KOTTAYAM l SATURDAY l JULY 25, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION NEW E-COMMERCE RULES TO IMPROVE ONLINE SHOPPING The Centre on Friday notified the new rules under Consumer Protection Act, 2019 to protect the rights of customers GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL WITHIN A MONTH NO CANCELLATION CHARGES As per new rules, all e-commerce platforms must have a proper consumer redressal mechanism in place. They must appoint a grievance officer to take care of complaints, and display his/her name and contact details on their websites. Once a consumer files a complaint, a receipt has to be issued within 48 hours, and a suitable action must be taken within a month ■ ■ To facilitate easy return of products, e-tailers must display detailed information on return/exchange processes as well as details of sellers, including their contact numbers and addresses E-tailers must not levy any cancellation charges from customers, unless they also bear charges for cancellations initiated by them $200 bn WILL BE SIZE OF INDIA’S E-COMMERCE MARKET BY 2027: STATISTA 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 No total lockdown. State to focus on clusters Quit gracefully or Govt decision after leaders at all-party meeting opine stringent restrictions will worsen lives of all in society KERALA CASE DIARY Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the state ranks third in India in terms of Covid testing. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram CM holds discussions with 1,129 private hospital managements. About 200 private hospitals offer their services to be used in CFLTCs, if required. 885 fresh cases on Friday 724 Infection through local contact 968 Recoveries 56 source unknown 24 health workers get infected 4 Deaths RED ALERT AT OLD AGE HOMES IN STATE In the wake of a suspected Covid death at an old age home in Ernakulam, the state government on Friday issued a red alert across 400-odd old age homes in the state. Workers and vendors of Palayam market wait for their turn in a packed queue at the Govt LP School at Bairaikkulam in Kozhikode to get their Covid test done | MANU R MAVELIL E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram DESPITE the number of daily Covid-19 cases remaining alarmingly high in Kerala, the government on Friday decided not to impose a total lockdown in the state this week. The decision was taken after various leaders who attended the allparty meeting expressed the opinion that stringent lockdown restrictions would make life of everyone in society worse. The meeting asked the government to strengthen the vigil and enforce restrictions strictly in the clusters. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said triple lockdown would be enforced in the clusters stringently . “There won’t be a total lockdown in the state at least this week. The state government is monitoring the situation and will think about a total lockdown only if the situation worsens,” said Pinarayi. The daily case count came down slightly on Friday after crossing the 1,000mark for the two previous days. As many as 885 tested positive, with 724 of them contracting the virus through local transmission. Thiruvananthapuram once again recorded the most number of cases (167), with Kollam (133) and Kasaragod (106) too crossing the threefigure mark. “The Opposition leader too has extended his support to the government stance on the issue. The proactive suggestions put forward by the leaders of various political parties will be considered and due action will be taken. All political parties have agreed to join hands with the state government to equip the local bides to fight against the pandemic. Suggestions like increasing the number of tests were made at the meeting and the Health Department will take steps,” he added. CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said a decision on another complete lockdown would be taken after considering all practical difficulties. HC finds Rehana video obscene, denies bail E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE Kerala High Court on Friday dismissed the anticipatory bail petition of Rehana Fathima, who was booked for posting a video on social media in which her two minor children were seen painting on her semi-nude body . Meet of Corps Commanders lined up New Delhi: India and China on Friday agreed that early and complete disengagement and de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control was essential for the smooth development of bilateral ties, and decided to hold another commander-level talks. The decision was taken at a meeting of the 17th Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on IndiaChina Border Affairs. While the ministry of external affairs said that a meeting of senior commanders may be held, army sources said it would be at the Corps Commander level. Gehlot nears endgame, Guv nod for session New Delhi: The political showdown in Rajasthan shifted to Raj Bhawan on Friday with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot demanding that Governor Kalraj Mishra call the Assembly session immediately for a confidence vote. Confident about his numbers, Gehlot pressured the Governor to convene the House and brought in busloads of MLAs to stage a dharna at Raj Bhawan. The dharna ended around 8 pm after the Governor promised he will act on the request. leave in disgrace: Chennithala to CM “The petitioner used the children for the purpose of sexual gratification, because they are represented in the video in an indecent and obscene manner as they are painting on the naked body of their mother,” o b s e r ve d Ju s t i c e P V Ku n hikrishnan. Dismissing the plea, the court observed it was not in a position to agree with the petitioner that she should impart sex education to her children in that manner. “I place myself in the position of the petitioner and from the viewpoint of the people of every age group in whose hands this video ● More on P4 reached. GOVT TO IMPLEMENT 3-TIER ACTION PLAN T’Puram: The government will implement a three-tier action plan to prevent ‘super spread’ in the cluster areas. Special OP sections will be opened at government hospitals for treatment of persons who came from other states. EXPERTS DIFFER ON REINFECTION T’Puram: The health department is examining whether the recovered patients have the chances of reinfection. While some experts say chances are less, other studies begged to differ. IN an all-out attack, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Friday urged Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to step down from the office gracefully now instead of waiting for the day when the NIA team questions him in the gold smuggling case. A day after Pinarayi’s former principal secretary, M Sivasankar, was questioned by the NIA, which also gave him a notice to appear before it at its Kochi office on Monday, Chennithala alleged that the chief minister is challenging the people of the state by pretending to be unaware of what is happening around him. Ramesh Talking to reporters here, Chennithala Chennithala warned that the NIA will be moving to the Chief Minister’s Office next. “This is the last chance for the CM to resign gracefully He should not be . adamant that he will resign only after the NIA team questions him. The allies in the LDF are yet to express their opinion about the gold smuggling case even when they are answerable to the public,” said Chennithala. The NIA reaching the CMO is a disgrace to Kerala where unusual things are happening these days, he said, and reminded the chief minister such a thing has never happened anywhere in the country Chennithala did not spare the po. lice department either. He alleged that the police have not taken any steps so far in the gold smuggling which has got the CM’s consent. ● More on P4 ‘CM must heed TNIE editorial’ Chennithala highlighted TNIE’s editorial in its Friday edition headlined ‘Kerala’s Covid defence is falling apart’, saying the newspaper’s observation is right. P4 L1cr, 1kg of gold in Swapna’s locker Kochi: NIA has recovered around `1 crore in cash and 1kg of gold from lockers of gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh, but her counsel states she received them as gifts. P4
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