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Parrikar blames ‘wrong translation’ in his reply to EC

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manohar-parrikar1New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was sent a notice by Election Commission for allegedly “abetting the offence of bribery during electoral process” in Goa has puportedly told the poll panel that his words were wrongly translated, informed sources said.On January 29, while addressing a gathering in North Goa, Parrikar said: “…Now also someone will give you Rs 1,000… We give Rs 1,500 every month. After five years, 1,500 will become 90,000 and this will also increase.”

“Today, take from anyone Rs 2,000 and vote for them… There is no problem if somebody roams around by taking Rs 500 but just vote for the Lotus.”Parrikar was speaking in Konkani language, and was reported by the District Electoral Officer of North Goa.The EC had sent a notice to Parrikar and sought his explanation by February Informed sources in the poll panel said Parrikar in his reply said what he meant to say was changed due to incorrect translation from Konkani to English.The EC is “examining” Parrikar’s reply and would decide further action in due time, the source said.

 

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“Indian ban on apps violates WTO rules” says China

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in new notices to the apps last week, has said that their answers and clarifications following the ban were found to be inadequate. As a result, the temporary block has now been made permanent.

 

China on Wednesday said that the decision took by Indian Government to continue a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization’s fair rules of business which would hurt Chinese firms. 

The government had banned 59 Chinese apps in June last year mentioning to them as being “prejudicial” to India’s sovereignty, integrity and national security. The list included TikTok, Cam Scanner, Likee and Helo besides others. 

The apps were blocked under section 69 A of the Information Technology Act and relevant provisions under IT rules 2009.

On September 2, 2020, the government had banned 118 more apps and in November it blocked 43 new Chinese mobile apps in the country, including shopping website AliExpress. Besides that, one of the most popular online game PubG Mobile was also banned including Camcard, WeDate and others.

 Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said in a statement, “We urge the Indian side to immediately correct its discriminatory measures and avoid causing further damage to bilateral cooperation.”

 

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