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UC Berkeley Free Speech Lawsuit Addressed in Court

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A lawsuit suing UC Berkeley for suppressing the students’ first amendment rights to free speech, was heard in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

The lawsuit, filed by Harmeet K. Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group on behalf of the Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans was met with a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. However, Hon. Maxine Chesney asked the plaintiffs to filed an amended complaint.

“The University never banned any speech,” the university said in court documents. “Rather, UC Berkeley instituted permissible time-place-manner restrictions to address specific and credible security threats,” says court documents filed to dismiss the lawsuit.

“Young Americas Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans welcome the opportunity provided by Judge Chesney yesterday to amend our civil rights lawsuit to address the unconstitutionality of UC Berkeley’s most recent version of its evolving campus speech policy, in addition to the many issues addressed in the original complaint,” said Dhillon in a statement.

“Since we filed our lawsuit in April, we have learned many new facts about Berkeley’s misuse of its vague, often unwritten policies to marginalize certain viewpoints and content on campus. University officials continue to muse out loud about different ways that they can place limits on student organizations bringing in outside speakers — limitations that disproportionately impact those seeking to hear conservative voices on campus,” added the statement.

The statement says that UC Berkeley defendants’ lawyers “attempted to argue at the hearing that the First Amendment rights at issue here was not well settled, and that even if there were civil rights violations – which University officials admit outside the courtroom even as their lawyers deny them in court – the University and UCPD officials sued in our clients’ complaint are immune from suit.”

An amended complaint “with additional facts and allegations to frontally challenge UC Berkeley’s continued refusal to honor well-settled First and Fourteenth Amendment civil rights,” will be filed within 30 days according to the statement from Dhillon.

“We will not rest until student voices are equally free to speak and be heard on the UC Berkeley campus, regardless of their political viewpoint, or the content of their speech,” concluded the statement.

 

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Trump impeachment inquiry hearings begin

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — On the first day of the public Trump impeachment inquiry hearings over the President’s dealings in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, testified one of his aides heard from EU ambassador Gordon Sondland that the President was focused on triggering investigations into Joe Biden and his son. The aide, David Holmes, reportedly also overheard a conversation between Trump and Sondland, where they discussed ‘the investigations.’ Holmes will appear for a closed-door deposition with impeachment investigators Friday. Republican allies of Trump painted the testimony of Taylor and George Kent as hearsay.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India, Pakistan trade quips at UNESCO

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PARIS (Diya TV)  — At UNESCO’s general conference in Paris, both Pakistan and India traded quips over Kashmir. Pakistan’s Minister of Education and newly elected President of UNESCO’s Education Commission Shafqat Mehmood efforted to convince UNESCO leadership to confront India over their recent constitutional change affecting Jammu and Kashmir, claiming 1.5 million Kashmiri students who have not been able to attend schools since August 5th. In response, India’s UNESCO delegate Ananya Agarwal countered that “Pakistan is the world’s largest producer and exporter” of terrorism, calling Pakistan’s charges “fabricated falsehoods.”

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The Indian women’s hockey team will get the chance to go for the gold in Tokyo, qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after beating team USA in a qualifying match.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House holds hearing on human right violations in Jammu & Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, examined the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among those on hand hearing testimony from experts offering widely different narratives. The commission plans to take these perspectives into account before offering recommendations for action by Congress.

In a line of questioning during the impeachment inquiry lauded by many political analysts, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi focused on the timeline of the Ukraine affair, confirming through witness testimony that once Congress began investigating quid pro quo by the Trump administration, security funds were released to Ukraine two days later.

American tech firms are increasingly sponsoring green cards, or permanent US residency, for their employees from India and elsewhere in an effort to hold on to their skilled talent at a time when work visa extensions have become unpredictable.

India will fund at least 250 defense startups over the next five years as it seeks new technologies for their armed forces. The plan is obtain at least 50 ‘tangible innovations’ by the startups for military use.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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