KOTTAYAM l SATURDAY l JULY 27, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION US PREZ CANDIDATE GABBARD SUES GOOGLE FOR $50 MILLION The Democratic presidential hopeful accused the tech giant of abusing its control over online space to silence her campaign TECH GIANT ACCUSED OF STIFLING FREE SPEECH ■ 6 hours NO BIAS, ACTION WAS AUTOMATED: GOOGLE Tulsi Gabbard, 38, said in her lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles court that Google infringed on her free speech when it briefly suspended her campaign’s Google Ads account after the first Democratic debate in June. This meant losing out on donations her campaign could have received. Tulsi is an Iraq war veteran and the first Hindu member of US Congress ■ In its defence, Google said it has automated systems that flag unusual activity on advertiser accounts to prevent fraud “In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter,” said Google spokesman Jose Castaneda, adding it has no bias towards any political ideology THE DURATION GOOGLE SUSPENDED TULSI’S ACCOUNT ON JUNE 27 AND 28 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 BSY begins 4th innings as CM in fractured House Special sitting of Assembly on Monday to take up trust vote and the finance bill B S Yediyurappa takes oath of office as new CM on Friday | VINOD KUMAR T FIRST SHOW MORE MONEY IN FARMERS’ POCKET BSY is 21st CM and 16th person to occupy the high post since 1972 after the state of K’taka was born BSY woos farm sector, announces payment of I4,000 more by state govt to beneficiaries of the PM’s Kisan Samman Yojana, under which they get I6,000 annually Loan of weavers to be waived. Cost to the exchequer: I100 crore. This was decided in BSY’s first cabinet meeting With BSY, the Modi-led BJP made the first exception to the age cap of 75 years for holding a high office. Yediyurappa is 76 Pressure from rebels forced the BJP to change strategy, quickly form new govt. Disqualification of 3 MLAs had left the rebels rattled Speculation on who would be BSY’s deputy. He could have two deputy CMs A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru HIS first stint as CM lasted all of seven days. The second was cut short before he could complete a full term in office while his third term lasted barely three days. But nothing could stop his determined bid to turn the tables. B S Yediyurappa took oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka on Friday . In 12 years, he has been sworn in as head of the state four times, but this time too, lack of a clear majority for his government casts a shadow of uncertainty for the 76-year-old. Yediyurappa did not waste any time after receiving the go-ahead from BJP national chief Amit Shah and approached Governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday morning to stake claim to form a government in place of the Congress-JD(S) coalition gover nment, which lost the trust vote on Tuesday . “As instructed by our National President Shri @AmitShah ji and working president of BJP Shri @JPNadda ji, I have met his Excellency Governor of Karnataka to stake claim to for m gover nment”(sic), Yediyurappa tweeted in his attempt to dispel speculation SURENDRAN MURDER 5 CPM workers get life imprisonment E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kannur FIVE CPM workers were sentenced to life imprisonment and fined `1 lakh each by the Additional District Sessions Court, Thalasserry, on Friday in connection with the murder of BJP worker Illath Thazhe Surendran, 62, in 2008. The persons sentenced to life imprisonment are M Akhilesh, 35, M Lijesh, 32, M Kalesh, 36, Vazhayil K Vineesh, 25, and P K Shyjesh, 28, all from Oorangode, Thiruvangadu near Thalasserry . In his order, judge P N Vinod said the fine amount should be given to the widow of Surendran. CPM and RSS workers had engaged in a series of clashes in Thalassery on March 7, 2008, killing six persons belonging to both sides. Surendran was one among those killed. that he was defying the central leadership and hurrying to form the government despite having barely 106 MLAs on his side — a number much lower than the required simple majority of 112 in the full House of 224. At 6 pm, Yediyurappa was sworn in as CM. The rest of the cabinet will now await approval from the party’s central leadership. “Two important decisions have been taken in the first cabinet. It has been decided that two instalments of `2,000 each shall be paid to beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Yojana as part of the state’s contribution. Also, loans availed by weavers, totalling up to `100 crore, shall be waived immediately,” BSY told reporters soon after his first Cabinet meeting. Reiterating that his priority will remain farmers, fishermen and weavers, he said he will look into details of the farm loan waiver scheme implemented under H D Kumaraswamy’s Chief Ministership and make further announcements. “The Assembly will be convened on July 29 to move the motion of confidence and to pass the Finance P6 Bill,” he said. EXPRESS READ Poet Attoor Ravi Varma passes away in Thrissur Thrissur: Poet Attoor Ravi Varma, 88, passed away at a private hospital in Thrissur on Friday. A recipient of Ezhuthachan Puraskaram in 2012, the highest literary award by the state government, Attoor is considered to be one of the pioneers of modern Malayalam poetry. P6 Franco case: Differences found in forensic lab’s DVDs Kottayam: In a major development in the rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar Diocese, differences were found in the contents of two DVDs submitted by the Forensic Science Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram, to the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Pala, and the investigation team. P4 FITNESS FIRST Taekwondo