Opposition Plans Show Of Unity As Congress Takes Charge In 3 States at rajasthan madhya pradesh chhattisgarh CM oath ceremony – कर्नाटक के बाद एक बार फिर दिखेगी विपक्षी एकता, जानें


खास बातें

  1. सोमवार को शपथ लेंगे तीनों राज्यों के सीएम
  2. छत्तीसगढ़ के सीएम का अभी नहीं हुआ एलान
  3. राजस्थान में अशोक गहलोत तो एमपी में कमलनाथ होंगे सीएम

नई दिल्ली: कर्नाटक के बाद अब राजस्थान, मध्य प्रदेश और छत्तीसगढ़ में विपक्षी एकता देखने को मिलेगी. इन तीनों राज्यों में कांग्रेस सरकार बनाने जा रही है. ये भाजपा शासित प्रदेश रहे हैं, लेकिन इस बार कांग्रेस ने तीनों राज्यों में जीत हासिल की है. तीनों राज्यों के मुख्यमंत्री शपथ ग्रहण समारोह में सभी कांग्रेस राज्यों के मुख्यमंत्रियों और अन्य पार्टियों के नेताओं को शामिल होने के लिए न्योता दिया गया है. अगले साल होने जा रहे लोकसभा चुनाव से पहले विपक्षी दल यहां अपनी ताकत का प्रदर्शन कर सकते हैं. 

कांग्रेस ने शुक्रवार को एलान किया था कि अशोक गहलोत राजस्थान के मुख्यमंत्री और सचिन पायलट बतौर डिप्टी सीएम शपथ लेंगे. दोनों ही सोमवार को जयपुर के अल्बर्ट हॉल परिसर में शपथ लेंगे. मध्य प्रदेश में कमलनाथ बतौर सीएम दोपहर करीब 1.30 बजे लाल परेड ग्राउंड में शपथ ग्रहण करेंगे. इसके अलावा छत्तीसगढ़ के मुख्यमंत्री का एलान रविवार दोपहर किया जाएगा, यहां शपथ ग्रहण समारोह सोमवार शाम करीब 4.30 होगा.

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राहुल गांधी के साथ अशोक गहलोत और सचिन पायलट.

जयपुर में शपथ ग्रहण समारोह में जनता दल सेक्यूलर प्रमुख और पूर्व प्रधानंत्री एचडी देवगौड़ा, लोकतांत्रिक जनता दल नेता शरद यादव, नेशनल कॉन्फ्रेंस नेता फारूक अब्दुल्ला, टीडीपी अध्यक्ष चंद्रबाबू नायडू, राष्ट्रीय जनता दल नेता तेजस्वी यादव, डीएमके के एमके स्टालिन और कनिमोझी, झारखंड मुक्ति मोर्चा के हेमंत सोरेन, जनता विकास मोर्चा के बाबू लाल मरांडी और ऑल इंडिया यूनाइटेड डेमोक्रेटिक फ्रंट के नेता बदरुद्दीन अजमल शामिल हो सकते हैं. 

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सूत्रों के मुताबिक कर्नाटक में एचडी कुमारस्वामी के शपथ ग्रहण की तरह सपा अध्यक्ष अखिलेश यादव और बसपा प्रमुख मायावती भी भोपाल में कमलनाथ के शपथ ग्रहण समारोह में शामिल हो सकते हैं. यहां विपक्षी नेताओं की ज्यादा संख्या देखने को मिल सकती है.

 

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एचडी कुमारस्वामी के शपथ ग्रहण समारोह की तस्वीर

आम आदमी पार्टी प्रमुख और दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने अभी तक किसी भी सामरोह में शामिल होने की पुष्टि नहीं की है, वहीं पश्चिम बंगाल की मुख्यमंत्री ममता बनर्जी ने बताया कि वे अपना प्रतिनिधि भेजेंगी. कांग्रेस की योजना थी कि यहां भी कर्नाटक में एचडी कुमारस्वामी के शपथ ग्रहण समारोह की तरह सभी विपक्षी नेता शामिल हों और अपनी ताकत का प्रदर्शन करेंग. यहां ममता बनर्जी, अरविंद केजरीवाल, चंद्र बाबू नायडू, अखिलेश यादव और मायावती सहित सभी बड़े विपक्षी नेता एक मंच पर इकट्ठा हुए थे.

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With 70 Media Events In One Day, BJP Plans Carpet Bomb Attack Over Rafale


Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also hold a press conference on Monday. (File)

New Delhi: 

Seeking to turn the tables on the Congress over the Rafale issue, BJP’s top leaders, including chief ministers and Union ministers will hold press conferences across cities on Monday

“The BJP will unmask the Congress’ conspiracy against the government and its attempt to play with national security after the Supreme Court has categorically stated the truth about that the Rafale deal,” the party’s media head and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni said.

