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Facebook to Congress: Says is Non-Partisan, Denounces Hate

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In a recent set of events, the social media giant Facebook told the Congress Party that contrary to the belief that they have an alleged political bias, the company was wholeheartedly non-partisan in its approach. A statement was released by the company’s Public Policy, Trust and Safety Director, Neil Pottts responding to the concerns raised by Congress, he said that Facebook denounced all forms of bigotry and hate and will always strive to remain a platform where individuals can express themselves freely. He also stated that the platform took the political party’s allegations seriously and are working tirelessly to remain non-partisan was committed to ensure levels of integrity. This response was after the party accused the platform of seriously interfering in disrupting the social harmony on account of their inaction when it came to applying hate-speech rules over many BJP leaders and members. A similar pattern of inaction was also reported by the Wall Street Journal and the Time Magazine where the conduct of Facebook and WhatsApp came under the scanner in context of their bias and proximity to the ruling party BJP.  At this point in the debate, both the parties have alleged the other of colluding with the social media giant to sway the public opinion. While the BJP accused the platform and its employees of helping people ‘abuse’ the Prime Minister and the other senior minister, the Congress claims that they have taken a soft approach towards many BJP leaders when they flouted their hate-speech rules on the platform. It is not only Congress who wrote to Facebook but a three page letter was also forwarded by IT Minister Ravi Shankar which called out its bias and a letter was also sent twice by AICC general secretary K.C. Venugopal on account of its hateful content. It remains to see whether the after this statement the platform will be cautious in its approach.  

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NDTV – Adani Deal : All You Need To Know

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Indian billionaire Gautam Adani’s team on Tuesday said it looks forward to controlling a majority stake in the popular news channel (NDTV.NS) (NDTV), a move media group said was carried out without its consent.

An Adani Group unit said it had used financial rights in a bid to buy a 29.18% stake in NDTV, arranging plans for an upcoming open offer for a stake of another 26% according to Indian regulations.

A few hours after the announcement, NDTV gave a statement saying the move by the Adani Group “was executed without any input from, conversation with, or consent of the NDTV founders.”

 NDTV, regarded as one of India’s most popular news organizations, is one of the few newsgroups that often criticizes the policies of the ruling administration. It runs three national channels: NDTV 24×7 in English, NDTV India in Hindi, and a business news channel.

“From NDTV’s statements, it seems this may not be a friendly takeover which generally is as per agreed terms and mechanism, and in fact, may end up being a hostile takeover,” said Dipti Lavya Swain, founder and managing partner, DLS Law Offices.

Adani Group gave no immediate response to a request for comment on NDTV’s statement.

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A Sacked Doctor Calls A Hospital In Gurgaon With A Bogus Bomb Threat

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(PTI) – Gurugram, March 25 –A doctor who was dismissed by Medanta Hospital in 2017 made a fake call saying that there was a bomb planted in Medanta Hospital on Friday.

The doctor’s identity was revealed when the police tracked his mobile number, through which he made the call. It was also found that he often used this phone number for these types of fake calls.

The details of the mobile number used in making the call have been extracted. As per the number, the location of the caller was traced to Delhi. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the caller is a doctor in Delhi and earlier used to work in Medanta Hospital till 2017. Efforts are on to arrest him, “inspector Dinesh Kumar, SHO of Sadar police station, said.

Also, he purportedly made this call at around 12:15 pm on Thursday. The police did not find any danger in the hospital, and there was also no bomb.

The caller said there might be a terror attack at the hospital and that a bomb had been planted there, and disconnected the call, “Dr Sanjeev Gupta, medical director of Medanta.

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11-year-old girl raped by Father, teenage Brother, Grandfather, Uncle Over 5 Years

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Four boys suspected of repeatedly raping 11-year-old girl | The Times of  Israel

 

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her teenage brother and father in Pune. Also, her grandfather and distant uncle used to assault her sexually. The Pune police also added that this crime was perpetrated over the past five years. Police have reported a case under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rape but are yet to arrest the culprits. 

The crime has been reported under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code against a young teenage brother and 45-year-old father. Under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), the crime has been reported against grandfather and uncle. Her grandfather’s age is around 60, and her uncle’s age is around 25.

The victim and her family are from Bihar and currently live in Pune. The incident was revealed when this 11-year-old girl opened up during a ‘good touch and bad touch’ session in school. When the father and daughter resided in Bihar in 2017, he began sexually harassing his daughter. Around November 2020, the girl’s older brother began sexually molesting her. The girl’s grandfather and a distant uncle used to improperly touch her. According to Inspector Satpute, because all incidences occurred individually and the suspects may not have been aware of each other’s acts, this is not a case of gang rape. Sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) will also be amended, according to the police.

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