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India-Pakistan joint statement is not breakthrough but ‘break our bones’: Salman Khurshid


New Delhi: The Congress on Friday said the India-Pakistan joint statement in the Russian city of Ufa was not a “breakthrough” between India and Pakistan.

“So-called joint statement with Pakistan is not ‘breakthrough’ but ‘break our bones’,” said senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid here at a press conference here.

Khurshid also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has failed the country with respect to Jammu and Kashmir and foreign policy.

“The BJP does not have any policy vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir. It is highly unfortunate that prime minister is in Jammu and Pakistan and ISIS flags are raised in Srinagar,” Khurshid said.

“We also tried peace initiatives with Pakistan, but our experience tells us not to trust Pakistan,” he added.


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Facebook to Bring Specific Tools to Boost Election Engagement

Both the new tools are being made available in 12 local languages across India

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

Social-networking site Facebook on Tuesday launched two new India-specific tools — “Candidate Connect” and “Share You Voted” — to boost civic engagement on its platform during the general elections that commence in April.

While “Candidate Connect” will help people learn more about candidates, the “Share You Voted” will provide people with polling information and enable them to announce and celebrate their vote, the company said in a statement.

“We have more than tripled the team working on safety and security to 30,000 people, introduced unprecedented transparency requirements for political advertising, improved our ability to detect and remove fake accounts and stepped up our efforts to fight false news and misinformation,” said Samidh Chakrabarti, Director, Product Management for Civic Integrity, Facebook.

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A photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York, Feb. 19, 2014. VOA

Starting next week, voters in India, either through a bookmark in their settings, or through a message in their News Feed would be able to watch 20-second videos of candidates contesting from their respective constituencies.

The company said that the questions included in “Candidate Connect” are outcomes of locally conducted consumer research programmes.

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“We aim to better equip our users as they look forward to participating in the political process of the country,” Chakrabarti further added.

Both the new tools are being made available in 12 local languages across India. (IANS)