SHIBA PRASAD SAHU CHENNAI SUNDAY JUNE 21, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION GOOGLE PAY NOT A PAYMENT SYSTEM OPERATOR, SAYS RBI GPAY ACCUSED OF VIOLATING PAYMENTS ACT The RBI’s clarification was in response to a PIL filed by economist Abhijit Mishra accusing Google’s mobile payment app of violating the Payments and Settlements Act by facilitating financial transactions without authorisation from the central bank. Mishra contended that Google Pay is a payments system provider, and thus needs RBI’s mandate The payment app therefore needs no RBI authorisation to facilitate financial transactions, the Delhi High Court was told 6.7 crore GOOGLE’S APP MERELY A UPI PLATFORM RBI countered saying, the Google Pay is a third-party app provider and does not operate any payment systems ■ In India, Google Pay operates as a platform for the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), facilitating bank to bank transactions ■ The court listed the matter for a detailed hearing next month ■ ACTIVE GOOGLE PAY USERS IN INDIA AS OF SEPTEMBER 2019 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 NEW IAF OFFICERS DIRECTLY SENT TO PLACES OF POSTING S SENBAGAPANDIYAN Newly commissioned officers of the Indian Air Force will be directly sent to their places of posting without letting them take a break in view of the LAC situation, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said on Saturday after reviewing their Combined Graduation Parade (pic) at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, a suburb of Hyderabad Modi referred to Galwan situation after June 15 pushback, says PMO Raps spin doctoring of address at all-party meet; Oppn claims it’s obfuscation of truth MANISH ANAND, PUSHKAR B A N A K A R & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi SEEKING to put a lid over the controversy sparked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement at the all-party meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday said “attempts are being made in some quarters to give a mischievous interpretation” to his remarks. At the meeting on Friday, Modi said “neither is anyone inside our territory nor is any of our post captured,” adding that “20 of our brave soldiers made the supreme sacrifice for the nation in Ladakh.” This was interpreted in many circles, political and otherwise, that Modi was denying any transgression and that he had ceded India’s land to the Chinese by recognising the status quo, as it is widely believed that Chinese troops are still occupying Indian territory . “What is Indian territory is clear from the map of India. This Government is strongly and resolutely committed to that,” the PMO stated. Maintaining India’s position that it was the Chinese who had crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the PMO said there was an “attempted transgression” in the Galwan Valley by the Chinese in order to erect structures on June 15. This was foiled by the Indian ar my, which also gave a “befitting lesson” to the Chinese troops. “As regards transgression of LAC, it was clearly stated that the violence on June 15 arose because Chinese side was seeking to erect structures just across the LAC and refused to desist from such actions,” the PMO stated. But the Chinese designs were nixed because of the “sacrifices of the soldiers”, it said. The statement said the PM’s “observations that there was no Chinese presence on our side of the LAC pertained to the situation as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces.” Reacting to the clarification, the Congress said, “The PMO’s statement is clearly a lame attempt to obfuscate the truth... Is Galwan Valley not part of Indian territory? Why is the government not coming forward and strongly rebutting the Chinese claim over the Galwan P9 Valley?” The sacrifices of the soldiers of the 16 Bihar Regiment foiled the attempt of the Chinese side to erect structures and also cleared the attempted transgression at this point of the LAC on that day —PMO MEA tears up China’s narrative on violence P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi INDIA on Saturday issued a point-by-point rebuttal to the Chinese claim made earlier in the day on the Galwan Valley and allegations that it was the Indian side that triggered the violent face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on June 15. “The position with regard to the Galwan Valley area has been historically clear. Attempts by the Chinese side to now advance exaggerated and untenable claims with regard to Line of Actual Control (LAC) there are not acceptable. They are not in accordance with China’s own position in the past,” the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. In a series of tweets in the morning, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian had claimed that the Galwan Valley is located on the Chinese side of the LAC in the Western section of the Sino-Indian boundary “For many years, . the Chinese border troops have been patrolling and on duty in this region,” he claimed. Zhao accused Indian troops of unilaterally and continuously built roads, bridges and other facilities at the LAC in Galwan Valley “China lodged representations and protests . on multiple occasions but India