The Supreme Court has asked the political parties to produce details of all criminal cases of their party candidates contesting for the assembly election in Bihar scheduled for later this year.
The challenge for the politicians, said a senior BJP leader in Patna, would be to strike a balance between a candidate’s ability to win elections and also his criminal record.
“Any political party going to the election with promises of transparent and clean politics will now think twice before fielding anyone with criminal antecedents”
The Bihar Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms report revealed that 142out of 243 MLAs in Bihar had criminal cases pending against them in 2015 when assembly polls were last held. Ninety of them had declared serious criminal cases including those related to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women.
Earlier this month, the police filed a charge sheet against RJD MLA Arun Yadav, who is also accused of raping a minor girl at his residence in Patna. Arun Yadav has been on the run ever since his name cropped up in a sex racket busted in September last year.
The Supreme Court order has made it mandatory for political parties to upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases who have been selected as candidates, along with the reasons for such selection.
On the other hand, there is also a possibility that fresh cases are filed on trumped-up charges against political rivals just to scuttle their chances to contest the 2020 Bihar elections.
Server Down: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp users facing global outage
It’s not just you: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all currently down for users around the world. We’re seeing error messages on all three services across iOS applications as well as on the web. Users are being greeted with error messages such as: “Sorry, something went wrong,” “5xx Server Error,” and more.
The outage is affecting every Facebook-owned platform, according to data on Downdetector and Twitter. This includes Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. The outages appear to have started around 9:00 pm IST and all of those services remain inaccessible.
The outages quickly started trending on Twitter as users flocked to the competing social network to check to see if other users were affected by the downtime. Humorously, the hashtag “#DeleteFacebook” is also trending on Twitter as the company battles continued pushback against the effects its platforms have on younger users.
While some Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp outages only affect certain geographic regions, the services are down worldwide today. This includes the United States, the UK, Brazil, Kuwait, and more.
The outage is also affecting platforms and services that use Facebook login. Niantic, the creator of Pokémon GO, says that it is “looking into reports of errors associated with Facebook login, and will update here once we have more information.”
Facebook has not yet publicly commented on the ongoing outages affecting all of its services. We’ll be sure to update this story as we learn more. The issue appears to be related to some sort of DNS problem affecting Facebook servers.
Instagram Down: Giving 5xx Server Error
Update 19 Mar 2021 23:38 IST: Instagram and other apps are now working fine.
Instagram is currently facing downtime and users from all around the world are reporting Instagram Server Down on Twitter. Some users are also facing downtime on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
The Instagram app is showing “couldn’t refresh feed”. and the Instagram website is giving 5xx Server Error.
Earthquake in Nalanda, Patna – Bihar with 3.5 Magnitude
An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 was reported near Nalanda in Bihar on Monday night, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 20 km northwest (NW) of Nalanda, Bihar, India, the agency said. The earthquake struck at 9:23 PM IST at a depth of 5 km from the surface. Tremors were also felt in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Nalanda, Patna.