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With murmurs of elections, Haryana leaders are in drive mode

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Murmurs in the corridors of power about early assembly elections in Haryana have put the main political parties and politicians into drive mode — quite literally.

Top politicians and parties have opted for different modes of transport in this political season to drive home their respective political messages to the voters in Haryana.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is claiming that it will have over 100,000 motorcycles ready next month to be flagged off by BJP national president Amit Shah on February 15.

The party’s ministers, legislators and leaders have been asked to arrange a minimum of 1,100 motorcycles from each of the 90 assembly constituencies in the state so that the BJP is prepared to give itself a second term in office as an when the elections are held.

“Amit Shah will flag off the motorcycle rally from Hisar. The campaign will highlight the achievements of the BJP governments in Haryana and the Centre,” said Haryana BJP media in-charge Rajiv Jain.

Even though the assembly polls are scheduled for October 2019, there are indications that the first BJP government in Haryana, led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, could opt for simultaneous polls along with the Lok Sabha (general) elections at the end of this year or early next year.

Khattar’s government came to power in the state in October 2014, with the BJP winning a majority on its own for the first time in the assembly polls.

The Chief Minister has become an open votary of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in states, a proposal mooted earlier by Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and given a thumbs-down by most opposition parties.

As the BJP gears itself for the elections, the opposition is not exactly in a sleep mode. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has already announced his “Rath Yatra” across all 90 assembly constituencies starting at the end of February.

“There is complete failure of law and order in Haryana. Rapes, murders and other crimes are increasing. The state has no governance,” Hooda told IANS here.

Hooda will use a modified mini-bus as his chosen mode of transport to counter the BJP’s motorcycle campaign.

“Hooda will cover two constituencies every week, including villages and towns, during the Rath Yatra,” Hooda’s media adviser Sunil Parti told IANS.

Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar, whose political differences with Hooda within the party are well known, has chosen to ride on a bicycle for his political campaign across Haryana from February.

“The dates of Tanwar’s ‘Cycle Yatra’ and Hooda’s Rath Yatra will clash, but the faction-ridden Congress in Haryana is not yet bothered about it.

“Congress leaders like national spokesman Randeep Surjewala and former minister Kiran Chaudhary are also not on the same page with these leaders,” a sitting Congress legislator admitted to IANS.

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), which is the main opposition party in the assembly, has still not opened its cards on the mode of transport for its electoral campaign, but its young MP from Hisar, Dushyant Chautala, recently chose to ride a green-coloured tractor to Parliament House in New Delhi.

“I rode the tractor to protest against the amended rules of the Motor Vehicles Act which no longer mentions tractor as an agricultural vehicle. This will lead to tractor prices going up and farmers will be forced to pay toll for using it to transport goods,” said Dushyant, 29, one of the youngest Members of Parliament.

By : Jaideep Sarin

(Jaideep Sarin can be contacted at [email protected])

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Who is Preetika Chauhan? Everything to know about ‘Savdhaan India’ actress arrested by NCB

Saavdhan India’ actress Preetika Chauhan (30) was among one of the people who got arrested after getting caught buying drugs. Here’s everything about her!

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The Narcotics Control Bureau made two more arrests in the drug supply case on Sunday. ‘Saavdhan India’ actress Preetika Chauhan (30) was among one of the people who got arrested after getting caught for buying drugs red-handed.

Who is Preetika Chauhan?

Preetika Chauhan hails from Karsog, Himachal Pradesh. She is a B.Tech graduate and had made her acting debut with the film Jhamela, which was released in 2016.

She went on to play goddess Shachi in Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan.

Apart from Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman, Preetika Chauhan also had appeared in a few episodes of CID and Savdhaan India. She was also seen as Bhudevi in Star Bharat show Jag Janni Maa Vaishno Devi.

Preetika was last seen as Goddess Parvati in Santoshi Maa – Sunayein Vrat Kathayein. Preetika was also part of the TV show ‘Devon Ke Dev Mahadev’.

