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After Monday's poetry slam, Rahul Gandhi asks Rajnath Singh if China has occupied Indian territory in Ladakh

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, a day after Rajnath took a dig at the Congress scion over his criticism of Home Minister Amit Shah.

On Tuesday, Rahul tweeted, “Once RM is done commenting on the hand symbol, can he answer: Have the Chinese occupied Indian territory in Ladakh?”

Rahul Gandhi

Once RM is done commenting on the hand symbol, can he answer: 

Have the Chinese occupied Indian territory in Ladakh?

7:54 PM - Jun 8, 2020
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Rajnath on Monday responded to Rahul’s poetic jibe at Shah. Shah, who had a virtual rally on Sunday, said surgical and air strikes after the terror attacks in Uri and Pulwama showed that India's defence policy was strong and the country knows how to protect its borders.

In response, Rahul Gandhi, improvising legendary Urdu-Persian poet Mirza Ghalib's creation, tweeted, about the India-China standoff in Ladakh without referring to it.

"Everyone knows the reality of 'Seema' (Border) but to keep the heart happy, 'Shah-yad' it is a good idea," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi

सब को मालूम है ‘सीमा’ की हक़ीक़त लेकिन,
दिल के ख़ुश रखने को, ‘शाह-यद’ ये ख़्याल अच्छा है। …


India's defence policy has gained global acceptance. The whole world agrees that after USA & Israel if there is any other country that is able to protect its borders, it is India: Home Minister Amit Shah

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In response, Singh tweeted "When there is a pain in the hand then get treatment, but what should one do when the hand is the pain itself," he tweeted, with an obvious jibe to the Congress' symbol - the hand.

Rajnath Singh

मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब का ही शेर थोड़ा अलग अन्दाज़ में है। ‘

‘हाथ’ में दर्द हो तो दवा कीजै,
‘हाथ’ ही जब दर्द हो तो क्या कीजै.. …

Rahul Gandhi

सब को मालूम है ‘सीमा’ की हक़ीक़त लेकिन,
दिल के ख़ुश रखने को, ‘शाह-यद’ ये ख़्याल अच्छा है। …

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Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday said that India and China have agreed to "peacefully resolve" the standoff in Ladakh in accordance with various bilateral agreements. The Ministry stressed that military and diplomatic dialogue will continue to resolve the situation in eastern Ladakh.

"The two sides will continue the military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas," the Ministry said in a statement.

The statement was based on deliberations held during a meeting on Saturday between military delegates of both the countries in the Chushul-Moldo region. While the Indian team was headed by Leh-based 14 Corps Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and the Chinese side was led by Major General Liu Lin, Commander of South Xinjiang Military Region.

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LOC; fire exchanged between both sides

For the third time in as many days, Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Mankote Sector of Poonch district.

The violation started at 6.30 am and both sides have exchanged fire.

Pakistan resorted to intense, unprovoked mortar shelling and firing on Tuesday on the line of control (LoC) to violate ceasefire in J&K's Poonch district.

Colonel Devender Anand said, "At about 6.30 a.m. today Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector of Poonch district.

"Indian army is retaliating befittingly," he added.

This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistan in less than 12 hours.

Yesterday, around 7.45 p.m. Pakistan used intense shelling with mortars to violate ceasefire in Khari Karmara sector of Poonch district.

Bilateral firing exchanges are now going on between the two sides in Mankote sector as locals remain huddled with fear inside their homes because shells fired from across the LoC often result in civilian casualties and damage to their homes and agricultural fields.

Yesterday, army's disposal squad defused two unexploded 122-mm mortar shells fired by Pakistan in Balakote sector thereby preventing a tragedy that could have resulted in civilian casualties.

North Korea to cut all communication channels with South Korea; says more steps in the pipeline to make Seoul 'suffer'

North Korea said Tuesday it'll cut off all communication channels with South Korea as it escalates its pressure on the South for failing to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.

The North's Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday it will be "the first step of the determination to completely shut down all contact means with South Korea and get rid of unnecessary things." KNCA says all cross-border communication lines will be cut off at Tuesday noon.

"The South Korean authorities connived at the hostile acts against (North Korea) by the riff-raff, while trying to dodge heavy responsibility with nasty excuses," KCNA said.

In recent days, North Korea has increasingly expressed its anger over the leafleting by threatening to permanently shut down a liaison office with South Korea and a jointly run factory park, as well as nullify a 2018 inter-Korean tension-reduction agreement.

