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Kamala Mills Fire: After lookout notice, pub co-owners disappear from Facebook

Not just in real life, Sanghvi brothers, co-owners of ‘1Above’ pub, have disappeared from social media as well. Lookout notices were today issued against the Sanghvi brothers, a day after 14 lives were lost in a devastating blaze at the pub located in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills. They are partners in Sigrid Ospitalita and Entertainment LLP, the firm that owns ‘1Above’ pub.Till Saturday morning, Facebook profiles of both, Kripesh Sanghvi and Jigar Sanghvi, were live. However, the Facebook accounts of the two were found offline in the evening.None of their profiles were visible, meaning that they either changed their profile setting and made it private, or deleted their account. Also readKamala Mills fire: Lookout notices against ‘1Above’ co-owners, BMC demolishes over 300 illegal structuresOn social media, Kripesh went with the name Kripesh RM Sanghvi and his brother’s display name was Jigar Sanghvi. Their profiles were visible till as late as 12 pm on Saturday. The last post by Kripesh was about an event that was scheduled to take place at the ill-fated restaurant that was gutted in midnight fire on Thursday. The New Year eve event, Illusionati (within your temptation), was scheduled to start at 10 pm on December 31.On Friday, the police had booked the Sanghvi brothers, another co-owner Abhijeet Manka and others, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).Also readKamala Mills Fire: As 1 Above’s owners go into hiding, police to issue LOCThe massive fire that had swept through the pub left 14 people dead and 21 injured. The pub was run by ‘C Grade Hospitality’.

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Rooftop fire engulfs Mumbai Kamala Mills building

At least 14 people have died in the blaze at the popular Kamala Mills restaurant and shopping complex.

Telecom dept directs ISPs to block 4,694 URLs containing child sexual abuse content

The Telecom Department (DoT) has directed internet service providers (ISPs) to block 4,694 URLs that contained material related to child sexual abuse, Parliament was informed today.Besides, instructions for blocking 1,791 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) including Facebook pages and YouTube videos have been issued by the DoT to ISPs in 2016 and 2017 (till November 30), Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.”DoT has directed ISPs to block the list of 4,694 URLs of child sexual abuse material as provided by Central Bureau of Investigation,” Sinha said.Also, a total of 2,133 URLs were blocked in order to comply with the directions of various courts in 2016 and 2017 (till November 30), he added.Sinha said ISPs implement blocking of internet websites/ URLs by using suitable technology.”However, at present, technically it is not feasible to block specific items or content contained in a particular URL/webpage,” he noted.In response to a separate query, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Alphons Kannanthanam said a total of 587, 964, and 1,329 URLs of social media websites/specific webpages were blocked in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively.”Further, a total of 632, 100 and 83 URLs of social media websites/web pages were blocked in compliance with the directions of the competent courts of India in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively,” Kannanthanam said.The government does not regulate content appearing on social networking sites, Kannanthanam said adding that law enforcement and security agencies make searches on the Internet on specific case-to-case basis or as appropriate.”As per the data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 2,423 persons in 2014, and 3,137 persons in 2015 were arrested under combined sections of 66 and 66A of IT Act,” he said.Kannanthanam said there have been attempts from time to time to penetrate systems/devices of cyber networks operating in government and its personnel.”These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyberspace of a number of countries including China and Pakistan,” he said.Citing data from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the minister said 44,679, 49,455, 50,362, and 40,054 cyber security incidents were observed during 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (till November), respectively.The types of cyber security incidents include phishing, scanning/probing, website intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware, denial of service attack etc, Kannanthanam added.CERT-In issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats/vulnerabilities and counter measures to protect computers on regular basis.Kannanthanam said 15 drills have so far been conducted by CERT-In to assess cyber security preparedness of organisations. About 148 organisations from different states and sectors such as finance, defence, power, telecom, transport, energy, space, IT/ITeS etc participated in these drills.A 24/7 security monitoring centre including NIC-CERT is also in place at NIC (National Informatics Centre) for detecting and responding to security incidents, he said.

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Champion granny first picked up a gun at 60

Parkashi Tomar has inspired many young girls in India with her success as a shooting star.

‘Silenced’ in Rajya Sabha, Sachin Tendulkar uses Facebook to spread message

A day after Sachin Tendulkar was not allowed to speak in the Parliament, the cricket legend took to social media to convey his message. With the Rajya Sabha being adjourned for the second successive day on Friday, he took to Facebook to talk about the importance of sports and fitness in daily life.On Thursday Congress leaders raised a ruckus and did not allow the nominated Member of Parliament to speak in the House. Tendulkar, in his maiden speech on the floor of the Upper House on Thursday, had moved a Short Discussion Motion on the future of sports in India and right to play. Rajya Sabha proceedings were once again disrupted by protesting Congress members on Friday. Also readStumped! Amid uproar, Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar fails to make debut speech in Parliament Sachin then posted a video saying India needed a proper plan and structure in place to become a sporting nation.”It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind,” he wrote with the video. Here is what Sachin Tendulkar said:On Thursday, As Tendulkar stood up to begin the discussion, Congress MPs created a ruckus demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apology for insinuating that his predecessor Manmohan Singh was colluding with Pakistan.Tendulkar, a Bharat Ratna winner, remained standing for 10 minutes, tight-lipped, as Opposition members raised slogans, ignoring Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s calls to come to order.Naidu reminded them that the nation was watching the uproar they were causing in the Rajya Sabha and called on them to let Tendulkar speak. But unruly Congress MPs paid no heed to his requests.”We’re discussing about sports and you don’t have the sporting spirit,” Naidu scolded, before ordering the live telecast of House proceedings to be cut off.

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2G scam verdict: A Raja writes to Karunanidhi; says he places verdict at DMK chief’s feet

Former telecom minister and DMK leader A Raja on Friday wrote an emotional letter to party chief M Karunanidhi, a day after a special CBI court acquitted him in the 2G scam citing lack of evidence.”I place the 2G verdict on your feet with gratitude. I’m waiting to hear your words,” Raja said in the letter. He also alleged that the spectrum attack has tainted the DMK’s ideological movement and questioned, “Who will punish those who tainted your 80 year public life?”According to a WION report, Raja further said that as a minister in the UPA government, which was in power at the Centre when the spectrum scam happened, he gave 59 crore mobile connections against the 60 crore target set before 2012. “A shame that even UPA govt couldn’t realise it was trapped in the plot to bring it down,” Raja said in his letter.Also read2G spectrum case verdict helps boost morale of resurgent DMK in Tamil NaduThe spectrum cartel was broken to pave way for the WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter revolution, he alleged.Special court judge OP Saini, while pronouncing the verdict on Thursday, acquitted all the 17 accused including A Raja and Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi. The judge noted that the prosecution has “miserably failed to prove any charge.”Also read2G scam verdict: DMK and allies welcome verdict, AIADMK favours appeal in caseShortly after the verdict was announced, Raja said that his faith in the nations’ justice was validated.”My firm belief in the rightfulness of my actions as well as my faith in our nation’s justice system has been validated today,” he said.He said he had felt vindicated all along the case and added that results of his actions had benefitted the people.Raja also said that the matter was all cooked up. He claimed that the judge acquitted him because the prosecution case was false.Raja, surrounded by family, had wept in court after the verdict.

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Govt launches helpline to tackle cyberbullying, will it really help?

