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FB to fund study on social media's role in democracy

FB to fund study on social media’s role in democracy

Facebook has announced its first grants for independent research on social media’s impact on democracy that will investigate, among other things, the role of technology platforms in spread of misinformation. Social media platforms have come under intense scrutiny around the world ever since allegations surfaced of Russian-linked accounts trying to influence the 2016 US presidential

‘Democratic ethos, patriotic zeal helps BJP stand tall’

Patriotic zeal helps BJP:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted party members on BJP’s Foundation Day, saying the party stands tall due to it’s democratic ethos and patriotic zeal.Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah remembered all the leaders, who dedicated their entire lives for the party that was established in 1980.Greeting party workers, Modi tweeted:

Punjab Panchayat Polls democracy

Punjab Panchayat Polls: Shades of democracy at the grassroots

Panchayat elections in Punjab, after seeing overwhelming participation of people, brought forth varied shades of electoral politics reflecting strength of democracy Communal confluence HARKIRAT SINGH Batala (Gurdaspur) It was a case of perfect communal harmony when people of a little known village in Gurdaspur elected a Muslim sarpanch for the first time. Voters of Veela Bajju village, rose

Indian political leader Mark Tully

Indian political leaders can’t handle absolute power: Mark Tully

AJAY BHARDWAJ Kasauli Too much concentration of power in the hands of one person does not augur well for democracy in India. It is kind of a bane of the Indian democracy, feels the celebrated journalist Mark Tully, who won million accolades during his innings with the BBC. Mark Tully, who is here to take

Facebook realises Internet can harm democracy

Facebook realises Internet can harm democracy

Facebook, which is striving hard to make its platform sanitised from fake news and echo chambers, has realised that it can’t guarantee that social media is not harmful to democracy.In a blog post, Product Manager Samidh Chakrabarti said on Tuesday that he is not blind to the damage that the Internet can do to even

Four SC judges complain top court not in order

Democracy is in danger- SC Judges

In an unprecedented and “extraordinary” event in the history of Indian judiciary, four senior sitting judges of the Supreme Court on Friday met the media to allege that the administration of the country’s top court was not in order.”It is an extraordinary event in the history of judiciary and more particularly in this nation, even

Modi seeks healthy media debate on democracy in political parties

Modi seeks healthy media debate on democracy in political parties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the media to debate democracy and the democratic values of political parties for transparency in the evolution of their leadership and in their recruitment.”You (the media) show us what we need to focus on. Democracy in political parties is something that the country is adapting to.We need to

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Nepal to vote in local polls for first time in two decades

Nepal votes in local elections on Sunday for the first time in 20 years, a major step in the young republic’s difficult transition to democracy more than a decade after the end of its civil war.The government hopes the elections, staggered over two phases, will lead to a general election later in the year. A

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Let’s enjoy the dance of democracy in Punjab

Thanks to the swift developments taking place in the state politics, the show has reached at such a dynamic level that one is bound to keep the knowledge brushed up every alternate day.In the leadership of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former Indian Hockey team captain and two Independent MLAs from Ludhiana-Balwinder Singh Bains and

The democracy deficit and some simple solutions

Title: Against Elections The Case for Democracy; Author: David Van Reybrouck; Publisher: Bodley Head/Random House India; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 499 Democracies, at a time when they predominate both across the globe and as an aspiration, are paradoxically facing a crisis too. Were we to find, across various democratic nation, how much faith people have

Democracy remains fragile in Pakistan, moans daily

Islamabad: Despite 70 years of independence, Pakistan’s democracy remains fragile unlike in India, a leading Pakistani newspaper said on Sunday. “As we celebrate independence, we must also remember that democracy in Pakistan remains fragile,” The News International said in an editorial on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day. “We have around us political mayhem with

AAP says LG a threat to democracy, alleges conspiracy

New Delhi: The AAP on Tuesday branded Lt Governor Najeeb Jung as a threat to democracy after he reportedly suggested he could consider doing away with the Delhi assembly. The Aam Aadmi Party also said that it smelt a larger “conspiracy” behind the continuing attacks on the Delhi government and said Jung would not have spoken

Modi government serious ‘threat’ to democracy: AAP

New Delhi:  The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday said that the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become a “threat to the democratic and federal structure of the country”. “The examples of Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and very recently of Puducherry show that Modiji has no faith in democracy and the