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Video-sharing apps are taking precautionary measures in the wake of a temporary ban on China’s TikTok

Video-sharing apps are taking precautionary measures in the wake of a temporary ban on China’s TikTok, Quartz reports. Singapore-based BIGO – which owns live-streaming app BIGO LIVE and video-sharing app LIKE – has 200 Indian employees as well as an AI-backed system monitoring content. China’s Helo, which claims to have 40 million users in India, has purged 160,000 accounts. But these measures aren’t foolproof, with inappropriate content falling through the cracks. The reasons? Incentives for content production, the apps’ tendency to act like publishers, thereby perpetuating biases, and a lack of adequate safeguards, say experts.

Election Commission rejects plea seeking to advance voting time to 5 am due to Ramzan



New Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday rejected a plea seeking to advance the voting from 7 am in the morning to 4:30 / 5:00 am early morning for the upcoming phases of Lok Sabha elections due to Ramzan.

The plea was filed earlier this week in the Supreme Court and a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had asked the EC to decide on the matter.

Jet Airways plane seized in Amsterdam for non-payment of dues

MUMBAI: Adding to the woes of the crippled Jet Airways, a European cargo services provider has seized one of its Boeing planes at the Amsterdam airport for non-payment of dues. The report is published in in TOI. The aircraft was to operate a flight (9W 321) to Mumbai from Amsterdam Thursday, an airline source said. "The cargo agent seized Boeing 777-300 ER (VT-JEW) of Jet Airways at the Amsterdam airport as the airline could not clear his dues," the airline source said Wednesday. The airline has grounded more than three-fourths of its fleet due to non-payment of lessors' rentals and is operating just about 25 planes out of its 123 earlier.

Mission Shakti : India can now shoot down any satellite during War

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected address to the nation on Wednesday.

He said that India was now an "established space power" and in space's "super league" because it had successfully managed to shoot down a low-orbit satellite in a missile test.According to Mr Modi, with the successful launch of an anti-satellite missile (ASAT), India has become only the fourth country after the US, China and Russia to have this technology.

Tejasvi Surya Wiki: BJP's candidate for Bangalore South

According to NDTV, Tejasvi Surya, the BJP's candidate for Bangalore South in Karnataka, is at the centre of attention since he was named for the high-profile constituency. With his antecedents now in the public glare, there is embarrassment in his camp over a five-year-old tweet that has now vanished from his timeline.

Oracle lays off 100 in India

Oracle has laid off nearly 100 employees in India as part of a global restructuring exercise, Times of India reports, citing sources it didn’t identify. Pink slips were issued to software developers, quality assurance and documentation professionals last week. The technology giant’s transition from its traditional software licenses and hardware businesses to cloud-driven subscriptions is causing job redundancies, global news reports indicate. The company — which has 38,000 staffers in India — is reportedly shedding jobs in the US and Mexico too.

Indians are trending #BoycottChineseProducts—using Chinese smartphones

For the past few days, Indians have probably been using Chinese-made phones to seek a boycott of made-in-China products.

After China blocked a March 13 UN Security Council move to blacklist Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, as a “global terrorist,” Indians trended #BoycottChineseProducts on Twitter. They asked fellow citizens to stop buying China-made electronic products, clothing, and firecrackers, among other things.

Yet, in fiscal 2018, Indians spent upwards of Rs50,000 crore ($7.2 billion) on just four Chinese smartphone brands—Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Honor.

Mayawati finally Joins Twitter

Two weeks after a Twitter handle in the name of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati appeared, it has been confirmed that it indeed belongs to the Dalit powerhouse and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
“This is to inform you that Bahujan Samaj Party national president, former UP Chief Minister and ex-MP, Ms Mayawati ji has for the first time decided to join twitter for speedy interaction with media and masses besides expressing her views on various issues of national and political importance through twitter,” a statement issued by the BSP on Wednesday read.

Mayawati's official Twitter handle is @sushrimmayawati. It was actually created last year in October, but was put to use only this year in January.


American pays a record $1,10,000 to hunt markhor, Pak’s national animal


An American citizen, Bryan Harlan hunted the highest-rated Astore Markhor here at Sassi valley of Haramosh, under ongoing trophy hunting programme.
According to wildlife department of GB, the hunter paid a sum of US $ 110,000 as license fee for hunting.

This was most expensive hunt in the history of the trophy hunting programmes in GB.

The trophy hunting quota is created on the basis of annual Surveys conducted by wildlife experts.

The hunting programme was begun in 1980s. It is carried out under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wildlife and is allowed only in notified areas of GB.