After the avalanche of harassment cases in India and abroad have spawned a social campaign under the hashtag #MeToo, India is now all set to start relaunch a campaign against cyberbullying under the hashtag #HelpMeWCD.Earlier, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had launched #HelpMeWCD to urge women and children to tweet along with the hashtag if they face any harassment or violence.The Ministry of Women and Child Development on Thursday launched a separate helpline to file complaint against abusive behaviour, harassment and hateful content on social media. The recent decision was taken in light of the high number of cyber bullying cases in India.Everyday on the Internet, people are abused regardless of their caste, creed and opinion. Huge number of cases goes unnoticed and people sometimes fail to understand the seriousness of the issue. Trolling and cyberbullying can be called as the side effects of the Internet. Determined bullies does not leave any stones unturned to prey on any given opportunity. The intensity of online abuse can be as violent and scary as in the physical existence. The chatrooms and social media pages are filled with comments and posts aimed at character assassination and defamation.Cyberbullying can cause us grave mental distress and pollute our thoughts and everyday work schedule. It can trigger negative emotions and sometimes can even lead to depression and suicide.In a shocking incident in November, an MBBS student in Kerala committed suicide by jumping off from the top floor of her college building. Police suspect it is a case of online harassment after examining her Facebook post showing discontent over the comments made by a fellow MBBS student in her earlier posts.A day before committing suicide, Ooshmal Ullas, the 23-year old student in KMCT College, shared a screenshot of the angry comments posted in the college confession page named ‘KMCT Xposed – MBBS Confessions her FB post’ in her FB post.In February this year, Gurmehar Kaur, a 20-year-old student from Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram, may have never imagined that she would be threatened to be raped and killed for even daring to raise her voice or share an opinion.Unknown persons trolled Gurmehar on social media sites and send her ruthless death and rape threats for launching a campaign against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP ). The college student had to deactivate her Facebook account in the midst of the brutal threats and the poor girl had to rush to police station to file complaints against the online harassment.In another incident, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was slammed in social media for sharing a ‘not-so traditional’ photo on Instagram. The hot MAXIM photoshoot of the xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ starwas not handled well by some disgruntled geniuses. She was trolled and abused for breaking ‘Indian traditions’.With everyone having easy access to internet and technology, cyber bullying and cyber stalking is a serious concern. Eight out of 10 are subjected to online harassment in India, a research conducted by global cyber security firm Norton by Symantec revealed on October this year.The survey said that around 63% of online harassment cases are of abuses and insults and 59% are of rumours and gossips aimed at degrading someone’s image. Another survey by Feminism in India found that around 50 per cent of women living in major Indian cities have been a victim of online abuse.In another survey conducted across 25 countries by Microsoft Corporation in 2012, India was ranked third.Cyberbullying is dealt by the enforcement agencies under the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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J&K women’s body: Do soaps make women spies?

Are television serials teaching women spying, infidelity and rebellion in the restive Jammu and Kashmir? The Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women (SCW) has sought opinion on this question from people on social media after men complained about women watching television serials and learning spying and rebellion.”During one of our awareness programmes, some men suggested women should stop watching TV serials which teach them nothing except spying, infidelity and rebellion… I want you to respond to this….what is your view on it…” SCW asked in a Facebook post.”Usually we include men as well (in awareness camps) because of gender sensitisation. Somebody said these serials teach women spying and we should stop them from watching those. I said, no, you can’t just tell them what to watch and what not to. Everybody has a right on what to wear, eat or watch and you can’t force your opinion on them”, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, chairperson of SCW, told DNA.Later women in the camp retorted back saying they never ask their men not to watch football, cricket or the sports channels.However, the SCW chairperson said people should discuss the issues even if these are trivial. “It is stupid. Even if it is a trivial or petty issue, we should discuss it so that we do not have to keep everything to chest. We should come out, we should open up to each other and we should talk about these things. We should evolve a discussion about every point which is making our life little bit uncomfortable”, said Mehjoor.Official figures reveal that SCW has received 3000 complaints of domestic violence and harassment at work places in the last three to four years.Waking up to the rising incidence of violence against women, SCW has started a one-stop crisis centre to help women in distress.SCW has opened an exclusive phone line where women in distress can call or text or even WhatsApp to lodge a complaint. Officials of SCW can immediately reach out to women and help her to redress their grievances.Police figures reveal that 2,920 cases of crime against women were reported in 2016. These include 805 cases of kidnapping, 275 cases of rape, 157 cases of eve-teasing and 1,233 cases of molestation in 2016.

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Stationery manufacturer gives left-handed kid a sweet surprise

In a cute gesture, a stationery manufacturing company responded to the request of a parent of a left-handed student by providing custom-made sharpener for her daughter. Thane-based Shweta Singh, the mother of 4-and-a-half-year-old Isha saw her daughter struggling while using a sharpener as she is left-handed and most sharpeners are designed as suitable for right-handed people.Shweta, 31, decided to do something about this, and immediately wrote to one of the leading stationaries manufacturers — Hindustan Pencils Pvt Ltd (manufacturers of Natraj and apsara pencils) — last week. “Most sharpeners available in the market today are made for right-handers, and those designed for left-handed cost between Rs 700-1,200. My daughter would often complain about her discomfort while sharpening her pencil, and I was really hoping to get some solution. Thus, I decided to write to the manufacturers,” she said while talking to DNA.To her surprise, Shweta got a response from the company within a few days. “I got a call from a person at a respectable position in the company. He tried to understand my concern and promised to help,” she said. Within a week’s time, Shweta got a letter from the company’s group marketing head, Sanjay Tiwari, along with five sharpeners specially designed for her daughter. The letter also stated that the company was ‘working on regular production’ of such sharpeners.”I am extremely happy that the company responded so promptly. If all manufacturers try and provide such designs for left-handed students, it would be a great sing,” she added.Shweta posted about the response on her Facebook profile on December 14 and got a phenomenal response with over 17,000 users sharing her post. “I wanted to spread awareness about problems that such students face. I will continue to take up issues of left-handed students like my daughter in future as well.”MAde to orderMother of a left-handed kid wrote to a stationery manufacturer asking for specially designed sharpeners. Company replied with a customised set.

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On the election trail with Gujarat’s women bikers

Why are girls dropping out of school in the Indian prime minister’s home state? The BBC and four women bikers hit the election trail to find out.

The rage and hatred behind a public murder

A video of a Hindu murdering a Muslim man in the name of “love jihad” has left most Indians stunned.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s son Amit gets engaged to Mumbai-based fashion designer

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s son Amit, 25, got engaged to Mumbai-based fashion designer Mitali Borude in a ceremony today. According to media reports, the couple plans to tie the knot in early 2018. The two have been dating for five years. December 11 is also the wedding anniversary of Raj Thackeray and his wife Sharmila.Following the ceremony, attended by close family and friends, Amit posted a picture on Facebook with Mitali with caption “New boss in the house”.Amit is a commerce graduate from DG Ruparel College and Mitali has clothes label called The Rack. The two reportedly met through Amit’s sister Urvashi.Amit came into limelight when he held road shows in Mumbai during campaigning for the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections. He also took charge of the MNS’ campaign during the 2017 civic polls and started a Facebook page to interact with voters.

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Parents of LGBTQ offer online support

Parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children have come together to offer support to other parents. The group named Sweekar — The Rainbow Parents was formed with the help of a parent support group and an LGBTQ activist.The second meeting of the support group saw the participation of 14 parents who discussed issues and activities to support their children. The group aims to become the central point for networking, advocacy and outreach for parents of LGBTQ children.While members of the support group are using platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook to reach out to other parents, at the meeting they also discussed participating in the Pride March in February 2018.Aruna Desai, a member of the group, said, “We have around 22 members on the WhatsApp group and are trying to connect with other parents through social media. There are few parents who are not active on Facebook because of which we try to share and discuss on WhatsApp. The group discussed taking up topics such as health issues and depression to name a few. We will also be participating in the upcoming Pride March to support our children wholeheartedly.”The meeting was facilitated by Solaris Pictures as part of its outreach activity for the feature film Evening Shadows (Surmaee Shaam) directed by Sridhar Rangayan.Tinesh Chopade, assistant programme manager, The Humsafar Trust, said, “We get calls raising health concerns and mental health issues. While we do not have a helpline number, people call up during time of crisis or emergency situations like violence. People who haven’t opened up to society about their sexuality also call for advice.”Helping handThe Humsafar Trust works for causes related to the LGBTQ community and can be reached on 022-26673800.A 24×7 helpline number for the community, which was started a few years ago, was closed down due to a lack of funding.

