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 People's efforts resulted in dengue control: Kejriwal

People's efforts resulted in dengue control: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday claimed that the efforts of the people of the city are showing results under the anti-dengue drive as the vector-borne disease is under control.

As part of the campaign, officials have to inspect their offices on Friday at 11 a.m. while people have to inspect their houses at 10 a.m. every Sunday.

Kejriwal inspected his chamber in the Delhi Secretariat on Friday and replaced stagnant water in the flower pots in his office to prevent the breeding of dengue mosquitoes.

Sharing pictures he tweeted "This year experts had warned us that dengue is likely to be dangerous. But Delhiites efforts were paying off and so far Delhi has kept dengue under control."

He added that the efforts of the people of the city are showing results as the vector-borne disease is under control this year.

Earlier he had said that in 2015, Delhi had recorded 15,867 cases of dengue, which came down to under 3,000 in 2018.


07:20 PM
 Twitter purges over 10,000 propaganda accounts in 6 nations

Twitter purges over 10,000 propaganda accounts in 6 nations

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Twitter on Friday said it has removed over 10,000 accounts in six countries that were sowing misinformation and propaganda via manipulating its platform.

In October 2018, Twitter disclosed the first comprehensive archive of state-backed information operations on Twitter and after an year, it has announced the removal of thousands of politically-motivated accounts.

"We have removed a network of 273 accounts originating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt. These accounts were interconnected in their goals and tactics: a multi-faceted information operation primarily targeting Qatar, and other countries such as Iran. It also amplified messaging supportive of the Saudi government," Twitter said in a statement.

Twitter found evidence that these accounts were created and managed by DotDev, a private technology company operating in the UAE and Egypt.

The micro-blogging platform has permanently suspended DotDev, and all accounts associated with them.

"Additionally, we suspended a separate group of 4,248 accounts operating uniquely from the UAE, mainly directed at Qatar and Yemen. These accounts were often employing false personae and tweeting about regional issues, such as the Yemeni Civil War and the Houthi Movement," Twitter informed.

The investigation also detected a small group of six accounts linked to Saudi Arabia's state-run media apparatus which were engaged in coordinated efforts to amplify messaging that was beneficial to the Saudi government.

"While active, the accounts in this set presented themselves as independent journalistic outlets while tweeting narratives favourable to the Saudi government.

"Separately, we have also permanently suspended the Twitter account of Saud al-Qahtani for violations of our platform manipulation policies," Twitter added.

In August, Twitter identified a network of more than 200,000 fake accounts based in China which were attempting to sow discord about the protest movement in Hong Kong.

"Today, we are publishing additional datasets relating to 4,301 accounts which were most active in this information operation to further public awareness and understanding," said Twitter.

In Spain, Twitter removed 265 accounts as falsely boosting public sentiment online.

Last October, Twitter removed some 4,500 accounts being operated from Russia.


06:48 PM
 Bajrang Punia wins bronze at World Championships

Bajrang Punia wins bronze at World Championships

Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Sep 20 (IANS) Bajrang Punia on Friday won bronze at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships. Facing Mongolian Tulga Tumur Ochir, Bajrang fought back from a 6-0 deficit to win 8-7 in what turned out to be a thrilling bronze medal bout. This is the 25-year-old's second consecutive senior Worlds medal and third overall.

Ochir started strong, taking two points in the first 15 seconds and then four more with a chest throw. Bajrang responded with a counter and earned two points and at the end of the first period, the score was 6-2 in the Mongolian's favour.

However, Bajrang came out all guns blazing in the second period. He managed to get Ochir with a leg shot and collected six successive points to lead 8-6. Ochir got another point for step out but that was all he could manage.

This is Bajrang's second consecutive World Championship medal after his silver at Budapest 2018. This is also his third medal at the senior World's with his first coming in 2013. Bajrang had earlier sealed a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by qualifying for the bronze medal bout.


07:18 PM
 India gifts Gandhi Solar Park to power UN with green electricity

India gifts Gandhi Solar Park to power UN with green electricity

By Arul Louis
United Nations, Sep 20 (IANS) The UN headquarters will be powered with green electricity when the Gandhi Solar Park gifted by India comes online on September 24 symbolising New Delhi's commitment to fighting climate change.

The installation costing about $1 million will generate 50 kilowatts of electricity from the 193 solar panels, each representing a UN member nation.

India is also donating a Gandhi Peace Garden made up of 150 trees, which will be located at a university campus in Old Westbury as another environmental gift.

The two gifts that come in the year of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birth showcase two elements in the fight against climate change: Generating green energy from renewable resources through the solar park and using the trees to sequester (or capture back from the environment) carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.

The gifts mesh in with the focus of the high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly this year -- fighting climate change, which Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called a "battle for our lives".

The UN will also be releasing a special stamp on Tuesday to commemorate Gandhi's birth anniversary.

(Arul Louis can be reached at arul.l@ians.in and followed on Twitter @arulouis)


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