FACEBOOK CEO ZUCKEBERG CITED KAPIL MISHRA’S ‘DELHI RIOTS THREAT’ AS EXAMPLE OF HATE SPEECH

Sat 06 June 2020: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckeberg’s reference to the threat issued by Delhi BJP leader  Kapil Mishra against anti-government protesters as an example of hate speech that incites violence is likely to revive the debate over the Delhi Police’s refusal to act against ruling party politicians for their role in the communal disturbances […]

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BANGLADESH WINS UN PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD 2020

Sat 06 June 2020: Bangladesh on Friday won the 2020 UN Public Service Award in the category of “developing a transparent and accountable public service” for its e-mutation initiative to digitize the processing of land rights records.  The initiative was “an outstanding achievement” that “demonstrated excellence in serving the public interest,” Liu Zhenmin, the UN […]

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PREGNANT ELEPHANT’S DEATH IN INDIA TRIGGERS ‘HATE CAMPAIGN’ AGAINST MUSLIMS

Fri 05 June 2020: The tragic death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala after she ate a pineapple laden with firecrackers has sparked massive outrage across the country. But it did not take long for the rabid online Hindutva brigade to communalise the horrendous incident and falsely blame Muslims for it. The incident, which took […]

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INDIA’S DEFENCE SECRETARY TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Thu 04 June 2020: Defence secretary Ajay Kumar has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the highest ranking Central government official to be infected with the SARS-CoV2 virus, well-placed sources told The Wire on Wednesday. The Wire has also learned that two key officials quarter-backing the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis – Dr Balram Bhargava, head of […]

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INDIA’S CORONAVIRUS CASES SURPASS 200,000, ‘FAR AWAY FROM THE PEAK’

Wed 03 June 2020: (Reuters) India’s coronavirus infections crossed 200,000, the health ministry said on Wednesday, and a peak could still be weeks away in the world’s second most populous country. Cases jumped by 8,909 over the previous day in one of the highest single-day spikes, taking the tally to 207,615. Six other nations, from […]

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STUDENTS IN MASKS RETURN TO SCHOOLS AS SINGAPORE EASES RESTRICTIONS

Tue 02 June 2020: Pupils wearing face masks returned to school in Singapore on Tuesday and some workplaces re-opened as coronavirus restrictions were eased in the hard-hit city-state. Singapore initially kept infections low through a strict regime of testing and contact-tracing, only for major outbreaks to emerge from crowded dormitories housing low-paid foreign workers. The country has […]

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ASIA’S FACTORY PAIN WORSENS AS CHINA’S RECOVERY FAILS TO LIFT DEMAND

Mon 01 June 2020: (Reuters) Asia’s factory pain deepened in May as the slump in global trade caused by the coronavirus pandemic worsened, with export powerhouses Japan and South Korea suffering the sharpest declines in business activity in more than a decade. A series of manufacturing surveys released on Monday suggest any rebound in businesses […]

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INDIA EXPELS TWO PAKISTANI OFFICIALS FOR ‘ESPIONAGE’

Sun 31 May 2020: (Reuters) – India on Sunday expelled two officials working at the Pakistan embassy in New Delhi after they were held for espionage, the foreign ministry said in a statement. “Two (Pakistani) officials were apprehended on Sunday by Indian law enforcement,” the ministry said, adding that the Indian government had declared them […]

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