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CRPF hits back Sukma bloodshed, claims to killed 10-15 Maoists



Chhattisgarh, May 17, 2017: In a bid to take avenge the bloodshed of 25 soldiers in Sukma, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday claimed to have killed at least 15 Maoist rebels in five days in Chhattisgarh but added not a single body has been recovered so far.

“Our forces, who went deep into the forests to carry out the operations, saw Maoists falling down after being hit by bullets. However, neither bodies nor weapons could be recovered during these operations,” a senior officer of the Chhattisgarh police told media on Tuesday night.

One CRPF jawan was also killed in the operations while two others were injured, the official added.

The operations were conducted between 12 and 16 May by state police and CRPF’s Commando Batallion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), a special unit raised to tackle Maoist insurgency, identified as India’s biggest internal security threat.

It is believed that some of the killed Maoists have been involved in an ambush that killed 25 CRPF jawans in south Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on April 24.

The CRPF said around 150 Maoists were involved in these encounters and most of them are believed to be from Telangana, which is also battling Left-wing insurgency.

“Since they (the rebels) were using automatic weapons including UBGL (under barrel grenade launchers) and the distance from Burkapal, where Maoists killed 25 jawans on April 24, is not more than 20km, it can be said that the Maoists consisted most of those who participated in the Burkapal attack,” another CRPF officer said.

In a related development, the CRPF and Chhattisgarh police claimed to have arrested eight Maoists who were allegedly involved in the April 24 ambush. Since the incident, 18 Maoists have been arrested in the case.

On April 24, Twenty-five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have lost their lives in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Monday.

Read More: Chattisgarh: 25 CRPF jawans killed in encounter with Naxals in Sukma

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Google fixes glitch showing Modi’s photo as India’s first PM



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New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) An algorithm glitch that showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo as “India’s first PM” on Google Search and led to much outrage on Twitter has been fixed.

Users who searched for “India’s first PM” on Google late on Wednesday, were guided to the first link of the Wikipedia page titled “List of Prime Ministers of India”, with Jawaharlal Nehru’s name and description.

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However, instead of Nehru’s picture, the image which appeared was of Modi which prompted people to take screenshots of the search result page and tweet in large numbers.

“@Google @GoogleIndia what algorithm of yours allows this?! You’re so full of junk-“, tweeted Congress social media in-charge Divya Spandana.

Many tagged the search engine giant asking what exactly was going on.

“Dear @Google you got it wrong. I googled “India’s #first PM, Not worst PM ever!” Please correct yourself,” said one tweet.

“I came to know that #jawaharlalnehru look alike @narendramodi ??” said one.

When brought to Google’s notice, the glitch was fixed on Thursday.

Input IANS

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India’s ranking in world press freedom falls to 138: Report



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New Delhi, April 26: India’s ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138 in a ranking of 180 countries, according to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The watchdog blamed “physical violence” against journalists like Gauri Lankesh as the prime reason behind the country’s low ranking.

Norway clinched the top spot, while North Korea remained the most repressive country followed by Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and then China.

“Hate speech is also an issue in the continent’s other giant, India, which has fallen another two places to 138th. Ever since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014, Hindu fundamentalists have been referring to journalists in extremely violent terms,” news agency PTI quoted citing the report.

“Any investigative reporting that annoys the ruling party or any criticism of Hindutva, elicits a torrent of online insults and calls for the death of the reporter or writer responsible, most of it coming from the prime minister’s troll army.”

The RSF pointed the cold-blooded murder of journalist- activist Gauri Lankesh who was shot down outside her house in Bengaluru.

“The newspaper editor Gauri Lankesh was gunned down outside her home in September after being the target of hate speech and death threats for criticising Hindu supremacy, the caste system and discrimination against women,” the report said.

“The physical violence against journalists is largely responsible for India’s low ranking. At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work. More were killed in circumstances that were unclear, as is often the case in rural areas, where reporters are poorly paid,” the watchdog observed.


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India should become big centre for data analysis: Ravi Shankar Prasad



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New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Taking a cue from industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s oft-repeated statement that ‘data is the new oil’, the Minister for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ravi Shankar Prasad urged entrepreneurs to help India become a big centre for data analysis.

“How can you help India become a big centre of data analysis? …as someone said, data is the new oil,” Prasad said, speaking at an event to recognise start-up ventures jointly organised by MeitY, Assocham and Ericsson.

The minister said the government needed data for policy making but the data procured should be anonymous.

Giving an analogy, the minister said: “Suppose in a particular area a large number of children get affected (by some diseases) and the government wants to have a policy (to help them). I seek your (start-ups) support. You must have the data, why this particular ailment is happening in this part of the country — geographical, social, economic (data).”

“But data must be anonymous, so that victims (people) are not known.”

Prasad further said: “My take on data privacy is very simple. There has to be a balance between data availability, data utility, data innovation, data anonymity and data privacy.”

Saying that “we generate a lot of data”, the minister added that it should be properly safeguarded.


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