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BJP will bite the dust in UP urban body polls: AAP

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Lucknow, Nov 13: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said the ruling BJP will bite the dust in the upcoming urban body polls in Uttar Pradesh and termed its election manifesto a “bunch of lies” aimed at “hoodwinking people”.

Addressing a press conference in the state capital, AAP national spokesman Ashutosh said that a “jittery” BJP had come out with its ‘Sankalp Patra’, which had tried to copy the promises the AAP had already made to the people in its manifesto.

The party leader termed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as the “most inefficient Chief Minister in the history of Uttar Pradesh”.

Ashutosh said the fact that Adityanath is leading the campaign for the urban body polls while the big leaders of other parties have chosen not to, proves that the BJP is “fighting a lost battle”.

“Under the watch of Yogi Adityanath more than five dozen children died in Gorakhpur due to paucity of oxygen, BJP workers are attacking policemen; girl students were cane charged in the Benaras Hindu University…Is this what the BJP is trying to replicate in urban bodies as well?” Ashutosh questioned.

He alleged that both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and state had failed to keep the promises made to the people during elections. “There is no investment coming, industry has been hit by recession and trade has collapsed post-GST,” said the journalist-turned-politician, and said the BJP had also failed to provide security and safety to women.

The AAP leader also attacked the BJP on corruption and said that while it claimed to be a party with a difference, its actions had proved that it is a party in a hurry to “embrace the corrupt”. “The BJP leadership has been shouting at the top of its voice on how it had waged a war against the people who are corrupt. Can it justify why it chose to assimilate leaders like Narayan Rane in Maharashtra, Mukul Roy in West Bengal and a convicted politician like Sukhram in Himachal Pradesh?” the AAP leader asked.

State spokesman of the party, Vaibhav Maheshwari, said they had already proved through tangible evidence that the present Deputy Chief Minister and former Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma had “presided over” serious financial bungling and scams running into crores of rupees.

“We have all seen how the BJP has done in its previous tenures… Now they are promising to deliver on their promises. We ask what have they done so far, now that they even have a central government, state government and the municipal corporation of their own?” Maheshwari said.

The party also accused the state government, the central government and the Municipal Corporations ruled by the BJP of doing precious little on the sanitation front.

Chief Minister Adityanath on Sunday released the party manifesto at the BJP headquarters in Lucknow. The Sankalp Patra promises free WiFi at prominent public places and ‘pink toilets’ for women. Adityanath said that 652 urban local bodies across the state are going to polls, which is the highest number so far. The number also includes 16 municipal corporations.

Uttar Pradesh will witness three-phase civic polls on November 22, 26 and 29. Counting will be held on December 1.

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Publicy drinking in Goa will soon attract heavy fine: Manohar Parrikar

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Panjim, July 17: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that drinking alcohol at public places in the coastal state will attract a heavy fine from August 15.

“Mind you, there will be a heavy fine if you are found drinking (in public) from the month of August. We’re issuing a notification very soon. I intend to do it before August, so that we can implement it from August 15,” Parrikar said in a function here on Monday.

Chief Minister Parrikar also warned that littering the state with beer bottles would also invite a steeper fine.

” Similarly littering will also have a heavy fine of Rs 2,500. I have caught two-three college students going there with beer bottles. This is not done,” Parrikar said.

He further stated that bottles thrown on the rocks along the riverfront were putting other people at risk.

Earlier this year, the Chief Minister stoked a controversy for his ‘girls drinking beer’ remark.

Addressing the inaugural of the first edition of the State Youth Parliament organised by the Legislature Secretariat in February, Parrikar had said: “I have begun to fear now, because even girls have started drinking beer”.

“Today’s youngsters are crossing tolerance limits”, he added.

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Amazon faces web issues globally on Prime Day

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New Delhi, July 17: Shoppers in the US and elsewhere in the world are struggling to access e-commerce giant Amazon’s website as one of its biggest annual sales, Prime Day, got underway.

Many reported the platform had crashed as soon as the two-day sale day began on Monday, showing them only an error message that read: “sorry, something went wrong on our end”, reports the BBC.

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The issues are centred on the US but occurring on other continents too.

DownDetector.com, which tracks outages, most of the outages are centred on the US. However, it was also reported in Europe, Africa, South America, Russia, Asia and Australasia.

Others also reported experiencing problems with Amazon’s video streaming services and its virtual assistant Alexa.

In a tweet, Amazon said it was working to resolve the issues.

According to reports, users have experienced errors on both the desktop site and the mobile app, the BBC reported.

Some saw an error page featuring the “dogs of Amazon” and were unable to enter the site, while others could not enter specific product pages.

Many were unable to complete purchases at checkout, while others reported that the “deals” page and “Shop all deals” button had disappeared from the site.

Many shoppers reacted with irritation on Twitter.

Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015 and by 2017 it was its second biggest shopping day.

The 36-hour event was projected to break records again this year, with industry analysts estimating the company could make at least $3.4 billion in sales.

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Supreme Court asks Parliament to make new law against mob lynching

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New Delhi, July 17 : Criticizing the Central government for its failure to stop mob lynching incidents by vigilante groups/cow vigilantism across the country, the Supreme Count on Tuesday asked Parliament to create a new penal provision to deal with cases of lynching across the country .

Issuing a series of directions to the government  to tackle with the rising cases of lynching incidents, a bench of CJI Dipak and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud  said ‘mobocracy can’t take over’ and that law and order is the government’s responsibility.

The Supreme Court ruled, “No citizen can take law into their own hands. In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can’t be allowed.”

The  court sought a compliance report from centre and states. The top court called lynching incidents ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’.

 Stating that no citizen can take law into his hands nor become law unto himself, the top court said that it is the duty of state to ensure maintenance of law and order so as to protect secular ethos and prevent mobocracy.

While fixing the matter for further hearing on August 28, the Apex Court asked Parliament to see whether a new law can be made into the issue.

“The State is duty-bound to ensure law and order and to prevent mobocracy,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ordered while hearing a case against cow vigilantism.

Court said mobocracy can’t be allowed and has asked the Centre and States to file compliance report on the issue.

 

 

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