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Beware, ISI laying honeytraps

The Central intelligence agencies has alerted the defence establishments in the country stating Pakistan-based Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is spotting talents amongst the defence personnel from Army, Navy and Air Force who are pursuing in National Defence College (NDC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The are trying to allure potential Indian officers to work for them and for that are using their “young and female recruits in Bangladesh”.Sources in the agencies also alerted that ISI has also directed their young and female recruits not to shy away from getting married with the Indian defence forces cadets pursuing in the National Defence Courses eventually. According to the intelligence agencies, a few of the ISI female recruits who have been given this task are from Bangladesh colleges and fluent in Bengali, Hindi and English language. These female recruits are also sent to the US and UK for carrying out further studies and return and trap young Indian defence forces cadets. “ISI female staff are stationed near Pallabi, journalist residential areas, Mohammadia Society, Palash Nagar, and not far away from Mirpur Bangla High School and College, Bangladesh University of Business technologies and etc in Dhaka,” sources said.Sources also said that the Indian defence establishments have been alerted who thereafter have informed the Indian cadets there not to indulge into the any kind of relationship with any female ISI recruits.Earlier, intelligence agencies had issued an alert across the army establishments and security forces that the ISI posing as senior officers from Armed forces and Ministry of Home Affairs are calling lower staff and trying to extract sensitive information.The Intelligence Agencies have issued an alert across the army establishments and security forces that the ISI operatives posing as senior officers from Armed forces and Ministry of Home Affairs are making calls to extract sensitive information.The intelligence agencies have directed all field commanders to sensitise field formations and personnel under their command to refrain from sharing any information telephonically related to the defence forces, deployment and any other information which might put the national security at risk.Sources said ISI’s strategy, pinned by intelligence officials, involves drawing their attention with attractive profile photos, befriending them and then getting familiar over chats. Slowly, they encourage the personnel to divulge matters considered secret that can be used by the inimical force.According to sources, ISI has been using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to honey trap unsuspecting Indian personnel by providing training to women on how to make explicit calls and chats, in a field traditionally dominated by men.Delhi Police had last year reported some fictitious Facebook accounts, purportedly belonging to women that were used to identify and lure defence personnel.2015 INCIDENTIn December 2015, a serving Indian Army jawan was arrested on charges of maintaining close relationship with an agent of ISI. The jawan was identified as Havildar Farid Khan. It was revealed that he had provided vital information to the spy agency. It was the seventh arrest in the country-wide raid in the ISI spying case.

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Hardik Patel: The man giving India’s PM ‘sleepless nights’

Hardik Patel is taking the fight to PM Narendra Modi in his home state of Gujarat.

Ex-scribe held for harassment

The Cyber Crime Police Station (CCPS) on Thursday arrested a 52-year-old former journalist for allegedly writing defamatory posts against women on Facebook. The accused was produced at Esplanade Court later in the day and was remanded to four days police custody.According to police, the accused, Ketal Kamlakar Tirodkar, had allegedly posted a defamatory write-up against women in July this year. On July 21, CCPS registered a criminal case against Tirodkar and initiated the probe. Later, police collected evidence against Tirodkar and placed him under arrest.“The accused used his Facebook profile account to write things outraging the modesty of women and was a clear act of criminal intimidation. After gathering enough evidence we arrested him after he failed to appear before the police when we asked him to,” said a senior cybercrime police officer.“We have arrested him under sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (2) (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. We have also booked him under sections of the Information Technology Act. We have to collect the device used to commit crime and submit it for forensic analysis,” said the officer.
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Ambedkarite youth urges followers to donate ‘one pen,one book’

With an intention of spreading Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s message of educating and organisation, a bunch of young Ambedkarite’s are appealing people to donate ‘One pen, one notebook’ which can be donated to the underprivileged students. This initiative is to commemorate Dr Ambedkar’s death anniversary. The initiative, which was started by the Facebook Ambedkarite Movement (FAM)- an online forum in 2015 has now entered its third year with several youth and student organisations being associated with it. As part of the initiative, a bunch of youngsters appealed people who come to Chaityabhoomi on December 6 to bring a pen and a notebook instead of flowers and other offerings to pay real tribute to Dr Ambedkar. This year, despite the heavy rains that lashed the city on Tuesday, the group was firm on continuing the drive. “We could not set up the stall a day prior and had to shift all our collected notebooks to people’s homes. Today, we have set up a collection counter in a couple of stalls to get more donations” said Datta Jawale, a member of the core team. So far, the group has distributed notebooks and pens to the remotest villages in Amravati, Sangli, Thane, Palghar, Nashik and areas in and around Mumbai. “We have been appealing people on social media and messaging platforms and have got a great response” added Jawale.
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Woman robbed of Rs4.5L in FB fraud involving Nigerians

The JJ Marg police are probing a case where a south Mumbai housewife fell prey to a Facebook fraud involving Nigerian nationals. The victim was duped to the tune of Rs 4.5 lakh.According to the police, the victim befriended a man on Facebook who identified himself as a New York resident and an American citizen. The accused lied that his wife died recently due to cancer, and since then he is collecting money for the treatment of cancer patients.The accused made up a story involving cancer patients in Delhi needing urgent financial help. He also told the victim that certain customs officials have caught him at Delhi airport and they need to be bribed in order to release him.She then received a call from a woman who introduced herself as a customs officer and who convinced her to transfer money to her account through net banking.After transferring the money, the victim contacted the accused and the customs officer but both were unreachable. She then realised that she has been duped. The police have registered a case and are probing the matter.MODUS OPERANDIThe accused made up a story involving cancer patients in Delhi needing urgent financial help. He also told the victim that certain customs officials have caught him at Delhi airport and they need to be bribed in order to release him.
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Buying into India’s digital payments market

Bangalore-based software company Ezetap has developed a platform that makes it easy to pay anywhere with any device you like.

Have directed Internet firms to shut down Blue Whale game: Centre to HC

The Delhi High Court was on Monday informed by the Centre that it has directed internet majors, including Google, Facebook and Yahoo, to shut down in India the ‘Blue Whale’ challenge game which is linked to the deaths of several children worldwide.The central government counsel told a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar that it has also issued an advisory in this regard.The submission was made during the hearing of a petition seeking immediate directions to restrain internet firms from uploading any material pertaining to the challenge game, citing cases of suicide by children in India and abroad.The court dismissed as withdrawn the petition after petitioner advocate Gurmeet Singh said his grievances have been addressed.The bench was apprised of the Supreme Court’s order directing the Chief Secretaries of all states to issue directions to make school children aware of the dangers posed by virtual dare games like Blue Whale Challenge, saying they must be made aware of the “beauty of life”.The apex court had asked the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development to issue a circular to make school-going children aware of the perils of such dangerous games.The Centre’s counsel informed the high court that it has issued directions to internet majors – Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to ensure that all links of ‘Blue Whale’ and of similar games are immediately removed from their platforms.The sudden popularity of the lethal online game, in which the final task requires the player to commit suicide, had forced the government to issue directions to the internet firms to remove its links.Yahoo India had said, in its response, that its internal policies and terms of services, already explicitly direct the users and prohibit uploading of any content that is unlawful, harmful, especially any act that could harm a minor.Google India, which is a party in the case, had earlier told the bench that it was not a necessary party and Google Inc should be impleaded.Facebook India had also raised a similar plea in its application seeking its deletion from the array of parties, saying that services for users outside USA and Canada was provided by Facebook Ireland.The Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete over a period of 50 days and the final task leads him or her to commit suicide. The player is also asked to share photos after finishing each challenge.More than six children across India in the age group of 12-19 years have taken their lives allegedly while playing this game within a span of two weeks, reports have said.Deaths of teenagers have also been reported from other countries including Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile and Italy, the PIL had said.
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Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Before marriage, Hadiya’s husband was in touch with ISIS men, says NIA

