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National News
Something wrong with EVMs, need to study them: Pitroda
 
Ahmedabad: Technocrat-turned-politician Sam Pitroda said Thursday that he feels there is something wrong with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

He can not pinpoint the flaw immediately and would need to study the machine for that, the Congress leader said.

"As an engineer, as a technical expert, I am not satisfied with EVM," Pitroda said at a press conference here.

"But I have not been able to pinpoint it because I do not have an EVM. If someone gives me an EVM to study for a year, then I can say something," he said.

"You will have to understand the design, the software ....But one thing is for sure, there is something wrong with it. We do not know what is wrong with it," said Pitroda, who had served as adviser to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Opposition parties recently demanded counting of at least 50 per cent of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail slips during the Lok Sabha elections, claiming that EVM's reliability was doubtful.

On the feasibility of the Nyay scheme announced by the Congress in its manifesto, he said it was framed after consulting experts from across the world, and makes economic sense.

"Time has come for our country to think about 50 million poorest families. It is our moral responsibility to uplift them," he said, adding that for a three trillion dollars economy, funding the scheme will not be difficult as the country's economy was growing at 8 per cent annually.

"The money will go into economy, will create jobs in rural areas," he said, adding that it will help the economy just as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) did.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation that the Congress neglected and did injustice to Gujarat, Pitroda said nobody could humiliate the state.

"Many chief ministers came and went, but Gujarat has always done well because Gujaratis do well. And they do well not just in Gujarat but also in London, America...They do well everywhere. Nobody can humiliate Gujarat," he said.

On Modi's barb that the Congress was "speaking the language of Pakistan" over surgical and air strikes carried out by the Indian forces inside Pakistan, Pitroda said, "Whatever you say, the prime minister and (BJP president) Amit Shah tag you as anti-national.

"(That) The Congress party at the right time cut Pakistan into two pieces (in 1971) should tell you enough," he added.


Day after BJP''s massive victory, all eyes now on govt formation
Cong-JDS cabinet reposes faith in Kumaramaswamy after dismal show in LS polls
Will approach party high command against Sidhu: Amarinder Singh
Amit Shah wins Gandhinagar seat by margin of 5.57 lakh votes
People of India decided Narendra Modi as PM, I fully respect it: Rahul Gandhi
ISRO successfully launches earth observation satellite RISAT-2B
Two militants killed in encounter in Kulgam
Anil Ambani to withdraw defamation suits against Cong, Herald
Arunachal MLA, ten others gunned down by militants
BJP slams Oppn for questioning credibility of EVMs, asks it to accept defeat with grace
Swaraj to attend SCO foreign ministers meet in Bishkek from Tuesday
International calls diversion racket held in Telangana
Welcome decision to sack me as UP minister: Rajbhar
LS polls come to close; over 64 pc voting recorded in last phase
PM performs puja at Kedarnath after meditating for 17 hrs, will also visit Badrinath
Exit polls gossip, don''t trust them: Mamata
Opposition unity: Naidu meets Akhilesh, Mayawati over opposition unity post LS polls
Modi is an actor, says Priyanka; compares him to Asrani in Sholay
Every religion has its own terrorist: Kamal Haasan
Rahul Gandhi meets Alwar gang-rape victim; says she will get justice
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Cate Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski to star in 'Stateless'
 Los Angeles: Cate Blanchett is set to feature in Australian TV psychological drama "Stateless".
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I am not going to get into politics: George Clooney
India moots tax breaks, refunds for foreign film units
To attack Vidyasagar is to attack Bangla language: Mahesh Bhatt
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Britain''s Brexit-beaten Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7
 London: An embattled Theresa May announced Friday that she would resign as the UK''s Conservative le
Two more Indian mountaineers die on Mount Everest, toll of Indians rises to 8
US aviation regulator says Boeing hasn't submitted 737 MAX fix
Indian among 18 people arrested in Nigeria for illegal bunkering
KERALA NEWS
Rahul elected from Wayanad LS seat
 Thiruvananthapuram: Congress president Rahul Gandhi was Thursday declared elected from the Wayanad L
LS polls candidate attacked in Kerala
Two women abort their plan to enter Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala
Kerala CM meets CEOs of leading business firms in Switzerland
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