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Rahul: Pegasus a tool to muzzle voices

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday alleged that Israel’s Pegasus spyware had been installed in the phone of every youth in an attempt to crush their voice. “The youth must understand PM Narendra Modi has put the idea of Pegasus in every youth’s phone, not just mine. Pegasus is in everyone’s phone. Pegasus is a means to crush the voice of youth but the young voice can’t be suppressed,” Gandhi said addressing an Indian Youth Congress event here. TNS

Lokpal gets 12 corruption plaints this yr

The government on Thursday said corruption complaints filed to the Lokpal had reduced from 1,427 in 2019 to 110 in 2020 to only 12 so far this year, revealing that there was “hardly anything to complain about”. Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh said this during the question hour in the Rajya Sabha. TNS

Centre wants transfer policy in public domain

The government on Thursday said all Central ministries and departments have been asked and are required to place their transfer policy in public domain. This was stated by Minister of State (MoS) for Department of Personnel amp; Training (DoPT) Jitendra Singh while replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha. TNS

Govt debunks report on open defecation

The Union Government on Thursday debunked a recent report of the UNICEF and World Health Organisation (WHO) that said at least 15 per cent Indians still defecate in the open. Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Prahalad Singh Patel said in the Lok Sabha that the report was based on a very small sample. Patel said the joint monitoring programme report involves gathering data from various resources and the conclusions were derived from them. “Many of these surveys and reports are based on very small samples,” he added. TNS

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