for hockey team S R I N I D H I P R @ Chennai IT’S not only about the stick! Under Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne, the Indian women’s hockey team is learning taekwondo ahead of an event in Japan. They are doing this under certifi d coaches, e with en eye on improving fitness. Marijne was impressed with this idea when he saw coaches in the Netherlands introduce judo to hockey players. But he thought it was dangerous for Indian girls and decided on taekwondo. Another objective of having this is to break the monotony of regular routines. “If you train only as a hockey player, yo u a re a lw ay s making the same kind of movem nts,” Marijne explains. “It’s e important for athletes to learn movements to control the body. Taekwondo helps with coordination and balance. The better they control the body the bet, ter they could put pressure on the ball. They can make leaps to get the ball.” At the national camp that started on July 15, the team has already had four 45-minute taekwondo sessions, under two coaches from the Bengaluru SAI centre. Marijne said there will be two more before the camp concludes on August 11 and they will do this once a week in future. Fitness has been central in Marijne’s scheme of things. The players are already on a diet devoid of sweets, oily and spicy food and low on carbohyP15 drates. CPI rift widens, members want Kanam to apologise AN EVENTFUL DAY A poster which read ‘Kanathine maatuka, CPIye rakshikku’ (Remove Kanam and rescue CPI), was found pasted on the compound wall of CPI district office in Alappuzha on Friday. Kanam, who was in Aluva on Friday morning, left the town without waiting to attend the district council. Kanam, however, clarified he did not justify police action on party members. CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said an attempt was being made to portray Kanam Rajendran in a bad light. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE Ernakulam district council members of the CPI are learnt to have lambasted party state secretary Kanam Rajendran for justifying the police lathicharge on the party leaders in Kochi earlier this week. Indicating the widening chasm between the district leadership and the party state secretary, the council members, who met in Aluva, also demanded that Kanam tender an open apology for his insensitive comments, which according to them was rubbing salt into the wounds, said a source. On August 23, several CPI leaders and members, including Muvattupuzha MLA Eldho Abraham, suffered serious injuries after police resorted to lathicharge during a protest march taken out to the DIG office in Kochi. The criticism came in the wake of the remarks made by Kanam on Thursday that “the police did not attack the party MLA in the confines of his home, but he went up to them and got beaten up”. “Kanam’s comments have brought Sovereign bond issue to be delayed as govt is having second thoughts J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y Sovereign questions @ New Delhi If the rupee weakens, the government will have to pay back more money to buyers of sovereign bonds to make up for the appreciation in dollar value THE government seems to be having second thoughts about coming out with sovereign bonds worth $10 billion over concerns that the cost could shoot up if the rupee depreciates against the dollar. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced in the Budget that the government would go in for sovereign bonds or debt issued abroad. These bonds are denominated in dollars and the value of debt along with interest has to be paid back in dollars. The rationale for raising money abroad is that interest rates are lower in global money markets such as London and New York than in India. On the plus side, raising debt abroad is cheap because the interest rates are low Finance ministry top brass felt it would be possible to borrow at rates as low as 3.25-3.5% and they were planning to issue a tranche of sovereign bonds payable after 10 years as early as October this year. However, members of the PM’s Economic Advisory Council have pointed out that if the dollar appreciates against the rupee — a strong possibility given the way the world economy is turning turbulent and India’s exports are shrinking — the actual cost of these bonds could turn out to be much higher. The rupee, which traded at 54 to a dollar in March 2013, depreciated to 60 by August 2014. and by July 2019, it fell to CONTINUED ON: P13 `69. disgrace to Eldho Abraham. He is now ashamed even to face the public. If this is the plight of a ruling party MLA, then what will be the fate of the general public?” was a common question raised by many members at the meeting. According to a party insider, the district council members also expressed their dissatisfaction over the Home Department, which is under Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, not taking action against the police officers who unleashed lathicharge on ● More on P5 CPI leaders. State seeks exemption from IAF bill EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram CLOSE on the heels of the Indian Air Force (IAF) demanding that Kerala pay `113.69 crore for the rescue operations carried out by the force during the 2018 flood, the state government has approached the Centre with a request to exempt it from paying the amount. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sent a letter to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh citing the state’s fragile economic situation and meagre assistance it received from the National Disaster Response Fund. Recently, the state rec e ive d a n a i r b i l l o f `113,69,34,899 from the IAF in connection with the rescue op● More on P6 erations.
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