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By Ishan Kukreti

The current NDA government is drawing fire from many quarters. After students, former military men are protesting against the government for delaying the one rank one pension scheme. The erstwhile soldiers have gone on an indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar since Monday.

Ex Major-General Satbir Singh, convener of the protest said that the government had not contacted the protesters. He added, “In case the hunger strike doesn’t work, we will march to Bihar around the election time and tell people about the government’s stand on the issue.”

The current pension scheme had major flaws which led the government to come up with one rank one pension scheme. Ex Group Captain, V.K. Gandhi explains, “The present scheme is very faulty. Right now, the junior ranks get more pension than the higher ranks in many cases. Those who have retired before 1996 receive less than those who retired after that year, irrespective of their ranks.”

Although the scheme was approved on June 1, 2014 and a budgetary allotment of Rs. 8000 Cr has allegedly been made, no further steps have been taken so far.

“Soldiers are here to take bullets for the country while the politicians relax and enjoy life. Why do they raise slogans like “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” when both are treated like this in our country,” said a highly disgruntled member of the gathering.

 

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Facebook Asks Political Ad Buyers In UK To Reveal Their Identity

While the vast majority of ads on Facebook are run by legitimate organizations, we know that there are bad actors that try to misuse our platform,” Facebook said in a statement.

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A protester wearing a mask with the face of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is flanked by two fellow activists wearing angry face emoji masks, during a protest against Facebook policies, in London, Britain (From archives) VOA

Facebook says that anyone who takes out a British political ad on the social media platform will now be forced to reveal their identity, in a bid to increase transparency and curb misinformation.

The company said Tuesday that it will also require disclaimers for any British political advertisements. All the data on the ad buyers will be archived for seven years in a publicly accessible database.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at a Facebook developers conference in San Jose, California. VOA

Facebook is already applying a similar system in the United States, which is holding midterm elections this year.

British lawmakers have called for greater oversight of social media companies and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age.

A House of Commons report this year said democracy is facing a crisis because data analysis and social media allow campaigns to target voters with messages of hate without their consent.

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This photo shows the app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

“While the vast majority of ads on Facebook are run by legitimate organizations, we know that there are bad actors that try to misuse our platform,” Facebook said in a statement. “By having people verify who they are, we believe it will help prevent abuse.”

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Facebook said it’s up against “smart and well-funded adversaries who change their tactics as we spot abuse,” but it believes that increased transparency is good for democracy and the electoral process. (VOA)

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