The judgment, he said, has “nailed the lie” of those leveling allegations against the government over the fighter aircraft contract.

Sources said Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadanvis, Vijay Rupani, Sarbananda Sonowal, its chief ministers in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Assam, respectively, will address media in Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Agartala respectively.

Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Jaavdekar, J P Nadda, Smriti Irani, Suresh Prabhu former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party’s organisational leaders will also speak to the media on Monday at different places.

In a boost to the BJP-led central government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a batch of petitions seeking probe into the Rafale deal. The court said there is no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet deal with France.

Following the judgement, BJP president Amit Shah has sought an apology from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who, however, stuck to his guns and alleged corruption in the deal.





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State-Run Banks Have No Plans To Shut ATMs, Says Minister Shiv Pratap Shukla In Parliament


2.21 lakh ATMs were deployed in the country as on September 30, said minister. (Representational)

New Delhi: 

The public Sector banks (PSB) have no plans to shut down 50 per cent of their ATMs in the country, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla told the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Concerns were raised after the Confederation of ATM Industry (CATMi) last month said that nearly 50 per cent of the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) may be shut down by March 2019 due to unviability of operations.

“As apprised by the public sector banks (PSBs), they do not have any plan to shut down nearly 50 per cent of ATMs by March 2019,” Mr Shukla said in a written reply to a question raised in the House.

Replying to another question, he said that 2.21 lakh ATMs were deployed in the country as on September 30, as reported by the Scheduled Commercial Banks, Small Finance Banks, Payment Banks and White Label ATM Operators.





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Japan Plans Tighter Regulation of Tech Giants


Japan is planning to tighten regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook after an expert panel called for better oversight on competition and privacy, an official said Thursday.

Japan has followed in the footsteps of other countries in scrutinising the dominant role played by the world’s largest information technology companies, including Big Four tech firms Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

The government has now issued a report based on expert opinion that urges new regulatory oversight plans by next year.

Despite bringing benefits, tech giants “tend to monopolise the market through their features such as… low costs and economies of scale,” the report said.

It calls for better protection of consumer privacy and for more fairness and transparency from the firms about technologies that control market access.

“Based on the report, the government will officially announce principles for new regulations” in the next two weeks, a trade ministry official told AFP.

Japan’s anti-trust authorities have already said they plan a probe into whether global tech firms are using their market leader positions to exploit contractors or obstruct competition.

Japan’s decision to tighten regulations comes as European authorities crack down on US tech giants.

Earlier this year, the European Union issued a record EUR 4.34 billion ($5 billion or roughly Rs. 36,000 crores) anti-trust fine to Google, accusing it of using the Android system’s huge popularity to promote its Google search engine and shut out rivals.

Google has appealed the decision, arguing that the EU’s accusations were unfounded, but said last month it would comply with the decision in order to avoid further fines.

And the European Parliament in September approved a controversial EU copyright law that hands more power to news and record companies against internet behemoths like Google and Facebook, though the firms have pledged to fight that ruling.



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Toyota Advances Plans To Replace Takata Airbags In 65,000 Vehicles


The recall announced on Wednesday affects certain Toyota Corolla, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus vehicles which were made between 2002 and 2005.




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The recall announced on Wednesday affects certain Toyota Corolla, Sequoia, Tundra vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it is advancing by a year plans to replace Takata airbags in about 65,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States it had previously replaced.

The Japanese carmaker’s U.S. subsidiary said the recall is being announced a year ahead of the December 2019 timeline and would involve replacing Takata airbags that it previously recalled and replaced, with non-Takata airbags at no cost.


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Takata and its U.S. entity TK Holdings Inc filed for bankruptcy in June last year after recalling more than 100 million of its air bag inflators worldwide as they could inflate with too much force and spray metal fragments.

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The recall announced on Wednesday affects certain Toyota Corolla, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus vehicles which were made between 2002 and 2005.

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UK Puts On Hold Plans To Suspend ‘Golden Visa’, Sparks Controversy


Around 76 Indian millionaires used this visa category to gain permanent settlement in Britain since 2009

London: 

In a U-turn, the UK government on Wednesday put on hold plans to suspend “golden visa” category in reference to its use by super-rich foreign nationals, including Indians, to acquire fast-track settlement rights in Britain.

The Tier 1 Investor Visa, used by many high net-worth Indians over the years, was to be suspended from midnight last Friday over fears of its misuse.

The UK Home Office had said last week that the route would be suspended until new rules are put in place next year, under which independent, regulated auditors will assess such high net worth applicants’ financial and business interests and check they have had control of the funds for at least two years.

However, the Home Office said that the plans are on hold, without an explanation behind the decision.

