Uncontrolled Social media; The digital challenge to EC’s model code of conduct

India’s online world of WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages, some of which can be bought by the hour, has thrown up a set of unique challenges. How does one regulate a realm of smoke and mirrors where the identity of key actors and their motives is tenuous at best? Although the MCC has applied to internet platforms since 2013, no attempt has been made to enforce it thus far. The EC has now announced a series of new measures, which fall into two broad categories. A little over a week later, the Model…

Manohar Parrikar; Know more about this common man of high virtue

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died on March 17 after battling advanced pancreatic cancer for over a year. The BJP leader and former defence minister was first shifted to the US for treatment in March 2018. He returned to the country a few months later and was admitted at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences in September when his condition deteriorated. He is survived by two children. Here are the achievements of Parrikar, who had dedicated his life to the service of the people of Goa.   His Early…

Former Rajasthan Cop Will Contest Lok Sabha Polls

Former IPS officer Pankaj Kumar Chaudhary, dismissed recently by the state government, Thursday said he would contest the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Pankaj Chaudhary told reporters at a press conference, “I will contest election from one of the Lok Sabha seats in western Rajasthan. I am not going before the people with any big promise or equation but would work with a feeling to keep the nation first. I will work for the women empowerment in western Rajasthan,” He also said he has moved the Central Administrative Tribunal challenging the…

Probe to be launched against Modi and Ambani inti Rafael deal says Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he was confident of the Congress-led alliance coming back to power in 2019, adding that when that happens, an investigation will be launched into the Rafale deal and action taken against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and industrialist Anil Ambani following the probe. “They will go to jail,” he claimed. Rahul said that the question of corruption [in the Rafale deal] was crystal clear. He reiterated his allegation that the PM and Mr. Ambani had “stolen ₹30,000 crore from the pilots of the IAF,…

BJP MLA calls EC double standard on receiving notice for Abhinandan Photo on social media

The District Magistrate of East District issued a showcause notice MLA O P Sharma, asking him to pull down a post from his timeline which carries a photo of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman alongside that of Prime Minister.   EC directed facebook, twitter, youtube, and whatsapp to remove all post having Abhinandan’ Photo for political interest   Issuing the notice on Tuesday, DM (East) K Mahesh said the image was shared on Sharma’s Twitter handle. But on Wednesday, he said that it was, in fact, on his…

This actor turned politician says no to stand on National Anthem in theatre

During a youth-interactive session at Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, the actor-turned-politician said, “I don’t like to stand up when National Anthem plays in theaters. A leisure time such as watching a movie with family and friends has now been made into a test to demonstrate one’s patriotism. Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan on Saturday once again questioned the wisdom of the Supreme Court’s directive that everyone should stand up and show respect when the national anthem is played in cinema halls. He had raised the issue back in 2016 when the…

Saffron shrink, past years political graph is here

Race of loksabha election 2019 begins. While, the poll pundits are already out there with their bets, one overwhelming narrative is that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could be forming the government for the second consecutive term. Even on social media campaign is on with the magical number of above 350 or 400. However, it won’t be that easy. Before jumping on any conclusion the numbers of last five years. Though last two years are matter of concern for rulling Party. In terms of rulling states it has come down to…

Paid Farmers in Full Despite High Debt, Empty Coffer Left Behind by BJP says Congress

The Congress on Saturday hit back at the BJP’s offensive against the ruling party, saying that the Shivraj Singh government hardly left anything in the state coffer and the Centre was also withholding payments. The Congress leaders have decided to give a memorandum to the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Gopal Bhargav and BJP MPs to protest the alleged withholding of funds by the Centre. Congress media cell deputy in charge Abhay Dubey on Saturday claimed that despite an empty coffer left behind by the BJP government, the…

Loksabha voting in seven phase from 11 April to 19 May, Result on 23 May

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect from today itself with announcement of loksabha election date in the entire country. Any violation will be dealt with in the strictest manner. 2019 general election will be held in seven phases. The first phase of voting will take place on April 11 while the last phase will be held on May 19. The results of the election will be announced on May 23. Here is how the voting will take place: Phase 1: April…

Modi and Telangana CM are in hand in glove says RaGa

Launching his election campaign in Telangana, Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked CM K Chandrashekar Rao saying that he is as a friend of Modi who has never raised the Rafale issue. “Rahul Gandhi Takes a Swipe at KCR, Says Modi and Telangana CM are Hand-in-glove” Speaking at a public meeting, Rahul said, “KCR is supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi because his list of corrupt practices and financial irregularities is with Modi. He supported demonetisation and GST and praised it.” He mentioned that Modi publicised himself as a nationalist but was…