SHIVAMOGGA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION AFTER TWITTER, PARLIAMENTARY PANEL SUMMONS FACEBOOK Top officials of the social media giant and its units Whatsapp and Instagram have been asked to appear on March 6 CHECKING FAKE NEWS IS THE MAIN AGENDA TWITTER CEO TO SKIP MEETING, AGAIN Summons have been issued by the Parliamentary Committee on IT, headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur. Top officials of Facebook and its two units — messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram — have been called to discuss ways to check fake news and safeguard citizens’ right on social media platforms ■ ■ DoT Though he was summoned twice, Twitter boss Jack Dorsey won’t appear before the panel. Colin Crowell, global VP of public policy for Twitter, will meet the panel on Feb 25, Twitter said WILL NOW ACCEPT COMPLAINTS AGAINST The summons come amid widespread complaints that Twitter OFFENSIVE MESSAGES ON WHATSAPP India is biased against handles that tweet pro-right wing views 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 CBI finally gets green light to prosecute PC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the Centre giving the green light to prosecute former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case, the CBI is likely to file the chargesheet in the next few days. The CBI had sought the Centre’s nod in January . Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate, which is also investigating the INX Media case, had quizzed Chidambaram and his son Karti over the manner in which the Foreign Investment Promotion Board allowed INX Media group promoters Peter and Indrani Mukerjea to receive foreign funds in excess of the stipulated limit. The FIPB gave its clearance in 2007 during the UPA government’s tenure. It has been alleged that Karti used his influence as the son of Union finance minister to save the Mukerjeas from punitive action for bringing in `305 crore though they had clearance for only `4.62 crore. P Chidambaram Dirty money trail In 2007, INX Media sought FIPB clearance to issue equity shares to Mauritius-based investors in return for FDI FIPB cleared the proposal a few months later with a permitted FDI inflow of `4.62 cr According to CBI, INX violated the clearance and generated FDI worth `305 crore In Feb 2008, I-T dept sought clarification of `305 cr received INX Media allegedly paid kickbacks to Karti to use his influence and get out of trouble CBI alleges Karti received `10 lakh as kickbacks Bengaluru: The process of setting up English medium schools in Karnataka for the next academic year has begun, with the Department of Primary and Secondary Education asking district officials concerned to identify four schools in each of the 224 constituencies in the state. P5 Action comes after UNSC stinker over Pulwama attack and terror watchdog FATF refusing to take it off the grey list R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi PAKISTAN on Friday announced that the Punjab government has taken administrative control of a mosqueand-seminary complex in Bahawalpur believed to have been the headquarters of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). The action comes hours after the Financial Action Task Force, a Paris-based intergover nmental body tasked with countering terrorist funding and money laundering, said it “notes with grave concern and condemns the violent terrorist attack last week that killed at least 40 Indian security forces in Pulwama in the State of J&K,” and refused to take Pakistan off its “gray list.” It also comes a day after the UN Security Council, despite attempts by China to block it, strongly condemned last week’s “heinous” terrorist attack on Pulwama “for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility .” A day later, China continued to defend the Jaish, claiming the UNSC statement was only in “general P9 terms” and “does not represent a judgement”. Flybus to link D’gere and Malnad region to Bengaluru airport G S U B H A S H C H A N D R A @Chitradurga EXPRESS READ Govt English schools inch closer to reality Pressured Pak takes control of Jaish HQ HC gives relief to BSY in MLA poaching case Kalaburagi: The Kalaburagi bench of the Karnataka High Court on Friday granted interim stay on the entire proceedings of the FIR filed against former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and three others in connection with the recent case of alleged attempts to poach rival party MLAs by the BKP leader, at Devadurga police station of P5 Raichur on February 13. New UGC criteria for deemed universities New Delhi: Colleges older than 20 years only can now hope to get the status of deemed universities, as per new rules by the University Grants Commission. Apart from this, the number of students, the NAAC grading and National Institutional Framework ranking will also be taken into account for granting the status. Frequent flyers from Shivamogga, Davangere, Chitradurga and Chikkamagaluru have good reasons to cheer as the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation is all set to connect these cities to the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, through its ‘Fly Bus’ services. With this extension, the service has connected almost all major cities of South Karnataka region with BIAL. At present, the bus services are being run from Bengaluru, Kundapura, Manipal, Madikeri and Mysuru. HIGH COSTS The demand for such servicThe present Vayu es from Central Karnataka Vajra services in was long pending. Speaking to THE NEW INBengaluru cost a passenger DIAN EXPRESS, Divisional approximately Controller (Davangere divi`200-400, and sion) Siddeshwar Hebbal Ola, Uber taxi said complete information services charge about the services and when around `600. it will be operational is not available with the division. Based on the flight frequency, the buses will be operated from Davangere. He said fly buses starting from Davangere will also pick up passengers at Chitradurga. “We will also hold discussions with the Shivamogga division to ensure that the fly bus services operate on the Shivamogga-ChitradurgaBIAL circuit, as Chitradurga is a major junction connecting with the Pune-Bengaluru National Highway. Having good connectivity, fliers can also reach the airport very quickly he said. P4 ,” A RARE GESTURE Surya Kiran pilot meets his guardian angel C H E TA N A B E L A G E R E @ Bengaluru It was a firm, comforting clasp that blossomed into an emotional bond. Days after surviving a horrific midair crash, Surya Kiran pilot Wing Commander Vijay Shelke on Friday got to meet the youth who had held on to his hand, all the while reassuring him as he lay on the ground that fateful day waiting for help to arrive. , “It’s been three days since the incident, but I still can’t forget that shivering hand which held on to mine so tight that I still feel the grip. Anyone in my place would have probably done what I did, just be there to support him morally. But his desire to Wing Commander Vijay Shelke’s family meets Chethan Kumar (second from left) and his friend at a hospital in Bengaluru on Friday meet me and express gratitude shows how nice a human being he is,” said Chethan Kumar, the 22-year-old aeronautical engineering student who was called by Wing Commander Vi- jay and his family to the hospital on Friday . Around 8 pm on Thursday Cheth, an received a call from an unrecognised number and was surprised to know that it was Akash Shelke, the older brother of Wing Commander Vijay Shelke. “I was really surprised when I got to know that Vijay Shelke wanted to meet me,” an excited Chetan told TNIE. Chethan had become the talk of the town after a video of him comforting the injured pilot had gone viral. Clasping Vijay’s hand, Chethan had kept reassuring him saying, “Stay calm sir, stay calm. They P6 are coming.” AMIT BANDRE INX MEDIA CASE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai Islamabad Srinagar Lahore Multan BAHAWALPUR PA K I S TA N INDIA BCCI shelves Pakistan boycott AFTER days of suspense and intense discussions, the BCCI has decided to reserve its decision on playing Pakistan at the World Cup for the time being. Until Thursday BCCI , and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) were mulling to not play Pakistan at the World Cup in England and Wales. BCCI apparently had prepared a note on the insistence of CoA chief Vinod Rai asking ICC to bar Pakistan from the World Cup. However, CoA has shelved its extreme plan and decided to write a strongly-worded letter to the ICC, headed by Shashank Manohar. The letter urged member nations to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates.” The letter also saw BCCI CEO Rahul Johri expressing concern over the safety of its players. The bigger threat came from the International Olympic Committee for denying visas to a three-member Pakistan contingent for the ISSF Shooting World Cup. The IOC EB said India has violated Olympic Charter and chances of “hosting Olympic-related events in India” is in jeopardy .
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