The North Korean threats came amid a prolonged deadlock in its broader nuclear diplomacy with the United States, which has subsequently led to the straining of inter-Korean ties.

South Korea has no immediate response to the North Korean announcement. But it has recently said it would push for new legal steps to ban activists from launching leaflets in an attempt to save faltering ties with North Korea. But the North has countered the South Korean response lacks sincerity.

The leafleting has been a long-running source of tensions between the two Koreas.

In recent years, North Korean defectors and conservative activists have floated huge balloons carrying leaflets criticising North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over his nuclear ambitions and abysmal human rights record.

The North, which bristles at any outside attempt to undermine the Kim leadership, has often made a furious response to the South Korean government.

South Korea has typically let activists launch such balloons, citing their rights to exercise freedom of speech, but it sometimes sent police officers to stop them from floating leaflets in times of tensions with North Korea.


George Floyd murder and protests: US President Donald Trump rules out defunding, dismantling of police depts

US President Donald Trump has ruled out defunding or dismantling the police departments in the American cities, saying members of the force risk their own lives to protect others.

Trump's remark came on Monday amidst the growing demand from a section of the Americans to defund the police in the aftermath of the custodial death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

"We won't be defunding our police, we won't be dismantling our police. We won't be disbanding our police, we won't be ending our police force in a city. I guess you might have some cities that want to try but it's going to be a very sad situation if they did because people are going to be protected," Trump said during a White House round table with the law enforcement officials from across the country.

Floyd, the 46-year-old victim from Houston, was handcuffed and pinned to the ground by the white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath on May 25 in Minneapolis.

Floyd's death triggered nationwide violent protests with a section of the protesters resorting to looting and rioting across the country, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

In Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with the second-degree murder without intent, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, made his first court appearance.

The court set him a bail of USD 1 million. The Democrats, opponents of President Trump and rights bodies have started demanding that the police be defunded in the wake of series of killings of African-Americans in the country.

Trump outrightly rejected any such move.

"These people do a tremendous job of protecting citizens of our country. ..But whether they were paid or not, that's what they do. ..They protect people, risk their own lives for people they've never seen before, people in many cases they don't know," he said.

Referring to the decline in crime rates as shown in the latest statistics, Trump said that the Police has done a fantastic job.

"We have among the best numbers we've ever had in terms of recorded history certainly, but this has been a very strong year for less crime-let's put it that way-less crime; and there's a reason for less crime, that's because we have great law enforcement," Trump said, as he rejected the demands being made by his political opponents and rights bodies.

"I am very proud of them. There won't be defunding, there won't be dismantling of our police and there are not going to be in the disbanding of our police. Our police have been letting us live in peace and we want to make sure we don't have any bad actors in there," Trump said.

Earlier, the White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the President is appalled by the "Defund the Police" movement.

"The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defund the police -- notably Rashida Tlaib; notably Biden advisor AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; former Clinton and Eric Holder spokesperson Brian Fallon wanting to defund our police across this country -- it is extraordinary," she said in response to a question.


George Floyd death: After backlash, Mark Zuckerberg assures review of content policies; Facebook deletes Trump campaign video

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday tried to address growing unrest among the employees over the poor handling of controversial posts by US President Donald Trump, saying the company has started a workstream for building products to advance racial justice.

Several current and former Facebook employees have criticized Zuckerberg's inaction over controversial posts from the US President on glorifying violence, calling him to start fact-checking world leaders and labeling harmful posts.

In a memo, the Facebook CEO said that he believes his platforms would help "overcome racial injustice in America and around the world".

"I stand with you. Your lives matter. Black lives matter," he stressed.

The memo comes at a time when Facebook employees have slammed Zuckerberg for not taking action on posts by Trump in the wake of the death of African-American George Floyd. There have been some resignations too at the company over his inaction.

"I know many of you think we should have labeled the President's posts in some way last week. Our current policy is that if content is actually inciting violence, then the right mitigation is to take that content down -- not let people continue seeing it behind a flag," Zuckerberg said, adding that there is no exception to this policy for politicians or newsworthiness.

In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said, " As we continue to process this difficult moment, I want to acknowledge the real pain expressed by members of our community. I also want to acknowledge that the decision I made last week has left many of you angry, disappointed and hurt. So I am especially grateful that, despite your heartfelt disagreement, you remain focused on taking positive steps to move forward. That can't be easy, so I just want to say I hear you and I'm grateful."

While Twitter put out a "public interest notice" on Trump tweet for violating the platform's policies about glorifying violence, Facebook refused to take action when the tweet was cross-posted to its platform.

