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“What’s Going On?” Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien On Congress Twitter Account – dot newz

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Derek O’Brien tweeted, “We strongly condemn the blocking of the (Congress) accounts”. (File)

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Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien this morning sharply criticised Twitter after the Congress said the social media giant had locked it’s official account and many other accounts of its party leaders. The action came just days after former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s account was locked after he posted a photo with the family of a nine-year-old girl allegedly raped and killed in Delhi.

“What’s going on @Twitter @TwitterIndia @jack What’s going on? We strongly condemn the blocking of the accounts of @INCIndia and senior leaders of the Congress party (sic),” Derek O’Brien tweeted. The 60-year-old leader’s tweet came shortly after the Congress attacked the central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a post on Instagram.

“Modi ji, just how afraid are you? Reminder: The Congress party fought for our nation’s independence, equipped only with truth, non-violence and the will of the people. We won then, we’ll win again (sic),” the post read.

In a statement, Twitter said: “The Twitter rules are enforced judiciously and impartially for everyone on our service. We have taken proactive action on several hundred Tweets that posted an image that violated our rules, and may continue to do so in line with our range of enforcement options. Certain types of private information carry higher risks than others, and our aim is always to protect individuals’ privacy and safety. We strongly encourage everyone on the service to familiarise themselves with the Twitter Rules and report anything they believe is in violation.”

On Wednesday, Twitter informed the Delhi High Court: “Rahul Gandhi’s tweet violated our policy also, we have already removed that tweet and his Twitter account is also been locked.”

The NCPCR, or National Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights, had last week issued a notice to Twitter India for violating rules and posting a photo by revealing the identity of the Dalit girl whose alleged rape and murder triggered widespread protests. 

“They have already locked more than 5,000 accounts of our leaders and other workers across India,” the Congress’s Social Media Head Rohan Gupta was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The Congress’s Shashi Tharoor, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, this morning said: “I am actively engaged with Twitter about the suspending of accounts from the Congress. I have taken a firm stand on this and I’m actively engaged with them to restore the account.”

The 65-year-old MP also attacked the BJP. “It’s a sad reflection the way the BJP is trying to undermine the opposition and even in the IT committee. Despite our own problems in the committee we still believe only a Supreme Court-monitored probe in Pegasus issue is a solution not the the parliamentary committee. No one from another party can tell us about our internal issues and getting rid of the clutches of the family.”

The opposition has lately united over several issues. Today, a protest was led by Rahul Gandhi outside the parliament after the monsoon session ended two days before the schedule. 
 





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1 Crore Jabs Till 1:30 PM. On PM’s Birthday, Government Aims At Record – dot newz

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The vaccination campaign is key to BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark PM’s birthday.

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As the government raced to deliver a vaccination record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday today, the country clocked over 42,000 vaccinations a minute, a senior health official said. Vaccinations crossed one crore in the afternoon – for the fourth time in less than a month – setting up a milestone by the end of the day.

Aiming at 2 crore vaccinations as PM Modi turns 71, the government added a ticker to track Covid shots being given across the country.

“Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second,” tweeted National Health Authority chief RS Sharma, sharing the new feature.

The vaccination campaign is key to the BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday.

“Let’s do #VaccineSeva and give him (PM Modi) birthday gift by getting vaccinated those who have not taken the dose so far,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had tweeted yesterday, urging people to get the shots.

To achieve its target, the BJP had prepped health volunteers “to ensure that the maximum number of people get their COVID-19 vaccines on the day”.

In recent days, India has reported more than one crore Covid shots in a day more than once.

Senior BJP leaders say the party wants to see the day “recorded in history” as one that saw a record number of Covid vaccines given.

By noon, over 94,00,000 vaccinations had been achieved. PM Modi’s home state Gujarat had crossed five lakh doses, more than the daily doses in the last seven days.

By afternoon, Bihar had given Covid shots to 7.3 lakh people, three times more than the average of the last three days. Madhya Pradesh was at more than 5 lakh doses – 75 per cent of the last two days’ average.





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Under-Construction Flyover Collapses In Mumbai’s Bandra, 14 Injured – dot newz

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The under-construction flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

At least 14 people were injured after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bandra Kurla Complex in Maharashtra’s Mumbai today. The injured were taken to the VN Desai Hospital and their condition is stable, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

The flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

Visuals shared by news agency ANI showed police personnel and fire departments on the spot as the rescue work is underway.

There has been no loss of life and no person is missing due to the collapse, Deputy Commissioner Of Police Manjunath Singe told news agency ANI.

The flyover is located at MTNL junction in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and will connect the complex’s main road and Santa Cruz- Chembur link road. The construction work of the flyover is being undertaken by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Further details related to the flyover’s collapse are awaited.





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On PM Modi’s 71st Birthday, President Kovind, BJP Leaders Extend Wishes – dot newz

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Today marks the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 71 on Friday as President Ram Nath Kovind and other dignitaries and politicians greeted him with BJP leaders hailing his leadership.

Wishing him a long and healthy life, President Kovind said may he continue to serve the nation with his spirit of relentless service.

Home Minister Amit Shah lauded Modi, saying he not only gave the country the idea to think ahead of time and fulfil its resolve with hardwork but also made it a reality.

In PM Modi, the country has got a strong and decisive leader who gave a dignified life to those who were deprived of their rights for decades, he said.

PM Modi brought them in the mainstream of development, Mr Shah added.

The prime minister has shown the world what people-loving leadership is like, he said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said PM Modi has written many new chapters in development and good governance in his tenure so far and wished that he fulfil his dream of making India a strong, prosperous and proud country.

Born in Gujarat in 1950, PM Modi joined Hindutva organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at an early age and was later drafted into the BJP.

Made Gujarat chief minister in 2001, PM Modi has never suffered an electoral setback when votes were cast on his leadership, leading the BJP to power in the state for three consecutive terms and then at the Centre back to back in 2014 and 2019.

The BJP embarked on a mega 20-day public outreach, “Seva and Samarpan”, from Friday to mark his 71st birthday and it will continue till October 7 to also commemorate his 20 years in public life, including as Gujarat chief minister.

It has asked its workers to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination drive as it eyes record-breaking numbers on Friday.





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