“The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is not currently suspended, however we remain committed to reforming the route. A further announcement will be made in due course,” a Home Office spokesperson said.

Transparency International UK, a non-profit anti-corruption body which had welcomed the crackdown, condemned the reversal, which it said is believed to be the result of opposition from other government departments.

“It is vital that government has a joined-up approach to fighting corruption with departments working together in unison. We are concerned to hear conflicting messages on government action on this important issue over the past week,” said Rachel Davies Teka, Head of Advocacy at Transparency International UK.

“We call on the government to urgently clarify its policy towards the Tier 1 Visa Scheme, as well as set a timetable for when and how the promised review of previous recipients will be carried out,” she said.

The group said that any new investor visa system must be water-tight, and subject to independent checks to ensure it does not become a “red carpet” for those who seek to use the UK as a safe haven for their “ill-gotten gains”.

Under the scheme under review, a 2-million-pound investment bought a visa and indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after five years. An investment of 5 million pound cut down the eligibility period for ILR to three years and 10 million pound meant the investor could be eligible for permanent settlement within two years along with his or her dependents.

According to official figures, around 76 Indian millionaires have used this visa category to gain permanent settlement in Britain since 2009, with a peak of 16 Indian applicants in 2013 and seven last year. The highest number of the over 1,000 such visas issued last year went to Chinese and Russian millionaires.

The Home Office had launched an investigation into Tier 1 Investor visas issued to wealthy Russians as relations between the UK and Russia nose-dived following the deadly nerve agent attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia earlier this year. It led to Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich withdrawing his Tier 1 Investor visa application and has since acquired Israeli citizenship instead.

The Home Office had confirmed that its probe into the visa route would not be limited to just Russian billionaires and would form part of a wider crackdown on money laundering.





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Google Must Scrap Censored ‘Dragonfly’ China Search Engine Plans, Say NGOs


Google must abandon its development of a censored search engine for China, dozens of NGOs demanded Tuesday, warning personal data would not be safe from Beijing authorities.

A global coalition of 60 human rights and media groups wrote to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai urging him to scrap the “Dragonfly” project, which has already sparked opposition from the US tech giant’s own staff. 

Pichai in October acknowledged publicly for the first time that the company is considering a Chinese search engine, saying it could offer “better information” than rival services.

But Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a signatory to the letter, said Pichai must think again.

“In addition to being totally opaque and contrary to the values that Google relies on, the Dragonfly project offers no guarantee of data confidentiality,” said Cedric Alviani, director of RSF’s East Asia Office.

“Beijing collects massive quantities of personal data for purposes of censorship and surveillance, including against journalists and their sources.”

RSF said China ranked 176 out of 180 countries in its Freedom of the Press Index.

Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010, refusing Beijing’s requirement to censor search results.

Pichai has described Dragonfly as an effort to learn what Google could offer if it resumed its search operations in the world’s second largest economy.

However, opposition to the plans is growing. 

Amnesty International warned last month that a search application designed to filter out censored content from results could damage all internet users’ trust in Google, the world’s leading search engine. 

Some 90 Google employees in November posted an open letter saying the service would set a dangerous precedent.

US internet titans have long struggled with doing business in China, home of a “Great Firewall” that blocks politically sensitive content, such as the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. 

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and The New York Times website are blocked in China, but Microsoft’s Bing search engine continues to operate.



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Soon, No More Water Woes On Trains As Indian Railways Plans To Tackle Shortage


With the use of quick watering system, a 24-coach train can be filled up in five minutes. (File)

New Delhi: 

Water woes on trains will soon be a thing of the past with Indian Railways set to introduce a system which will reduce water filling time from the existing 20 minutes to just five minutes at stations.

The Railways will introduce the system in March next year at 142 stations which have the water filling system for trains. The rail board has sanctioned Rs 300 crore for the project.

Water in long-distance trains, used in toilets and washbasins, is filled every 300-400 km.

With the use of quick watering system, a 24-coach train can be filled up within five minutes and multiple trains can be simultaneously watered at the same time.

“Earlier the water in the coaches was filled with the help of four-inch pipes. These would now be replaced with six-inch pipes with high power motors and the water would be supplied to the train coaches through a computerised system called SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition), designed by RDSO,” said Railway Board Member (Rolling Stock) Rajesh Agarwal.

The old pipes did not have enough pressure and took around 20 minutes to fill the tanks with capacity of 1,800 litre of water in a coach, which resulted in shortages.

A senior official of the ministry said the national transporter receives a lot of complaints about inadequate water in coaches and this system would ensure that there will be no water shortage.

He said the ministry has planned to install pumps of 40 horsepower to increase the water pressure.

