Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu during Budget session on Thursday.(PTI)
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu during Budget session on Thursday.(PTI)

'They should look inward': Venkaiah Naidu's snub to AAP MP on 'Sweden report'

"What is the use of a Sweden report? These are all political. They should look inward," Venkaish Naidu said to AAP MP Sushil Kumar Gupta's question.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 02:11 PM IST

On Thursday, information and technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad replied to a number of questions in Parliament pertaining to social media, regulations, actions against social media etc. AAP MP Sushil Kumar Gupta posed a question to the minister in which he cited a 2020 report of a Sweden-based institution on Indian democracy.

"What is the use of a Sweden report? These are all political. They should look inward. All countries which are commenting on India should first look inward and then comment on India," Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said, without allowing the question. The MP then asked another question regarding social media.

The chairman's comment from Parliament comes at a time when the ministry of external affairs has strongly condemned the comments of international celebrities on the ongoing farmers' protest. Several ministers, celebrities too took to social media posting messages in support of India's unity and sovereignty. The reaction came after American pop singer Rihanna, Sweden's climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted in support of the ongoing farmers' protest.

Based on the document that Greta Thunberg posted on Twitter and primary investigation by Delhi Police, several Union ministers alleged that an international conspiracy is being planned against India and Twitter is being used as a platform.

As the IT ministry has held a consultation with Twitter, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday issued another warning to all social media platforms from Parliament that they can not violate India's laws and Constitution.

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A health worker wearing a PPE kit collects a swab sample of an old lady for the COVID-19 test as she arrives at Dadar railway station, in Mumbai on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Covid spike in Mumbai: FIR against marriage halls; 120 buildings remain sealed

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:13 PM IST
Though Mumbai has been reporting over 1,000 cases daily, according to the authorities, the situation is not out of control yet as the recovery rate is also high at 93 per cent.
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File photo of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (HT Prrint).

‘People want to know’: Kejriwal vs Gujarat BJP chief on civic election results

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:19 PM IST
Arvind Kejriwal, who held a road show in Surat on Friday, finds himself in a Twitter war of words with Gujarat BJP chief and Lok Sabha MP, CR Paatil.
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Satej Patil also said these regulations need to be opposed strongly as they infringe the privacy of individuals and free speech given by the Constitution.(Twitter/@satejp)
Satej Patil also said these regulations need to be opposed strongly as they infringe the privacy of individuals and free speech given by the Constitution.(Twitter/@satejp)

Maha minister says Centre's new regulation for digital platforms 'dictatorial'

PTI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:11 PM IST
The Minister of State for IT Satej Patil said "This move by the Centre needs to be fought tooth and nail. Such dictatorial regulations will not be accepted by the people of this democratic country."
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Army sources said the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Tangdhar sector, which was an attempt to push in terrorists into India under covering fire.(Hindustan Times/representative image)
Army sources said the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Tangdhar sector, which was an attempt to push in terrorists into India under covering fire.(Hindustan Times/representative image)

Ceasefire to have no bearing on counter-terrorism operations: Lt Gen

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Without naming China and Pakistan, he said Indian Army has maintained its domination on its borders with the neighbouring countries and helped in maintaining peace in the hinterland.
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The accused who were absconding were arrested Saturday morning.(Representational Photo/HT Archives.)
The accused who were absconding were arrested Saturday morning.(Representational Photo/HT Archives.)

Telangana’s Siddipet tense after alleged slaughter of cows, police arrest 8 men

PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:08 PM IST
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People walk on a snow-covered road at Ahlan village in South Kashmir. (File photo)

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir brings back cold wave-like conditions

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:06 PM IST
Fresh snowfall was reported from most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the officials said.
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IAF chief RKS Bhadauria gifted a legacy Alouette III helicopter to the Bangladesh Air Force (PTI Photo) (PTI)

IAF gifts 1971 war helicopter to Bangladesh, gets F-86 fighter as return gift

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:05 PM IST
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One reason for high prices of petrol and diesel is central and state levies. (HT Photo)
One reason for high prices of petrol and diesel is central and state levies. (HT Photo)

Petrol, diesel prices hiked again, 16th time this month

By Rajeev Jayaswal, Hindustan Times, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:45 PM IST
Domestic fuel retailers raised petrol and diesel rates on Saturday even as international crude oil prices fell on Friday because of firming dollar.
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The states showing a surge are Telangana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal. (PTI)
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Cabinet secretary to hold review meeting with 8 states, UTs

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:39 PM IST
The ministry said 85.75 per cent of 16,488 new cases registered in a span of 24 hours are from six states and UTs.
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Fishermen pull a long net after fishing in the Bay of Bengal at Jodugulla Palem Beach, in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Fishermen pull a long net after fishing in the Bay of Bengal at Jodugulla Palem Beach, in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Fishing hartal hits coastal belt in Kerala

PTI, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:34 PM IST
Various pro-Congress outfits, under the banner of Matsya Mekhala Samrakshana Samithi, called for the hartal in the coastal belt.
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India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti.(PTI File Photo)

India has highest stake in Rohingyas' return to Myanmar: India at UNGA

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:34 PM IST
Myanmar doesn’t recognise Rohingya as an ethnic group and insists that they are Bangladeshi migrants living illegally in the country.
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In written response to a question in Lok Sabha earlier this month, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said a total of 10,752 cases of ceasefire violations have taken place along India's border with Pakistan in the last three years, in which 72 security personnel and 70 civilians were killed.(AP)
In written response to a question in Lok Sabha earlier this month, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said a total of 10,752 cases of ceasefire violations have taken place along India's border with Pakistan in the last three years, in which 72 security personnel and 70 civilians were killed.(AP)

J&K border residents thank PM Modi, Khan for ceasefire agreement

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:32 PM IST
Several residents around the tumultuous area have suffered due to tensions between the two countries, and many have lost limbs, eyes, and other body parts.
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Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad. (PTI)
Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad. (PTI)

Congress equally respects all religions, people, castes: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Posted by Prashasti Singh | ANI, Jammu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:30 PM IST
"Be it Jammu or Kashmir or Ladakh, we respect all religions, people and castes. We equally respect everyone, that is our strength and we will continue with this," said Azad.
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He alleged that the Prime Minister travels from Kerala to Assam but does not have time to travel 20 km to meet farmers.(PTI)
He alleged that the Prime Minister travels from Kerala to Assam but does not have time to travel 20 km to meet farmers.(PTI)

Chidambaram slams Centre over treating protesting farmers as 'enemies'

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UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:22 PM IST
"The reward to the farm sector for growing at 3.9% in a recession year is to treat the protesting farmers as if they were enemies of the state," Chidambaram tweeted.
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Farmers in Odisha's Bargarh district blocking National Highway 58 in protest against alleged irregularities in paddy procurement.(HT PHOTO)
Farmers in Odisha's Bargarh district blocking National Highway 58 in protest against alleged irregularities in paddy procurement.(HT PHOTO)

Despite record paddy procurement in Odisha, farmer continue protests

By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:20 PM IST
  • Farmers across Odisha are resorting to wildcat protests against the procurement system.
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