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Daily NEWS Summary: 16.08.2020

War of words between Congress and BJP over Facebook report

A Wall Street Journal report alleging that Facebook and the companies it owns, including WhatsApp and Instagram, ignored hate speech by leaders of the BJP war words between Congress and the BJP. The WSJ article said senior Facebook executives in India had opposed the application of hate speech rules to the posts of at least one BJP politician for fear of ruining the company’s relationship with the ruling party.

  • “BJP and RSS control Facebook and Whatsapp in India,” Congressman Rahul Gandhi said, tagging the article. “They spread fake news and hate it and use it to influence the electorate. Finally, the American media revealed the truth on Facebook.
  • “Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad responded to Gandhi, calling him a ‘loser’.” Losers who cannot influence people, even their own party, keep saying the whole world is controlled by BJP and RSS, “he tweeted.” Have you been caught in the act of alliance with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook to turn data into weapons ahead of the election and now you have the nerve to question us? “He tweeted.

Changes underway for the monsoon parliamentary session

The impending monsoon parliamentary session will be marked by several new features, including the use of an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation system and polycarbonate spacers, with provisions in accordance with the social distancing standard under Covid-19 induced restrictions.

  • The use of the chambers and galleries of both chambers to hold the session will be the first in the history of the Indian Parliament since 1952.
  • The Parliament is due to meet before September 23. In accordance with the requirements, four large screens in the Rajya Sabha room, six small screens in its four galleries, audio consoles in the galleries, germicidal ultraviolet irradiation, special cables connecting the two houses for the transmission of audiovisual signals and films in polycarbonate that separates the official gallery of the house being installed.
  • Rajya Sabha President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha President Om Birla met on July 17, after a detailed review of the various options for holding the monsoon session. They decided that the chambers and galleries of both chambers would be used to run the session under the restrictions in effect.

Phone services resume between UAE and Israel after peace deal

Phone service between UAE and Israel began operating on Sunday when the two countries opened diplomatic relations. Associated Press reporters in Jerusalem and Dubai reported that they could call each other from landlines and cell phones.

  • Also today, Israeli news websites that were previously blocked by UAE authorities, such as The Times of Israel, The Jerusalem Post, and YNet, can be accessed without using any means to bypass internet filtering in the Emirates.
  • The connection of the telephone service represents the first concrete sign of the agreement between the Emiratis and the Israelis.
  • Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday announced they were establishing full diplomatic relations under a US-brokered deal that required Israel to end its controversial plan to annex occupied West Bank lands sought by the United States. the Palestinians.

Chetan Chauhan succumbs to Covid-19

Former Indian cricketer and Uttar Pradesh Minister Chetan Chauhan died at Medanta hospital in Gurugram today. He was 73 years old. Mr. Chauhan was admitted to hospital on July 17 after testing positive for COVID-19. I succumbed to COVID-19 around 5 p.m., according to hospital sources. Mr. Chauhan was put on a ventilator after developing kidney and blood pressure problems, and his condition deteriorated.

Airlines no longer focus on keeping passengers afloat

Actions taken by various Indian airlines as they struggle to stay afloat after their business were in dire straits. affected by months of foreclosure. “With the exception of IndiGo, most airlines are cashless and totally dependent on their promoters. The financial impact is very serious and the demand side risks will continue. Airlines need to recapitalize and fund the next two years of operation and without massive recapitalization, I don’t see any airline surviving,”Kapil Kaul, executive director of the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) told.

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stands at 26.39603 as of the publication of this news summary, with a death toll of 50,938. India registered 63,490 new cases on Friday.

  • The health ministry said India’s death rate was one of the lowest in the world, at 1.93% on Sunday. “The constant increase in recoveries has reduced the percentage of cases in the country,” added a statement from the ministry.
  • The ministry added that the cure rate in 32 states and union territories has exceeded 50% and so far more than 18 lakh in the country have recovered from the disease.
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