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BSNL Broadband Unlimited Plans Updated to Offer Up to 6 Times More High-Speed Data


After revising its Rs. 299 broadband plan to offer more speed and data, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is now again revising a slew of its unlimited broadband plans to offer more data benefits. The company has also introduced daily FUP limits on these plans, which wasn’t the case earlier, but it has increased the data offering by up to six times. The revised BSNL unlimited broadband plans include Rs. 675, Rs. 845, Rs. 999, Rs. 1,199, Rs. 1,495, Rs. 1,745 and Rs. 2,295 plans, with the most premium plan offering up to 35GB of data per day.

The revised BSNL BBG Combo ULD 675 broadband plan offers 5GB data per day at 10Mbps speeds. Therefore, the plan now offers 150GB of data benefit per month, instead of the earlier prescribed 35GB data. Apart from the daily 5GB data, this plan also offers unlimited voice calling benefits (local +STD) on any network within India.

The BSNL BBG Combo ULD 845 broadband plan now offers 10GB of data per day at 10Mbps speeds, offering 300GB of data instead of 50GB that was offered earlier. Post FUP limit speed and unlimited voice calling facility is also offered with this plan. Similarly, there’s also the BSNL BBG Combo ULD 999 and Combo ULD 1199 broadband plans that now offer 15GB of data per day and 20GB of data per day respectively, at 10Mbps speeds.

The BBG Combo ULD 1495 broadband plan used to earlier offer 140GB data per month, but now it offers 25GB data per day (750GB data in total). And the most premium BSNL BBG Combo ULD 2295 broadband plan offers 35GB of data per day at 24Mbps speeds. Earlier, it used to offer a total of 200GB data at 24Mbps speeds.

Lastly, BSNL has also revised its BSNL BBG Combo 1745 VDSL broadband plan that now offers 30GB data per day at 16Mbps speeds. Earlier, this plan used to offer 140GB of data at 16Mbps speed, and 2Mbps after the FUP limit was crossed.

Tthe unlimited voice calling benefit and the 2Mbps speed downgrade after the FUP limit is crossed is valid across all plans. These BSNL broadband plans have been revised in all circles. All of the new plans can be viewed on the BSNL website.

As mentioned, the BSNL Rs. 299 broadband plan was recently also revised to offer 1.5GB of data per day at a download speed of up to 8Mbps. This brings a total data offering of 45GB for 30 days. Upon exceeding the limit, customers will get data access at up to 1Mbps speed. The broadband plan also gives unlimited local and STD voice calls within India on BSNL network only. For other networks in the country, the plan offers unlimited voice calls between 10:30pm to 6am and on Sundays. It also comes bundled with free voice calling benefits worth Rs. 300 on networks other than BSNL.



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Philippine President Announces Plans To Create “Death Squad” Against Rebels


Duterte took aim at the communist rebels’ hit squads known as “sparrow units”.

Manila: 

Rights groups raised fears today after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans to create a “death squad” targeting suspected communist rebels, saying it would worsen the “calamity” triggered by his deadly drug war.

The Philippines’ 50-year fight against communist militants, one of Asia’s oldest insurgencies, long pre-dates his anti-narcotics crackdown that has killed thousands and drawn international censure.  

Duterte, like previous governments, initially held peace talks with the communists but shelved negotiations last year over deadly attacks against soldiers and police.

In a speech yesterday night, he took aim at the communist rebels’ hit squads known as “sparrow units”.  

“What I lack is my own sparrow. That is where they (communists) have an edge… So I will create my own sparrow, Duterte Death Squad against the sparrow,” the president said.

“I will match their talent also for assassinating people,” he added.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said today his team would study the plan “very closely. Who will compose it, who will supervise it, who will be the targets,” adding there was “great danger of abuse”.

Since negotiations with the rebels broke down, Duterte also formally designated the Communist Party of the Philippines and its 3,800-member armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organisations.

The low-level, simmering insurgency has claimed 30,000 lives by the government’s count.

The founder of the Communist Party, Jose Maria Sison, said on Wednesday that “sparrow units” only existed in the 1970s and 1980s at the height of the insurgency.

“He is inventing so many sparrow units to justify his own death squads which are illegal,” Sison told ABS-CBN television.

The president’s announcement drew immediate concerns from campaigners, who said the death squad would worsen the already lethal environment encouraged by the drug war.

Police say they have killed nearly 5,000 alleged users and pushers, while rights groups say the toll is at least triple that and could amount to crimes against humanity.

“His (Duterte’s) statement is a declaration of open season against rebels, leftists, civilians, and critics of the government,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

“This new policy will only worsen the ongoing drug war-fueled human rights calamity in the Philippines.”

Amnesty International also expressed alarm, citing the practice of labelling government critics as communist rebels or sympathisers.

“What is scary is that anyone can be a target,” the group’s human rights officer Wilnor Papa told news agency AFP.

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