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Think tank punches holes in Swachh survey -Jayanta Basu

he allegations. According to the Swachh Bharat website, the survey covered 4,237 “cities”, went through 41 lakh photographs, obtained feedback from 64 lakh citizens and scoured 4 crore social media posts and messages. “Swachh Survekshan 2019 on-ground assessment was completed in a mere 28 days to ensure that the results were declared before the announcement of the election dates; while the 2018 survey was done in 66 days,&rdquo

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Women and the workplace -Radha Kumar

sexual harassment at the workplace and obstacles to women’s participation at all levels of the workforce, including political representation. The 2017-18 explosion of the #MeToo movement across social media uncovered countless cases of unreported sexual harassment and assault, first in the U.S. and then in India. In both countries, it led to the resignations or firing of dozens of prominent men, mostly politicians, actors and journalists. It

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Delhi Police files FIR in journalist Barkha Dutt harassment case

aik to initiate "speedy investigation" into the matter. The Cyber Cell of Delhi police Wednesday registered an FIR in connection with the alleged harassment of journalist Barkha Dutt on social media. Dutt had alleged that she was receiving threatening phone calls and obscene pictures. No arrests have been made so far in the case. On February 19, the National Commission for Women (NCW) had asked Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik

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social media's election plan: Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp want to bring transparency -Furquan Ameen

er, are notching up Twitter followers fast. Mayawati sent out her first tweet last month and now has collected 91,000 followers. The moves by Priyanka and Mayawati to take to Twitter underline how social media platforms are shaping up to be an even more important battleground for politicians this election than in the 2014 polls. No one knows how many votes are won or lost on Twitter or Facebook, but everyone concedes More »

How police in Delhi, UP scripted a social media success story -Mahender Singh Manral

-The Indian Express Since 2012, the ‘National Police Group’ on Telegram, which comprises only constables, head constables, assistant sub-inspectors, sub-inspectors and inspectors from 28 states, has helped crack several cases. New Delhi: Hours after former Bihar MLA Raju Singh absconded after allegedly shooting a woman at a New Year’s party in the Capital last month, a Delhi Police sub-inspector posted details of his car and a mobile tower location on a group on the Te

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Fake news could be injurious to health -Anoop Misra, Ambrish Mithal & Viswanathan Mohan

squo; to them. In India, the mantra of scientific data and evidence is often not the basis of beliefs. The attraction of alternative, unscientific treatment methods has been irresistible. Aided by social media, ‘cure-mongers’, ‘quacks’ and ‘diet gurus’ issue medical diktats. Some are confused, and others believe them. One hoax relates to chronic diseases such as diabetes. The lure of a complete cure is greater

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Maharashtra Farmers' Shattered Hopes in Onion Fields - Amey Tirodkar

e highest onion growing district, Nasik, has witnessed 18 farmers suicides within the first 20 days of 2019. Last week the photo of a farmer lying dead on the onion crop in his farm went viral on social media in Maharashtra, bringing the already deepening crisis of onion price into headlines again. Reactions started pouring in from all corners. The farmer was thirty-five years old Dnyaneshwar Shivankar, from Kandhare village of Nasik's Malegaon

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'Beware of fake news, it spreads fast'

rying to control the media, as government advertisement was one of the main revenue sources for them. Mr. Paranjoy Guha said fake news was spreading faster than facts with more people being active on social media platforms. He mentioned how the dates for Lok Sabha elections were circulated online though there has been no announcement by the officials concerned about the same. He said over 30 people died owing to fake news that was circulated on More »

Prisoners of memes, social media victims -Ashwaq Masoodi

motions. There was of course incomprehension, fear, and an unexplainable feeling of guilt for an unknown crime. But the sheen of innocence held steady, at least in their mind. It was after all just a social media post, or comment, or argument. Trouble has a strange way of announcing its arrival that makes one sit up and take notice—a knock on the door at 3 am; men in jackboots rummaging through the house without permission; a couple of police

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On Friday, farmers groups from across India will march to Parliament. Here is how they mobilised in a year -Kunal Talgeri

ut any positive outcome. They felt a need for a united platform at least on the points we agree on,” Kuruganti says. It is a movement that has grown nationally in no small measure because of social media, Kuruganti says. “Farmer movements had weakened after the 1980s,” she explains. “They had become localised with numerous factions emerging even in large farmer organisations.” The AIKSCC’s working group compri

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