He said that the company is also going to review its existing policies, including how its treats content dealing with the use of police or state force and treats content in countries where there is civil unrest or violent conflicts.

"We're going to review our policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force to see if there are any amendments we should adopt," he said, adding that given the sensitive history in the US, "this deserves special consideration".

"We already have precedents for imposing greater restrictions during emergencies and when countries are in ongoing states of conflict, so there may be additional policies or integrity measures to consider around discussion or threats of state use of force when a country is in this state," he noted.

Zuckerberg mentioned that the company is going to review its policies around voter suppression to make sure it is taking into account the realities of voting in the midst of a pandemic.

Additionally, he said Facebook is going to work on establishing a clearer and more transparent decision-making process.

"More broadly, we're going to review whether we need to change anything structurally to make sure the right groups and voices are at the table -- not only when decisions affecting a certain group are being made," Zuckerberg said.

Is Dawood Ibrahim dead? Twitter full of jokes about terrorist dying of coronavirus

On Saturday, rumours of notorious international criminal Dawood Ibrahim dying due to coronavirus in Karachi, Pakistan led to a meme fest and a lot of ROFL moments on Twitter. It first started when news channel, NewsX, quoted a source saying Dawood Ibrahim had passed away due to COVID-19 in Karachi.

While there is no clarity yet whether that is true or not, it is not the first time that Dawood has been claimed to be dead by numerous unverified sources over the years.

And, when the news surfaced on Saturday, netizens took to Twitter turning the micro-blogging site into a gold mine of laugh-out-loud jokes and note-worthy memes.

Here's what netizens had to say:

Bill gates works on a vaccine for a disease only if Dawood Ibrahim has died of it. …

Dawood Ibrahim has died more number of times than Karan Johar has dyed.

11:08 PM - Jun 5, 2020
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Dawood Ibrahim has caught Coronavirus. This was the first 
time the words “Dawood” and “caught” were used in the same sentence.

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PM Sai Prasad????????
Who did this? ????#DawoodIbrahim

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Tech YouTuber ????‍???? (AyushGulloo)
FACT :- Dawood Ibrahim has Died More number of Times than LOKI DIES!!

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Nishu ????
Badhai ho, dawood ek baar fir mar gaya !!
????????????????????????????????#DawoodIbrahim #CoronaVirus …


#BreakingNews | Dawood Ibrahim dies of COVID-19 in Karachi: Sources

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Hulk ????
After news of Dawood ibrahim dies due to corona.. 

Le Bollywood Bhand --

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Recently, intelligence agencies reported that India's most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19 and were admitted in Army Hospital, Karachi. The reports also revealed that his personal staff and guards have been quarantined. Dawood's brother, Anees Ibrahim, who controls D-company's underworld operations and finances, denied the reports.

Speaking from undisclosed location over phone, Anees told IANS that though coronavirus is a dreaded epidemic, his brother Dawood and the entire family was not affected by it and are quarantining at their home. In a rare conversation, the mafia also admitted to running business in UAE and Pakistan.

Dawood, responsible for several cases of cross border crimes including the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is believed to be in Karachi. For years, Islamabad has repeatedly denied Dawood and his family's presence in Pakistan.

Did Jyotiraditya Scindia even change his Twitter bio? Here's what we know so far

On Saturday morning, rumours were doing the rounds that former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP on Holi this year, had removed the word ‘BJP’ from his Twitter bio. A few news sites covered the rumour, adding further fuel to the fire.

People on social media lost the plot after the supposed bio change, and began trolling Scindia for ‘quitting the BJP so quickly’.

The rumours began after reports that two of Scindia’s close aides left the BJP on Friday and returned to the Congress. Both aides – Balendu Shukla and Satyendra Yadav – told Deccan Herald that Scindia was ‘feeling suffocated’ in the BJP and it would not be long before he returned to the Congress fold.

Ravinder Kapur
Jabalpur MP Congress leader Satyendar Yadav who had joined BJP , returns back to the congress 
He further says Jyotiraditya Scindia may also return

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However, while there will be speculation until Scindia makes a statement, it is to be noted that he never changed his Twitter bio. While he did change his profile picture when he moved from the Congress to the BJP, Scindia’s bio has since October 2019 read ‘Public Servant, Cricket Enthusiast’.

This is how Twitter has reacted to the rumour

pallavi ghosh

@JM_Scindia never had a bjp handle tagged to his name - public servant and cricket enthusiast is his tag line - sources say the bjp dupatta he wears in his DP says it -

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AmAn PanDey
Scindia Never added BJP in his BIO..

