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Two blasts in Pune, one dead, three wounded

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Pune: One person was killed and three were injured in two blasts here in Maharashtra on Tuesday, but there was no terror angle to the incidents, police said. In the first incident in Maralnagar in Kondhwa, some old ammunition suddenly exploded when labourers in a scrapyard were weighing it. The blast created a seven-inch-deep crater in the premises and one labourer took the impact on his chest, killing him instantly. He was identified as Aslam N. Choudhary, 20, originally from Uttar Pradesh, and the two injured as Asim M. Choudhary, 60 and Ismail M. Choudhary, 18. Police found another live explosive in the scrapyard which has been sent for analysis.

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In the second and bizarre incident, a man allegedly attempted to kill another by planting a low-intensity explosive device on the latter’s motorcycle, said Assistant Sub-Inspector Gautam Makhre of Pune rural control room. “The accused Panduran A. Jadhav had some dispute with Devidas B. Kale, and planted a gelatin explosive with a detonator on Kale’s motorcycle. When Kale started his bike, it exploded, injuring him grievously. He has been admitted to a hospital,” Makhre said. Police found remnants of gelatin and detonators from the bike, which was destroyed in the blast. Jadhav has been arrested for the murder attempt. Top police officials are investigating both the blasts. The city was rocked by the infamous German Bakery blast on February 13, 2011, that killed 17 people including many foreigners. It was followed by four serial blasts on August 1, 2012 on the Junglee Maharaj Road which left many people injured.

(IANS)

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Facebook Alerts People to Vote on Maharashtra, Haryana Poll Day

Google has also introduced a series of steps to urge the netizens and first-time users in the country to register to vote in the country

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Facebook on Monday activated its election notification feature for India, requesting people to go out and vote for their candidates in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls and post that they have voted.

Voting started in Maharashtra for the 288-Assembly constituencies, while over 1.83 crore voters in BJP-ruled Haryana are to cast their votes to elect the 90-member legislative Assembly.

Facebook began sending notifications from the morning to its over 300 million users in India, saying “get information about voting and share that you’ve voted.”

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The social networking giant in April joined other social media companies in a voluntary code of ethics for the elections with the Election Commission of India (ECI).

It included measures like a dedicated communications channel for notice and take down after receiving valid legal order, processing of valid requests in the blackout period ahead of voting and voter education efforts.

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“Facebook recently launched two new products in India to help people learn about issues they care about and engage with candidates and elected officials in meaningful ways,” Facebook India Vice President and Managing Director Ajit Mohan said in a blog post.

“Candidate Connect” is designed to give voters accurate information and help people learn more about different candidates.

“Share You Voted” lets people share with friends that they’ve cast their ballots in the elections.

“The products have been customised, based on what we’ve learned from local research, including the community’s desire to hear directly from their candidates,” said Mohan.

Google has also introduced a series of steps to urge the netizens and first-time users in the country to register to vote in the country. (IANS)