Top 10 of the Republic: the Indian Koo wants to replace Twitter in Nigeria, and more

Capitalizing on the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, the Indian social media platform Koo plans to make a massive push in Africa in a bid to expand its base. Taking a subtle Twitter dig, Koo co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna tweeted on Saturday that Koo is available in Nigeria, adding that the company plans to enable local languages ​​on its social media platform.

Almost 18 hours after Twitter removed the “blue check” verification symbol from the account handles of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu (his personal account), RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and others, the social media giant has backtracked and has now restored “blue check mark” status. Government sources pointed out earlier on Saturday that the latest developments had worsened the affair beyond the “Center vs. Twitter” paradigm and accused Twitter of showing “blatant disregard for the constitutional process.” Following the backlash, Twitter has now restored the status of “blue check mark” on the handles of political leaders.

As the Delhi government eases COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced the resumption of metro services for the general public from June 7, 2021 with 50% seating capacity. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has acknowledged that the novel coronavirus situation is under control as he announced a series of eases in COVID-19 borders while extending the lockdown in the nation’s capital. In accordance with the new regulations applicable from June 7 to 14, all markets and shopping centers will be open on an odd-even basis.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday attacked the Punjab government which was taken on the wrong foot on the vaccination front. He reacted to allegations against the government of Punjab for profiting from the COVID vaccination campaign by selling vaccines to private hospitals and drew comparisons between the Center and the state government. The Union Minister said that while Rs 26,000 cr has been transferred to the accounts of Punjab farmers for the purchase of wheat, the Punjab government is profiting by selling vaccines to private hospitals. In drawing a comparison between the two, Hardeep Singh Puri wrote “the difference in priorities is glaring”.

No hugs or handshakes will be allowed during the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, the 33-page rulebook unveiled by organizers warned alongside advising athletes to make sure they limit their contact with others. The highly anticipated Tokyo Olympics, which were suspended in 2020 after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, are expected to be a one-of-a-kind event, especially with the restrictions that will be placed on athletes due to COVID. Among the rules mentioned in the Olympic “playbook”, a particular custom of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of distributing condoms to athletes but advising against its use has attracted the attention of many.

In a major relief for Covaxin of Bharat Biotech (BBL) and Sputnik V of Russia, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) on Friday authorized their importation by the Ministry of Health, for distribution and use in controlled conditions. In a 4: 1 vote, the ANVISA board rejected the government’s request to ban Sputnik V due to lack of data, safety, quality and efficacy and to ban Covaxin because it did not meet manufacturing standards. Pursuant to the ANVISA approval, Covaxin was allowed to be imported into Brazil after improvements were made to the BBL plant in accordance with Brazilian standards.

Two days after the Kerala government claimed victory over the use of the acronym “KSRTC” for its public transport service, its counterpart in Karnataka called the information false and claimed it had not received no such order from the Central Trademark Register. Kerala was granted legal rights to its acronym and logo on June 3 from the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, which is part of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. In a statement on Saturday, KSRTC (Karnataka) Director General Shivayogi C Kalasad claimed that the Central Trademark Registry’s reports granting rights to use the acronym in Kerala were completely incorrect and that no final order had been issued. been made in legal appeals. .

Ahead of the Punjab 2022 elections, Shiromani Akali Dal chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal spoke to Republic TV, where he spoke about internal politics in the Punjab Congress and the possibilities of allying with the BJP after their break over agricultural laws. Slamming the argument between the Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sukhbir Singh Badal asked why Sidhu had not said a word against the captain while he was inducted into his cabinet for 3 years.

In blatant disregard for COVID-19 standards, a leader of the Samajwadi Party (SP) was recently caught dancing at a crowded reception in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. In the “Samajwadi Party dance video” which went viral on social media, we can see SP’s Shailendra Yadav dancing alongside women to her party’s famous song – “Samajwaad ka jhanda fir se UP me lahrayenge” (we hoist the flags of Samajwaad in UP) as well as other movie songs.

Actor Pearl V Puri was reportedly taken into judicial custody for 14 days after being arrested in a rape case on Friday. This was after reports surfaced that he had been released on bail. Even his former co-star Karishma Tanna had claimed he was given bail. A court in Vasai, near Mumbai, sent Pearl V Puri into judicial custody, according to ANI.

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