went even further to cross the LAC and made provocations,” he argued. Rejecting Zhao’s allegations, Srivastava said Indian troops are fully familiar with the alignment of the LAC in all sectors, including Galwan Valley “The Indian side has never . undertaken any actions across the LAC. In fact, they have been patrolling this area for a long time without any incident. All infrastructure built by the Indian side is naturally CONTINUED ON: P9 on its own side of the LAC,” he said. CM seeks people’s support as TN sees 2,396 cases, 38 deaths EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TAMIL NADU reported 2,396 new cases of Covid-19 and 38 deaths on Saturday, taking the State’s tally to 56,845 and toll to 704. Chennai alone reported 1,254 cases and 30 deaths as Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami reiterated that the outbreak cannot be contained without public cooperation. As the capital and its three neighbouring districts completed the second day of an intense lockdown, the Chief Minister ruled out the possibility — for now — of extending the restrictions. “It (the intense lockdown) is like putting speed breakers on the road when there is heavy flow of traffic. It is meant to prevent the spread and not to trouble anyone,” he explained, while inspecting a Covid care centre in the city . Asked how long it would take to contain the virus, Palaniswami said, “God alone knows when we can bring this down. Health experts say it will be gradual. The WHO says it can be prevented but not wiped out. The only way out is to be self-disciplined. People should adhere to guidelines issued by the government.” Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu tested a whopping 32,186 people across 85 labs on Saturday con, tinuing its efforts to ramp up testing in the State. According to data released by the State health department, TN has done the most testing in the country with 8,27,980 cumulative tests, followed by Maharashtra with 7,37,597 tests and @ New Delhi AMID demands for a nationwide boycott of Chinese products in the wake of the killing of 20 Indian soldiers on the Ladakh border, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector has warned that it may jack up the cost of many products by as much as 40%, delaying recovery from the recession the economy has slipped into. Industry bodies such as the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises, the SME Chamber of India and the All India Manufacturers Organisation suggested that the government should think of a long term plan to shift dependency on China for imports. They advised the Centre not to take decisions based on public sentiment. “This is a serious matter and has to be done rationally and smartly with proper strategy The import cost of many . products will immediately shoot up if we have no alternative plans,” FISME president Animesh Saxena said, adding India must make the domestic industry more competitive. Border effect: ‘Make in India’ clause sought in Metro works C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai AMID the clamour for boycotting Chinese products over the ongoing border tension, the officials in the Union government’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) are seeking inclusion of a ‘Make in India’ clause in the tender for construction of the second phase of Chennai Metro Rail project, which is being partially funded by Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The officials are likely to push for this during a meeting scheduled on June 23. The AIIB is likely to lend $800 million — $438.75 million for a 26km-long stretch of corridor-5 and $356.65 million for a 26.1km-long stretch of corridor-4. Since AIIB is a multilateral development bank, the officials feel the ‘Make in India’ clause will benefit local companies. Terming the Chinese aggression a “wake-up call”, officials say that if the clause is added, it will impose severe re s t r i c t i o n s o n C h i n e s e bidders. This comes as concer ns were raised over Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co Ltd (STEC) emerging as the lowest bidder for constructing a section of Delhi-Meerut Regional P3 Rapid Transit System. Restriction on FDI in pension funds coming? The finance ministry has floated a proposal to restrict pension fund investments from any of India’s bordering countries. Foreign investment in pension funds is capped at 49% under the automatic route The small industries sector has for long been seeking steps to reduce India’s dependency on China. “Currently Chinese products dominate the market in many segments like toys. Our domestic toy making industry is slowly being de- stroyed. Over 80% of toys are now being imported, 75% of which are from China,” said Ramesh Gupta, a toy shop wholesaler at Jhandewalan in New Delhi. It is not that India cannot manufacture those products, but Chinese goods are cheaper, giving them a major cost advantage. Similarly, for the pharma sector, India imports twothirds of its active ingredients or key ingredients of drugs from China. When supply was disrupted from China during the Covid-19 lockdown, the cost of basic drugs went up by a whopping 40%. WITH THIS ISSUE KITCHEN KIDS PLUS 12 PAGES J&K 2,95,202 Punjab 2,27,012 