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Rahul on three-day visit to north Gujarat, BJP’s bastion

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Gandhinagar, Nov 11: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi arrived in Gujarat on Saturday on a three-day visit, his fourth in a row to the poll-bound state. This time he is visiting the stronghold of the BJP, in north Gujarat.

Gandhi is expected to attack the ruling BJP, both in the state as well as the Centre, on various fronts like the Goods and Services Tax, demonetisation, unemployment, Patidars, farmer distress and price rise et al.

As the state gears up for the state assembly elections on December 9 and 14, political bigwigs have made Gujarat their second home and the Gandhi scion is no exception.

In the last two months, not just Gandhi, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national chief Amit Shah have been to the state several times.

Gandhi arrived at the Ahmedabad airport on Saturday morning. Then in a completely unplanned move, he headed to the Akshardham Temple here. After ’tilak’ and ‘darshan’ he set out for the Chiloda village, adjoining the state capital.

Gandhi during his recent visits, has made it a point to visit most of the pilgrim places and famous temples.

He will later visit Chala and Majra chokdi, both in Gandhinagar district.

From there he will head to Prantij and Himmatnagar before going to Idar, a tribal region. In Himmatnagar, Gandhi will be addressing a farmers gathering.

In the afternoon he will be visiting the Khedbrahmma region, as well as visit the famous Ambaji temple. In Idar, as well as in Vadali, he will have corner meetings, similar to the ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ type.

His night halt will be in Ambaji town. Before his Ambaji temple ‘darshan’, he will address a public meeting on the rights of tribals at Khedbrahmma.

Gandhi’s frequent visits have sprung quite a surprise in political circles, and have been unprecedented.

Political pundits opine that as far as Congress leaders, especially from the 10, Janpath in Delhi are concerned, visits to the state have always been for a single day.

Until now, they were mostly characterised by a single public meeting in some remote tribal region. But this is probably for the first time that three-day visits have been planned and executed in Gujarat and that too, in urban areas as well.

On Sunday, Gandhi will have an interaction with the social media and IT teams of the party followed by his visits Danta and Jalotra and a public meeting at Palanpur in Banaskantha district.

In Deesa, Gandhi will once again address small gatherings of youth and talk about Yuva Rojgar.

On Sunday he will be visiting and having ‘darshan’ of two temples, one at Thara and the other Totana. He will also address a public meeting at the Thara ground.

Late on Sunday evening he will arrive at former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s bastion, Patan, and address a public meeting. He will make a night halt at Patan Circuit House.

On Monday, Gandhi will meet Dalit leaders in the morning after his ‘darshan’ to Patan’s Vir Megh Maya Temple.

After that he will be visiting four villages in the area and once again have a small gathering and discussion (Chopal-style) with the nomadic tribe communities.

On the last day of his three-day sojourn, Gandhi will have a ‘darshan’ in three temples. First in Varana, where he will also address a public meeting, then in Shankheshwar temple and later in Becharaji, where he will also address the ‘Rojgar Adhikar Sabha’.

Gandhi will arrive in the Mehsana constituency of Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, where he will address women at ‘Mahila Adhikar Sabha’.

He will end the visit on Monday with small corner meetings in Visnagar, the place from where the Patidar reservation stir initiated. He will then leave for Delhi.

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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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