A week after the Supreme Court freed Hadiya, the Kerala woman at the centre of alleged ‘love jihad’ case from her parents custody, an NIA report has said that her husband was in touch with the ISIS before their marriage.According to a report by the Times of India, the National Investigation Agency’s probe said that Shafin Jahan, Hadiya’s husband, was in touch with Manseed and P Safvan from ISIS via Facebook.The men are key accused in the Omar-al-Hindi case. The NIA said that the Facebook group was involved in activities of the Popular Front of India’s political arm SDPI.Also readHadiya case | Brinda Karat slams NIA for interrogating couples in inter-community marriagesThe probe agency said that it was Manseed and his associate Muneer who brought Shafin and Hadiya together. The finding is contrary to what has been claimed by both Hadiya and her husband that they came together via the matrimonial website ‘waytonikah.com’.Last week on November 27, the Supreme Court had freed Hadiya from her parents’ custody and directed her to continue her education in a Coimtore college.Also readHadiya says she wants meeting with ‘husband’, more ‘freedom’Earlier on October 3, during a hearing, the Supreme Court had questioned about role of a father in his adult daughter’s life. The top court, in fact, had questioned how the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 226.Shafin Jahan married Akhila Ashokan in December last year after she converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Hadiya.Also readLove Jihad case: Can’t have terrorist in the family, says Hadiya’s fatherHer father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment.Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders.In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.The Kerala Government had said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. However, later ina u-turn, the state government said that the policer probe is sufficient and that there’s no requirement of an NIA probe.
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PM Modi believes in unity of India, its potential: Barack Obama

Saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a vision for India, former US President Barack Obama Friday said he was of the opinion that Modi “believes in unity of India”.Obama also met Modi later. This was the first meeting between the two leaders after Obama left the White House in January.The former President also talked fondly of Modi’s predecessor Manmohan Singh, who, he said, had laid the foundation of the modern Indian economy.”I like him (Modi). I think he has a vision for the country… I was also great friends with Dr Manmohan Singh. He laid the foundation of the modern Indian economy. The unifying theme in both these leaders during my tenure was the focus on India-US relations,” he said while speaking at a summit organised by a media house.Saying that politicians often mirror society and the people of India can strengthen the hands of politicians by speaking out against divisive forces, the former US president said he had raised the issue of religious freedoms in a private conversation with Modi.He, however, refused to share Modi’s response to him, only saying, “I think his impulses are to recognise the importance of Indian unity. I know that he firmly believes in the need for that in order to advance to the great nation status that India possesses and will continue to amplify in the years to come.”He also underlined the need for India to cherish and nurture its Muslim population, which, he said “is integrated and considers itself Indian”.”That is unfortunately not always the case in some other countries. And that is something that needs to be cherished and nurtured, cultivated. It’s important to continue reinforcing it,” he asserted.Asking the citizens to speak out against divisive forces, Obama said in democracies like India and the US, the “office of citizen” was the “most important office”.”It is the responsibility of everyone to speak out against divisive forces and to reinforce such views… Politicians, on the other hand, rarely get too far ahead of public opinion, and often reflect the views of society… So if you see a politician doing things that are questionable, one of the things is to ask yourself, ‘Am I encouraging or supporting or giving licence to the values that I am hearing out of the politician?’ Because frankly, politicians tend to be more of a mirror, and more of a reflection of forces in society,” Obama said.He said that if “communities across India” say they won’t fall prey to division, it will “strengthen the hand of those politicians who feel the same way”.Saying that democracy was under threat today, Obama said “a partnership between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy is the key… The Internet has the ability to propagate propaganda that is destructive to democracies…. The distinction between us and them is dangerous.”Talking about Pakistan’s role in spearing terrorism, the former President said, “We had no evidence that Pakistan was aware of Osama bin Laden’s presence there but that is something obviously we looked at.”He also said that after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the US Government was “as obsessed as India with dismantling the terror network”. “Terrorism of any sort eventually affects everyone,” he added.In an apparent dig at his successor Donald Trump, who is very active on twitter, mostly to ridicule his rivals and the media, Obama said, “I have more Twitter followers than people who use it more often. Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp are very powerful tools which can be used for both good and bad. We need to understand the challenges of these technologies. It leads to snap judgment.”Later in the day, Obama also conducted a town hall event in Delhi for the Obama Foundation, where he interacted with an estimated 280 young leaders from across India.”India and US have so much in common. The US, is home, of course, to millions of Indian Americans and their proud heritage is at the same time combined with an incredible contribution they make in every field in United States… Both of our countries are hugely diverse. We have different languages and backgrounds and different ethnicities and different race… The partnership I believe between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy could be a defining partnership of the 21st century,” he said.
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Chennai Six: Freed Briton Nick Dunn ‘just wants a bath’

Former soldier Nick Dunn says it feels like a dream to be freed after being held for four years in India.

India net neutrality rules could be world’s strongest

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Why BJP is comfortable in Gujarat despite Congress onslaught: Inside party’s formidable messaging machinery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite all-out attack launched by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat BJP is not ruffled. The confidence stems from the vast machinery it has built in every nook and corner of Gujarat to connect with its primary members. BJP has married its content and messaging strategy aided by technological support.To start with, Surat itself has 3200 WhatsApp groups operated by BJP workers, which are directly linked with each and every office bearer of the party. These groups further diversify when the content reaches primary members for distribution. “In a minute’s time, we have the capacity to touch base with 6 lakh people,” said PVS Sharma, BJP’s in-charge of South Gujarat.BJP has also tweaked its social media strategy. It is heavily banking on WhatsApp and Twitter platforms than Facebook. The war room boys feel that Facebook content is not instantaneous. i.e it doesn’t directly reach all users in real-time. For this very reason, BJP has WhatsApp groups at assembly level, Shakti Kendra and booth levels.
ALSO READ Gujarat Elections | All the ‘kichad’ thrown at me will help lotus bloom: PM Modi BJP has tried to connect with the workers and primary members in a three-pronged manner.Every assembly segment in Gujarat has a dedicated call centre. The job of the call centre through the election is to reach out to all primary members. They are harnessing the data which BJP collected during its missed call campaign. For example, Surat BJP has created a database of 11 lakh individuals who are its primary members.
ALSO READ Gujarat elections: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to fight as independent candidate from Vadgam ConstituencyThe call centres check all the missed calls they received and verified the numbers and personal addresses before connecting with them. It helped them to identify primary members up to booth level.The job of the call centre is to establish a personal connect with the voters. “We make them feel part of BJP’s larger family. From this set, Panna Pramukhs too are identified who are given responsibility of 40 to 45 voters. Their job during elections is to ensure that out of the list, all BJP sympathisers come out to vote.
ALSO READ Paresh Rawal compares PM Modi to Gautam Buddha, urges Gujaratis not to vote along caste lines These call centres are coupled with one war room in each district to monitor political developments in the area. The second component of the electoral strategy is the Audio Bridge, a technology BJP is using to connect all its rural workers. There are 35 constituencies in Surat and BJP has been able to connect almost all rural workers through the Audio Bridge technology. The call is initiated from a BJP district office and workers connect to the number. The Con call has the capacity to handle 1400 people at time. Sources say that the HQ can even monitor the numbers of the calls dropped during con call and they are immediately requested to connect again. Sources say that Audio Bridge was deployed in rural areas specifically because of limited bandwidth capacity.The last leg of the triad is Video Conferencing. It connects Central Offices with field offices of the candidates. The Central Offices have ensured that cameras with 360 degree views are installed to get a ground feel of the camp offices of the candidates. It is this formidable machine which is keeping BJP confident. Insiders say that if they can mobIlise their own primary members, through their elaborate messaging machinery, they will comfortably win this election. Jury is still out on it.

