17 Indians’ phones were possibly infected by frightening spyware. Most of these targets were either activists or human rights lawyers. Quite a few are defending those accused in the Elgar Parishad case. Others are tribal rights activists. Some are fighting cases against Dalit atrocities. A couple are journalists.
Amid power-sharing tussle in Maharashtra, Sena President Uddhav Thackeray told his party legislators he would not settle for anything but the CM’s post & that Congress & NCP were in touch with the party. Sena MP Sanjay Raut called on NCP chief Sharad Pawar at the latter’s residence on Thursday, fuelling speculation that Sena was trying to build pressure on BJP.
The government said on Thursday it had asked WhatsApp to explain how the Israeli spyware “Pegasus” had been used to infect the phones of many Indian human rights activists, lawyers & journalists to spy on them & how the company would protect the privacy of Indians. The government has sought WhatsApp’s response by November 4.
If the final draft of the new National Education Policy is approved, a candidate may be able to take the board exams twice in a year as early as 2022, thereby eliminating the “high stakes” aspect of the exams. The straitjacket of a particular format of subjects could also be relaxed & students will be able to pick subjects depending on their interests for the board examinations.
Pakistan violated its obligations under the Vienna Convention in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, ICJ President judge Abdulqawi Yusuf told the UN General Assembly. The ICJ had ruled that Pak must review the death sentence awarded to Jadhav. Consular access to Jadhav had been granted to India in the presence of Pak officials & CCTVs which, according to India, negated the spirit of the judgment.
India on Thursday hit back at China over its objection to the bifurcation of J&K, saying the reorganisation is entirely its internal affair and it does not expect other countries to comment on such matters. China’s foreign ministry spokesman had said that “India unilaterally changed its domestic laws and administrative division challenging China’s sovereignty.”
The Islamic State militant group confirmed on Thursday its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, the group’s news agency Amaq said. Baghdadi, an Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims as the leader of ISIS, was killed by US special forces in northwestern Syria, President Donald Trump said on Sunday.
Amid the ongoing power tussle with the BJP, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday said that his father and party chief Uddhav Thackeray will have the final word on government formation in Maharashtra. “The party has given all authority to Uddhav,” Aaditya said when asked about the delay in government formation in the state after the October 21 polls.
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma on Thursday rebutted the accusation that she was seen being served tea by Indian selectors during the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. While lashing out against the current set of selectors, former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer had said that all they were doing was getting Anushka cups of tea at the World Cup.