CHENNAI SATURDAY JULY 27, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE 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 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 6 hours 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 BS 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 `4,000 more by state govt to beneficiaries of the PM’s Kisan Samman Yojana, under which they get `6,000 annually Loan of weavers to be waived. Cost to the exchequer: `100 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, a 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 that he was defying the cen- tral 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, Yediyurappa said he will look into details of the farm loan waiver scheme implemented by the Kumaraswamy government and make further announcements. “The Assembly will be convened on July 29 to move the motion of confidence and to pass the Finance Bill,” he added. CONTINUED ON: P8 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 @ New Delhi PROS AND CONS 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 On the plus side, raising debt abroad is cheap because the interest rates are low In case of rupee bonds, the lender (buyer of bonds) will bear the risk of currency fluctuation 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 MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE HIV+ woman to get `25 lakh relief J E G A D E E S W A R I PA N D I A N @ Madurai THE Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday directed the State government to provide `25 lakh compensation to the woman from Sattur who contracted HIV through blood transfusion at a government hospital. Of the said amount, `10 lakh must be given in the form of a fixed deposit in the victim’s name, and the remaining money is to be deposited in the joint account of her two minor children. The division bench, comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar, observed that though `2 lakh had already been given to the victim, the money had been taken by her husband. “The way in which he has neglected his wife and newborn speak volumes about his character. He is not reliable. Hence, we find it difficult to leave the custody of the victim and children to this man,” the judges held. Apart from the cash, the judges directed the directed the government to construct a house for the victim, with floor area not less P4 than 450 square feet. FITNESS FIRST Taekwondo tricks for Indian hockey girls 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 certified coaches, 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. Anoth- TESLA MAY RUN ON INDIAN ROADS IN 2020 This was revealed by Elon Musk, CEO of the US electric car firm, during a recent interaction with IIT-Madras students AZAM KHAN ASKED TO APPEAR BEFORE LS SPEAKER The MP will also have to apologise in LS for his sexist remarks, else he will face action including expulsion from House | P9 er objective of having this is to break the monotony of regular routines. “If you train only as a hockey player, you are always making the same kind of movements,” Marijne explains. “It’s important for athletes to learn movements to control the body . Taekwondo helps with coordi- nation and balance. The better they control the body, the better 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 Beng aluru 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. “Taekwondo is a sport where you try to hit each other, but respect for the opponent is very high and also the values.” Fitness has been central to Marijne’s scheme of things. The players are already on a diet devoid of sweets, oily and spicy food and low on carbohydrates. He is also planning to introduce shooting to improve concentration. INDIA TO PLAY DAVIS CUP IN PAK: P17 PRESS INTAKE A 60-acre lake goes missing in Cuddalore district | P5 In a first, sub-inspector suspended for not wearing helmet while riding | P2 Install GPS, CCTV cameras in school buses: HC to officials | P4 SC notice to states on mob lynching | P9 Intolerance: 61 celebs assail ‘selective outrage’ | P11 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. 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 `69. CONTINUED ON: P15 Govt school girl scripts a NEET success story “I took a year after Class-XII to prepare for NEET,” she says. “I went for private coaching for IN 2015, floods washed away five months, at an institute in Charumathi’s house situated Adyar. But I spent most of my on the banks of the Adtime travelling beyar River in Saidapet. tween Adyar and PeShe then moved with rumbakkam. So I disher family to a house continued and provided by the govprepared from home I used to feel ernment in Perumbak- guilty, because we f o r t h e n e x t f ive kam. The house is all were her biggest months.” Charumathi of 310 square feet, and distraction. There scored an impressive Charumathi shares are seven of us in 370 in the test. the space with her four this little house... A student of the govthere was no way sisters, one of whom we could give her a er nment school in has a baby Sitting in a separate room to Kelambakkam, Charu. tiny room in the house mathi’s father Janastudy occupied by seven othkiraman is a roadside ers, surrounded by Charumathi’s sister fruit juice seller. On a cries of the baby, congood day he ear ns stant chatter of her sisters and around `800. But Charumathi’s a blaring TV set, Charumathi passion to study hard made her cracked the NEET this time, family forget their financial and secured a seat in Pudukko- troubles. Her five-month-long t a i g ove r n m e n t m e d i c a l private coaching cost them over P3 college. `1 lakh. N I R U PA M A V I S W A N AT H A N @ Chennai
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