Now Facebook, WhatsApp access for Bihar college students under free WiFi scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 50,000 students from 300 colleges in Bihar are availing the free WiFi service offered by the Government of Bihar as a part of its ‘Saat Nishchai’ scheme.The stats were shares by deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi following a review meeting of the free WiFi campus scheme. “The students will now get the facility of one time logging in with access to use WhatsApp, Facebook, Youtube and e-commerce websites to attract more students to make use of the scheme,” Modi said.The users are allowed to download up to 1GB data per day and a total of 10GB in a month. “Earlier, they had to login multiple times using their User ID and Password, but now they will have to log in only once and their device will remain connected to the WiFi,” he added.Modi said the Bihar government will spend around Rs 23 crore to install solar panels to ensure uninterrupted power supply so that the WiFi facility functions smoothly.Around 60 engineers who look after the maintenance of the WiFi equipment in colleges have also been asked to hold camps to make the students aware of the facility and encourage them to register for it.Modi said the number of users increased from 20,000 in June to over 49,000 at present.The scheme was launched on the occasion of Bihar Diwas in March 2017 to help youngsters become digitally smart and progress in life. It was one of CM Nitish Kumar’s pre-poll commitment and the government had sanctioned Rs 220 crore for it.

FB friend bodyshames city woman, cops register case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 32-year-old woman from Dadar was allegedly bodyshamed by one of her Facebook friends while chatting. The woman approached Shivaji Park police and registered a case of molestation against the man. The woman was chatting with a man who was recently added to her Facebook friends’ list.According to Shivaji Park police, the woman who works with a renowned private firm in Andheri, approached the police to file a complaint against a man with whom she was chatting for the past few months on Facebook messenger.The woman stated that the accused allegedly called her a “fat lady” which allegedly outraged her modesty.”The woman was friends with one foreigner on Facebook and started chatting with the person. When the man called her a fat lady, she approached us to file the complaint,” said a police officer.Gangadhar Sonawane, Senior Police Inspector, Shivaji Park police station, confirmed the incident and said, “We have registered a case under section 354 (molestation) of the Indian Penal Code.”

Married for a price: India’s abandoned ‘holiday wives’

The story of a woman who was married off to a rich visitor for a few hundred dollars, aged 13.

Rajya Sabha MP’s post hints at differences in ‘unified’ AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three months after the merger of the rival AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami and his now deputy O Panneerselvam, all is not well within the unified AIADMK. A hint has been dropped by senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP, V Maitreyan, in a social media post.“It has been three months since the EPS-OPS faction merged. Months have gone, but have the hearts synced,” Maitreyan wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning. Maitreyan was the first AIADMK leader to join Panneerselvam’s rebellion against then party general secretary VK Sasikala on February 7, days after she tried to replace him as chief minister.When asked what prompted him to write such a post, Maitreyan declined to comment, saying he has nothing more to say about it. His Tuesday’s post was his second hint at the discontent in the ruling AIADMK in this month. On November 6, he complained that he has been ignored in the relief works in the rain-hit areas.When asked about Maitreyan’s remark, senior AIADMK leader and minister, D Jayakumar, said he was against discussing the party’s internal issues in public. He also denied any issues within the party.Maitreyan, whose political roots can be traced to the RSS and BJP before joining the AIADMK, was supposed to have played a major role in the merger in which PM Narendra Modi had shown keen interest.

Jammu and Kashmir: Local barbeque-seller’s picture circulated as one of the dead LeT terrorists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a faux pas, several media houses today reportedly carried the picture of a local lad as one of the six Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists killed in a fierce gun battle in Bandipora district of north Kashmir yesterday.”I was shocked on seeing my picture among the dead terrorists in electronic and print media. Somebody downloaded my picture from the Facebook account and circulated it as one of the dead terrorists,” a shocked Abdul Majid told PTI.He has demanded a probe into the conspiracy.Majid, who is married with two children, sells barbecues at Khati Ka Talab here and is also associated with a religious group preaching Islam.”I am not a terrorist. How can they carry my picture? It is the negligence of media and the state administration,” he said, adding that he has filed a police complaint.Majid, having a long beard and wearing Afghani cap, displayed several newspapers which carried his picture on the front page with an alias ‘Abu Zargam’.He said he was at home when he received a call informing him that his picture was among the six terrorists killed by security forces.”The news came as a big shock for my family. They are all very upset,” he said.”I do not know whose conspiracy is this. But whoever has done it has tarnished my image. It is the negligence of media and the administration–how did they publish the picture of an innocent without any proof,” he asked.”I want my name to be cleared as soon as possible,” Majid added.Six Pakistani militants of the LeT, including the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, were gunned down in Bandipora yesterday in an encounter in which an IAF Garud commando was also killed.

Thousands run in Delhi ‘smogathon’

Air pollution levels were eight times the safe level and doctors wanted the half marathon postponed.

Love affair sours, man nabbed for ‘sexually exploiting’ girlfriend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-year-old girl has lodged a complaint at Parliamentary Street police station in New Delhi district alleging that she was sexually exploited by her boyfriend for the past one year, after he promised to marry her.Police have arrested the accused, Tanuj Chaudhary, who is the victim’s boyfriend. According to the police, the complainant approached them on Wednesday and lodged a complaint against the accused.“In her complaint she said that she was in a relationship with Tanuj for the last one year and occasionally they used to get physically intimate. Recently, Tanuj refused to marry her which broke her mentally and she went into trauma,” a senior officer said.The officer added that the victim alleged that recently Tanuj drugged her and when she became unconscious he raped her several times.“Tanuj has been arrested and on Saturday he was taken to the Patiala Court. The accused has also been sent to police custody,” added the officer.Both the victim and accused were colleagues in New Delhi and while working they became friends through Facebook. Gradually they became close.

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Wild boar meat ‘may have poisoned’ New Zealand family

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Kashmiri footballer drops ball, picks up gun for LeT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Majid Khan (20), a district level footballer from Anantnag, Majid, who was also working as a volunteer with a humanitarian organisation, took up arms a few days ago to join Lashkar-e-Toiba. Khan’s family and friends are in shock. His mother has appealed her son to return home.Khan’s decision was made clear when pictures of him posing with an AK-47 rifle went viral on Facebook last Friday. According to local police, this is a standard practice when a new recruit joins the ranks. He also wrote in his Facebook post, “Why look up at the stars when the biggest star is me.”Ever since the announcement of his joining; his Facebook wall has been filled with messages from family and friends begging him to come home. “Khan Majid plz come back for your parents and sisters…Teri yaad bahot sata rahi hai,” one friend wrote. Another wrote, “You are the only hope of your parents, they can’t take this separation…Please Majid for their sake please come back… We love you.”Khan, a resident of the Sadiqabad locality in South Kashmir, was pursuing his graduation at Government Boys Degree College in Anantnag. With his recruitment, authorities are worried that more youths in South Kashmir may consider joining the terror group as Khan was considered a local hero.Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag, Altaf Ahmed Khan confirmed the news and said, “Majid (Khan) has great influence over his peer group. I believe the local youths who joined terrorism, they may have influenced him.”While details about what prompted him to join are sketchy, friends believe that Majid’s turn towards terrorism came when his friend Yawar Nisar, who had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen in July this year, died. After joining the outfit, Nisar died within a fortnight in an encounter with the security forces in a village in Anantnag on August 3. His body was brought home and friends say Majid was particularly affected by his death.

Conductor’s Indian homecoming

A woman adopted by a Danish couple has returned to her birthplace city in India to conduct on opera.

