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Day: December 12, 2017

Sue web media giants like Facebook and YouTube if they don’t delete abusive content
ENGLISH, Technology

Sue web media giants like Facebook and YouTube if they don’t delete abusive content

    Social media companies like Facebook and YouTube must take responsibility for the material they host and be punished if they do not remove racist, extremist or child sex abuse content, a parliamentary committee will recommend. There will be a push for a change in the law to make sure that social media companies are deemed publishers, rather than platforms, and so would be liable for any illegal content that is available on them. Theresa May's independent ethics watchdog committee will call for legislation to ensure websites that did not comply face punishment, the Times reported. The report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life looked into how politicians were routinely harassed during the last general election campaign. Its conclusions examine the role of ...
£40bn Brexit offer off table without deal
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

£40bn Brexit offer off table without deal

    Theresa May has insisted Britain's offer of a Brexit fee around £40bn will be off the table if there is no final deal on a future UK partnership with the EU. Having returned from Brussels last week with a draft agreement on initial divorce matters, the Prime Minister faced a 105 minute grilling by MPs on the terms of the deal struck on the first phase of Brexit negotiations. Mrs May confirmed the UK has consented to a financial settlement worth between £35bn-39bn; agreed measures to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK; and made a commitment to there being no hard border on the island of Ireland. The Prime Minister hailed a new sense of optimism in Brexit negotiations, with good news for both Leavers and Remainers who want a smooth and orderly departure from the EU....
Coldest night of the year sees schools stay closed: Heathrow Airport said flights continued to be disrupted
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Coldest night of the year sees schools stay closed: Heathrow Airport said flights continued to be disrupted

    The UK has shivered through the coldest night of the year so far, with temperatures plunging as low as -13C. Large swathes of the country saw temperatures fall below freezing, and the Met Office says the village of Shawbury in Shropshire was coldest of all. Severe weather warnings for snow and ice are in place until 11am on Tuesday across much of the UK as forecasters warned the icy conditions could bring further travel disruption. Hundreds of schools are also staying closed for the day - including in Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and parts of Wales - amid concerns of treacherous conditions on untreated paths, and fears that snow will have compacted into ice. The Met Office said: "Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with some journ...
Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to hike petrol prices by 80%
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to hike petrol prices by 80%

    Saudi Arabia plans to raise petrol and jet fuel prices in January in an effort to reduce energy subsidies and bolster state finances, according to a report by Bloomberg. Petrol prices are set to jump by about 80% while jet fuel prices will be raised to international levels, a person with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. Other fuel types and electricity tariffs are also expected to rise in price over the coming years. Fuel prices, excluding jet fuel, are not expected to rise to international levels until 2023 at the earliest. Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plans to reform the economy, fuel subsidies are eventually to be totally eliminated. Saudi Arabia's Finance Ministry did not immediately respond for a request for comment. The price hikes are part of the ...
National help desk 999 emergency services inaugurates
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

National help desk 999 emergency services inaugurates

    Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Tuesday inaugurated the expanded national emergency services through using toll-free hotline number ‘999’ across the country. The number - 999- is an official emergency telephone number used in a number of countries around the world allowing the caller to contact emergency services for urgent assistance. Joy inaugurated the services at a function in the capital Dhaka’s National Control and Command Centre well-known as Police Control Room of Abdul Gani Road with the presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Inspector General of Police A K M Shahidul Hoque, among others. A dedicated call centre has already been set up at the Police Control Room to provide the s...
Anushka and Kohli’s weeding video goes viral
Asia, ENGLISH

Anushka and Kohli’s weeding video goes viral

    Video footage from inside the wedding of the year has gone viral online after actress Anushka Sharma and cricketer Virat Kohli announced on Monday evening they were married. The newlyweds had a series of pre-wedding functions in Italy, ending with a traditional Hindu ceremony, reports NDTV. The guest list was extremely restricted for the hush-hush festivities - none of the couple’s celebrity colleagues attended and the ladki and ladkewalo comprised of family and close friends. Anushka and Virat posted pictures of the wedding on their Twitter accounts and video clips from the jaimala, engagement, mehendi and other functions have been sourced and posted by fan clubs. Instagram handle Instant Bollywood posted footage of Anushka’s wedding entry, the jaimalaor exchange of garla...