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Twitter gets pat on back, warnings after hiding Trump tweet

Although Twitter did not remove the tweet, it kept the message hidden. Users need to click on “View” to see the tweet.

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San Francisco, May 29 : After Twitter flagged a tweet by US President Donald Trump for violating its rules on glorification of violence, some users on Friday commended the microblogging site for finally taking the action against Trump while others warned this could be the beginning of the end for the platform.

The call for suspending Trump’s Twitter account also grew louder following Twitetr’s action.

“Suspend him. You should have done it years ago,” said a user in response to Twitter’s message that it had taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts.

Twitter placed a public interest notice on a tweet from Trump that read: “….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

Although Twitter did not remove the tweet, it kept the message hidden. Users need to click on “View” to see the tweet.

“People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet” this particular Trump tweet in question.

Trump’s message was in reaction to the protests that erupted across the US on Thursday following the death of a 46-year-old African-American man named George Floyd on Monday allegedly due to police brutality.

A white police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to the back of his neck while he was handcuffed and other officers stood by.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to restore order after protests over Floyd’s death turned violent, with widespread damage and looting in Minneapolis city.

Trump’s tweet in reaction to these developments did go down well with many users. Some even commended Twitter for hiding his tweet.

“It’s a start. Thank you. That said, he’s tearing this country apart and using Twitter as his primary vehicle for doing so. Historians will use this relationship as a case study. Suspend him,” wrote one user.

“Thank you for taking this action. I do disagree, however, that the tweet should remain. It’s not in the public interest to incite violence. But taking this action is at least an improvement, IMO,” wrote another.

Others, however, warned Twitter.

“This is the beginning of the end of @twitter as we know it. After the upcoming lawsuits it will either be under entirely new leadership or simply replaced by other superior platforms,” wrote one user.

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Former Odisha Minister Bishnu Das passes away

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of Das. Patnaik said Das was a popular politician, one of the best organisers and administrators.

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Bhubaneswar, July 6 : Former Odisha Minister and senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Bishnu Das passed away at a private hospital here on Monday. He was 66. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Das was elected to the State Legislative Assembly six times from Tirtol and Jagatsinghpur constituencies. He was the School and Mass Education Minister in 2006-07.

In the 2019 elections, he was elected to the Assembly from the Tirtol seat.

Das was elected as the Rajya Sabha member in 2016. He, however, resigned from the Rajya Sabha on March 2017 after being appointed as deputy chairman of the State Planning Board.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of Das. Patnaik said Das was a popular politician, one of the best organisers and administrators.

“Deeply saddened to know about the demise of MLA from Tirtol & veteran BJD leader, Shri Bishnu Charan Das. May Mahaprabhu Jagannath grant peace to the departed soul. Heartfelt condolences to his family & friends,” tweeted Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik.

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Covid-19: Ex-state BJP Prez Suresh Amonkar dies; 8th death in Goa

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Panaji, July 6 : Former BJP state President and ex-Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar, who had tested positive for Covid-19 last week, died on Monday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said.

Amonkar, 68, had been admitted to the state’s designated Covid hospital two weeks back. He is the eighth person to die in the state after testing positive for Covid-19.

“Deeply saddened by the passing away of Suresh Amonkar, former President of BJP Goa Pradesh and former cabinet minister of Goa. His contribution to the state of Goa is immense and will never be forgotten. I express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” Sawant tweeted.

Last week, Sawant had said that Amonkar, who was suffering from a comorbid condition, had stabilised after his health parameters had slipped into a critical condition.

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Chinese troop withdrawal ‘positive’ but need ‘eternal vigil’: Congress

The disengagement between Indian and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops happened as per the agreed terms in the corps commanders’ meeting.

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New Delhi, July 6 : Amid reports of Chinese troops’ withdrawal from the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, former Union minister and Congress leader Anand Sharma termed it as a “positive” development and insisted that there is a need for “eternal vigil”.

“Disengagement and de-escalation on LAC is a priority. India must insist for pull back at Pangong Tso. There is need for eternal vigil,” said Sharma.

The head of foreign affairs department of the Congress also said that China needs to “realise that stability” and peace at the borders and restoration of status quo ante is a must to “rebuild trust.”

The Congress which has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his handling of the Chinese transgressions at LAC and has accused him of misleading the nation, gave credit to the Indian Army for the Chinese pull back.

“Proud of our Army for standing firm in nation’s defence,” said Sharma.

Indian and Chinese troops have retreated two kilometres each along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, where 20 Indian and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed in a violent face-off last month.

Top official sources told IANS that both sides retreated two kilometres simultaneously on Sunday, following several rounds of talks which had begun after the clash on June 15.

The disengagement between Indian and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops happened as per the agreed terms in the corps commanders’ meeting.

With the retreat from both sides, a four kilometre no-man zone has been created. “Four kilometres in the highly mountainous terrain like Galwan valley, deprives both sides to see each other’s installations and reinforcements,” sources said.

The two sides have also agreed, sources said, not to do any aerial surveillance of the retreated area, to rebuild trust which was badly damaged due to the June 15 clash.

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