Arson attack: Bangladesh will provide compensation to affected person, says Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bangladesh has assured India that compensation will be paid to those Hindus whose houses were torched over rumours that an offensive Facebook status was posted allegedly by a youth from the minority community.Bangladeshi authorities have also assured adequate security to the affected persons, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. Swaraj’s remarks came after her attention was drawn to reports that a mob of protesters in Bangladesh set on fire at least 30 houses of Hindus following rumours that a youth from the minority community posted an offensive Facebook status. She had said that the matter would be taken up by the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka with the Bangladeshi government.”We have received a detailed report of Indian High Commission in Dhaka. Bangladesh authorities have assured him that compensation will be paid to affected persons to rebuild their houses and adequate security will be provided,” she tweeted. According to Dhaka Tribune newspaper yesterday, one person was killed when police opened fire to disperse the crowd that launched the arson attack on the houses of Hindus.
ALSO READ Bangladesh: Mob torches Hindu village after FB post ‘defaming’ Prophet goes viralThe incident took place in Rangpur district’s Thakurpara village, about 300 km from Dhaka. The protesters claimed that they were infuriated by a defamatory status posted from the Facebook account of a person who hails from the Thakurbari village a few days ago. Replying to separate tweet regarding the issuance of passport to Haryana boxer Jhalak Tomar, Swaraj assured that the process will be expedited and she will get her passport by tomorrow.

Congress may have upper hand in Sabarkantha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“Voters in Sabarkantha will continue with their faith in Congress in 2017 elections” seems to be the public mood. Low prices of agriculture produce, agitations by Patidars, OBCs and Dalits will further tilt the balance in the district which had voted for Congress candidates in five of the six constituencies in 2012 elections.Rajendrasinh Jadeja, a 32-year-old youth who attended the Khedut Adhikar Sammelan at Himmatnagar, said farmers are not getting remunerative returns on their agriculture produce. He is also concerned about the atmosphere of fear created under BJP rule. “You can’t speak up. There is an atmosphere of fear. You have to be very careful while posting on Facebook. The government is acting like a boss. People don’t like this,” said Jadeja.Another attendee Arvind Makwana, who is also a labour contractor for construction sector, said demonetisation has destroyed the sector here. “Labourers do not get paid in digital mode. There are data connectivity bottlenecks in rural area. How can one use digital transactions?” he asked.

JNU admin restricts Wi-Fi on campus, students fume

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) took to social media on Saturday to express anger over their online freedom being restricted by the JNU administration. The social media protest came after the administration ensured that the campus Wi-Fi would not show news, music or protest videos on YouTube.The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) called it a “politically motivated move” and alleged, “that all website and video links which have anti-government content have been restricted.” DNA tried to reach the JNU registrar Pramod Kumar and the Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for a response but failed to get a reply until the time of press.Many students took to social media and wrote Facebook posts condemning the move by the administration. Students stated that with the Wi-Fi restriction, the only thing that they can be allowed to watch online are cartoons.In a statement issued by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) the students said, “This latest scheme of the JNU V-C is tampering with free academic thought and the environment of JNU, by placing curbs on the internet access of JNU students, through the campus Wi-Fi. Students have been facing problems in accessing web pages and channels on YouTube through the JNU Wi-Fi. JNU presidential debates, speeches of prominent student leaders have also been restricted.”Clashes between the JNUSU and the authorities over a number of issues have been taking place in recent times. The move by the JNU V-C, earlier this year, to ensure seat cuts in MPhil/PhD courses has angered students, the announcement by the administration that an army tank should be placed on campus to instil patriotism, also led to clashes with students who denounced the move.In the statement, the students also accused the administration of “corruption in teachers’ appointment in JNU… open harassment of students through notices and fines… destroying students freedom of expression and academic freedom through restrictions imposed on the JNU Wi-Fi.STUDENTS SAYJNUSU condemns this act of control by the V-C on lives and thoughts of students. It appeals to the student community to stand tall against this curbing of both intellectual and social life and demands that the JNU administration remove the curbs.

Mumbai cop tows car away while mum breastfeeds 7-mth-old son

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To protest the towing away of her car while she was still in it, breastfeeding her son, a womon went live on Facebook on Friday. The incident took place on SV Road in Malad and the video went viral on social media, sparking public outrage and resulting in the suspension of the police constable who towed away the car. An internal inquiry has been initiated into the matter.Jyoti Mali, who has acted in a few south Indian films and lives in Malad, had gone to a hospital with her husband Jairaj and their seven-month-old son Yuvraj. They parked their car on SV road. As traffic constable Shashank Rane began to tow it away, the family entered the vehicle and pleaded with him to stop as their son was ill and Jyoti wanted to nurse the baby.The video shows Jairaj confronting the police constable for not wearing a name badge on his uniform.Meanwhile Rane chats away nonchalantly on phone, ignoring Jairaj’s questions. “We asked the constable to fine us and not tow the vehicle, but he did not budge,” said Jairaj.”When the constable did not listen to our pleas, we decided to go live on Facebook.””I was sitting in the backseat of the car, and breastfeeding my son while the traffic constable instructed the towing van driver to drive on,” Jyoti told DNA. “We later paid the fine at the police chowky.”The Mumbai traffic police department later suspended the traffic constable for risking the life of the woman and her baby. Amtesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, “We have initiated an internal probe into the matter and have suspended the constable. The inquiry is pending.”

Kumar Vishwas clicks on ‘Right side’ of Padmavati issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With over 1 million views on Youtube and 1.7 on Facebook, a nine month old video of poet turned politician Kumar Vishwas continues to celebrate the “Padmavati Saga” in a poetic narration. Shared and downloaded through various other social media platforms, the viral video is claimed to have crossed a 10 million reach and continues to garner more clicks each day.Shot on mobile phone cameras in a room, the 20-minute video not only contrasts the ‘controversial’ bollywood periodical Padmavati in presentation, but apparently also in content. It, however, in its approach also contradicts those protesting on streets against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie.“The right wing groups trying to instigate the issue are apparently not well educated on the issue themselves, no vague presentation of any historic figure or fact can damage its sanctity as long we remember and remind our generations of the facts,” said Dr Vishwas to DNA. He though denies to comment on the movie and related controversy.According to him, the video was shot by some of his associates while he was narrating to them the relevance of Rani Padmani’s sacrifice in history of India. It was later put on web to further propagate the true story among masses.“With over 10 million views of the video, we have been able to achieve some success in the direction. As it is also the duty of people like us to keep the facts alive,he adds.Devoid of glamour, the video gains on the eloquent narration of the contemporary incidents by poet Narendra Mishr in his composition “Gora-Badal”, passionately recited by Dr Vishwas. Amazingly a version of the poem is also available online in the voice of Narendra Mishr, however, it has gained more fame in the one narrated by Kumar Vishwas.The poem is about valour of two generals of‘Mewar’ state who sacrificed themselves for the honour of their motherland and queen Padmani also termed as Padmavati, in several narrations of the historical tale.WANT MOREMany of those to have admired the recital of the “Gora Badal” poem by Kumar Vishwas are now insisting him for such narration of tales related to other heroic historical figures of India. “People have requested me to produce series on other historical figuers like Maharana Pratap, Panna Dhai, Shivaji Maharaj, Jeeja Mata and I am considering to initiate work in the direction,” he shared with DNA. However, occupied with political duties as an Aam Aadmi Party leader, he finds himself short of time.

