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    Zimbabwe Military, Rahul Gandhi, Bitcoin, PM Modi: Top trending stories

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:23 IST

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    Zimbabwe Military, Rahul Gandhi, Bitcoin, PM Modi: Top trending stories
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    Soldiers take over Zimbabwe's national broadcaster; gunfire heard

    Soldiers are reported to have taken over the headquarters of Zimbabwe's national broadcaster ZBC, amid a growing political crisis.

    Heavy gunfire and artillery have also been heard in northern suburbs, although the situation is unclear, BBC reported on Wednesday.

    There has been no word so far from 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

    Zimbabwe's ambassador in South Africa, Isaac Moyo, dismissed any talk of a coup and said the government was "intact".

    Election Commission bars Gujarat BJP from using 'Pappu' in electronic ads

    The Election Commission has barred the ruling BJP in Gujarat from using the word "Pappu" in an electronic advertisement, which apparently targeted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, calling it "derogatory".

    "Pappu" is perceived as a social media slur coined to target Gandhi.

    Confirming the development, sources in the BJP today said the script of the advertisement did not link the word to any individual.

    According to BJP sources, the media committee under the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) objected to the word mentioned in the script of the advertisement which was submitted by the party for approval last month. "Before making any election-related advertisement, we have to submit a script to the committee to get a certificate.

    Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh targeted by human traffickers

    Members of the Rohingya Muslim minority who have fled violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh, were being targeted by human traffickers, according to UN agencies.

    "The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has found that human trafficking and exploitation is rife among Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh," Xinhua news agency quoted UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, as saying on Tuesday.

    "This is according to interviews and focus groups they've been conducting in Cox's Bazar," he said, referring to where makeshift refugee camps were established in southeastern Bangladesh, neighbouring Myanmar's Rakhine state.

    "Exploitation has been reported among Rohingya refugees not only among those who arrived since August 25 this year but also among those who have lived in Bangladesh for years. The IOM says that desperate refugees are being recruited with false offers of paid work.

    Where are the promised jobs, Chidambaram asks PM Modi

    Former Union Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain about the jobs he had promised to create in the run-up to the 2014 general elections.

    He also lashed out at the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre for demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax which he said was badly implemented.

    "Both these steps dragged the country into recession-like situation. Demonetisation is a major blow to the Indian economy and is completely unconcerned about the common man's plight," the Congress leader told a gathering at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and
    Industries event.

    "Was the black money, fake currency or corruption eliminated after demonetisation? None of these aims was achieved," he said.

    Supreme Court seeks government's response on plea to regulate Bitcoin

    A plea to regulate the flow of Bitcoin and ensure that this virtual currency be made accountable to the exchequer today led the Supreme Court to seek a response from the Centre.

    A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the ministries of Finance, Law and Justice, Information Technology, market regulator SEBI and the RBI, on the plea which also sought setting up of a panel to frame a mechanism to regulate the flow of Bitcoin.

    Bitcoin is a digital currency that allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties.

    It was introduced in 2008 by an unidentified group of programmers as a cryptocurrency as well as an electronic payment system. It is reportedly the first decentralised digital currency where peer-to-peer transactions take place without any intermediary.

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