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EVMS ROW: BJP rubbishes EVM tampering claims as ‘garbage’

Arun Jaitley calls it Congress’ ‘next big lie’ after Rafale

 


WEB DESK / NEW DELHI

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday rubbished EVM tampering claims made in London as ‘garbage’, and termed it Congress’ ‘next big lie’ after Rafale. It said that Congress making hacking a ‘horror show’ of their ‘defeat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called EVM hacking claim ‘the next big lie’ after Rafale and said that the allegations were ‘absolutely rubbish’. Taking to Twitter, Jaitley said that ‘insanity’ in the Congress party is becoming ‘contagious’ and called the allegations of EVM tampering ‘garbage’.

“After Rafale, the non-existent loan waiver to 15 industrialists – the next big lie – EVM hacking… Was the Election Commission & millions of Staffers involved in manufacturing, programming of EVMs & conduct of elections during the UPA Government in collusion with the BJP – absolutely rubbish… Does the Congress feel that the people are so gullible that they will swallow any garbage? Insanity in the Congress party is increasingly becoming contagious,” Jaitley said in a series of tweets.

A US-based hacker, Syed Suja, on Monday alleged that EVMs in India can be tampered with. While the Election Commission and political parties were invited for the conference, only Congress leader Kapil Sibal was present for the event. Hitting out at Sibal, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the senior Congress leader was sent by Rahul and Sonia Gandhi to ‘defame’ the democratic set-up of the country.

EVMs ROW: What sensational claims Syed Shuja made in London

 

EVMs ROW: What sensational claims Syed Shuja made in London

WEB DESK

Syed Shuja has claimed that someone was pinging the EVMs to manipulate data. He added that successive chief election commissioners have told him that EVMs cannot communicate wirelessly. However, “our tech allows you to do it using a modulator at low frequency at 7hz”. This is a military grade frequency.

It is not possible to hack a machine using Bluetooth. A graphite-based transmitter is required to get into an EVM. The transmitters were used in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, said expert Syed Shuja.

He claimed that he met a BJP leader in 2014 who knew about this. He further alleged that his team members were killed in an attack after they approached the BJP leader. Gopinath Munde was aware of hacking and he was murdered as he was about to “expose” the government, claimed the expert. Munde, the leader from Maharashtra, had died in a road accident in June 2014. ​

The expert also claimed that they stopped the transmission in Delhi and the elections were won by the Aam Aadmi Party. In Delhi Assembly Elections, the transmission initiated by the BJP IT was intercepted. “We changed the frequency to favour AAP. The actual results were similar to 2009.”

The expert said they even tried to intercept the low-frequency transmission. He added that the BJP IT has a prototype and when challenged, they “use a machine that even we can’t hack”.

The “entire” 2014 Lok Sabha Elections were “rigged”, claimed Syed Shuja.

Syed Shuja alleged that slain journalist Gauri Lankesh had agreed to run the story for him, but she was murdered. Lankesh was killed after she filed an RTI to know who manufactured cables used in the EVMs, he claimed.

Syed Shuja alleged that Reliance Communications aided the BJP to get low-frequency signals to hack EVMs. “Reliance Communications have the network to transmit the date, BJP is the beneficiary. There are nine places in India where there are facilities. The employees don’t know that they are tampering with EVMs. They think they are doing data entry,” he claimed.

ECI Firmly Stands by Foolproof Nature of EVMs

ECI Firmly Stands by Foolproof Nature of EVMs

ECI PRESS RELEASE

It has come to the notice of Election Commission of India that an event claiming to demonstrate EVMs used by ECI can be tampered with, has been organised in London.

Whereas ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest, ECI firmly stands by the empirical facts about the foolproof nature of ECI EVMs deployed in elections in India.

It needs to be reiterated that these EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) under very strict supervisory and security conditions and there are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures meticulously observed at all stages under the supervision of a Committee of eminent technical experts constituted way back in 2010.

It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter.

EVM Hacking: Election Commission Rubbishes London Hacker’s Claims

In a statement later, the Election Commission called it a “motivated slugfest” and said they would explore “what legal action can and should be taken in the matter”.

 

WEB DESK / NEW DELHI

The Election Commission has dismissed the claims made by a London-based hacker, who said that he can hack the electronic voting machines EVMs used in India.

The controversial, claims of the hacker – made during a so-called hackathon in London this evening – comes amid a renewed focus on EVMs by the united opposition, which has formed a committee to spearhead the campaign for their removal and a return to ballot papers.

