TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 April 2019 find us online scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|lc KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 P10 FB removes 687 pages, accounts linked to Congress WeAtheR Partly cloudy sky with rain or thundershower in some areas. Max-min temperature to be 34-25 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: Nil ReLAtIve humIdIty Max.89% Min. 56% Max: 32.1°C (-3) SuN RISES 05:28 hrs MooN RISES 03.47 hrs Min: 24.1°C (-1) SuN SEtS 17:52 hrs MooN SEtS 15:25 hrs tempeRAtuRe New moon on 5 April thumbNAILs NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL Social media giant Facebook on Monday said it has removed 687 pages and accounts linked to individuals associated with an IT Cell of the Congress party as it cracks down on fake accounts and spam. These accounts, it said, were part of a coordinated networks and were removed not based on content or fake news but for “inauthentic behaviour” and for pushing spam. Besides, Facebook has also removed 103 pages, groups and accounts on its platform and Instagram for engaging in similar behaviour as part of a network that originated in Pakistan. Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher told reporters that Facebook has removed 687 Facebook Pages and accounts - the majority of which had already been detected and suspended by its automated systems - that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” in India and were linked to individuals associated with an IT Cell of the INC. “When we remove one of these networks, the reason we remove them is because of their coordinated inauthentic behaviour’’. EC affidavit on VVPAT: SC asks Opp to reply NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL The Supreme Court on Monday asked 21 opposition leaders to file within a week their reply on the Election Commission's affidavit on their plea seeking counting of at least 50 per cent of VVPAT slips in Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. In its affidavit EC has said that any further increase in the sample size of verification from the existing norm of one polling booth per assembly segment would lead to very negligible gain in the confidence pti level. BJP releases list for 3 LS, 11 Assembly seats in Odisha; BJD retains Mahatab STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL India launches emIsAt, 28 foreign satellites: India scripted history by succesfully launching EMISAT, a military satellite, and 28 foreign nano satellites on-board its polar rocket from here Monday, in a complex mission which marked many a first for ISRO. The 28 co-passenger satellites belong to Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland and the US. hardik moves sC: Congress leader Hardik Patel on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Gujarat High Court order rejecting his plea to stay his conviction in the 2015 Vispur rioting case. His petition is likely to be mentioned on Tuesday for urgent hearing and his lawyers would seek stay of the March 29 HC order. plea to stay modi biopic dismissed: Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking stay on the 5 April release of PM Modi's biopic till the general election results are out. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani refused to entertain the PIL which had also urged the ECI to act against the alleged violation of MCC. The BJP on Monday announced the names of three candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections in Odisha and 11 for the Assembly elections in the state where the party is locked in a three-cornered contest with the ruling Biju Janata Dal and Congress party. The party's central election committee secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda announced the names of three party Lok Sabha candidates, all for reserved constituencies. They are Er Biswesar Tudu (Mayurbhanj ST), Abhimanyu Sethi (Bhadrak SC) and Amiya Mallick (Jajpur SC). The names of 11 candidates for the Assembly elections, which would be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls, are: Alok Sethi (Anandapur SC), Naba Charan Majhi (Rairangpur), Dr Krushna Mohapatra (Morada), Sukanata Naik (Nilgiri), Bhagirathi Pradhan (Athamallik), Subhransu Sekhar Padhi (Banki), Brajendra Ray (Athagarh), Bijaya Mohapatra (Patkura), Bijay Pradhan (Mahakalapada), Jayanta Sarangi (Puri), Aparajita Mohanty (Bhuban eswar North (Uttar). Elections will be held to the 147 member state Assembly and for the 21 Lok Sabha seats. Of the 21 Lok Sabha seats, three are reserved for SCs and five for STs. The three reserved SC Lok Sabha seats in Odisha are Bhadrak, Jajpur and Jagatsingh pur. The five reserved ST Lok Sabha constituencies of the state are: Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur and Koraput. The BJP is understood to have identified 15 Lok Sabha seats which its poll strategists feel hold promise for the party in the coming elections. The BJP recently got a boost to its prospects with senior BJD leader Jay Panda deciding to join the party. The BJP is planning to use Panda’s services to