Will take firm action against culprits: Rajnath Singh on mob lynching


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The Centre on Thursday condemned the recent incidents of mob lynching and said it has advised the states to take stringent action against the culprits and asked social media service providers to install checks to stop spread of rumours and fake news.

Home Minister Rajnath condemned the incidents and made a statement in the Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour while responding to Congress leader K C Venugopal, who raised the issue of lynching, last week’s attack on Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand and trolling of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Singh said several people were killed in the lynching incidents and added that it was a matter of grave concern for the government.

He said that lynching happened because of rumours and unverified or fake news.

Observing that law and order was a state subject, Singh said the Centre cannot remain silent on the issue.

“I have issued advisories to state government in 2016 and 2018. We have asked social media service providers to install check. Such incidents are unfortunate. We have asked the Chief Ministers to take firm action against the culprits,” Singh said.

Raising the issue, Venugopal regretted that while these mob lynching and physical attacks on the people, including those with dissenting views, have become the order of the day and the government was maintaining a silence.

Source : BS


Mumbai Monorail to get more coaches, but it’s not clear when it will run


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Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) expects more rakes to be made available for the Mumbai Monorail project by December this year. It is still unclear when the city transit project will be fully operational. “At present, only six out of the 10 rakes delivered by LTSE are available for operational purposes. Two more are expected to be available by December 2018 and another two by February 2019,” a spokesperson for MMRDA said on Wednesday.

The authority added the delay is on account of the contractor’s inability to arrange spare parts for the trains.

LTSE is the consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering. The first phase of the Mumbai Monorail has remained shut since last year after a fire accident in November, as MMRDA did not restart operations. “Due to non-availability of spare parts of RSTs, the number of working trains has been reduced for sustainable operations,” MMRDA said in its response.

MMRDA said efforts are on to open the second phase of Mumbai Monorail at the earliest. However, the authority did not share a timeline for the same. Meanwhile, MMRDA is also in the process to evaluate bidders for the operations and maintenance contract for Mumbai Monorail. “Tenders have been invited and offers are under evaluation,” the monorail authority said.

MMRDA is also negotiating new ridership rates with LTSE, the current operator. “LTSE has requested for new trip rates,” MMRDA added. Under the construction contract for the Mumbai Monorail, LTSE was to construct and then operate the transit system for the first three years for a fixed per trip fee. According to sources, the earlier rate was Rs 4,000 per trip, on which the company now seeks a hike.

Source : BS

Govt faces no-trust vote; BJP confident of punching holes in Oppn’s efforts

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan surprised the Opposition on Wednesday, the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament, when she not only accepted their notices for a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government but also announced that the debate and voting on the motion would be held as early as Friday.

During the Budget session in March, Mahajan had pointed to disruptions in the House for not taking up a discussion on the notices of no-confidence motion, drawing criticism from opposition parties.

According to sources, this change in the government’s strategy of being amenable to facing a no-confidence motion came at the suggestion of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah.

If the Opposition believes it will use the debate to embarrass the government on a host of issues, the BJP brass thinks the Opposition has offered it a gilded opportunity, that too close to elections to three key north Indian states, and the Lok Sabha polls not far away.

The PM has already started addressing public rallies across the country. The BJP has also upped the ante in its criticism of the Congress, and has succeeded in catching it on the wrong foot by describing it a party for Muslims. Modi’s reply to the debate in the Lok Sabha on Friday, with his speech set to be telecast live, is expected to mark the launch of his campaign for the 2019 polls.

Unless the PM does the unthinkable by quitting and recommending the dissolution of the House, which will also pave the way for much speculated early Lok Sabha elections, there is little danger to his government. In the Lok Sabha, the BJP continues to command a majority of its own in the House.

Therefore, the no-confidence motion will be less about number-crunching and more about optics. The Opposition will try to embarrass the government on a host of issues – agrarian distress, atrocities on dalits, special status for Andhra Pradesh, increase in deposits of Indians in Swiss banks, lynching incidents, foreign policy, and economy.

Source : BS

Breach of privacy: Data of 250,000 NEET students being sold online

Data of 250,000 NEET students being sold online

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In yet another case of potential breach of privacy, data of students who took the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test this year is available for buyers through a website. The website [name withheld till it’s taken down] claims to have access to records of 250,000 students along with their gender, roll numbers, rank in the exam as well as their mobile numbers.

NEET is administered by CBSE as the entrance exam for medical colleges across the country. More than 1.3 million candidates appeared for the exam this year out of which data for 250,000 students is available for anyone willing to shell out lakhs of rupees for access to this data.

Even as this raises serious concerns about privacy and data protection rights of students whose data is being sold along with their phone numbers, the person behind the website claims that he runs a legitimate business and owns this data.

Praveen Chowdary, Chief Executive Officer of the company, spoke to Business Standard and explained the process of collecting data. He said that the company collects data directly from students through various means among which social media advertising is the biggest source of data.

The company claims to run ads on Facebook where students are encouraged to provide their details to get help from career counsellors. Chowdary said that students are more than happy to provide their ranks as well as their contact details in order to get free help from career experts about their future. However, what’s left unsaid in this transaction is that Chowdary’s company uploads this data on their website for people to see and those who pay Rs 100,000 are able to access the complete database with phone numbers unmasked.

Source : BS

Greater Noida building collapse: Bodies recovered; 3 held, FIR against 18

Several people are feared trapped under the debris

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China-based smartphone manufacturer OnePlus on Tuesday said it has started rolling out the next software update that comes with support for “Google Lens” functionality on OnePlus 6 update ‘s native camera app.

The update in its exclusive Android based operating system (OS ) OxygenOS 5.1.9 also introduces significant camera improvements, the company said in a statement.

Launched during its I/O conference last year, “Google Lens” is an image recognition mobile app to bring up relevant information using visual analysis.

OnePlus 5 and 5T users could also expect to get the “Google lens” via an over-the-air (OTA) update soon, the company informed.

“With the integration of ‘Google Lens’, users can use the camera to scan QR codes and use the image recognition tool to get more information about things like books, buildings, and works of art, by simply tapping on it,” the statement added.

Launched in May, “OnePlus 6” retains a 16MP front camera and a dual 16MP + 20MP primary camera set-up.

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Monsoon Session: Lok Sabha takes up Question Hour after stormy proceedings

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Lok Sabha proceedings began on a stormy note on the first day of the Monsoon Session on Wednesday, amid sloganeering and protests in the Well even as the House went ahead with the Question Hour.

As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from Opposition parties, including the Congress wanted to raise various issues. Members from the TDP and the SP trooped into the Well.

An assertive Mahajan told members that issues can be discussed after the Question Hour. “I won’t allow…,” she said even as many members continued to raise slogans.

Members from the TDP, a former ally of the ruling NDA government, trooped into the Well with placards and were heard saying, “we want justice”. They demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Some members from the SP were also in the Well as they sought to raise various issues but could not be heard in the din.

Standing at their places, many Congress members were also trying to raise certain issues.

Despite the din, Mahajan went ahead with the Question Hour.

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SBI Clerk prelims result 2018 coming this week: Know the details here


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The results of the State Bank of India (SBI) Junior Associate (JA) Clerk preliminary examination are expected to be declared on SBI’s official website http://www.sbi.co.in/careers.

Candidates who completed the online preliminary examination held on 23 June, June 24 and June 30 are advised to stay alert as the result may be out sometime this week.

Selected candidates from the prelims examinations will further sit for the mains examination scheduled to be held on August 5, 2018.

Here are the steps to check for SBI Clerk prelims results:

Source : BS