Ill-famed Kotkhai turns out in large numbers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jubbal-Kotkhai constituency witnessed 81 percent turnout this time, compared to 79.18% it registered in the 2012 Assembly elections. Kotkhai, situated in Himachal Pradesh’s prime apple county, made headlines for a gruesome reason — the gangrape and murder of a minor and the messy investigation that followed.Soon after the girl’s body was recovered at a forest in nearby Halali two days after she disappeared, the Facebook page of CM Virbhadra Singh posted the pictures of six men, only to take it down later. Subsequently, six Nepali men were accused in the case, and one of the men, Suraj, died mysteriously in custody. His wife later told the media that when she met her husband in jail the night before he died, he told her that he was subject to custodial torture.The case was later moved to the CBI, and six policemen from the state were arrested for the custodial death. The CBI, which is carrying out its investigation, is likely to file a report soon.The BJP has left no stone unturned to drum up the issue in every possible poll meeting. In fact, after the case broke out, BJP’s Rohit Thakur and Rakesh Verma, apart from CPM’s Rakesh Singha carried out rallies and courted arrest in nearby Theog to ensure a smooth investigation.The Congress has been reeling under the effect of the case. When DNA asked CM Virbhadra Singh whether he could have handled the case differently, Singh said that within two days of the incident, he had intimated the PM and the home minister to refer the case to the CBI. “The case is with the Centre now, and the High Court has asked them to carry out the investigations faster. Nothing is in the hands of the state now,” said Singh.A key BJP functionary, who was part of the protests that followed, said while the BJP seemed to have gained political mileage from the incident, there was not much the party had done. “Posters were put in several places in the state and the party politicised the matter. But, the efforts were more political than sincere,” said the party member on conditions of anonymity.The CPM and its student wing SFI had carried out several demonstrations, too, including several in Shimla and Theog. Members of the SFI had also meet some of the officers from the CBI’s investigation team, who assured them that the case is on track.KNOW KOTKHAIThe constituency has over 64,000 electors, and the key candidates are the Congress’s Rohit Thakur (who is the current MLA), the BJP’s Narinder Bragta and an independent candidate, Lokinder Jhouta. In 2012, Thakur won the seat with 29,219, while Bragta polled in 20,124 votes.

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Ahead of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls, Facebook teams up with EC to encourage people to vote

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, social media giant Facebook today teamed up with the offices of chief electoral officers of the states to encourage people to participate in the upcoming state elections.As part of this collaboration, Facebook will promote a reminder in people’s ‘News Feed’ on three different polling days — November 9, December 9 and December 14 — to help educate people in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat on the upcoming state polls and encourage them to take part, a release said.”The reminder will help encourage participation in the upcoming state elections, and will be run in conjunction with the campaign run by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat to encourage people to vote,” it added.Nitin Saluja, Politics and Government Outreach Manager, Facebook India, South and Central Asia, said the collaboration will make it easier for the people of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat to participate in their state elections.Himachal Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Pushpendra Rajput said the significance of reaching out to key audiences via social media platforms cannot be overemphasised.”With the kind of reach Facebook has, it has been our endeavour to utilise this medium as an effective tool for information dissemination and awareness creation,” he said.Gujarat’s CEO B B Swain said ?There is a two-way conversation happening where people share what they care about, and officials get honest, real-time feedback. …I am sure sending out polling day reminders in both the phases will result in a high participation by the community.”There are more than 212 million people who are active on Facebook in India.As per the release, around 37 million people generated over 312 million interactions during last five Indian state elections 2017.

Gudiya gangrape-murder puts spotlight on women safety in HP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An odd five kilometres along what can be termed as a semblance of a road that leads uphill from the road to Kotkhai, is a newly constructed tap next to a pond. The water inside it is yet to come in, and it is likely to come in on the 19th. The tap was made in the memory of a 14-year-old who would walk past that very road every day to reach her school. The gangrape and murder of the girl, who has come to be known as Gudiya today, stirred the conscience of the state in the wake of the incident that took place in July.Two days after she disappeared on her way home on July 4, the minor girl’s body was found in a forest nearby by her relatives. Recalling that moment, the girl’s father finds his solace in anger.“One should have seen my daughter’s body when I found her; there were no clothes on her, not even her socks. I saw my daughter like that, one cannot even imagine. We later found out that she was strangulated, and her arms and legs were broken. Why would anyone do that,” said her father, Kishan Thakur*.The case is now locked in the political battle amidst the state’s assembly elections. BJP leaders, including chief Amit Shah, has evoked the case time and again in his rallies and the party’s ‘vision document’ also makes mention of a ‘Gudiya’ fund, of a 24/7 mobile app, and a women’s police force. The Congress, who seemed to have lost a lot of face owing to the incident, has made a mention of a safety app for women.The safety and security of women has taken precedence in the state for the first time where 49% of the voters are women. In fact, in Hamirpur district, under which the constituency of BJP CM Prem Kumar Dhumal falls, all the five constituencies have more women voters than men. In all, of the 68 constituencies, 12 have more women voters than men. Of their 68 candidates each, BJP has fielded six women while the Congress has three, a statistic that remains handy with the BJP’s leaders. Yet, one of the BJP’s strongest contenders from Kotkhai, Neelam Sarek, who was instrumental in the agitation that ensued the case, along with the CPI(M) leaders, had to make way for Narendra Bargata owing to the party’s internal politics.While he unveiled the ‘vision document’ in Shimla on October 29, dna asked finance minister Arun Jaitley about the utility of safety apps, which have not shown any positive consequence in metros like Delhi and Mumbai. “It is a thought at this point of time; technology has been moving forward, and I believe that technology can be harnessed to ensure the safety of women,” said Jaitley.The Congress seem to be reeling under the effects of the case, and CM Virbhadra Singh’s comment on how common these cases are have angered voters across the state. In reply to these, Congress leader Anand Sharma says that the case was unfortunate, but that the BJP is exploiting it for political gain. “The case needs to be dealt with an iron hand, no doubt. But the BJP is pointing to it without looking at the crime statistics of the NCRB. Himachal Pradesh, unlike states like Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, is a peaceful state. The PM forgets the crime rates in the Capital which lies under his nose,” says Sharma.In their house in Kotkhai, the parents are looking for answers. They remember their daughter as quiet and obedient. That day, she was supposed to stay back at a friend’s place after a school tournament, but changed her mind. Her brother, who saw her off, stayed back at his friend’s place. It was only when he came back the next evening on July 5 that they realised that she was missing. A search party set off at 4am on the morning of July 6, and found her body in Halaila. Thakur says that her body bore no trace of blood and showed no trace of a struggle.“One of her socks were missing, so were two of the four clips she would wear on her hair. I found one near her body, and another on her. I think they killed her and cleaned her body to dump it there,” says the father.“She was very kind-hearted and loved us a lot,” says her mother, giving way to tears.Thakur blames the police for a botched up investigation; after the CBI took over six policemen have been arrested for the death of one of the accused, Suraj Singh, in custody. He questions the CM as the faces of six men which were uploaded on his Facebook, was taken down a few minutes later.“If these men were not involved, why did they not file a defamation case. The police tried their best to hush up the case,” he says. He adds that he does not believe that the Nepali men, who were later arrested, are involved.Thakur says that while leaders from both the Congress and BJP has visited his home, he is not swayed by either. The wife of the CM, former MLA Pratibha Singh came to his house a week after the incident to hand over a cheque of Rs 25,000.“I do not care about the money or the support from any party, I have now rested my fate with the CBI. My only demand is that the rapists be hanged,” he says.(* — name changed)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely a week after two Swiss nationals were attacked in Agra, a Russian woman has reported that the branch manager of a nationalised bank in Vrindavan, Mathura raped her repeatedly. MP Singh from UCO Bank has been arrested by Mathura police.About a year ago, the 20-year-old became friends with Singh on Facebook and they began chatting. On his invitation, she came to India on September 17 and went to Vrindavan to meet him.”On September 22, Singh took me to a house and raped me,” the victim says in her complaint. Since then, he has been repeatedly raping me and threatening me with dire consequences if I dare approach the police.”She has also said that terribly frightened by the threats and could not approach the police earlier for fear of being killed. “I narrated my ordeal to another Russian woman, who has been residing in Vrindavan for a while. She advised me to lodge a complaint with the police,” she said.Meanwhile, the arrested accused has claimed that he is being framed in the case. Admitting that they were Facebook friends, Singh has claimed that the Russian woman was short of cash and had demanded money from him.When he refused, she slapped rape charges on him.”On the basis of her complaint, we have arrested Singh and sent the Russian woman for a medical examination. The investigation is on and we will charge the accused after receiving her medical report,” said VS Mishra, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP), Vrindavan.The Mathura Police has sent a report in this regard to the State Home department, and informed the Ministry of External Affairs and Union Home Ministry for further action. The Russian Embassy in New Delhi has also been apprised of the incident.

