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Had anticipated India’s victory at ICJ: Harish Salve

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New Delhi, May 18:  Senior lawyer Harish Salve, who fought India’s case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, said on Thursday that he had anticipated New Delhi’s victory, and added the ruling was “binding” on Islamabad.

“As a lawyer, 40 years under the belt, you get a feel of how judges are reacting, and I felt positive energy when I was arguing. Judges were sort of connecting. It was gratifying I did not see that connection when the other side (Pakistan lawyer) was arguing,” Salve told TimesNow news channel.

Salve said India did not commit the mistake that Pakistan did by “ensuring that the court did not feel that we were dragging them into some kind of violence, slug-fest between India and Pakistan”

“We kept our argument straight, narrow; we made our points forcefully but kept within confinement of international law. Pakistan tried to bring in passport, video and all that. The result is there for everyone to see,” Salve said.

Salve said the ICJ’s verdict was binding on Pakistan.

“The court has made it very clear that our decision is binding. ‘You report back to us measures you are taking. We are monitoring you’,” Salve said.

Salve said that consular access to Jadhav would be given now, but he has asked for “restitution”.

“There have been cases when the court said you have to annul the process and go back. That is called a principle of restitution. That is what we are fighting for. Can we take it to another level, saying in today’s circumstances that you have to release the man?” Salve said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted her gratitude to Salve after India’s victory. “We are grateful to Mr. Harish Salve for presenting India’s case so effectively before ICJ,” she posted.

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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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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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