Haryana 2,07,675 Rajasthan 6,67,643 Delhi 3,34,376 Uttar Pradesh 5,15,280 Bihar 1,45,562 Gujarat 3,14,301 Madhya Pradesh 2,82,674 Tripura 52,752 Maharashtra 7,37,597 Goa 49,718 Karnataka 4,84,060 Kerala 1,73,729 West Bengal 3,80,612 Odisha 2,16,607 Telangana 50,569 Andhra Pradesh 6,30,006 Tamil Nadu 8,27,980 32,186 TN tested a whopping 32,186 people across 85 labs on Saturday, continuing its efforts to ramp up testing 8,27,980 TN has done the most testing with 8,27,980 cumulative tests, followed by Maharashtra and Rajasthan CM Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday inspecting the Covid Care Centre set up at Guru Nanak Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Velachery in Chennai Rajasthan with 6,67,643 tests. The day also saw 1,045 people being discharged, taking the figure to 31,316, while only 24,822 cases are currently active. Among the deaths reported, 24 people died in government hospitals while 14 died in private hospitals. Five of the deceased had no comorbid conditions while 21 had diabetes and 20 hypertension. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 10K+ 2 lakh new cases per day for the ninth day in a row on Saturday Assam 2,58,797 Chennai alone now accounts for 559 deaths and 39,641 cases, although 21,796 people have been discharged and only 17,285 are still being treated. Meanwhile, a Government Order issued on Saturday said that Chennai will be requiring 6,720 volunteers a day to monitor 67,200 houses belonging to Covid-19 patients or those living in close contact with them P5 in the next 14 days. With 14.5K fresh cases, India’s Covid count set to cross 4 lakh today MARTIN LOUIS Boycott may jack up cost of goods, warn MSMEs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE H E A D L I T O PH E R E H E A T ILN N E H E R E NE PING T SD IG @ Chennai new cases, or about half of all cases in India, were reported since June 1 SAUDI TO REOPEN 1,500 HOLY SITES About 1,500 holy sites in Saudi Arabia were on Saturday preparing to welcome visitors for the first time in three months after the Covid lockdown. These include mosques in Mecca | P11 WITH a record 14,516 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours— highest in a day yet—India’s total confirmed Covid-19 count rose to 3.95 lakh on Saturday . The toll climbed to 12,948 with 375 new deaths between Friday and Saturday morning. There were 168,269 active Covid-19 patients in India on Saturday About 2.14 lakh people, or . 54% of all confirmed cases, have recovered. Although thousands of people are being cured of the infection each day, India is adding new cases at a faster pace. Since the start of this month, the country has recorded more than two lakh new cases, with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh being the five states that have seen the steepest rise in the pandemic curve. Sources in the Union health ministry attributed the sharp rise in daily case count to a marked increase in the number of tests being conducted. Delhi has started using antigen based testing kits that can produce reliable results within 30 minutes. Of the 375 new deaths reported on Saturday, 42 were from Maharashtra, 66 from Delhi, 41 from Tamil Nadu, 27 from Gujarat, 23 from Uttar Pradesh, 11 from West Bengal, 10 each from Rajasthan, Karnataka and Haryana, nine each from Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, six from Bihar, four each from Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and three from Telangana. A cause for concern is India’s fatality rate, which has gone up from 2.9% a few days ago to 3.3% as of Saturday . Maharashtra accounts for 5,893 or 45.5% of India’s 12,948 Covid-19 deaths so far. Delhi comes next with 2,035 deaths. Gujarat (1,618), Tamil Nadu (666), West Bengal (529) and Madhya Pradesh (495) are the four other states with a high number of fatalities. IN COIMBATORE Jewellery outlet shut for illegally bringing staff from Chennai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore AN outlet of a popular jewellery chain here was sealed on Saturday after it came to light that the shop engaged 39 employees from its Chennai branch after allegedly transporting them into the city with- out e-pass. Acting on a tip-off, police visited the GRT Jewellery shop on Saturday and initiated an inquiry during which , they learnt that the staff neither underwent the mandatory 14-day quarantine nor secured e-passes for their travel. Sources privy to the matter said that the 39 employees ar- rived in the city by a bus on Thursday night, however, officials are yet to confirm the mode of transport. In a tweet, Coimbatore police commissioner Sumit Saran said: “Around 30 employees of GRT Jewellery came from Chennai Usman Road branch to Coimbatore Cross Cut Road branch without e-pass and selfquarantine, endangering the lives of customers and co-workers. Shop is sealed.” Based on a complaint filed by the Anupparpalayam VAO, the revenue offi- cials sealed the shop and an FIR was registered against the shop manager and all the 39 employees. The violators have been booked under the Epidemic Diseases Act. Meanwhile, swab samples were collected from the 39 staff as well as 150 others employed in the outlet.
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