One word that could sum up yesterday probably collapsed. I am not just talking about the middle order collapse of Indian cricket team, but also the walls and the damns collapsing across India. From Maharashtra to Mizoram.
The only thing that did not collapse was the tree that a really fat Congress worker was holding onto in order to prevent, not the branches from falling in Monsoon but Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as Congress President. The man had found a novel way to commit suicide, by hanging by the branches. Not his neck, but his arms. But no on really gives a damn and speaking of damns.
COLLAPSE: DAM IN MAHARASHTRA, THREE BUILDINGS IN MIZORAM
In Maharashtra, Two people were killed and more than 20 are still missing after heavy rainfall led to a breach in the Tiware Dam in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district at around 9.30 pm last night. Seven down-stream villages have been flooded and at least 12 houses near the dam have been washed away.
Three buildings in Mizoram’s Aizawl collapsed after a massive landslide on Tuesday evening, leaving at least three dead, including two children. Nine others were injured and have been taken to a hospital nearby.
Many people are believed to be trapped under debris and a search and rescue operation is underway. Volunteers of the Young Mizo Association, a non-political, nongovernmental organisation of Mizo people, have also joined the rescue efforts.
SMRITI IRANI AND THE RSS FELICITATE GROUP THAT WENT AFTER ANTI-INDIANS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALISM DESPITE THEIR ACCOUNTS REPEATEDLY BEING TAKEN DOWN BY FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
It is 3rd July 2019 and from a Non-governmental organization that is rescuing people, we head to THE social organization that is rewarding people for putting people out of their jobs
From today’s Indian Express, A group of men who went after those they called “anti-national” and claim they got them arrested, suspended and, in one case, fired from a job won an RSS affiliate’s badge of honour — for social media journalism.
RSS awarding for journalism, that too social media journalism and that too to a body whose job is to create a narrative around being anti-national and its claim to fame is getting people fired from their job.
Last Saturday, Clean The Nation (CTN), the group which went after them, was honoured with the Social Media Patrakarita Narad Samman, instituted by RSS-affiliate Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra (IVSK).
The Narad Samman ceremony for journalism awards was held at the India International Centre in New Delhi where the winners were felicitated in the presence of RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya and Union Minister Smriti Irani. Not surprised at all with Smriti Irani distributed awards for Social Media Journalism, that was driven by WhatsApp broadcasting news services and fake social media accounts.
The CTN started as a Facebook group, formed by nine men on February 15, a day after the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama. Most of its activity was over the next two days, in which they claim to have drawn over 4,500 members. Facebook and Twitter later repeatedly took down CTN handles but RSS and Smriti Irani are rewarding them.
So much hatred that these people have against anyone being educated, that the claim to fame of Clean the Nation, includes a letter from a Guwahati college suspending an assistant professor; a letter from a Rajasthan university suspending four Kashmiri students, all girls; a Twitter post that led to an arrest in Jaipur; a letter from a Greater Noida engineering college suspending a Kashmiri student; and a Facebook post that led to the arrest of an undergraduate student in Katihar, Bihar.
I will only talk about one such case, Started by a bunch of IT guys, in once such case of bravery in social media cooked up journalism, an MBA student was suspended from IIMT College of Engineering in Greater Noida for a Facebook post.
The student was in Kashmir for a break and told the administration that the account was not his because it had a different spelling from his name.
The college issued a suspension order and directed the student to lodge an FIR at the police station concerned regarding the “hacked” social media ID. The student sent a copy of the FIR over WhatsApp to Pachauri and, on February 19, the police station sent a letter saying that the student was “not involved in any kind of supervised criminal activity”. The student, Pachauri said, has not returned to college since and has missed his examination. Another youth lost?
BJP CENTRE MINISTER CALLS YOGI OBC DELISTING UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Meanwhile, The Centre led by the BJP on Tuesday said the BJP-run Uttar Pradesh government had taken an “unconstitutional” decision to remove 17 castes from the list of Other Backward Classes and label them Scheduled Castes, and told the state administration to desist from giving SC certificates to people from these groups.
On Monday, BSP chief Mayawati had alleged that the state government was depriving people of these 17 castes of their right to reservation.
On Tuesday, BSP parliamentarian Satish Chandra Mishra raised the issue during zero hours in the Rajya Sabha and urged the Centre to stop the state from going ahead with the decision.
CHINESE BORDER GUARDS PUT SECRET SURVEILANCE APP ON TOURISTS’ PHONE
And with that, we head to International news, where the Chinese are again caught with unauthorised surveillance. Chiinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal.
The Chinese government has curbed freedoms in the province for the local Muslim population, installing facial recognition cameras on streets and in mosques and reportedly forcing residents to download software that searches their phones.
An investigation by the Guardian and international partners has found that travellers are being targeted when they attempt to enter the region from neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.
Border guards are taking their phones and secretly installing an app that extracts emails, texts and contacts, as well as information about the handset itself.
WOMEN TO HEAD TOP EU INSTITUTIONS FOR FIRST TIME
Two women have won the backing of the EU’s leaders to head the European Commission and European Central Bank, breaking with more than 60 years of male dominance at the top of the bloc’s institutions.
After three days of tortuous negotiations, Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, received the support of heads of state and government to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the commission in Brussels. And the French managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, will move to Frankfurt to take over from Mario Draghi as the first female president of the ECB once it is formally signed off by the Eurozone group.
DOZENS KILLED IN AIR STRIKE ON MIGRANT CENTRE IN LIBYA
Meanwhile, An air strike late on Tuesday hit a detention centre for mainly African migrants in the Tajoura suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80, a health official said.
The majority of those killed are reported to be African migrants. In recent years, Libya has been a key springboard for migrants seeking to travel to Europe.
The country has been torn by violence and division since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.
NESTLE LAUNCHES PAPER PACKAGING FOR SNACK BARS
That is a wrap from me, but the better wrap is definitely from Nestle as the Swiss company rolled out paper packaging for its flavored milk powder Nesquik in the first quarter of 2019 and will introduce paper-based pouches for its Milo health drink in 2020.
Nestle said the new snack bar wrapper, composed of paper and a water-based coating to guarantee the same shelf life as plastic, could be used on its existing high-speed lines that can seal up to 500 snack bars per minute.
Say no to plastic or to Social Media Journalism, and especially to organisations awarding these bodies. Stay safe and healthy. Until tomorrow, goodbye from takeapart.in