BENGALURU MONDAY JULY 2, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 36 LATE CITY EDITION FB SHARED DATA WITH 52 FIRMS, INCLUDING CHINESE The social media giant’s acceptance came as part of a more than 700-page document to the US House Energy & Commerce Committee WHO DID IT SHARE WITH? WHAT IS FACEBOOK’S DEFENCE The list featured major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry and Samsung. Other firms featured on the list include Alibaba, Qualcomm and Pantech. But the list also includes four Chinese firms that US intelligence has flagged as national security threats — Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL ■ ■ Facebook said it shared data with the companies in an effort to improve its integrations and user experience across platforms and devices Facebook further stated it has ended 38 of its 52 partnerships and will shut down those remaining by July 2.19bn NO OF ACTIVE FACEBOOK USERS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2018 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Milk & Merc can’t People click videos as crash victim bleeds to death be taxed at same GST rate, says PM HEARTLESS BENGALURU M A N J U S H E T TA R @ B e n g a l u r u ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU @ New Delhi DISMISSING the criticism by the opposition that the current GST system is ‘too complex’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ruled out a single tax rate under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying Mercedes car and milk cannot be taxed at the same rate. “It would have been very simple to have just one slab but it would have meant we could not have food items at zero per cent tax rate. Can we have milk and Mercedes at the same rate?” Modi asked in an exclusive interview to Swarajya Magazine. The government on Sunday celebrated one year since the launch of GST. According to Modi, in the last one year, 48 lakh new enterprises have been registered and 11 crore returns were filed. “Around 350 crore invoices were processed and 11 crore returns were filed... Check-posts across the country have been abolished and there are no more queues at state borders. Not only are truck drivers saving precious time but also the logistics sector is getting a boost and thereby increasing the productivity of our country Would this . be happening if GST was complex?” he asked. Figure it out 1.14 crore+ GST-registered businesses D8.2L crore GST collection from July, 2017, to March, 2018 D11L crore Projected mop up for full year 11.9% Total tax a year growth in 44% Advance tax up in this quarter D13 lakh crore+ Projected GST collection in the current fiscal “The reform merged 17 taxes and 23 cesses into a single tax. When it was finally introduced, it was our endeavour to make it simple and ensure sensitivity of the system. There are often teething troubles seen when a reform of this magnitude is carried out, but these issues were not only identified but also addressed in real time,” he said. GST, he said, has seen Indian cooperative federalism at its best. “We consolidated the states and developed pro-actively a consensus, where the earlier governments had failed.” P9 Chain-snatcher runs riot, stabs five on MG Road | P3 BSY rejects residence offered by government | P4 Cut, trim, borrow - that’s how govt will raise money | P5 HOSTS MAKE IT IN FIRST SHOOTOUT Moscow: Hosts Russia beat Spain in a penalty shootout to move into the World Cup quarterfinals and knock out the 2010 winners. Iago Aspas’ penalty was saved by Igor Akinfeev to hand Russia victory after a match that Spain had P14 completely dominated. Round of 16 Result: Spain 1 Russia 1 (FT) Russia won 4-3 on penalties Dera involved in desecration of Sikh holy book | P7 Today’s fixtures Brazil v Mexico (7.30 pm) Belgium v Japan (11.30 pm) As cases mount, SC to open after 45-day vacation | P9 Gangster escapes from jail in style, on helicopter | P11 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 36 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) & 4 of City Express Child-lifter fear narrative again as one of them spoke to a girl Tamil Nadu A Hindi-speaking man was clubbed to death by a group of villagers in Vellore district on April 28. The people who lynched him suspected that he was a child trafficker. Karnataka Suspecting a man to be a child trafficker, a mob in Bengaluru killed the 25-year-old by thrashing him with cricket bats and logs on May 23. All 20 accused were arrested Two people were beaten to death in separate incidents in Visakhapatnam in May this year. Cannot reopen Sterlite plant: TN minister tells staff | P6 Cong quashes speculation of joining hands with PDP | P7 FIVE LYNCHED IN TRIBAL HAMLET Andhra Pradesh PRESS INTAKE MNC staffer drags security guard in car for 50 ft | P2 behind, sending him crashing into the parapet wall. The tractor driver abandoned the vehicle and fled. The traffic Siddu Hugar police rushed to the spot after they were alerted about “a traffic jam” on the flyover. Only when they reached the spot and noticed a dying Siddu lying there, did they rush him to Victoria Hospital. By then, a crucial 30 minutes had passed with Siddu receiving no medical aid. On reaching Victoria Hospital, he was declared brought dead. AMIT BANDRE Admits there were teething troubles, says they were identified and fixed in real time A youth lay bleeding and writhing in pain on the Mysore Road flyover after a tractor knocked his bike down on Sunday morning. Instead of rushing him to a