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Congress To Launch Campaign Targeting Govt On ‘Financial Scams’

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday decided to take on the Narendra Modi Government on corruption by launching a public campaign that will highlight the bank scams, Rafale deal and the "bad" state of the economy. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee chaired by party President Rahul Gandhi where the leaders also chalked out a strategy on the crucial issue of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC).

 The meeting of the working committee, the party's highest decision making body, was attended by top party leaders including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and Ashok Gehlot. The Opposition party decided to go all out in highlighting the issue of corruption both inside and outside Parliament.

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Congress Tells Law Commission That It Is Opposed To holding Simultaneous Polls

New Delhi: The Congress told the Law Commission on August 3 that party was opposed to the idea of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections as it is against the basic structure of Indian federalism. The party said that ending or extending terms of assemblies was also against the basic structure of Indian federalism.

Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Anand Sharma and JD Seelam met the commission to articulate their party’s stand on holding simultaneous polls in the country. On behalf of the Congress, Singhvi made the main presentation. Political parties are divided on the issue.

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Government Tells SC On Quota In Promotion, SCs and STs Still Underprivileged

New Delhi: For the purpose of extending scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) reservations in government jobs promotions, it should be presumed that they remain underprivileged communities even now. This is what the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government told Supreme Court on August 3 that SCs and STs had suffered social inequalities for years.

 “It represents thousands of years of backwardness. Affirmative action will have to proceed on the basis of Article 335. State will have to presume that there is backwardness,” attorney general KK Venugopal told a five-judge bench led by CJI Dipak Misra.

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Google Accepts Its Coding Flaw That Caused Defunct UIDAI Helpline Number Popping Up

New Delhi: Google on August 3 accepted that it was responsible for a coding flaw that caused a defunct Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) helpline number to mysteriously appear in the contact lists of mobile phones running on its Android operating system.

The clarification came hours after a social media storm against UIDAI, with users blaming the agency, which oversees the Aadhaar identification system, for pushing the information to their devices without their consent.

“Our internal review has revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) for use in India and has remained there since,” a Google spokesperson said. “We are sorry for any concern that this might have caused, and would like to assure everyone that this is not a situation of an unauthorised access of their Android devices.”

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Parties Demand Elections To Be Conducted By Stamping The Ballot Paper

New Delhi: According to leaders of several parties familiar with the developments, around seventeen opposition parties have come together to make a fresh, concerted demand that voters in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections exercise their franchise by stamping the ballot paper, not pressing the button.

Contending that electronic voting machines (EVMs), even those with voter verifiable paper audit trial (VVPATs), would not be acceptable, the parties , led by the Congress, will first hold a joint meeting on Monday, then push a discussion on the issue in Parliament, followed by a fresh appeal to the Election Commission of India (EC) over the next week, the leaders added.

ECI has maintained that EVMs are tamper proof, and that VVPATs provide an additional layer to guarantee that voting is accurately captured. It has also repeatedly urged parties to refrain from expressing doubts about their efficacy.