up to its commitment to generate important dialogues with a global perspective. This conference is an outcome of that very vision. We are deeply humbled to have an extraordinary forum of nearly 170 thought leaders from over 35 countries including Law School Deans, Scholars, Supreme Court Judges, Lawyers, Law Firm Partners and representation from all spheres of the legal profession and legal education. We look forward to this conference by bringing a comprehensive and inclusive perspective on the future of legal education, creating the desired response of the legal community to the ongoing pandemic.” said C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University & Founding Dean, Jindal Global Law School.

On the very special occasion of India’s Constitution Day, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India will deliver a special Constitution Day Lecture. This lecture will be Presided over by Upendra Baxi, Research Professor of Law and a Distinguished Scholar, Jindal Global Law School, who will deliver the Presidential Address. Also, the Constitution Day Forum will pay a special tribute to the women leaders in the world of law, as a part of which there will be a Keynote Address by Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, a special address by Pallavi Shroff, Managing Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, and a Presidential Address by Geeta Ramaseshan, Advocate, Madras High Court.

The Conference will be concluded in the esteemed presence of distinguished members of the Indian Judiciary and the Legal Profession. The Valedictory Address will be delivered by Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Member of Parliament, and the Presidential Address will be delivered by Justice U.U. Lalit, Judge, Supreme Court of India.

“We are truly excited and grateful to have leaders from all spheres of the world of law with us at this Conference to create a truly global response to the ongoing pandemic. From the academic community over 100 Vice Chancellors, Current and Former Deans, Principals, Heads, Directors and other Senior Leaders of Law Schools will be speaking at this event. This Conference will also be honoured by the presence of 8 Judges from India, Singapore, Tanzania and the United States of America which includes 6 Former and Current Supreme Court Judges of India and USA. All the leaders will reflect and deliberate across 3 days of the Conference to reimagine the future of legal education,” said S.G. Sreejith, Executive Dean, Jindal Global Law School.

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Punjabi singer Moosewala joins Congress

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Famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was booked on charges of promoting violence and gun culture in a song, on Friday joined the Congress ahead of the Assembly polls in Punjab.

He joined the party in the presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and State Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu.

During the induction ceremony, Sidhu described Moosewala as a youth icon.

“Sidhu Moosewala is joining our family. I welcome him in the Congress fold,” Sidhu told the media.

Describing Moosewala as a “big artiste”, Channi said with his sheer hard work, he has won the hearts of millions of people.

Moosewala, whose real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, is known for his hit Punjabi tracks like ‘Legend’, ‘Devil’, ‘Just listen’, ‘Jatt da Muqabala’ and ‘Hathyar’, among many others.

His name also featured in the Billboard Canadian Albums in 2018.

“I am not entering politics for status or to earn praise. I want to become a part of the system to transform it. I am joining the Congress to raise the voice of the people. I am joining the Congress as the party has leaders who have come from common families,” Moosewala said.

He said he is still living in the same house in his village. His father is an ex-serviceman and his mother is a sarpanch. “Residents of my area have expectations from me,” he added.

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‘MLA not a govt servant’, Kerala HC cancels appointment of late leader’s son

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File Photo: IANS)

In a stinging blow to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had given a government job to the son of late CPI-M MLA K.K. Ramachandran Nair, the Kerala High Court on Friday ruled that a ‘legislator is not a government servant’ and cancelled the appointment.

Nair, a first time legislator after being elected from the Chenganoor Assembly constituency in the 2016 Assembly polls, passed away in 2018 following health issues.

Vijayan, in a surprise decision, decided to appoint Nair’s son R.Prasanth as an assistant engineer in the Public Works Department, which led to a huge criticism from several quarters.

However, a petitioner from Palakkad, Ashok Kumar filed a plea in this regard at the High Court and on Friday a division bench chaired by the Chief Justice S. Manikumar ruled that an ‘MLA is not a government servant as they have an elected term of only five years, and hence a government job under the dying in harness mode is not applicable and cancelled the appointment.

Incidentally, this judgement comes at a time when a petition is before the Lokayukta after Vijayan sanctioned a substantial sum of money from the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to clear off the debts of Nair.

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SP’s ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ in Jhansi, Akhilesh to address public rallies at 9 places

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 Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is taking out a ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ in Jhansi on Friday, with the focus on Bundelkhand and will also hold public rallies at nine places.

As per information, the yatra will traverse through Laxmi Garden, Elite Square, Jail Square, Court Square, Kunj Vatika Marriage Hall, Mandi Tiraha, University Gate, Medical College Gate, Medical Bypass Tiraha, where he will be welcomed by the party workers.

After this, he will address public gatherings at Mahant Laxman Das Kanya Inter College in Baragaon, Rashtrakavi Maithilisharan Gupt Mahavidyalaya in Chirgaon and Tika Ram Kanya Mahavidyalaya.

Earlier, in Lalitpur, Akhilesh accused the BJP of “fooling” the people. He raised the farmers’ issue and said that only a family man can understand the pain of a family member.

In Bundelkhand, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Banda and Chitrakoot comprise a division (mandal). Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalon is another division. There are seven districts and 19 Assembly seats in the area.

For Akhilesh, Bundelkhand remains a major challenge because the BJP has a strong hold in the area and it had won all the 19 Assembly seats in the region.

In the 2019 Assembly elections, the BJP wiped out the SP, BSP and Congress in the region.

The SP is busy in stitching together alliances with small parties to give a tough fight to the saffron party.

On October 13, Akhilesh had launched his ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ as part of the 2022 UP Assembly election campaign.

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