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No light down the rabbit hole of online political advertising

While Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said his company would no longer accept political advertisements, the online ecosystem of such advertising is dominated by Facebook and Google. Facebook gets much more advertiser interest because of the level of targeting available, as well as the possibility of engagement through comments, likes, …

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Premadasa vows to complete constitutional reform

Sri Lanka’s Presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa on Thursday promised to complete the constitutional reform process initiated by the current government, if elected to the office. The ruling United National Party’s (UNP) candidate released his election manifesto in the central city of Kandy, a fortnight ahead of Sri Lanka’s presidential election. …

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Baghdadi raid video released

The Pentagon released video and photos on Wednesday of the U.S. special forces raid that resulted in the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Among the images released by the Defense Department was grainy black-and-white footage of U.S. troops approaching on foot the high-walled compound in northwestern …

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U.S. slams Russia over S-400 deals

Military Affairs envoy says Moscow is exploiting countries’ security requirements A month after External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said he was “reasonably convinced” that he could persuade the U.S. of India’s decision to buy the S-400 Russian missile defence system, the top U.S. diplomat for Political Military Affairs, Clarke Cooper, …

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LGs take charge in J&K, Ladakh

Jammu & Kashmir became the first State of the Indian Union to be reduced to a Union Territory (UT), with former IAS officer Girish Murmu being sworn in as its first Lieutenant Governor (LG) on Thursday. Bifurcated from the former State, Ladakh also became a UT, with former civil servant …

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‘Cauvery Authority nod must for Mekedatu project’

Water Regulation Committee chief says it will be decided on merit at next meet A no-objection certificate from the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) is a prerequisite for the construction of a reservoir across the Cauvery at Mekedatu by Karnataka, said Navin Kumar, Chairman, Cauvery Water Regulation Committee and Chief …

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NSCN-IM taking part in peace talks: Ravi

Naga interlocutor R.N. Ravi said on Thursday that discussions to finalise the Naga accord were continuing and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) [NSCN-IM] had come on board. Mr. Ravi, who is also the Nagaland Governor, told The Hindu , “The accord has not been finalised yet. Matters are …

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Nirbhaya case convicts told to file mercy plea

Notice says they have exhausted all legal remedies; victim’s mother hopes for justice The Tihar jail administration has sent notices to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case informing them that they have exhausted all legal remedies and are only left with the provision of applying for mercy before …

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