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Ashim Dasgupta criticises administration for inaction

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By Arnab Mitra

The Bidhannagar municipal election turned into a virtual battlefield since morning with several incidents of booth capturing, rigging, brick batting and hurling bombs reported from Karunamoyee, Baishakhi and several other places of Bidhannagar.

Former finance minister and Karunamoyee candidate Ashim Dasgupta said their agents were beaten at various places in Karunamoyee.

CPI (M) agent Amit Ghosh received a severe head injury and was admitted to a nearby hospital.

“We contacted the State Election Commission as well as the police several times. But every such attempt went futile as the police acted as Trinamool cadre. However we will fight till the end. It’s the people who will win in the end, not the hooligans,” said Dasgupta to the media.

An ABP reporter was manhandled by the TMCP goons in Rajarhat.

This is surely not the kind of change people are voting for.

 

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A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate.

The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it.

The response to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 8 speech on border security illustrated how fact-checking is likely to be an issue over the next two years. Networks briefly considered not airing Trump live and several analysts contested some of his statements afterward, but nobody questioned him while he was speaking.

Duke already offers an app, developed by professor and Politifact founder Bill Adair, that directs users to online fact checks during political events. A similar product has been tested for television, but is still not complete.

The TV product would call on a database of research from Politifact, Factcheck.org and The Washington Post to point out false or misleading statements onscreen. For instance, Trump’s statement that 90 percent of the heroin that kills 300 Americans each week