hospital or calling for an ambulance, insensitive passersby chose to take their mobile phones out and record the bleeding victim. Had the victim Siddu Hugar (25), a KSRTC security staffer, been rushed to the hospital just 10 minutes earlier, he could have been saved. As it was on the flyover with no pedestrians, motorists coming from behind stopped to witness the bloody scene; and soon, a crowd of about 75-100 gathered — but not to help. None among the crowd stepped forward to help the bleeding youth even as he lay there fighting for his life in a semi-conscious state. Siddu was declared “brought dead” by the doctors of Victoria Hospital, who confirmed that bringing him in just 10 minutes earlier could have saved his life. Siddu was scheduled to get engaged later this month, his grieving father Mallikarjuna Hugar told The New Indian Express. A senior police officer from Chickpet traffic police station said the incident occurred at 9.15am when Siddu was riding to Shanthinagar TTMC to report for duty On the Mysore Road flyover, . a speeding tractor hit him from 47 killed as bus falls into deep gorge Ten others were injured as the overloaded 28-seater private bus fell into a 200-metre deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri dist P7 Maharashtra Telangana VILLAGERS lynched five people at Rainpada, 25 km from Pimpalner in Dhulia district of North Maharashtra on Sunday The . villagers apparently mistook them as a gang of child-lifters and beat them up, the police said. The five had come to the tribal hamlet in a state transport bus. After alighting, when one of them tried to speak to a girl child, villagers, who had gathered for the weekly Sunday bazaar, suddenly attacked them, the police said. At around 11am on Sunday, a mob armed with stones and sticks surrounded the five men and started to beat them. The victims were later locked in a room and beaten again. An official at the Pimpalner police station said the identities of the victims are yet to be established. Two policemen were also injured in the incident. Police said that 15 people have been taken into custody so far. The bodies have been shifted to a rural hospital in Pimpalner. There were rumours for the last few days that a gang of childlifters was active in the area, the police added. Police have detained 15 residents of Rainpada village in relation with the crime. M Ramkumar, Dhule SP, also said that all residents of the village — around 250 of them — have left the village after the incident. “I will visit the village on Monday to take stock of the situation,” Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar told The New Indian Express. He also appealed to people not to believe in rumours being circulated on social media. Fake messages about child-lifters on WhatsApp have triggered a frenzy in the last few weeks, with at least 24 ‘outsiders’ lynched across the country from Tamil Nadu to Tripura, according to an estimate. These incidents come against the backdrop of a spate of similar such incidents in several parts of the country when people were either attacked or lynched on suspicion that they were child abductors. Assam Two youngsters from Guwahati were lynched in West Karbi Anglong district on June 8 on suspicion of being ‘child lifters’ Tripura Three people lynched in different districts on June 28 on suspicion of trying to kidnap children. Days earlier, an 11-year-old boy was found dead near Agartala Tamil Nadu Two migrant workers from Bihar, working for Metro Rail Construction, were thrashed by a mob suspecting them to be child lifters at Teynampet on Saturday. The incident comes after May when a dozen people were attacked and a few killed. The mob attacks were instigated by fake social media messages on child-lifting gangs. P6 HORROR HOUSE Occult angle in death of 11 of Delhi joint family, mass murder case filed EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A family of 11, seven of them women and two children, were found dead on Sunday morning in Burari area of Delhi. Prima facie it appeared to be a case of suicide due to certain “spiritual/ mystical” practice, police said. While 10 bodies were found hanging, that of a 77-year-old woman, the oldest member of the family was found in an adja, cent room. The mouth and eyes of all the bodies found hanging were covered with cloth and taped, which suggested an occult angle to the deaths. While post-mortem reports are awaited, a Delhi police statement said: “The house was found neither ransacked nor was any precious item missing.” “We have found handwritten notes detailing how hands and legs are to be tied and the manner in which the bodies of the 10 people were found reflected what was written in the notes,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar said. Another officer said, “They talk about how a person can This is not the first time that public have displayed a lack of sensitivity. In February, 2016, 23-year-old Harish Nanjappa was cut into half after a truck hit his motorcycle and ran over him on the Tumakuru-Bengaluru road. As he lay begging for water and help, onlookers were busy recording his suffering to share with their friends. None stepped forward to help Harish who died later in the hospital. “I was on my way to Nanjanagud to visit a temple. I was having breakfast at a hotel near Mandya when I was told about the acci- dent. In a state of shock, I rushed to Victoria Hospital to find him dead. I was shocked to see the video of my son lying bleeding which was