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Ravi Shankar Prasad lauds first compliance report by Google, Facebook under new IT rules, says big step towards transparency

Ravi Shankar Prasad on Twitter said it is nice to see significant social media platforms like Google, Facebook, and Instagram following the new IT Rules.



Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said the first compliance report on the voluntary removal of offensive posts by Facebook, Google, and Instagram as per the new IT Rules is a big step towards transparency.

Ravi Shankar Prasad on Twitter said it is nice to see significant social media platforms like Google, Facebook, and Instagram following the new IT Rules. The first compliance report on voluntary removal of offensive posts published by them as per IT Rules is a big step towards transparency.

News agency PTI reported that under the new IT rules, large digital platforms that have over 5 million users are required to publish periodic compliance reports every month, mentioning the details of complaints received and action taken thereon.

In its first compliance report, Facebook on Friday said it actioned over 30 million content pieces across 10 violation categories during May 15-June 15 in the country.

Instagram took action against about two million pieces across nine categories during the same period, the social media platform said in the monthly compliance report as mandated by the IT rules.

Google had stated that 27,762 complaints were received by Google and YouTube in April this year from individual users in India over alleged violation of local laws or personal rights, which resulted in the removal of 59,350 pieces of content.

However, Koo, the homegrown Twitter replacement, in its report said it proactively moderated 54,235 content pieces, while 5,502 posts were reported by its users during June.

Twitter has been under scanner ever since it refused to comply with the new Information Technology rules laid by the Central Government.

The government laid down new IT rules in February which came into effect on May 26. Under the new rules, they directed all major social media platforms operating in the country to appoint compliance officers in India, set up grievance response mechanisms, and takedown content within 36 hours of a legal order.

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According to the Centre, the new rules are designed to prevent abuse and misuse of platforms and offer users a robust forum for grievance redressal. The social media platforms, if they fail to comply with rules, would result in losing the intermediary status that provides them immunity from liabilities over any third-party data hosted by them.

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Punjab cooler-wala auto:  Owner fits cooler to keep passengers happy, users amazed | Watch

One user commented “Jugadu Indian”



auto-rickshaw fitted with cooler

Summers are getting very hot in India, especially in North India, and travelling by public transport in this hot season becomes very difficult for people.

We all know that autorickshaws do not come with a cooler or air conditioner, making travelling during the summer difficult for people. However, an autorickshaw driver came up with a very brilliant idea to keep their passengers comfortable.

The viral video from Punjab shows an autorickshaw moving around the city that has an air cooler fitted to its back. This was shared by an Instagram user. The viral clip shows the driver’s creativity and resourcefulness, going above and beyond to give a better commuting experience to his pasangers.

The internet is absolutely amused by this video. The comments section’s reactions prove that people quite liked this idea. However, there were also some users who asked how this could have been possible as there is no electricity in the auto.

One user commented “Jugadu Indian”

Another user commented “Lagta hai bhai ne ITI me top kiya tha”

However, it is not the first person to come up with this idea. Earlier, in November 2019, Satyawan Gite, a Mumbai-based auto driver became popular after creating a unique ‘home system auto-rickshaw’ equipped with multiple facilities like a washbasin, mobile phone charging points, plants, and even a television screen. A sticker on the back of his vehicle asks to, “Take aeroplane ride experience”.

Mahendra Kumar, another autorickshaw owner from Delhi, rose to attention after a video of his autorickshaw—which also had a garden on top—went viral in May of last year. On the roof of his three-wheeler, he has established a little kitchen garden with 25 different varieties of plants, including tomatoes, snake gourds, okra, and spinach. He claimed that the garden shielded him and his passengers from the sun’s rays and reduced the warmth inside the vehicle.

In March 2023, in a viral video, the driver of an autorickshaw showed his fancy auto painted pink. With features of roof retracting and folding back with a press of a button. With no surprise, the video went viral immediately.

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Three days after the tragic accident, another train derails in Odisha’s Bargarh

Police have already arrived and are conducting an investigation. As of yet, no loss of life has been reported.



Goods Train Odisha

Exactly three days after the Balasore tragedy, where at least 275 people lost their lives and over 1000 are injured today, goods train from Dunguri, Odisha, for Bargarh derailed. According to reports, a goods train was carrying limestones.

Police have already arrived and are conducting an investigation. As of yet, no loss of life has been reported.

The good train is operated by a private cement firm, which maintains all the infrastructure, including the narrow gauge train tracks, rolling stock, engines, and wagons, according to the East Coast Railway, and it is unconnected to the Indian railway network.

Meanwhile, after the tracks, which had been severely damaged by the three-train accident, the Shalimar Chennai Cormandal Express- Howrah Bengaluru Superfast Express and the goods train, were rebuilt, passenger train service at the Baganaga railway station was resumed today. On both tracks of the main line, services started up about 51 hours after the severe collision.

On Sunday, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, the Railway Board had proposed handing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) control of the Odisha train tragedy case. This comes after he made the announcement that the root cause of the tragedy and those accountable for it had been found. He said that the accident happened due to an electronic interlocking intersystem.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the site of the train tragedy in Balasore and promised that those found guilty will be severely punished. He added the government is supporting people who lost loved ones in the tragic mishap.

He also visited the local hospital at Balasore to meet the injured patients who were admitted there. Along with fellow cabinet members Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the PM was spotted visiting the location.

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Viral Video: Sikh group protest against Rahul Gandhi in New York; watch

Another person said that he hope that Rahul Gandhi can bring change in India and he wants to involve with Rahul Gandhi in Bharat Jodo Yatra.



Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is on a 10-day trip to the United States of America receiving a mixed reaction from the people. A video going viral on social media showed members of a Sikh group asking the Congress leader to “go back” while others welcomed him delightfully. The incident reportedly happened in New York ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s address to the Indian diaspora.

In the viral video, some people from the Sikh community are holding Khalistani flags and posters written “Never forget June 1984”, and “Go back”.

Whereas a person can be seen saying that Rahul Gandhi is committed to constitutional values and hence he is there to welcome him.

Another person said that he hope that Rahul Gandhi can bring change in India and he wants to involve with Rahul Gandhi in Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Rahul Gandhi began his 10-day trip to the USA on Tuesday, May 30. On his first day, he interacted with the Indian diaspora and discussed issues like data safety, politics, the state of democracy in India, and his disqualification as a member of Parliament. On Wednesday during his first interaction with the NRIs in San Francisco, pro-khalistani slogans were raised.   

Rahul Gandhi’s first interaction however become controversial when he said that Guru Nanak ji had gone all the way to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he had gone to Thailand, he had gone to Sri Lanka. Continuing with his statement Rahul Gandhi compared his Bharat Jodo Yatra with Guru Nanak Dev’s Udasis.

Countering Gandhi’s statement BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa asked Rahul Gandhi that where his information come from.

He also advised Rahul Gandhi to talk sensibly regarding religion.

On June 1984, the Indian Government launched Operation Bluestar, to flush out militants who were holed up in the Golden Temple. This operation was carried out by the order of then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

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