The case is in the ongoing investigation in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. The Bollywood drugs nexus case came to light while a parallel investigation was being carried out by the NCB.

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Only 7% plan on going out to movie theatres in the next 60 days

Results of July, August and October survey by LocalCircles indicate that people continue to stay reluctant in going to theatres and multiplexes due to the Covid-19 scare.

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Even though movie theatres are now open, only 7 per cent people are willing to go to watch a film there in the next 60 days, as per a survey.

Results of July, August and October survey by LocalCircles indicate that people continue to stay reluctant in going to theatres and multiplexes due to the Covid-19 scare.

Cinema halls across the states were allowed to reopen after seven months of the ongoing pandemic induced by the novel coronavirus.

Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are some of the states where theatres and multiplexes have started to function. Cinema halls remain closed in states like Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and many northeastern states.

LocalCircles conducted a survey to know if citizens if plan on visiting movie theatres in the next 2 months. The survey received 8,274 responses from across the country.

In the survey, citizens were asked, “now that the multiplexes and theatres are open in many states and the remaining states will also open them soon, will they be going to watch a movie in the next 60 days?”

However, only 4 per cent said they would go to watch if any new releases come and 3 per cent said they will go regardless of new or old movie. 74 per cent said they will not go while 2 per cent were unsure and 17 per cent said they don’t watch movies in theatre.

LocalCircles had conducted similar surveys during past few months to know how people plan to go out to watch movies when the theatres and multiplexes reopen. In the July survey, 72 per cent consumers had said that they will not go to theatres or multiplexes when they open, keeping the Covid-19 scenario in mind.

This number increased to 77 per cent in August and stands at 74 per cent in October.

Cinema halls claim to have taken various measures to ensure safety, such as sanitisation of their premises and other Covid-19 safety protocols. Among others, some of them have started the movie shows with 50 per cent of the total occupancy, staggered show timings, social distancing, thermal screening, adequate protection gear for the staff, etc.

But all said and done, it looks like people continue to be reluctant in going to a theatre or multiplex in the next 60 days, the survey said.

States that are considering opening multiplexes and cinema halls in the coming weeks may want to consider this consumer feedback and accordingly make their decision.

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2020 lockdowns to drive new forms of automation: Report

Document extraction, robotic process automation (RPA) from anywhere, drones and various employee robots will proliferate.

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The ‘great lockdown of 2020 will make the drive for automation in 2021 both inevitable and irreversible and remote work, new digital muscles and pandemic constraints will create millions of pragmatic automations, according to a new report.

Document extraction, robotic process automation (RPA) from anywhere, drones and various employee robots will proliferate.

“In 2021, up to 30 per cent of organisations will ramp up their focus on quality by better planning and testing automation before deploying it to production or exposing it to employees,” said the Forrester report on automation.

Three times as many information workers will work from home all or most of the time, while many companies will institute hybrid models in which workers come to the office less often.

“As a result of the pandemic, new forms of automation will support one in four remote workers either directly or indirectly by 2022”.

Direct support in the form of giving a bot to individual workers to support their daily journey will be rare.

However, indirect support will blossom, as intelligent automation handles employee benefits questions and supports document, customer service, and line-of-business tasks that are often invisible to the home worker, the findings showed.

Recent rapid growth in the consumer drones industry has sparked momentum in the commercial drone market.

While social distancing is a factor in drone usage, two forces will accelerate adoption in 2021.

“First, governments are crafting better regulations to facilitate drone adoption and commercialization, with Amazon Prime Air gaining FAA approval for drone deliveries and India driving drone pilot training with new policies,” according to the report.

Second, the rapid evolution of computer vision and 5G will enable real-time drone intelligence over ultra-reliable, low-latency communications.

Like machine learning, RPA will become an embedded feature of many platforms by the end of 2021.

“But rushed and haphazard automation exposes systems and the business to serious risk, so the lack of focus on automation quality is alarming, the report warned.

It can lead to monumental failures that not only damage a company’s reputation and customer trust but also limit broader public trust in automation (specifically AI) as a result of media scrutiny, it added.

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