penetrate the BJD bastions in Odisha. The BJD has, however, maintained that Panda’s exit is unlikely to impact on the ruling party’s prospects in the polls. Veteran BJD MP and leader of the party in the Lok Sabha Mr Bhatruhari Mahatab whose re-nomination was for inexplicable reasons delayed till the very last was finally given the ticket for Cuttack LS. Many in the ruling BJD circles were wondering over the inordinate delay in announcing Mahatab’s name since he was one of the very few who enjoyed the confidence of CM Naveen Patnaik. Modi attacks Pawar, NCP hits back STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MuMbAI, 1 APRIL Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi opened his election campaign for National Democratic Alliance or NDA with a scathing attack on Mr Sharad Pawar saying the Nationalist Congress Party president has opted out of contest because he read the writings on the wall accurately that odds are heavily stacked against him. In his first rally in Maharashtra' Wardha city, Mr Modi said once the Maratha strongman was now unable to hold his party together.NCP is fast losing from his control as his nephew and other satraps are trying to assume the control. The party is beset with internal feuds, alleged Mr Modi who was often cheered by a huge audience. He was accompanied by Mr Nitin Gadkari, Union minister and chief minister Mr Devendra Fadnavis. After NCP the PM target- mulayam files nomination Reiwa- a new imPerial name after abdication ‘coalition govts have done better than modi show’ ed Congress. For the first time he he hit back at the main Opposition Congress for raising the "bogey " of Hindu or saffron terrorism which he asserted never existed and was invented by Congress as a vote bank ploy. "Today Congress fears of fielding its nominees in Hindu dominated constituencies", he added. Mr Pawar ostensibly withdrew from contest saying he would prefer his grandson Parth to fight in his place. Parth is son of Mr Ajit Pawar who is keen on stepping into his uncle's shoes. NCP president has been consistently speaking about fighting from Madha in Sholapur district. BJP-Shiv Sena alliance today received a head start with PM launching its campaign 2019 for 48 Parliament seats. They won 42 in 2014. Maharashtra will vote in four phases. Mumbai with six seats will go to hustings on 29 April. Analysts say voters look forward to a rally in the city that will see Mr Modi and Shiv Sena chief Mr Uddhav Thackeray addressing from the same platform. Mr Thackeray has not only mellowed but often praises the PM in his Saamna paper. Recently he wrote an edit "Modi hai to mumkin hai". That is with Modi around everything is possible. On the other hand NCPCongress are yet to finalise nominees for key seats such as Pune which is the home dis- trict of Pawars. The seat has gone to Congress which with ally NCP organised a roadshow with thousands of workers raising anti-Modi slogans. They marched on Pune streets without the candidate who is yet to be declared by the Congress leadership in Delhi. PTI adds: Responding to Modi's remarks, the NCP hit back, saying the party knew how to respect elders in its fold unlike Modi's BJP which unceremoniously dropped someone as senior as party patriarch L K Advani. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said Modi attacked Pawar out of frustration after seeing what he claimed was an empty rally ground at Wardha. “And on top of that, Pawar saheb is president of the (NCP) party. People are seeing what treatment you (Modi) have meted to your leader Advani saheb, who brought you into politics, made you chief minister, made you a leader,” Malik said. when mbaPPe gets going, his rivals get the Jitters P2 P11 Azhar: China claims 'positive progress' China attacks uS move for taking the matter directly to uNSC pRESS TRuST of INdIA bEIjINg, 1 APRIL C hina on Monday claimed that “positive progress” has been made on designating Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a 'global terrorist' by the UN and accused the US of scuttling its efforts by taking the matter directly to the Security Council, setting a “bad example”. Two weeks after China put a hold on a French proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US on March 27 circulated a draft resolution to the powerful 15-nation Council to blacklist Azhar and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo. China last week defended its repeated attempts to block the listing of the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief as a global terrorist and refuted the US allegation that Beijing's action amounted to protecting violent Islamic groups from sanctions. “After the application for designation of Azhar was proposed (in the 1267 committee), China is in close communication and coordination with various parties and made positive progress. The US knows that very well,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing. Asked to clarify whether the progress he meant was to resolve the vexed issue of listing Azhar, Geng said, “Yes. The US knows that very well”.
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