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Gujarat assembly elections to be held in December

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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Achal Kumar Jyoti on Tuesday announced that assembly elections in Gujarat will be held in December this year.

“The term of the Gujarat assembly ends on January 22, so the election will have to be completed in December. Assembly elections will mostly be conducted in the December,” Jyoti said at a press conference in poll-bound Gujarat.

He, however, hasn’t made it clear whether the state will see a one or two-phased election and said they are still assessing various aspects.

The Election Commission also imposed a blanket ban on the possession of arms and weapons by civilians in the wake of the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections.

“License holders will have to deposit their licensed weapons with concerned SHO or police station,” he said.

All licensed weapons will be returned to the licensed owners after the polling is over, the chief election commissioner said.

The Commission also asked the state authorities to provide cashless facilities to all polling staff.

The fourteenth legislative assembly election will be held this year to elect members of the 182 constituencies in Gujarat.

Eyeing the assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have begun rigorous election campaign for the western state.

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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.

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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