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July 4, 2018

CBI seeks custodial interrogation of P Chidambaram in INX Media case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday moved a plea in the High Court for permission to go ahead with the custodial interrogation of former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case as he was not allegedly cooperating in the investigation. The investigating agency moved its application merely a few hours after Chidambaram's plea for extension of interim protection from arrest was granted by the Delhi High Court. The premier investigation agency made the submission in an affidavit filed before Justice A K Pathak, who listed the matter for hearing on August 1 and extended till then the interim protection against arrest granted to Chidambaram on May 31.

Why should women do all the work?

According to a recent report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in India women spend 297 minutes per day on the care responsibilities, 9.6 times more than men. While men spend only 30 minutes to provide care for elderly and children at home, one of the lowest in Asia-Pacific. Globally, the situation is not much different, where women perform 76.2 per cent of total of unpaid care work, three times as much as men. In Asia and the Pacific it rises to 80 per cent. In 2018, 49.5 per cent of women in Asia-Pacific declared that they cannot work or are not looking for a job due to unpaid care work.
 
Govt warns WhatsApp over spread of messages triggering violence  

The government today directed WhatsApp to immediately take steps to prevent the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages", saying the social media platform cannot evade its responsibility, amid a spate of lynching cases purportedly triggered by posts circulated on such popular messaging apps. WhatsApp has also been asked to immediately contain the spread of such messages through application of technology, even as law and order machinery takes steps to apprehend the culprits. Noting that miscreants were repeatedly circulating provocative messages triggering a spate of violence, the government has said it has "conveyed in no uncertain terms that WhatsApp must take immediate action to end this menace and ensure that their platform is not used for such malafide activities". When contacted, a WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI, "WhatsApp cares deeply about people's safety and their ability to freely communicate".
 
Google is letting third-party developers access your Gmail Inbox

The Mountain View tech giant, Google, has been allowing third-party app developers to scan through inboxes of Gmail users, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. In June last year, Google stopped scanning user's emails, which was being done to provide personalised ads. Despite curtailing the inapt practice, it has allowed hundreds of third-parties to continue doing the same. The report said, "Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers - and, in some cases, employees - to read their users' emails."
 
Saudi says ready to pump more oil to balance market  

Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude exporter, said today it was prepared to use its spare production capacity, estimated at two million barrels, to balance the global oil market. "The kingdom is prepared to utilise its spare production capacity when necessary to deal with any future changes in the levels of supply and demand," a cabinet statement said following a meeting chaired by King Salman. The statement said the kingdom will coordinate with other producers.
Saudi Arabia, which has been pumping around 10 million barrels per day, holds the largest spare capacity in the world and is the only country that can add substantial supply to the market.
 
Harley-Davidson row: Trump says administration working to bring other motorcycle companies to US
 
President Donald Trump said today his administration is talking with other motorcycle companies about moving to the US after Harley Davidson decided to shift some operations overseas in the wake of retaliatory EU tariffs against American duties. Harley-Davidson said on June 25 that tariffs implemented by the EU would increase the average cost per motorcycle by about USD 2,200 and the company will shift some production overseas as a result. The European Union imposed the tariffs in retaliation against the Trump administration's duties on steel and aluminum imports, which were an effort by Trump to protect US jobs.
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