WhatsApp chat leak | 'This attack we have won like crazy': Arnab on Pulwama terror strike

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January 16, 2021

New Delhi, Jan 16: The alleged WhatsApp chats of Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic TV with former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), which were leaked on social media, suggest that the controversial journalist was least stricken by the news of Pulwama attack which shook the entire conscience of the country, on February 2014.

Pratik Sinha, co-founder of Altnews, shared a part from the leaked messages wherein Arnab express his joy over the "massive spike" in viewership through the coverage of the terrorist attack.

On the day of attack, at 4:19 PM, Arnab was allegedly saying to Partho: Sir 20 min ahead on the biggest terrorist attack of the year in Kashmir…only only channel with a ground presence.

After a while at 5.43 PM, he was saying: Have planned some build-up thing after we spoke. Idea to gain massive spike. So used his (Prime Minister Narendra Modi's) speech and pushed it by a bit."

It is a known fact that the media benefit from the public's eagerness to obtain information about terrorist attacks. For sensationalist TV channels and newspapers, the fear and fascination generated by terrorism is a substantial part of their business.

"This attack we have won like crazy," the anchor allegedly said in the wake of the attack which killed 40 soldiers.

The leaked-chats is the latest development in the ongoing TRP scam case in which several television channels are accused of manipulating viewership data by bribing the audience.

Many other messages between the anchor and the officer suggest that Goswami was in close proximity with the power corridors at the Centre.

Social media is intrigued over the abbreviation "AS" used in the chats denoting powerful persons.

The alleged leak will bother both Arnab Goswami and Whatsapp, at least for a few days, which has been repeatedly claiming that messages in the platform and cannot be viewed by a third party. The Facebook owned platform had given a first page advertisement in all leading newspapers in India to reassert its claims on ensuring privacy of the consumers.

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February 18,2021

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Rashmi Samant, the first Indian woman to be elected president of the Oxford University Student Union, has quit after the emergence of old social media posts that were deemed to be “racist” and “insensitive”.

Although Rashmi, who graduated from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and is from Udupi district of Karnataka, released an open letter apologising for her comments after there was a clamour for her resignation.

The Oxford Student Union’s Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE), a community at the university, criticised Rashmi in a statement published on Facebook.

“Although we cannot assume the intentions of Ms Samant, we believe that it is ultimately the impact of her actions that are important here: she has hurt the East-Asian, Jewish, and trans communities. Not only did she post racially insensitive captions on social media, but she has also proceeded to deny the harm caused by her actions when questioned,” stated the post.

“The excuses she has provided are at the absolute best an indicator of complete ignorance, and therefore a demonstration of the candidate’s inadequacy to represent the Oxford student body, or are at worst a complete fabrication in an attempt to redirect responsibility,” it added.

The controversy erupted after social media posts by Rashmi surfaced following her election. 
The posts, mostly on Instagram, included one with a play on words about the Holocaust and a photo of her visit to Malaysia with the caption “Ching Chang”. Both were deemed offensive by Jewish and Chinese students. She also upset others by comparing imperialist Cecil Rhodes to Adolf Hitler in a Student Union debate hosted, and for separating “women” and “transwomen” in an Instagram caption.

She was also reported to have separated ‘women’ and ‘transwomen’ in a caption. “Furthermore, in a recent post on her now-deleted Instagram account, the President-Elect made a distinction between trans women and women, thereby implying that trans women are not women and perpetuating trans-exclusionary ideology,” read the post by Oxford SU CRAE.

She has since deleted some of her Instagram posts while her Facebook account is inactive.

Rashmi apologised for her comments in an open letter. “I begin this letter with a heartfelt apology to the entire student community at the University of Oxford. Though the recent developments might make it hard for you to believe the sincerity of my apologies, it deeply pained me to note that I have lost the trust that the student community reposed in me with their votes and belief in my manifesto owing to my mistakes,” she said.

Rashmi intended to take on the role of President of the Student Union in June.

“Regrettably, I alienated people within our wonderful student community to the extent that they deem me unfit to be the leader they rightfully deserve. I sincerely apologise to every student who has been hurt by my actions or words and seek a chance to gain your trust in me again,” the letter added.

However, after the clamour over her social media posts did not die down, she decided to resign.

As reported earlier, Rashmi had contested the election with four main goals that include decolonization and inclusivity, COVID-19 interventions for all, access to quality mental health resources and decarbonizing the university.

She won the election with 1966 votes in her favour out of the 3708 votes cast for the position of President, more than all the other candidates combined. At the time of campaigning, she had stated that she will also lobby for the removal of statues of those proven to be imperialist, including that of Christopher Codrington, a known slave owner who inherited one of the largest sugar plantations in Barbados in the 17th century, in the University and Conference of colleges.

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February 20,2021

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New Delhi, Feb 20: As many as 13,993 new COVID-19 cases and 101 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Saturday.

With the new cases, the coronavirus tally in the country has reached 1,09,77,387 including 1,43,127 active cases and 1,06,78,048 discharges.

The death toll has mounted to 1,56,212 with the loss of 101 more lives due to the virus in the last 24 hours.

As per the Health Ministry, 1,04,49,942 vaccine doses were given through 2,20,877sessions till Friday evening.

"This includes 62,95,903 health care workers who have taken the first dose and 7,56,942 health care workers who have taken the second dose, along with 33,97,097 frontline workers who were administered the first dose," it said.

The Ministry added a total of 41 persons have been hospitalized and 34 people have died after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

"Of the 41 cases of hospitalization, 25 were discharged after treatment, while fourteen persons died and two are under treatment. In the last 24 hours, one person has been hospitalized. Of the 34, thirteen persons died in the hospital while 20 deaths are recorded outside the hospital and 14 deaths are recorded in the hospital. 
In the last 24 hours, two new deaths have been reported. No case of serious death is attributable to vaccination, to date," the Ministry added.

The total number of samples tested up to Friday was 21,02,61,480, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. The ICMR also said that 7,86,618 samples were tested on February 19.

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February 14,2021

Lucknow, Feb 14: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly thrown off a terrace after a failed rape attempt by two of her neighbours, police said on Sunday.

The two pushed the girl down when they saw her father enter the house, alleged the family.

The girl has suffered several fractures and internal injuries, said her father while lodging a complaint with the police in Jahanabad area.

Harish Vardhan Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), said the accused, identified as Arvind and Mahendra, have been booked under IPC section 354 (applying force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult) and 323 (causing hurt), besides provisions of the SC/ST Act and the POCSO Act.

The police have set up teams to arrest the two youths who are now absconding.

According to reports the incident took place on Saturday.

The minor's father alleged that he found his daughter missing from her room. On searching, he discovered the mobile phone of the key accused, a 21-year-old youth who resides in the neighbourhood.

He went to the youth's house to enquire about the whereabouts of his daughter. He claimed he was just in time to prevent them from sexually assaulting his daughter.

The two youths allegedly abused him, making casteist remarks against him. They then threw his daughter off the roof.

When she regained consciousness, she narrated her ordeal, saying the duo had tried to outrage her modesty.

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