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EC to file FIR against Dainik Jagran for running exit polls

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Election-Commissioner-of-IndiaNew Delhi: The Election Commission of India on Monday directed the Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh to file an FIR against a publication in Lucknow for running an exit poll, and has sought a report on the matter.The exit poll was conducted by Resource Development International and was carried by Hindi daily Dainik Jagran recently.

An EC official said the action was a “clear violation of Section 126 A and B of the Representation of the People Act” and “wilful disobedience” the poll panel’s directions.”The officer has been asked to lodge an FIR in Lucknow against the publication running the exit polls,” an EC official said. Exercising its powers, the EC had barred the conducting and publicising of exit poll results till voting is over in the assembly elections, lest the results should influence the voters.

As per the EC’s instructions, exit polls cannot be conducted or run by means of print or electronic media or in any other manner between February 4 and March 8 this year – the period when polling is scheduled in five states.The staggered assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are scheduled between February 11 and March 8. Results are due on March 11.

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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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