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Demonetization effect, 81.50 lakh people unemployed in Bengal: Mamata

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Jan 6: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday informed that the State has suffered a revenue loss of Rs 5500 crore and almost 81.50 lakh people have become unemployed due to demonetization.

“In the last two months since demonetization was announced we (State government) have suffered a revenue loss of Rs.5500 crore. While more than 1.7 crore people have been adversely affected due to note bandi (demonetization) 81.50 lakh people have become unemployed in Bengal,” said Banerjee.

People lost their jobs majorly in tea, jute, bidi and jewellery sector, Mamata informed. The figures came up in a survey conducted by State government.

The Chief Minister further argued that since the agricultural sector has been hit hard due to the ongoing cash crunch farmers are unable to grow rabi crops (winter crops).

“This will result in price rise. When people do not have cash they (Centre) are trying to introduce a cashless economy,” said Banerjee.

She urged all the political parties to rise above “narrow differences” and form a national government for the greater interest of the country.

“I urge all the political parties to form a national government under a common minimum programme till the next general elections. I also appeal to the President to save the country from this crisis,” said Banerjee.

The Chief Minister also said that she has “no objection” even if the national government is led a by any senior leader of the BJP apart from Modi.

“It seems that there is no government. Democratic rights are being bulldozed (by the Centre). In the name of governance a reign of terror is going on in the country,” said Banerjee.

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Congress complains of snag in Rahul’s flight to Karnataka, seeks probe

The technical snags coupled with the failed auto-pilot system raise issues of aviation safety and intentional tampering which endangered the life of the passengers,

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Bengaluru, April 27 : The Congress on Thursday complained to the Karnataka Police that the aircraft in which its party President Rahul Gandhi flew to Hubballi in the state earlier in the day suffered a snag mid-air.

“The aircraft on a special flight (VT-AVH) from New Delhi to Hubballi suffered serious malfunction and tilted heavily to one side during the course of the flight,” a party official and Gandhi’s aide Kaushal Vidyarthee said in the complaint.

The complaint, addressed to the state’s Director General Neelamani N. Raju, requested the state police chief to “ground” the aircraft at Hubballi and investigate its malfunction.

However, a Hubballi Police official told IANS over phone that no complaint has been received by the local police station on the issue so far.

The complaint letter, also shared by the Congress through its official Twitter handle, however, does not mention the exact make of the aircraft the Congress President flew in and whose it was.

According to the letter, there were a total of three other passengers in the aircraft besides Gandhi and the complainant Vidyarthee — Rampreet, Rahul Ravi and Special Protection Group officer Rahul Gautam.

Alleging the aircraft’s auto-pilot mode was not functional and the aircraft could be landed only after two unsuccessful tries as it was “shaking and making unusual audible sounds”, the letter pointed to a possible “intentional tampering” with the aircraft’s functioning.

“The technical snags coupled with the failed auto-pilot system raise issues of aviation safety and intentional tampering which endangered the life of the passengers,” it added.

Gandhi arrived at Hubballi airport at around 11.25 a.m. on Thursday on a two-day visit to the poll-bound state to launch the party’s campaign for the May 12 legislative assembly elections in the coastal region.

In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that demanded a thorough investigation into the “serious case of aviation mechanics failure”, including the possibility of a “foul play”.

“Today Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other passengers were travelling by special flight from Delhi to Hubli. At about 10:45 am, the auto-pilot was lost off the flight. The flight tilted on one side and took a nosedive.

“For a few minutes, this special flight was off-the-radar. There was a lot of shuddering, although the weather outside was normal and sunny. On the third attempt, the flight finally landed at Hubli,” he said.

“It was then informed that the auto-pilot had failed, also the radars of the flight had partially failed.”

Surjewala also pointed out that usually when an SPG protectee is travelling, the complete details of the pilotsand the aircraft are submitted to the DGCA and the SPG.

“Only when all of these are cleared, then the flight plan is okayed. This is a serious case of aviation mechanics failure.

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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.

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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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