MANI SHANKAR AIYAR RETURNS WITH SCIENTIFIC TEMPER TO REMOVE ‘CLOUD COVER’ FROM MODI’S ‘UDAN KHATOLAS’
Firstly, to Mani Shankar Aiyar, he is back and calling out bullshit with a softer touch and language this time. No neech remarks there, though it won’t be very unfair to use it now. This election is not about the party, it is personal.
Aiyer, whose “Chaiwala” jibe at Narendra Modi, the BJP’s PM candidate, turned into one of the defining themes of the 2014 polls, defiantly recalled his “neech” dig at Modi, who “will, in any case, be ousted by the people on May 23”.
“That would be a fitting end to the most foulmouthed Prime Minister this country has seen or is likely to see. Remember, how I described him on December 7, 2017? Was I not prophetic?” Aiyer wrote in an article.
Taking a shot at the PM over his recent “cloud cover” remark and his claim “of using email, digital camera in 1988,” Aiyar wrote: “… modern India must cultivate a ‘scientific temper,’ an expression that drives Sanghis nuts because they like to believe the ‘udan khatolas’ of mythology were the earliest F-16s to be invented by Hindus, and that Hindu plastic surgery, not a transplant operation, is what led to an elephant’s head surmounting Lord Ganesh.”
WHATSAPP REPORTS SOFTWARE GLITCH AFTER ISRAELI HACK ATTACK, URGES USERS TO UPDATE APP
It is 15th May 2019 and if you do end up making regular calls via Whatsapp, then please update your app. a vulnerability in the software allowed attackers to hack into people’s phones using commercial Israeli spyware.
The chat app, owned by Facebook Inc., said it had discovered a vulnerability in early May that could enable attackers to insert and execute code on mobile devices. So go ahead update your software and plug the breach.
SEVERAL INJURED IN AMIT SHAH RALLY IN BENGAL
How I wish there was a way to update the software of the country so its harmony couldn’t be breached. But where there will be Amit Shah, there is bound to be violence and bloodshed. So it was hardly a surprise in knowing, that Amit Shah’s roadshow in Calcutta ended in clashes, chaos and cultural vandalism on Tuesday as supporters of the BJP and the Trinamul Congress faced off at multiple points along the storied education spine of the city of Kolkata. Violence broke out in front of Calcutta University on College Street, later spreading to Vidyasagar College down the road and snowballing into vandalism on the second campus of the north Calcutta institution named after an icon of the Bengal Renaissance.
Suspected BJP supporters barged into the college and smashed a bust of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, the revered educationist and reformer, alleging that they were being attacked by Trinamul supporters from inside. “What does Amit Shah think of himself? Is he above everything? Is he God that no one can protest against him?” Mamata Banerjee said. Accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of engineering the violence, Amit Shah said it was a bid to “strangulate democracy”.
PROTESTORS IN CHANDIGARH HELD FOR SELLING MODIJI KE PAKODE
Such concern for democracy coming from Amit Shah is more shocking when read in the context of our next story and this one from Chandigarh. People who had gathered at the venue of an election rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chandigarh witnessed a novel protest on Tuesday, with a group of activists dressed in graduation robes turning up to sell what they termed as “Modiji ke pakode”.
The protesters, however, failed to “sell” much of the fried snack they had brought along. Police personnel at the venue whisked them away before the event could even begin. A video of the incident showed protesters at the rally shouting “Buy pakodas made by engineers” and “BA and LLB pakodas for sale” while being herded into an open police van.
I don’t know how fried do the pakodas need to be, but honestly, nothing as compared to how frying these elections are. So lets head to other non-political news.
JAPAN TAKES INDIA TO WTO OVER MOBILE PHONE IMPORT DUTIES
Japan has complained at the World Trade Organization about India’s duties on mobile phones, base stations and routers, and the circuit boards and other components that go into them, a WTO filing showed on Tuesday.
Japan’s complaint, the first step in a legal dispute, said India had sought to foster domestic production by adjusting various taxes including customs duties, especially since it launched the “Make in India” campaign in September 2014.
NOW, WOULD I DO THAT? TRUMP ON NYT REPORT ON SENDING TROOPS TO MIDDLE EAST TO COUNTER IRAN
And from Make in India, lets head to the other con – America First.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a New York Times report that US officials were discussing a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attack or nuclear weapons acceleration by Iran.
“I think it’s fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully, we’re not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
BILL INTRODUCED TO BAN CHINESE MILITARY SCIENTISTS FROM AMERICAN LABS
Meanwhile, A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced identical resolutions in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate that would require the US government to develop a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The bill seeks to prohibit individuals employed or sponsored by these Chinese military institutions from receiving student or research visas to the United States.
While we are on bills and America two bills, coming from very different directions and intent.
SAN FRANCISCO BANS POLICE USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECH
Firstly, Legislators in San Francisco have voted to ban the use of facial recognition, the first US city to do so. The emerging technology will not be allowed to be used by local agencies, such as the city’s transport authority, or law enforcement.
Additionally, any plans to buy any kind of new surveillance technology must now be approved by city administrators.
ALABAMA PASSES BILL BANNING ABORTION
Second bill and this is a problematic one. Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill to outlaw abortion outright in the state, set to be the strictest such US law. The state Senate approved the law, rejecting an amendment to allow exemptions for cases of rape or incest. It goes further than legislation passed recently elsewhere in the US to ban abortion after a foetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy.
Under the Alabama measure, provision of abortion at any stage in pregnancy would be a class A felony.
A NEW FISH DISCOVERED IN KERALA GETS CHRISTENED GOLLUM AS TRIBUTE TO LORD OF THE RINGS
A team of UK and Indian scientists have discovered a brand new species of snakehead, a type of fish, from a paddy field in Kerala. And guess what, they have named it after JRR Tolkien’s famed creation from Lord of The Rings (LOTR), Gollum.
The findings, published in the international journal Zootaxa, state that the new species is physically and genetically distinct from all other snakehead species in the world.
That is all that we have for you for today. Lets see what the day has in store for us. As for you, stay hydrated and be productive. Until tomorrow, good bye from takeapart.in