PM-led panel appoints Rishi K Shukla as new CBI director

Rishi Kumar Shukla has been appointed as the new director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Rishi K Shukla is an officer of 1983 cadre of the IPS. He has been appointed for a period of two years from the day of assumption of office.
The Centre announced the name of next CBI chief, ignoring the objections raised by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee, on the names of probable contenders proposed by the government.
Senior IPS officers of 1984 batch, Javeed Ahmed, Rajni Kant Misra and SS Deswal, were also said to be among the top contenders for the coveted post.
The post of the CBI chief had been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma.

T Series the most subscribed channel on YouTube ?



Indian record label T Series is once again close to taking over PewDiePie as the most subscribed channel on YouTube. At the time of filing this story, the music label was just 1.6 lakh (one hundred and 60 thousand) followers behind PewDiePie.

Analysts had initially predicted that the music brand will overtake the one-man Swedish content creator Felix Kjellberg's channel in early January 2019. However, thanks to YouTube's cleansing of spam accounts on its platform, T Series' subscriber count went down drastically in December 2018. At the beginning of 2018, T Series had about 30 million subscribers on its YouTube channel. With the introduction of landmark changes in Indian mobile and data service, the subscriber list sky-rocketed to over 70 million in just six months. The online video channel also accounts for nearly 25 per cent of its sales, which is about $100 million.The war saw many of PewDiePie fans indulge in massive online campaigns to get more subscribers. Some even hacked worldwide printers, Google Chromecasts, smart TVs and even defaced Wall Street Journal.

PewDiePie also saw many of his contemporaries and direct competitors, including Mr Beast, Logan Paul, Shane Dawson, come out in support.

Protests against Modi in TN reflect nation's mood: AP CM

Protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Tamil Nadu reflected the "mood of the nation", Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Monday.

The Tamilians protested with black flags and balloons, against the neglect of the state that suffered damages in cyclone 'Gaja', Naidu told his party leaders during a tele-conference here, warning Modi would face much severe protests in Andhra Pradesh.

"The protests in Madurai reflected the mood of the nation against the BJP. Compared to Tamil Nadu, the Centre did grave injustice to AP," Naidu said.

"Modi and (Amit) Shah will face much severe protests and opposition if they visit AP," he asserted.

He said there was every need to save the country and also fight for the rights of the states.

"We should work with the sole objective of defeating the BJP," he told the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rank and file.

Proud to be 1st Hindu-American to run for President: Tulsi Gabbard

US Democratic Presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has said that she's "proud to be the first Hindu-American to run for President". Gabbard was born in American Samoa to a Samoan-European father and a mother who is of European descent but practises Hinduism. The 37-year-old lawmaker from Hawaii adopted Hinduism when she was a teenager.


United States Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard said she and her supporters are victims of “fear, suspicion and religious bigotry”. Gabbard, the first Hindu member of the Congress, announced on January 11 that she will run for president in 2020.

“I am proud to be the first Hindu American to have been elected to Congress and now the first Hindu American to run for president,” Gabbard wrote in an editorial in Religious News Service on Saturday. “While the headlines covering my announcement could have celebrated this historic first, and maybe even informed Americans about the world’s third largest religion, some have instead fomented suspicion, fear and religious bigotry about not only me but also my supporters.”

Gabbard’s links with the Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been a topic of debate in the United States. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the US in September 2014, he made it a point to meet the legislator. When Gabbard got married the next year, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav flew in from India with a special message from Modi.

“I too have been accused of being a ‘Hindu nationalist’,” the Hawaiian democrat wrote. “My meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s democratically elected leader, have been highlighted as ‘proof’ of this and portrayed as somehow being out of the ordinary or somehow suspect, even though President Obama, Secretary Clinton, President Trump and many of my colleagues in Congress have met with and worked with him.”




An article in The Intercept earlier this month had described Gabbard as “a polarising figure” whose “progressive domestic politics are at odds with her support for authoritarians abroad, including Modi, [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] Sisi, and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad”.

Raj Thackeray's son Amit marries fashion designer Mitali Borude

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray's son Amit Thackeray married his fiancée and fashion designer Mitali Borude in Mumbai on Sunday in a traditional Maharashtrian-style marriage ceremony. Their wedding festivities were attended by prominent politicians, Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan and industrialists like Mukesh Ambani. The couple, who are childhood friends, had got engaged on December 11, 2017.Later in the evening, a mega-wedding reception was organised. The notable guests who attended the event were Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Jeetendra, Sachin and Supriya Pilgaokar actor couple, Urmila Matondkar, Sonali Kulkarni, music directors Ajay-Atul, former Union Home Minister and Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, his daughter Praniti Shinde, former Deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal and his family, former Advocate-General Srihari Amey, BJP city chief Ashish Shelar, Kiran V Shantaram, and other celebrities