Vrindavan: Bank manager arrested for repeatedly raping Russian national

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The branch manager of a nationalised bank was arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old Russian woman repeatedly since she came to India in September after they forged a friendship on Facebook, a senior police officer said.”The manager of UCO Bank’s Vrindavan branch, Mahendra Prasad Singh, has been arrested based on a complaint filed by the woman,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Vijay Shanker Mishra said on Friday.The woman has been sent for medical examination.In her complaint, the woman alleged that the banker “threatened me with dire consequences” if she disclosed his act to anyone.However, Singh has claimed that she filed the complaint after he refused to give her money.According to the FIR, she came into contact with Singh through Facebook on November, 2016.They had frequent conversations afterwards. On his advice, she came to India on September 17 and stayed in the temple town of Vrindaban, according to the FIR.She alleged that on September 22 she was taken to a house, where she was raped and that her ordeal continued since then.She said that the complaint was filed after she met another Russian woman who counselled her to do so.

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The internet is a cruel place, and all of us know what happens if you share a fake news story or tweet a fake image. The latest person who fell for the internet hoax was Kerala Electricity Minister MM Mani, who shared news of a floating solar plant in the state.While the news of the plant’s inauguration may be true, the picture, it was discovered, was from a solar plant in South Korea. Realising the error, the tweet and the Facebook posts were deleted, but not before many netizens took screenshots and shared the tweet on their timeline.A reverse Google image search showed the photograph is of a plant in Otae and Jipyeong Reservoirs in Sangju City of Gyeongsang Bukdo Province of South Korea. SM Hoax Slayer, a website that works against fake news, has also reported the same.The floating solar plant project in Wayanad is part of the state government’s ambitious plans to ratchet up electricity generation using renewable energy like other states. According to the minister, the plant, that will be operated by the state electricity board, will generate 7.5 lakh units of power annually.An official at Adtech Systems Limited, that has commissioned and constructed the project, said it is the ‘largest’ floating solar project in the country and built within one year. It is likely to be inaugurated by November 1, the state’s formation day.

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A post written by a woman who works as a journalist with an English daily on Wednesday evening went viral after she took to Twitter and Facebook to share her ordeal involving a ‘policeman’.In her Facebook post, around 8 pm, the woman wrote, “This bizarre experience happened just 30 mins back when I left work…My cab was stuck in traffic near CST when a guy in @MumbaiPolice uniform, and an unbuttoned civilian shirt on top, opens the door and sits in the front seat. He doesn’t ask me or the cab driver anything and just orders us to take him to his destination.”“I ask him what was he doing getting into a cab just like that without asking me, he says “jidhar bola hai chalo”. I told him to get off or I will call @MumbaiPolice and he says “main hee police hai. Abhi chalo, Teri gaadi nahi hai ye.” she wrote.“I told the driver not to move until he gets off. I was polite but firm. I told him he can’t get into a cab without asking the person who is travelling, especially if it is a woman travelling alone. This man finally gets off. Shouts cuss words at me and tells me “tere baap ki gaadi nahi hai.” These are the people who will ensure women’s safety!” the post concludedThe police later initiated their probe in the matter. “We are trying to establish the identity of the person for further action. Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police has been asked to look into the matter,” said a senior Mumbai Police officer.

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From ‘marriage of ugly girls’ to ‘attracting handsome boys’: Top Bengaluru college accused of praising dowry system

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dowry is illegal in India which attracts penalty and imprisonment. But sociology study material allegedly being circulated at a top Bengaluru college ends up promoting the evil practice of dowry. The study material details that according to supporters of the practice of dowry, it has many advantages. “The marriage of ugly girls, who otherwise would have gone without a partner, is made possible by offering (a) heavy amount of dowry”, says the study material. The writer of the paper, which was photocopied and distributed to undergraduates at the college, mentions that this is the thinking of those who support the practice of dowry, but the suggestion that dowry practice helps “ugly girls” find a match is itself shocking and goes against the law which prohibits the practice of dowry. The paper even highlights that dowry is a useful and an effective method of attracting good, handsome and sometimes unwilling boys to marriage. A page from the study material, which praises dowry system and logic behind this practice, was shared on Facebook. This started a storm on the social media, and the page was reposted by many on Twitter. The College maintains that the chapter was not from a prescribed textbook. “In fact, we have no prescribed textbook for sociology,” a college official was reported as saying in media reports. “The students read reference material,” he claimed. Some of the other benefits that the study material lists are:* It may help get a footing for self-employment and can provide a fresh start for the couple.* Dowry helps poor but meritorious boys to pursue further education.* It increases the love and affection a bride enjoys from her in-laws and husband. * Paying dowry helps girls climb the social ladder by getting high-value grooms. * It helps maintain harmony in the family. But property, however, should not be given in dowry.Bengaluru resident Rithika Ramesh,20, posted a picture of a page allegedly from the B.A. Sociology text being taught at St. Joseph’s College.According to a report in India Today, Professor Kiran Jeevan, the Public Relations Officer of St. Joseph’s College, said an investigation was under way. He said the college was “trying to find the root of the problem.””Such views have never been part of the college syllabus. In fact, the department and the college are opposed to such obscurantist and oppressive patriarchal views as are contained in the page cited,” his statement read.

Selfless city youths bring Diwali sparkle amidst the poor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the poor, Santa Claus often turns up on their doors during Diwali. Yes, you heard it right. Thanks to the efforts of some youths in the city whose common mission is to give the needy not only food and love but jazz up their lives like a straight throw form a masala blockbuster.Take the case of Raj Trivedi, whose network of friends and volunteers has been collecting clothes, sweets, firecrackers among other things for underprivileged children. “We have been doing it for several years now. There hasn’t been one Diwali when people have not come forward to donate stuff. In fact, sometimes the volume of things donated is so high that we end up sorting things out till 4.30 am,” said Trivedi.This year, Trivedi who has set up a group Karke Dekho Acha Lagta Hai donated saris to old age homes, and clothes and sweets to a blind school in Memnagar and poor children in the CTM area. We also give things to those who live on the streets. “We donated sweets and firecrackers to children of a slum school on the SG Highway. What is interesting is that the school itself is run by a poor person,” said Trivedi. He uses social media to get volunteers.“My group on Facebook has 18,000 members and people come forward either to volunteer for work or to donate. It has never happened that we did not have enough for the poor.”His group through donations from 100 people managed to collect 2000 clothes. Trivedi and friends also chipped in to buy 25 kg of sweets that they distributed among the poor. If Trivedi concentrated on the poor in the city, some youth chose to help those who live on the outskirts. “A lot of people now help the poor in the city during Diwali but those who live on the outskirts like in Sanand, Changodar and Bagodara rarely see anyone visiting them,” said Utsav Solanki, a member of Gimme5 group. “We distributed clothes, footwear, school bags, chocolates, sweets and toys to those who live on the road in these areas,” said Solanki. What is unique about this distribution is that the receivers get to choose what they want. “We found that most people particularly women demand sarees. So we requested those who donate to us to give us sarees. We then let the people choose whatever it is they want,” said Solanki.He said they don’t give things that are in poor condition. “The toys, bags and everything else has to be in usable condition,” he said. His group managed to collect 1500 clothes, 25to 30 school bags, 50 footwear and 500 toys to be given to the poor.DIWALI PUJA TIMINGSNew Year Day: Friday, October 206:30 am-11:00 am Labh Pancham: October 256:40 am – 9:40 am
11:10 am-12:40 pm
3:40 pm – 6:40 pm Source: Ganeshaspeaks.com

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