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Trump threatens to ‘close down’ social media after Twitter fact check

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering a day after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets.

The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close the companies, which would require action by Congress or the Federal Communications Commission. But that didn’t stop Trump from angrily issuing a strong warning.

Claiming tech giants “silence conservative voices,” Trump tweeted, “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”

And he repeated his unsubstantiated claim — which sparked his latest showdown with Silicon Valley — that expanding mail-in voting “would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots.”

Source: Hindustan Times

Nitin Gadkari

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States Should Come Forward with Rs 20 Lakh Crore to Battle Covid-19 Disruptions: Nitin Gadkari

More liquidity is needed to boost economic activity following the coronavirus pandemic and states should come forward with Rs 20 lakh crore, while another Rs 10 lakh crore can be harnessed from public-private investment to fight the COVID-19 disruptions, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.

Gadkari said the economy is facing serious problems, businesses are being closed and unemployment is growing. All sections of society, whether migrants, media, business persons or employees, are facing problems, but ultimately “we will win the economic war” and the “corona war”, he said.

“More liquidity needs to be pumped in the market to boost the coronavirus-hit economy and states should come forward with Rs 20 lakh crore, while another Rs 10 lakh crore can be harnessed from public-private investment,” the road transport, highways and MSME minister said.

Source: News18

Mebeina Michael

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Kannada TV actress Mebeina Michael, 22, dies in a road accident

Kannada television actress, Mebeina Michael, who rose to fame with the reality show Pyaate Hudugir Halli Life, died in a horrific road accident. She was 22 years old. The actress was on her way to Madikeri, her hometown. The accident took place near Devihalli in Karnataka.

On the way to Madikeri, her car rammed into a tractor. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment. While her friends are recovering from their injuries at the hospital, she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday evening.

A case has been registered at the Belluru police station and the officials are investigating it. Mebeina’s death came has come as a huge shock to her family and the entire television industry.

Source: India Today

JK Rowling

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JK Rowling just announced her new book and you can read it for free

With the lockdown, the physical boundaries might be sealed but digital gates have opened up like never before. Several publishing houses have made their books available for free but in what could be the first of its kind, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has not not only announced her new book but is asking for participation from readers to illustrate it. The better news is, you can read it for free.

The author took to Twitter to share the news and at the very outset clarified it is not a Harry Potter spin-off. Over 10 years ago, she had written “a standalone fairy tale called The Ickabog but for whatever reasons, could not publish it. The book became one for the family. “Over time I came to think of The Ickabog as just for my family. The manuscript went up into the attic, where it remained until a few weeks ago,” she wrote.

Source: The Indian Express

Preksha Mehta

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Crime Patrol actress Preksha Mehta commits suicide in Indore after chilling last message on Instagram

Actress Preksha Mehta committed suicide on Monday (May 25) night. The actress, who has been a part of shows like Crime Patrol, Laal Ishq and Meri Durga, was found hanging at her residence in Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Preksha has also worked in the Akshay Kumar-starrer Pad Man. She was 25 years old.

According to reports, the actress hanged herself last night but the family got to know about it only in the morning. Preksha’s father was the first person to see her. She was rushed to the hospital but was declared brought dead.

Preksha posted a chilling message on her Instagram account before taking her life. She wrote, “Sabse bura hota hai sapno ka mar jaana (sic).” The worst is when your dreams die.

Source: India Today

Dharmendra Pradhan

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India looks to store cheap oil in United States: Dharmendra Pradhan

NEW DELHI: India is looking at storing some low priced US oil in facilities there as its local storage is full, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
India’s plan could be similar to a move by Australia, which last month said it would build up an emergency oil stockpile initially by buying crude to store in the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve to take advantage of low oil prices.

“We are exploring some possibility if we can store some of our investment in a different country … we are exploring the possibility in the USA if we can store some of the low priced oil,” Pradhan said.

Oil prices have dropped more than 40% so far in 2020 but have picked up in the past few weeks partly due to efforts by theOrganization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and allies to reduce supply.

Source: The Times of India

Rajiv Joshi

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IIT Mumbai alumnus & IBM scientist Rajiv Joshi named Inventor of the Year

Prolific Indian-American inventor Rajiv Joshi has bagged the prestigious Inventor of the Year award in recognition of his pioneering work in advancing the electronic industry and improving artificial intelligence capabilities.

Dr Joshi, who is a master inventor with more than 250 patented inventions in the US, works at the IBM Thomson Watson Research Center in New York.

He was presented with the prestigious annual award by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association early this month during a virtual awards ceremony, news agency PTI reported.

An IIT Mumbai alumnus, Joshi has an MS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a PhD in mechanical/electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York.

Source: Business Standard

Naveen Patnaik

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With Flights, Trains Resuming, Next 15 Days Will be More Challenging in Handling Covid-19: Odisha CM

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said the coming 15 days will be more challenging in handling the COVID-19 situation in the state.

“With opening up of flights and railways, the coming 15 days to a month will be more challenging but I am sure we will handle the same in a professional manner with a human face,” said the Chief Minister while reviewing the situation in the state.

He said the spread of the pandemic can successfully be contained with strict social distancing, wearing masks and repeated hand washing.

“We are now two months into lockdown. There are many learning points in these two months both scientific, social and administrative. We have to restrategise our response based on these learnings so that we are ahead of the pandemic and at the same time bring normalcy in economic and livelihood activities,” said Patnaik.

Source: News18

Rahul Gandhi

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We are not decision makers in Maharashtra, says Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday sought to distance himself from reports suggesting a rift within the ruling coalition in Maharashtra amid the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) frequent attacks for its “poor handling” of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country with over 52,000.

“I would like to make a differentiation here. We are supporting the government in Maharashtra, but we are not the key decision maker in Maharashtra,” Gandhi said at a news conference held via video conference in response to a question on the coronavirus crisis in the state.

The Congress is a junior partner in the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition in the state. Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is the other constituent of the MVA. Pawar called on chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday night to discuss the prevailing situation in the state.

Source: Hindustan Times

JK Rowling

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JK Rowling Wants to Pay One Year’s Salary to Pranskter Who Trolled UK Govt on Twitter

A sneaky tweet posted anonymously from an official government handle on Twitter created an uproar in the United Kingdom on Sunday and even attracted the attention of Harry Potter creator JK Rowling.

On Sunday, the UK Cabinet Office’s official handle took to Twitter to inform that an “unauthorised tweet” had been posted from a government-run handle on Sunday without the knowledge of supervisors.

The government also informed that the tweet had since been removed and that the matter was being investigated.

While it was hard to decipher the cryptic tweet, netizens soon found out the particular tweet in question that seemed to have been posted anonymously.

Source: News18