Bhanupriya lands in a soup for allegedly harassing 14-year-old domestic help

According to the Indian Express, A woman named Prabhavathi has filed a complaint against Bhanupriya, accusing the veteran actor of harassing her 14-year-old daughter, reported The News Minute. The girl worked as a domestic help at Bhanupriya’s residence in Chennai.The woman, in the complaint filed at Samalkot police station in East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, alleged that her daughter was not paid regular salary and was not allowed to meet her family. Bhanupriya has, however, denied these allegations.
The girl’s family and relatives visited Bhanupriya’s residence earlier this month after they received an anonymous call, claiming that their daughter was being harassed by Bhanupriya’s brother Gopala Krishna.
Prabhavathi has also alleged that Bhanupriya demanded Rs 10 lakh for releasing her daughter. The actor alleged that the girl had stolen valuables from the house. According to the police, the girl is still at the actor’s house.

Three-member committee must appoint CBI director by consensus and task director with regaining agency’s credibility

After months of turf wars, controversy and scandal left the CBI scarred, the government has an opportunity to initiate the much delayed process of rebuilding and restoring the agency’s credibility.

The crucial matter regarding the appointment process of the Central Bureau of Investigation director is listed before the Supreme Court. The petition flags two issues:
it challenges the appointment of the incumbent CBI director, M. Nageswara Rao, as being illegal as he was unilaterally appointed by the government, bypassing the selection committee, and
it highlights the complete lack of transparency in the appointment process.

As per the provisions of the law governing the appointment of the CBI director (the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act), the selection committee consists of the prime minister, the leader of opposition and the chief justice of India or a judge of the Supreme Court nominated by him. The composition of the selection panel has been an issue of public debate and has evolved over the years to its present composition.


On Thursday, the selection committee meeting involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge adjourned without being able to finalise a name for the CBI director’s post.

It is important that these three men respect the spirit of bipartisanship which Parliament envisaged when tasking such a committee with selecting the CBI director. With so many IPS officers to choose from it should not be difficult to finalise a competent individual with a consensus among all three panel members. This would greatly reassure the agency and the general public that the CBI has been entrusted in good hands. An officer with experience in CBI would perhaps be the best choice.

Fly high with Air India on the special Republic Day sale

National carrier Air India has offered air tickets at very affordable all-inclusive rates on its domestic and international sectors in the economy class as its tribute to the nation on the occasion of Republic Day, an airline spokesman said on Friday.

The tickets with these special fares will be on sale for three days starting from January 26 to 28, 2019 and will be valid for travel till September 30, 2019, the spokesman said.

Tickets can be purchased from the Air India website, airline and city booking offices, call centres and travel agents on a first come first served basis.


On the domestic sectors, the lowest one-way fares starts from Rs 979 in the economy class to Rs 6,965 in the business class, all-inclusive, he said.


On the international sectors the lowest round-trip fares to the US starts from Rs 55,000 in the economy class. The fares start from Rs 32,000 on the UK and Europe sector, while for Australia, the fares start from Rs 50,000 in the economy class.


For the Far East Asia and South East Asia sectors, the fare starts from Rs 11,000. Similar low fares are on offer for the SAARC and Gulf countries as well, he said.


Offering for business class fares are equally attractive in all the international sectors as well, the spokesman said. 

Tejasvi to wipe of BJP in both UP and Bihar with Mayawati's blessing.



RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav reached Mayawati's residence in the city to welcome the step taken by two parties and predicted a whitewash for the BJP in both UP and Bihar.The picture shows Mayawati blessing Tejaswi. If the partnership of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav succeeeds in the coming election then Akhilesh will be CM and Mayawati will be PM.

Sabarimala : Two women below 50 claim to have entered Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala Temple Row : Two women devotees Bindu and Kanakdurga in their 40's have claimed that they entered and offered prayers at Kerala's Sabarimala Temple at 3:45 am on Wednesday. They released a video of them entering the temple. They had earlier tried to visit Sabarimala Temple in December 2018 but had failed amidst massive protests. According to BBC India

According to Hindustan times, The Sabarimala Temple in Kerala has been shut for purification after two women below the age of 50 claimed on Wednesday that they had entered Lord Ayyappa's shrine. A video showing the women enter the shrine has been circulating online. They reportedly used a side entrance which is reserved for VIPs to directly reach the 'sopanam' and into the sanctum.

Ashwani Lohani retires, V K Yadav new railway board chairman



Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani retired on Monday, despite strong indications that the Narendra Modi government could grant him an extension, according to an official order.
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General Manager, South Central Railway, V K Yadav has been appointed the national transporter’s senior-most bureaucrat by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Yadav belongs to the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers. He started his career as an assistant electrical engineer in February, 1982.

Lohani was appointed chairman of the Railway Board after A K Mital resigned in August last year following the derailment of the Kaifiyat Express near Auriya in Uttar Pradesh.