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Are you on Twitter, reporter asks Modi




St. Petersburg, June 2, 2017: American journalist Megyn Kelly has come under widespread online criticism for asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi — the second-most followed politician on Twitter with over 30 million followers — if he was on the micro-blogging site.

Kelly, 46, met Modi when she had to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin in this Russian city for her new NBC show.

The channel aired a teaser video on Friday morning of the show where Kelly greets Putin and Modi at state party dinner at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg.

Modi tells the American journalist that he had seen a picture of her with an umbrella in St. Petersburg she had posted on Twitter.

The picture Modi referred to had a caption: 

“Ohh really! Did you? Are you on Twitter?” Kelly replied with a broad smile. Apparently taken aback, Modi nodded saying ‘yes’.

Her poser invited an online backlash. The journalist was accused of not doing her homework.

“Sheesh. @megynkelly asks @narendramodi who has 30 million followers if he’s on Twitter. What does it take to get India on the radar screen,” tweeted Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations.

“#CluelessAmerican,” Rupa Subramanya wrote.

Modi has 30.3 million followers on Twitter making him the second most followed politician in the world after US President Donald Trump with 31.2 million followers. Overall Modi is ranked at the 35th spot in the list of most followers on Twitter.

American singer and songwriter Katy Perry holds the No.1 spot with over 99 million followers.



Industries face challenges in digital era: Merkel

We see that the rapid digitization of all areas of life, the increasing commitment of the economy, and the growing economies of the emerging economies



Angela Merkel

Berlin, March 22 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned German industries on Wednesday about losing competitiveness in the time of digitalisation.

As good as the German economy is at present, Merkel said there would be great changes in the German economy due to digitisation and globalisation, Xinhua quoted a statement as saying.

“We see that the rapid digitization of all areas of life, the increasing commitment of the economy, and the growing economies of the emerging economies,” said the Chancellor, referring to China.

“It is not guaranteed that Germany will be as economically prosperous in five or 10 years as it is today. After all, the drivers of digitisation would not be in Germany or Europe, but in the United States and Asia,” she added.

The economic framework has changed rapidly, the world economy is closely intertwined, and the world is quickly changing. The leading German industries have all been affected, said Merkel, who cited former telecom giant Nokia as a warning to German industries about falling behind the market.

“The social market economy must pass a new test,” said the Chancellor.

Politics must create a new framework for the challenges of the digital age, in which data is the raw material of the future, she added.

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25 dead in Kabul bombing



Kabul, March 21: At least 25 people lost their lives and 18 wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday as people were celebrating Nawroz or New Year in the country, authorities said.

The incident happened near Kabul University in the afternoon, Tolo News reported.

The death toll could rise as emergency personnel were attending to the victims on the scene. Witnesses said they saw many casualties on the ground soon after the explosion, which is believed to have been a car bomb.

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Myanmar president U Htin Kyaw quits



Yangon, March 21: Myanmar President U. Htin Kyaw has stepped down according to an official release of the President Office on Wednesday.

He will take rest, Xinhua quoted the release as saying.


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