recorded by a passerby I do . not know why they were recording the incident instead of helping him,” said a visibly shaken father, Mallikarjun Hugar. Siddu was a native of Vijayapura, and was appointed as a security staffer in KSRTC Shathinagar TTMC in 2013. He was living with his elder brother Venkatesh Hugar (35), a police constable in the City Armed Reserve headquarters on Mysore Road. Chickpet police are looking out for the tractor driver after seizing the vehicle from the spot. At least 17 Sikhs killed in Afghan terror attack R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi The Indian embassy in Kabul on Sunday strongly condemned a suicide attack on a group of Afghan Sikhs in Jalalabad that killed at least 20 people and left 20 others injured. Among the victims was Ottar Singh Khalsa, the solitary Sikh candidate for upcoming presidential polls in Afghanistan. Inamullah Miakhail, spokesman for the provincial hospital in Nangarhar, said at least 17 of the victims were Sikhs, adding at least 10 of the 20 wounded were also from the same community . “We strongly condemn the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack in Jalalabad today We con... vey heart-felt condolences to the families of the victims and pray for early recovery of the injured,” the Indian embassy in Kabul tweeted. “Today’s terrorist attack again underlines the need for a united global fight against international terrorism without discrimination and accountability of those who support terrorists in any manner,” it added. “We are awaiting details, but first reports indicate that the group of Sikhs were on their way to meet President Ashraf Ghani, who is on a two-day visit to Nangarhar province, when they were attacked,” a senior Indian official in Delhi said. Nangarhar Province borders Pakistan. “There are about 1,000 Sikhs in Afghanistan, and they have often been targeted by Muslim extremist groups, but this is one of the deadliest attacks on the community he said. ,” E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai Two persons, including a tribal youngster, lynched in different districts in May. In another incident, nine labourers were beaten by locals in the last week of the month. WHEN WILL CITY LEARN? overcome fear by covering eyes and mouth, how a person can attain salvation, and how the human body is temporary but the soul continues to live on.” The deceased were Narayan Devi (77), her daughter Pratibha (57), her two sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit Bhatia (45); Bhavnesh’s wife Savita (48) and their three children — Meenu (23) and Nidhi (25), and Dhruv (15); and Police swarm the street leading to the house where 11 died in Burari area of New Delhi on Sunday | PTI Bhatia’s wife Tina (42) and son Shivam (15). Bhavnesh ran a grocery store in the ground floor of their house and would open it at 6am sharp. “But the shop was not open till 7am, which was unusual as he was very particular about timings. When we peeped into their house, we spotted the bodies,” an eyewitness said. A case of murder has been registered. (With PTI inputs) I can’t believe they committed suicide. Everyone was so happy. Someone has killed my family Sujata, daughter of Narayan Devi. She lives in Panipat NOD FOR FARM LOAN WAIVER JD(S) national secretary general Danish Ali, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, former CM Siddaramaiah; Dy CM G Parameshwara and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal at the coordination committee meeting on Sunday | EXPRESS Coalition panel sends out ‘populist’ message EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru ANY disagreements that coalition partners JD(S) and Congress may have had so far over farm loan waiver came to a full stop on Sunday with the coordination committee headed by Siddaramaiah approving the ambitious populist measure. In a single stroke, the JD(S)-Congress combine has managed to send out a message to the farming community that solving their distress is a priority — even without the Union government’s help — and that the populist nature of the previous government will continue, with more pro-people schemes. The five-member coordination committee met on Sunday at Kumara Krupa guest house to adopt their Common Minimum Programme — a detailed version of which will be released shortly in the form of a booklet. Despite his disapproval for farm loan waiver as well as a fresh budget, Siddaramaiah on Sunday was compelled to accept a CMP that includes both. JD(S) national secretary general and committee member Danish Ali told the media, “The committee has approved the farm loan waiver but the details of how it will be implemented will be announced by the Chief Minister during the budget. We have also decided to continue with the flagship programmes of the previous government, allocate `1.25 lakh crore for irrigation projects.” The CMP also includes plans to build 20 lakh new houses and creating 1 crore new jobs. Offering no explanation on how the government will raise funds to implement the massive loan waiver while allocating funds for irrigation projects, Danish Ali claimed that all regulations of the Fiscal Responsibility Act will be adhered to. The farm loan waiver was JD(S)’ most emphasised poll promise while Congress made no such proposal. A sub-committee appointed by the committee held three meetings to draft the CMP , which was adopted with minor changes on Sunday . CONG WILL GO EXTRA MILE: P5
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