Dr Rajat Moona, the top technical expert with the Election Commission, told NDTV that EVMs are “stand-alone machines which have absolutely no capability of transmitting or receiving any data through any wireless communication of any sort”. This is why they are “tamper proof”, said Dr Moona, who is the director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhillai, and a member of a “technical expert committee” of the Election Commission on EVMs.

In a statement later, the Election Commission called it a “motivated slugfest” and said they would explore “what legal action can and should be taken in the matter”. The Commission said it “firmly stands by the empirical facts about foolproof nature of ECI EVMs deployed in elections in India”.

ECI statement

ECI Firmly Stands by Foolproof Nature of ECI EVMs

It has come to the notice of Election Commission of India that an event claiming to demonstrate EVMs used by ECI can be tampered with, has been organised in London.

Whereas ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest, ECI firmly stands by the empirical facts about the foolproof nature of ECI EVMs deployed in elections in India.

It needs to be reiterated that these EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) under very strict supervisory and security conditions and there are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures meticulously observed at all stages under the supervision of a Committee of eminent technical experts constituted way back in 2010.

It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter.

A self-proclaimed US-based cyber expert on Monday alleged that BJP leader Gopinath Munde was murdered in 2014 because ‘he knew about electronic voting machines (EVM) hacking’. Addressing a press conference in London via Skype, Syed Shuja, the expert who claims to have designed the EVMs used in India, also claimed that the elections in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat were rigged.

The event, which took place in London, was organised by the Indian Journalists’ Association (Europe) and attended by senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal. Notably, the Election Commission of India has always maintained that the EVMs used in India cannot be tampered with.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India issued a statement, calling the UK hackathon event a “motivated slugfest”. EVMs are foolproof in nature, reiterated the EC.

The hacker, who identified himself as Syed Shuja, said Indian EVMs are “standalone devices”, which cannot be hacked remotely. They contain old chips manufactured when there was no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology. So while it was not possible to hack individual machines, with their algorithm, it was possible to tweak the machines, he claimed.

The unsubstantiated claims of the hacker are expected to turn up the opposition pitch for the removal of EVMs. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal was present at the event where the hacker made his claims. At the programme, which was broadcast live on Facebook, the hacker also made a number of unsubstantiated political claims.

While the programme was in progress, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Our great democracy must be protected. Every vote of yours is precious. All Oppn parties discussed the #EVM issue after the #UnitedIndiaAtBrigade rally. We are working closely together and decided on Jan 19 itself to consistently take up the matter with EC. Yes, every vote counts”.

Part of its agenda is electoral reforms, which would include pushing for the minimum use of electronic voting machines and advocate the use of VVPATs or voter-verified paper audit trail machines on at least 50 per cent of the EVMs used.

The BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “The Congress has a lot of freelancers, who sometimes reach even Pakistan to take help for removing Modi -ji. They are making a hacking horror show of their possible defeat in the upcoming elections”.

Australian Open: Serena Williams Beats World No.1 Simona Halep

 

Serena Williams, seeded 16th, knocked World No.1 Simona Halep out of the Australian Open in the women’s singles after winning the Round of 16 match 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in Melbourne today. Serena Williams has looked in ominous form, as she seeks one more Grand Slam title to put her alongside Margaret Court’s record of 24. The 37-year-old 23-time Grand Slam winner will play seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, who defeated two-time major winner Garbine Muguruza in straight sets earlier today for a place in semifinals.

With top seed Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and second seed Angelique Kerber out of the tournament already, Serena looks well on course to win her eighth Australian Open crown.

 

The Men’s Singles match in Round of 16 between world number one Novak Djokovic and Russian Daniil Medvedev is now underway.

Meanwhile, World number four Alexander Zverev was defeated by Milos Raonic in the fourth round today. The German lost 6-1 6-1 7-6. The 16th seed will face Croatia’s Borna Coric or Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the quarter-final.

US Open champion Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina have set up their quarter-final clash, winning their respective fourth round matches.

Yesterday, world number three and defending champion Roger Federer was stunned by Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Second seed Angelique Kerber and five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova also made a shock exit yesterday.

 

Karnataka Seer Shivakumara Swami Dies at 111

Karnataka Seer Shivakumara Swami Dies at 111
Politicians of all hues express Grief over his demise

AMN / BEGALURU

Dr Shivakumara Swami, who was head of the Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka’s Tumakuru passed away today after weeks of treatment. He was 111.

Shivakumara Swami had been unwell for a while and had been on life support for the past two weeks.
Karnataka will observe three-day mourning and schools, colleges and government offices will be closed on Tuesday as a mark of respect for the seer revered by millions.

Shivakumara Swami was often known as “the walking god”. Top political leaders mourned the death of the Lingayat seer; rivals Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and former chief minister BS
Yeddyurappa united in expressing their grief and addressed the media jointly.

