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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.


INX Media: SC grants interim protection to Chidambaram in ED case; no relief in CBI matter
Always said demonising Modi wrong: Singhvi
Alert in Tamil Nadu after intel of Lashkar terrorists' intrusion
FATF Asia-Pacific Group puts Pakistan in terror 'blacklist': Officials
Never met Peter or Indrani Mukherjea, says Karti Chidambaram, claims "political vendetta"
PM Modi begins three-nation trip, says engagements will strengthen India's relations with time-tested friends
No immediate plan to withdraw troops from J&K: Union Minister
HC gives Vadra four weeks to file rejoinder in plea to quash money laundering case
ED notice to MNS chief: Uddhav says doesn't expect concrete
Helicopter crashes in rain-hit Uttarkashi, three on board
No need for any debate on reservation: Paswan
Bengal's personalities write open letter to Mamata
Congress MLA Nirmala Gavit quits, may join Shiv Sena
Modi govt committed to development of northeast: Shah
Flood-like situation in parts of Punjab, Haryana, IAF rescues 9 people
Teachers report to schools in Kashmir, students don't
Yogi Adityanath to reshuffle UP cabinet on Monday
22 killed in rain-related incidents in HP
When night falls over the city, jawans on alert to keep Kashmir safe
Fire at AIIMS, 22 fire tenders rushed
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vivek Oberoi to star in film on Balakot air strikes
 Mumbai: After portraying Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a biopic, Vivek Oberoi says he is set to pr  
Chris Pine to star in film about Richard Nixon lawyer John Dean
Amitabh Bachchan is my real life mentor: Chiranjeevi
It's challenging to reinvent constantly: Kriti Kharbanda
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Despite tensions, Pak stands ready to open Kartarpur Corridor: Qureshi
 Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday said that despite tensions with India, it stands ready to open the Kar
Two Govt hospitals in Pak deny specialised ambulance facility to Sharif
UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'
US seeking balancing act in South Asia over Kashmir: Report
KERALA NEWS
Malayalam actor, film crew stranded in Himachal village
 Thiruvananthapuram: A 30-member film crew from Kerala, including award-winning actress Manju Warrier
Ex-Deputy Commandant of AR camp held in connection with constable's death
"More flights to Kerala from Gulf countries during Onam"
Flood in Kerala: CM conducts aerial survey
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