Stop tweeting Fake Stuff!#JyotiradityaScindia

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Shubhanshu Shukla
#JyotiradityaScindia never added Member of BJP or sentence related to his membership in BJP. I have uploaded two images to show the proof of this archive machine.
1. When he came to BJP    2. When he was in Congress@JM_Scindia @BJP4India

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Further, in a recent interview with The Economic Times, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that Scindia’s addition to the party would hold well for the BJP in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh byepolls. Calling Scindia an energetic, dedicated, and decisive leader, Chauhan added that Scindia’s reach especially in the stretch between Chambal and Gwalior would give the ruling BJP government a boost.

FIR registered against journalist Vinod Dua on complaint of BJP spokesperson Naveen Kumar

New Delhi: Delhi police on Friday said they have registered an FIR against senior journalist Vinod Dua for allegedly "making statements conducing to public mischief" on the complaint of BJP spokesperson Naveen Kumar.

In his complaint to the Crime Branch, Kumar accused Dua of "spreading fake news" through "The Vinod Dua Show" on YouTube. Dua said, "I have not yet been contacted by the police. I cannot react to it at this point." Dua was also accused by Kumar of "misreporting" on the Delhi communal violence and stating that the "central government had done nothing to stop the violence".

Kumar has alleged that Dua had called the prime minister "toothless". "The journalist Mr Vinod Dua has blatantly lied or has misinformed his viewers about the series of events. There are also a series of old instances where bizarre and unfounded allegations have been made against the government, police and political leaders. The reporting's full of false content misleading context...(sic)" Kumar said in his complaint.

A case has been registered under IPC sections 290 (punishment for public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) and 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes), police said.


India's COVID-19 cases rise to 2.36 lakh, surpasses Italy

New Delhi: With the biggest-ever jump of 9,887 new cases and 294 deaths in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 2,36,657 on Saturday, a Health Ministry data revealed. The country has now overtaken Italy, which has recorded 2,34,531 cases.

The surge comes amid the first phase of unlock after a two-month shutdown even as the government plans to open religious places from next week. Of the total cases, 1,15942 are active, and 1,14,072 have recovered, while 6,642 lost the battle against the pandemic so far.

The worst hit state continues to be Maharashtra with a total of 80,229 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 28,694, Delhi with 26,334 cases and Gujarat with 19,094. The national capital after Maharashtra (42,224) reported the most number of active cases at 15,311. In Tamil Nadu there are 12,700 active cases while in Gujarat the number is 4,901.


Globally, the total number of global coronavirus has increased to over 6.7 million, while the death toll has topped 3,94,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 67,31,824, while the death toll increased to 3,94,787, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 18,97,239 confirmed cases and 1,09,127 deaths, the US currently accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world, according to the CSSE. In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 6,14,941 infections.

This was followed by Russia (4,49,256), the UK (2,84,734), Spain (2,40,978), India (2,36,184), Italy (2,34,531), France (1,90,180), Peru (1,87,400), Germany (1,84,924), Turkey (1,68,340), Iran (1,67,156), Chile (1,22,499) and Mexico (1,10,026), the CSSE figures showed. Regarding fatalities, the UK continues in the second position after the US with 40,344 COVID-19 deaths, which also accounts for the highest fatalities in Europe. The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Brazil (34,021), Italy (33,774), France (29,114), Spain (27,134) and Mexico (13,170).


'I am very happy': Congress' Sanjay Jha recovers from coronavirus, to be under 2 week home quarantine

Congress leader and spokesperson Sanjay Jha on Friday said that he has recovered from coronavirus and is now under 2 week home quarantine.

Taking to Twitter, Sanjay Jha wrote: "I am very happy to share that I have recovered and am now out of 2 week home quarantine. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful support and warm wishes. Self-isolation requires will power muscles; but rest assured we are born tough. God bless and take care all!"

Sanjay Jha

Dear All

I am very happy to share that I have recovered and am now out of 2 week home quarantine. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful support and warm wishes.

Self-isolation requires will power muscles; but rest assured we are born tough. 

God bless and take care all!

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On May 22, Sanjay Jha had revealed that he was tested positive for COVID-19 and will be under home quarantine for over a week as he is asymptomatic. He also urged people not to underestimate transmission risks.

"I have tested positive for Covid-19. As I am asymptomatic I am in home quarantine for the next 10-12 days. Please don’t underestimate transmission risks, we are all vulnerable. Do take care all," Jha said in a tweet.