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Refusing Rs 10 coin in UP may invite sedition case

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  • Pulkit Sharma has a pile of Rs 10 coins sitting in a basket atop his fridge.The heap has been growing over the past 2-3 months since Sharma, an executive with a private firm in Bareilly, continued to accept the coins from shopkeepers and others while nobody took them back. Now, he can hope to get rid of them.
  • Coming down hard on those circulating rumours and messages on WhatsApp that the coin had been withdrawn and it was no longer legal tender, the district magistrate of Pilibhit said on Saturday that anybody refusing to accept the currency could be charged with sedition.
  • “The Rs 10 coin is a national currency and no one has the right to refuse it as the government of India promises to pay the value of the currency to the bearer. According to RBI rules, those who refuse to accept the Indian currency can be liable for action under section 124A (sedition) of IPC. And we will strictly enforce it,” DM Masoom Ali Sarwar said at a press.

    Centre to block online content on child abuse

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  • In an attempt to protect children from sexual abuse online, the government will soon issue an advisory to Internet Service Providers, asking them to filter and block related objectionable images, videos as well as text.
  • “In compliance with the provision of the (IT) Act… websites/portals and ISPs should deploy filters/technological tools to block/disable any such child sexual abuse images, videos and text available on the Internet,” according to a draft note prepared by the Ministry of Electronics and IT
  • Last year, the government had banned more than 850 sites citing the Supreme Court’s directions to address the menace of pornography, especially child pornography.

Exploring coastal movement: Taking cars on ships

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  • Automobile firms housed in this city also known as the Detroit of South, are betting big on coastal movement of cars.Currently, 96 per cent of cars are sent to the end destination through road (road car carriers) while 4 per cent are loaded on trains.
  • “Going forward we want road transportation to come down and we want to focus more on trains and coastal movement. Opting for coastal movement means a saving of Rs. 1,500 per car,” said a senior official of an automobile firm.
  • On Saturday, around 1,600 cars were sent out through a vessel at Kamarajar Port (formerly known as Ennore Port). Of this, 1,038 cars were rolled out of Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) the remaining cars were from Ford, Renault and Nissan.

Rafale deal fine; scale up fighter strength

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  • The signing of the $8 billion Rafale deal is a major event for the Indian Air Force and for the country which badly needs to raise its air power to meet present and future challenges.
  • It is the country’s biggest defence acquisition and the most important one in the last two decades, and gives the IAF the best medium multi-role combat aircraft it has been looking for in the last many years. The MiG aircraft which formed the mainstay of the IAF needed to be replaced as they were ageing and had serious safety problems.
  • Dassault’s Rafale is among the best and will be more than a worthy replacement for its speed, combat power and endurance, technology and other factors. Only 36 aircraft are being bought now, in contrast to the original plan to buy 126 planes with arrangements to produce them within the country.

COAI voting norms favour three telecom operators, says Reliance Jio

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  • Jio alleged that its voting rights in are “skewed” in favour of dominant operators “giving them the absolute control to influence any or all of the decisions of the association”.
  • Reliance Jio fired a fresh salvo at the cellular operators body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) alleging that its rules including voting norms are “overwhelmingly biased and lopsided” and framed to serve the “vested” interests of three operators — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.
  • Jio — currently engaged in a bitter war of words with incumbent players over the interconnect issue — has also sought an overhaul of COAI norms claiming that the “current voting mechanism does not accommodate the democratic principles of reasonableness, fairness, accountability and transparency”.

China’s Wanda opens $5.1 bn. tourism park

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  • Dalian Wanda Group, the Chinese entertainment giant owned by the country’s richest man, opened the first phase of a sprawling 34 billion yuan ($5.1 billion) tourism park in the eastern city of Hefei.
  • Wanda is building similar projects around the country, betting that China’s rising incomes will drive more domestic tourism.
  • In an interview with Reuters last month, chairman Wang Jianlin said that Wanda would look to build at least 20 such complexes in China.The 160 hectare (1.6 square km) first phase of Hefei Wanda City includes a theme park, hotels and a shopping mall.

PM Narendra Modi government weakest so far, says Congress

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  • Criticising the Narendra Modi government on the Uri attack, the Congress on Sunday said that it is the “weakest government on national security” so far and has no clear policy towards Pakistan.
  • “This is the weakest government on national security that has taken office,” Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said, accusing the Modi government of committing mistake after mistake.
  • “This government is committing mistakes after mistake and as the opposition it is our responsibility to pinpoint those mistakes in the national interest,”.

    Data from 500 million accounts stolen Yahoo

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  • Yahoo Inc said that at least 500 million of its accounts were hacked in 2014 by what it believed was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appeared to be the world’s biggest known cyber breach by far.
  • Cyber thieves may have stolen names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords, the company said. But unprotected passwords, payment card data and bank account information did not appear to have been compromised, signalling that some of the most valuable user data was not taken.
  • The attack on Yahoo was unprecedented in size, more than triple other large attacks on sites such as eBay Inc, and it comes to light at a difficult time for Yahoo.