President Ram Nath Kovind in his condolence message said: Extremely sad to learn of the passing of spiritual leader Dr Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu Ji. He contributed immensely to society particularly towards healthcare and education. My condolences to his countless followers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also posted a moving tribute. “His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu lived for the people, especially the poor and vulnerable. He devoted himself towards alleviating ills like poverty, hunger and social injustice. Prayers and solidarity with his countless devotees spread all across the world,” he tweeted. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the seer’s passing had left a “deep spiritual void”.

 

CJI recuses from hearing plea challenging Nageswara Rao’s appointment as CBI chief

AMN / NEW DELHI

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi recuses from hearing a plea challenging M Nageswara Rao’s appointment as interim CBI chief.

The Chief Justice said he was recusing himself from the hearing because he is a member of the high-powered selection committee that will pick a successor to Alok Verma, who was removed as CBI director months after he was sent on leave and replaced by Nageswara Rao.

Nageswara Rao took over from him a second time after the selection committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to remove Alok Verma and transfer him to fire services.

The selection panel is likely to meet on January 24 to appoint the new CBI director. Besides PM Modi and the Chief Justice, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is part of the committee, representing the opposition.

Chief Justice Gogoi had recused himself from the panel and before it decided to sack Alok Verma as he was part of the Supreme Court bench that passed an order on Mr Verma. Another top court judge, AK Sikri, was nominated to represent him.

 

 

2nd main bath of Kumbh being held today on occasion of Paush Purnima

 

The second main bath of the ongoing Kumbh Mela is being held today at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on the occasion of Paush Purnima. Massive security and other arrangements have been made by the Mela administration for peaceful bathing.

The Administration said, over 60 lakh devotees are expected to take the bath, which marks the beginning of month-long Kalp Vas. Throughout the Kalp Vas period, lakhs of people will be staying in small tents near the Sangam for a month to take bath thrice daily and eat only once in a day.

A large number of devotees and Kalpavasees were continuously reaching the Mela area from yesterday. 8 kilometre long Ghat has been developed at Sangam and 35 bathing areas are developed on the banks of river Ganga for bathing.

There are six main bathing dates, including three Shahi Snans, at the Kumbh Mela. A record around 2 crore 25 lakh devotees took part in the first Shahi Snan of Akharas on Makar Sankranti. The 49-day Mela began last week on Tuesday, and it will conclude on 4th March.

NEWSPAPERS’ SCAN- JAN 21

“India set to beat UK as 5th Top Economy”, is a headline in The Asian Age. Within a year of surpassing France, India is now all set to beat Britain in 2019, to become the world’s fifth largest economy, according to a report by global consultancy giant PwC, with data provided by the World Bank – on the GDP of countries.

Karnatakas Janta Dal (Secular) Congress regime’s power-game refusing to ease, is covered by several papers. The DNA reports that, Congress MLA Anand Singh was sent to hospital after an alleged brawl with party colleague JN Ganesh at Bengaluru’s Eagleton Resort, where the lawmakers had been shifted two day ago to keep the BJP from trying to poach them.

According to the Times of India over 3.7 lakh children lodged in homes meant for the care of children in vulnerable circumstance across India in 2016-17, over 1.2 lakh were the offspring of a single parent – who send them to care homes to ensure their safety and well being. The child often remains in touch with the parent and may later be reunited.

The successful completion of the second Khelo India Youth Games in Maharashtra, is prominently covered by The Times of India. The paper reports that a great deal of new talent has been identified, creating a strong pool of sports person under various disciplines. The just-concluded Youth Games have gifted us a new hero, a new star and a new future medal-winner, almost every day.

“Freak weather to rise in India over two decades” is a top headline of Hindustan Times. Pointing towards a rise in catastrophic weather events in India, including last years Kerala floods and freak dust storms in northern India, the Indian MeT Department has said that the year 2000 was a tipping point for the impact of climate change-led warming of the country and scientists predict a cataclysmic fallout by 2040, if emissions are not contained.

Army Chief calls for incorporating Artificial Intelligence into defence system

AMN

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has stressed on incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data computing into the Armed forces’ system. He was addressing the valedictory function of the National Conference on ‘Self Reliance in Defence Manufacturing’ in Hyderabad yesterday.

General Rawat said, future wars are going to be fought in the cyber domain and it is important to start understanding the relevance of AI and Big Data computing and how to incorporate it into the defence system. He said, the Indian Armed forces have to be prepared whether it was defence of borders, combating proxy wars, terrorism, insurgencies or other internal security disturbances.

The Army Chief also said, the defence forces needed equipment that were capable of deep viewing a