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Naypyidaw: Myanmar is set to collaborate with social networking giant Facebook to remove any posts that may incite violence during the Nov 8 general elections, a media report said on Tuesday.

The country is set to go to the polls on November Due to an increase in Facebook and mobile phone users across the country, authorities said they are concerned some netizens may use the medium to spread inaccurate information in the run-up to the elections as soon as campaigning starts next month, Channel News Asia reported.

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“We had the communal violence in 2012 and 2013. After that, we had our first co-operation with Facebook. That is why we try to apply the same co-operation in the election period, not to control the freedom of information but try to prevent the hate speech and other inciting of violence or communal violence during the election campaign,” Information Minister Ye Htut said.

Myanmar’s mobile phone penetration rate between March 2014 and the same period this year nearly doubled to 55 per cent, especially with the entry of two foreign players, Telenor and Ooredoo, according to the government and private telecom providers. With the number of users on the rise, the government said it is apparent that information could spread faster, increasing rumour-monger during the campaigning period.

As a result, Myanmar’s civil society is implementing election-monitoring programmes to counter any false information that may spread during the campaign. However, with an estimated five million Facebook users in present-day Myanmar, it is almost impossible to track the flow of content thoroughly.

(IANS)

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No proposal to scrap Article 370: Centre

The Central government has no proposal to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir

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The Central government has no proposal to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution: Hansraj Gangaram Ahir

The Central government has no proposal to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on Tuesday.

Responding to a written question in the Lok Sabha, Ahir said: “There is currently no such proposal under consideration of the government.”

Any new law initiated by the government should be in accordance with the constitution. Wikimedia Commons
No plan to scrap article 370. Wikimedia Commons

The article, added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, accords special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and empowers its legislature to frame any law without attracting a legal challenge.

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The provision prohibits all Indians — except people from Jammu and Kashmir — from purchasing immovable property in the state, getting government jobs and availing state-sponsored scholarship schemes. IANS

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