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BJP poll manifesto promises free laptops, two-wheelers, TVs

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Patna: In the poll manifesto by BJP released on Thursday, it promised to distribute free laptops to students, two-wheelers to girls and colour TVs to Dalits and Mahadalits which it said will eliminate Bihar’s backwardness.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll manifesto – vision document – for the upcoming assembly elections. The party also promised to give dhotis and sarees if it won the polls.

“BJP’s vision document is part of our plan to get Bihar rid of backwardness,” Jaitley told reporters here. Other senior party members were also present at the event.

Bhupender Yadav, in charge of the party’s affairs in Bihar, said: “Jaitley released the vision document a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Banka.”

He said the manifesto focuses on women and Dalits’ empowerment, education, jobs for youth, and health and infrastructure development issues.

He said the BJP’s main poll plank is development in Bihar and the document entails the party’s vision for the state for the next five years if it wins.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in his poll manifesto, spoke of a seven-point agenda to develop Bihar. This included free Wi-Fi in colleges and university campuses, a student credit card scheme for loans to pursue higher and professional education, and an unemployment allowance.

The manifesto also promised electricity and toilets in every home.

(With inputs from IANS)

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BJP’s stand on the issue of ‘Triple Talaq’ has made the party popular among Muslim women: Minister

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Narendra Modi at the BJP meeting. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi, April 20, 2017: Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stand on the issue of ‘triple talaq’ has made the party popular among Muslim women.

Goel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “far sighted vision for the development of the nation” has appealed to every section of the society, according to a statement issued by the minister’s office.

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“BJP’s stand on the issue of triple talaq has made them popular among Muslim women, who have suffered a lot due to this practice. In the Uttar Pradesh elections, our Muslim sisters had extended support to the BJP and broke the myth that Muslims don’t vote for BJP,” Goel said in the statement.

He further said that the party was committed to work for the upliftment of Muslims and resolve their issues constitutionally.

As per the release, Muslim women took part in the BJP rally on Thursday that started from Turkman Gate here. (IANS)

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US National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Pakistan’s mobile networks: WikiLeaks

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FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange participates via video link in a news conference marking the 10th anniversary of the anti-secrecy group in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 4, 2016. VOA

Islamabad, April 11, 2017: The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Pakistan’s mobile networks, whistleblowing organisation WikiLeaks has tweeted.

“Hundreds of NSA cyber weapons variants publicly released including code showing hacking of Pakistan mobile system,” @wikileaks tweeted.

According to a report in Express Tribune on Monday, the hacker group “Shadow Brokers” released a new cache of information detailing how the NSA accessed private and public networks in other countries.

A researcher on Twitter who identifies himself as ‘x0rz’ decrypted the files and uploaded them on Github, a web-based repository and internet hosting service.

“The researcher confirmed that the archives include evidence of NSA operators’ access inside the GSM network of Mobilink — one of the Pakistan’s most popular mobile services provider,” the report noted.

The hacker group had previously released data suggesting the US agency may have been monitoring hundreds of IP addresses in Pakistan. The encrypted files were being decrypted by security researchers around the world.

“Shadow Brokers” had initially wanted to auction its data cache in exchange for Bitcoin but as no buyer turned up, they released the data online.

This is not the first time that reports have surfaced claiming that the US NSA is snooping on other countries.

According to a Daily Mail report in 2014, WikiLeaks disclosed documents that suggested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was among six political parties from around the world the NSA was authorised to conduct surveillance on for gathering foreign intelligence. The authorisation was given by a secret American court, it said.

The leak was planned months ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, the report claimed.

Another report in the Washington Post that also came in 2014 said the US has long had broad no-spying arrangements with four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — in a group known collectively as the “Five Eyes”.

“But a classified 2010 legal certification — approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and included among a set of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — lists 193 countries [including India], that would be of valid interest for US intelligence,” the Post said. (IANS)

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7 Illegal Slaughterhouses flourishing in Bihar sealed on Saturday

he state government is also likely to take further action against illegal slaughterhouses in coming days in line with the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath

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Patna, April 1, 2017: A week after the opposition BJP demanded that illegal slaughterhouses flourishing in Bihar should be closed, seven of them were sealed in Rohtas district on Saturday, officials said.

The district administration bordering Uttar Pradesh, sealed the illegal slaughterhouses running for years, following clearance of action against them from the top brass in Patna, an official said.

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The state government is also likely to take further action against illegal slaughterhouses in coming days in line with the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath, the official said.

District officials in Rohtas said action against the slaughterhouses was taken after a directive from the Patna High Court that they be sealed within six weeks. The licenses of these slaughterhouses expired on Friday.

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Leader of Opposition Prem Kumar had raised the issue of illegal slaughterhouses in the state assembly last week demanding their immediate closure in Bihar.

He also said that licences of all slaughterhouses should be cancelled adding that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was keen on making Bihar beef-free to ensure protection of cows. “Bihar should ban beef in line with Maharashtra,” he said.

According to officials, cow slaughter is banned in Bihar as per a 1955 law. But the trade continues unabated due to a flaw in the law that permits killing of cow, buffalo or bull more than 15 years old or diseased.

The violation of this provision invites a maximum jail term of six months and a fine of Rs 1,000. (IANS)