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Jaipur: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that his party will under no circumstances allow the passage of the land acquisition bill in parliament.
“We (Congress) will not allow the government to acquire even an inch of land of the farmers and won’t let the land acquisition bill to be passed in parliament,” he told a Congress convention here.
Parliament’s monsoon session is set to begin on Tuesday.
It was the second straight day in Rajasthan that Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
“For the first time we have a government which is helping the opposition by giving them issue after issue,” he said.
And targeting Modi, he said: “People, especially the poor and the farmers, will turn the 56-inch chest into 5.6 inches in six months… You just watch.”
Gandhi denounced Vasundhara Raje on the issue of former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who he said remote-controlled the Rajasthan government.
“Over 100 years ago there was a remote in London that used to control the government here,” he said, in an obvious reference to the British Raj. “Now again a government here is controlled by remote from London.”
Gandhi added: “It’s not Vasundhara Raje’s or BJP’s government in Rajasthan. It’s Lalit Modi’s government.
“They (Raje and Modi) are business partners. She broke the law of this country, helped a wanted fugitive.
“Scams and issues are everywhere in Madhya Pradesh. It’s Vyapam (in Madhya Pradesh) and it’s Munde in Maharasthra.
“Why is the PM silent, the senior Modi? Bring him (Lalit Modi) back. But after becoming PM, he has forgotten all this,” Gandhi said.
Praising the previous Congress government in Rajasthan led by Ashok Gehlot, Gandhi said it provided free medicine to everyone while the present BJP government in the state was closing down hospitals.
On Thursday, Gandhi met farmers and other public representatives in Hanumangarh district, over 400 km from here, and told them that his party was firmly standing by them.
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook critics pounced Wednesday on a report that the social network plans to rename itself, arguing it may be seeking to distract from recent scandals and controversy.
The report from tech news website The Verge, which Facebook refused to confirm, said the embattled company was aiming to show its ambition to be more than a social media site.
But an activist group calling itself The Real Facebook Oversight Board warned that major industries like oil and tobacco had rebranded to "deflect attention" from their problems.
"Facebook thinks that a rebrand can help them change the subject," said the group's statement, adding the real issue was the need for oversight and regulation.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told AFP: "We don't have any comment and aren't confirming The Verge's report."
The Verge cited an unnamed source noting the name would reflect Facebook's efforts to build the "metaverse," a virtual reality version of the internet that the tech giant sees as the future.
Facebook on Monday announced plans to hire 10,000 people in the European Union to build the metaverse, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg emerging as a leading promoter of the concept.
The announcement comes as Facebook grapples with the fallout of a damaging scandal, major outages of its services and rising calls for regulation to curb its vast influence.
The company has faced a storm of criticism over the past month after former employee Frances Haugen leaked internal studies showing Facebook knew its sites could be harmful to young people's mental health.
The Washington Post last month suggested that Facebook's interest in the metaverse is "part of a broader push to rehabilitate the company's reputation with policymakers and reposition Facebook to shape the regulation of next-wave internet technologies."
Silicon Valley analyst Benedict Evans argued a rebranding would ignore fundamental problems with the platform.
"If you give a broken product a new name, people will quite quickly work out that this new brand has the same problems," he tweeted.
"A better 'rebrand' approach is generally to fix the problem first and then create a new brand reflecting the new experience," he added.
Google rebranded itself as Alphabet in a corporate reconfiguration in 2015, but the online search and ad powerhouse remains its defining unit despite other operations such as Waymo self-driving cars and Verily life sciences. (VOA/RN)
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The website for the DSS (https://ews.tropmet.res.in/dss/) is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.
These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.
The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.
Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.
Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."
The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.
"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences