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Trump Pulls Out Of Digital Debate, But Biden Is Willing

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New York:  Coronavirus-stricken US President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled out of the debate with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, objecting to a digital encounter where he could be cut off for interrupting his rival or speaking beyond the allotted time.
It could end up as a campaign bonanza for Biden if the debate goes ahead next Thursday and only he turns up for the event, answering questions from an audience made of citizens and not just the media people.
That would give him a free play and Trump would be seen as backing out of the debate.
Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien, who has himself tested positive for Covid-19, said that Trump will instead hold a rally.
That rally next Thursday could run against the debate if both events take place disrupting the electioneering discourse.
“It’s ridiculous, and then they cut you off whenever they want,” Trump told a Fox News interviewer after the Commission for Presidential Debates announced that it will move next Thursday’s event to a virtual format.
Biden’s campaign official Kate Bedingfield, confirming his participation, said: “Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together and building back better.”
Stepien called the switch to the digital format a “sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden”.
Trump’s refusal to face Trump follows the debate between Vice President Mike Pence and his Democratic rival Kamala Harris on Wednesday night, where the two conducted themselves with relative courtesy in contrast to last month’s presidential debate marked by insults and Trump’s overbearing manner.
With her experience as a prosecutor, Harris had an advantage over the mild-mannered Pence.
Pence and Harris were separated by Plexiglass barriers and they were placed about four metres apart as a Covid-19 precaution.
Trump was released from a military hospital on Monday and is continuing his treatment at the White House, where about 20 staffers have tested positive for Covid-19, and next Thursday would be the 15th day since his diagnosis.
Having him face-to-face with Biden, even if they were separated by Plexiglass partition, would pose a serious health risk to 77-year-old Biden because Trump could be shedding the virus.
Trump’s aggressive style of debating by constantly interrupting and speaking over his rival and refusing to stop talking when told by the moderator would not work in a digital debate where he can be silenced by the moderator.
While his rambunctious manner may turn off many voters, it plays well with his base and he will not want to be seen by them as being cowed down by the moderator blurring his macho image.
A barrier to holding the debate in-person is that it is to be town hall format where selected citizens would be participating directly asking questions.
By opting out, Trump who has not campaigned directly since last Thursday because of his disease, will lose an opportunity to be on a nationally televised event.
His aides have said that he would address the nation, but it has not yet been scheduled.
(IANS)

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Notorious Chadar gang arrested in more than 100 incidents

This gang of Ghodasahan village of East Champaranya in Bihar state is infamous all over the country. In the dark of night, the gang comes in large numbers and lays blankets in front of the shop.

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Notorious Chadar gang arrested in more than 100 incidents

The Crime Branch of Meera Bhaidar Vasai Virar Police has arrested a gang of ‘Ghodasahans’ alias Chadar who have been dodging the police in different states of the country for the past several years. The gang used to be able to break the shutters of the shop with the sheets horizontally, the gang has more than a hundred crime cases registered in different states.

This gang of Ghodasahan village of East Champaranya in Bihar state is infamous all over the country. In the dark of night, the gang comes in large numbers and lays blankets in front of the shop. Other members break the shutters of the shop and burn the goods inside within a few minutes. They mainly stole watches, mobiles, and electronic items. They used to leave after stealing in the night. They used to sell stolen goods in Nepal. The gang had no means of communication, which made it difficult for the police to nab them. Meera Bhaidar Vasai Virar Police Commissionerate Crime Branch had received information about the gang. The police had received information that some gang members would come to rob the petrol pump. Under this, the police have arrested 10 members of the gang by laying a trap. Various weapons brought for loot and goods worth 1.5 lakh were seized from them.

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Big success for MBVV Police:

With the help of Crime Branch Unit 2 officers and a team of police personnel, the Unit 3 team disguised as the petrol pump and laid a trap on Tuesday morning. Seven accused, who came to carry out the robbery, were caught by the gang, while three accused were caught running towards the Tulinj police station area in shorts and vests. One accused is still absconding in this case. Police arrested 10 accused 1) Naeem Hadith Devan 48 years old, 2) Vikram Kumar Premchand Prasad 25 years old, 3) Naeem Munna Dewan 25 years old, Suheb Ahmed 45 years old, Vijaykumar Mahato 25 years old, Aslam Sai 27 years old, Dharmendra Shahani 29 years old, Vikeshkumar Paswan 19-year-old, Rohikumar Paswan 19-year-old, Omnath Kumar Saha 24-year-old have recovered Rs 70,000 in cash and two knives. The 10 accused have been sent to 11-day police custody after being produced in the Vasai Court under police protection.

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After disclosing the case of Virar, Nalasopara, Dindoshi 3 police stations, mobile phone and cash amount of Rs 1 lakh 64 thousand 810 recovered. The gang had registered more than 100 cases of robbery and theft in various states of the country including Vasai Virar. He used to rake theft in the dark of night, and after some time he used to steal away. Crime Branch Police Inspector Pramod Badakh told that he used to sell stolen goods in Nepal as well. Arresting this gang was a big challenge. However, after a thorough investigation by our police, the gang has been caught red-handed, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mahesh Patil said.

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Kejriwal appeals to people to follow Covid guidelines as Delhi Metro, markets reopen

Kejriwal on Saturday had announced further relaxations in the lockdown, and said Delhi Metro would operate at 50 per cent capacity and markets and malls in the national capital would open on an odd-even basis from June 7.

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Arvind Kejriwal speaking with media in his office in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour amid the unlocking process in the national capital.

Kejriwal on Saturday had announced further relaxations in the lockdown, and said Delhi Metro would operate at 50 per cent capacity and markets and malls in the national capital would open on an odd-even basis from June 7.

“Many activities are resuming in Delhi from today. But take all the precautions to prevent corona completely – wear a mask, keep social distance and keep washing hands, there should be no laxity at all,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

“One has to stay away from corona infection and also bring the economy back on track,” the chief minister added.

Malls, markets and market complexes (except weekly markets) will open between 10 am to 8 pm on an odd-even basis in accordance with their shop numbers, from Monday morning.

The Delhi Metro also resumed services from Monday. However, only half of the available trains have been inducted into service with a frequency ranging from nearly five to 15 minutes on different lines, officials said.

-PTI News

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Govt dismisses media reports on CoWIN being hacked

“There have been some unfounded media reports on the CoWIN platform being hacked. Prima facie, these reports appear to be fake,” a statement issued by the Union health ministry said.

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The Centre on Thursday debunked media reports about CoWIN being hacked, stating that prima facie, these reports appear to be fake and that the portal stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment.

“There have been some unfounded media reports on the CoWIN platform being hacked. Prima facie, these reports appear to be fake,” a statement issued by the Union health ministry said.

However, the ministry and the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) are getting the matter investigated by the Computer Emergency Response Team of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY), the statement said.

Dr R S Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (CoWIN), clarified that “our attention has been drawn towards the news circulating on social media about the alleged hacking of the CoWIN system. In this connection, we wish to state that CoWIN stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment. No CoWIN data is shared with any entity outside the CoWIN environment. The data being claimed as having been leaked such as the geo-location of beneficiaries, is not even collected at CoWIN”.

– PTI News

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