Weekly News Roundup – October 29, 2019


Shocking! At these polling booths in Satara, no matter which button you pressed on the EVM, votes went to BJP: EC official accepts allegation

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While there were several incidents of EVMs malfunctioning across the state during the voting for the 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections on Monday, in Satara, all votes went to the ruling BJP no matter which button the voter hit on the EVM. These serious allegations of malfunctions have been acknowledged by the election commission officials in Satara as well. The said incident came to light around 11 am and by the time it was acknowledged, nearly 200 people from the area had already voted.…

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US To India: Uphold Right To Religious Freedom, Protect Vulnerable Individuals

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Incidents of violence and discrimination against minorities, including attacks on Dalits and Muslims by cow vigilantes, are not in keeping with India’s legal protections for minorities, a top US diplomat told a Congressional subcommittee on Tuesday. “Incidents of violence and discrimination against minorities in India, including cow vigilante attacks against members of the Dalit and Muslim communities, and the existence of anti-conversion laws in nine states are not in keeping with India’s legal protections for minorities,” Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells told Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.…

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NCRB leaves out data on lynchings, khap and religious killings

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The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released its latest data on crime incidents across the country on Monday, more than a year behind schedule. Officials said data collected under the new sub-heads of death due to mob lynching, murder by influential people, killing ordered by khap panchayat and murder committed for religious reason have not been published, resulting in partial delay of the agency’s report for 2017.… “It is surprising that this data has not been published. This data was ready and fully compiled and analysed. Only the top brass would know the reason why it has not been published,” an official privy to the data collection process said.…

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