HYDERABAD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 04, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION FACEBOOK SAYS IT’S NEUTRAL, BANS BJP MLA RAJA SINGH Facebook has banned the lone BJP MLA from Telangana from its platform and Instagram on charges of hate speech FB RESPONDS TO CONGRESS’ CHARGES Responding to concerns raised by the opposition Congress, Facebook said it has taken the party’s allegation of bias very seriously and will ensure it remains non-partisan. The social media giant added it denounces hate and bigotry in all forms. Earlier, the Congress had accused Facebook of being soft on members of the ruling BJP while applying its hate-speech rules ■ PM PAGES LINKED TO SINGH TO BE REMOVED ■ “We have banned Raja Singh from Facebook for violating our policy prohibiting those that promote or engage in violence and hate from having a presence on our platform,” Facebook said Singh won’t be allowed on its platform or on Instagram. Pages, groups and accounts set up to represent him will be taken down MODI’S PERSONAL WEBISTE’S TWITTER ACCOUNT HACKED, RESTORED LATER 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 Relief to industry India can handle Chinese aggression, says Gen Rawat as SC bars NPA tag till further orders M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Bank accounts not declared NPA as on Aug 31 to remain so for now; Sitharaman directs lenders to roll out resolution plan by Sept 15 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ‘Covid impact not same for all sectors’ @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Thursday said standard accounts that have not been declared nonperforming assets as on August 31, shall not be made declared NPAs till further orders. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the interim order after hearing various stakeholders on a batch of petitions seeking interest waiver on loan moratorium granted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The court will continue hearing the case on September 10. While arguing whether banks should charge interest on moratorium period, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court, “The idea of the moratorium was to defer repayment to ease the burden caused by Covid and lockdown so that business can manage working capital. The idea was not to waive off interest. The effort is that those who are affected by Covid and facing distress get the benefit and those who are defaulters are not able to take benefit.” Mehta informed the bench an expert committee will come up with sector-specific guidelines on September 6 to ease stress caused by the pandemic. However, the bench said, “Question is about the demands of compound interest in the meantime. Moratorium and penal interest cannot go together. RBI will have to clarify .” Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Indian Banks’ Association, said, “Common man’s problems are different from those of corporates. Individual and industrial problems need to be addressed differently .” Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday asked bankers to roll out the AMID fresh inputs on the Chinese Army strengthening its deployment on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso lake, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said the Indian armed forces are well placed to handle the aggression in “best suitable ways”. “Of late, India has been seeing some aggressive actions by China but we are capable of handling these in the best suit- MODI’S SECURITY UP AFTER THREAT EMAIL PROBE BY APEX INTEL BODY “The NIA has received certain emails from an email ID threatening some dignitaries/ agencies. The contents of the email are selfexplanatory... It is requested to take action as deemed appropriate,” the NIA wrote in to MAC, the apex intel assessment body, and MHA THE security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been enhanced following an email that issued a direct threat to the PM, stating “Kill Narendra Modi”. The National Investigation Agency, which received the email, has roped in the Multi-Agency Coordination Centre (MAC), which has senior representatives from R&AW, Intelligence Bureau and the Defence Intelligence Agencies, to investigate the matter. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is treating the matter “seriously” and has asked the Special Protection Group, which is responsible for the protection of Prime Minister Modi, to remain on high alert, according to sources in the security establishment. The email dated August 8 was received from the ‘ylalwani12345@ gmail.com’ id. The NIA chose not do any inquiry/ verification on its own as it thought it best to pass it on to the apex intelligence assessment body, sources said. Sources in the security establishment say that the origin of the e-mail has being tracked to a location outside India. 2,817 FRESH COVID CASES AND 10 DEATHS RECORDED IN P4 TELANGANA No mask needed if you are in car alone New Delhi: In what could put an end the hassle faced by many car drivers, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday clarified that there is no Central advisory to suggest that those riding the vehicle alone should wear masks failing which they would be penalised. There have been numerous instances, mainly in DelhiNCR, of police issuing challans to people not wearing masks when in the car alone | P7 DREAM DWELLINGS Under its housing scheme for the poor, the State government would be allotting 85,000 2BHK houses in Hyderabad by December this year. MAUD Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar tweeted this photo of Kollur site on Thursday Telangana witnesses sharp increase in child marriages during Covid pandemic THE situation created by Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown restrictions imposed by the government, pushed more minors into child marriages in the recent times than in previous months, according to the State Women Development and Child Welfare Department. In a span of over five months, the Department’s Child Welfare Committees res- cued 597 minors -- 425 from child marriages and 147 from child labour. As per the data, recorded between March 22 and the end of August, more than 19 children were rescued in Hyderabad and 12 of them from the jaws of child marriage. According to people involved in the rescue of these, the numbers are almost 10 times more than what they used see in normal times. “During these months (Mar to Aug), around 50 to 70 child marriages used to be reported every year. This year there was a sharp rise in numbers, mostly were reported from Vikarabad, Warangal (R) and Mahbubnagar districts,” A Venkateshwarlu, State Coordinator of Bachapan Bachao Andolan, said. CONTINUED ON P5 Chushul Sector and repositioning its troops on ridges around Finger 4 in the north bank of Pangong Tso on August 30. The redeployments have enabled the Army to have a deeper visual observation of the activity in Chushul on the Chinese side from its side of the LAC. Amid the heightened activity , India and Russia finalised a major deal to manufacture AK-47 203 rifles in India during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s ongoing visit to Moscow. ENCOUNTER One Maoist killed in Kothagudem forest area E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi EXPRESS READ R I D H I M A G U P TA @ Hyderabad Pradesh. The Air Chief, too, visited frontline air bases. As for the situation on the ground at the recent pressure points in Ladakh, a senior officer said, “We have observed that Chinese Army is beefing up its deployments in the Chushul Sector.” They are accompanied by armoured, artillery and engineers too, he added. This happened immediately after the Indian Army’s tactical rearrangement of its deployments on the heights in the VINAY MADAPU Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told SC Covid impact has been good on pharma and IT sectors while it has been bad for many others. Moratorium offers to defer repayment so that business can manage working capital. “The idea was not to waive interest,” he added loan restructuring framework by September 15. She also told banks to extend all possible support to MSMEs. Sitharaman met the heads of scheduled commercial banks and non-banking financial institutions afte the moratorium for loans got over on August 31. “The meeting was held to review the preparedness for implementation of the loans resolution framework for Covid-19 related stress. The minister also sought to allay the concerns of banks about NPAs and restructuring,” a person privy to the meeting told TNIE. “During her interaction, the finance minister focused on lenders immediately putting in place a board-approved policy for resolution, identifying eligible borrowers, and reaching out to them. Quick implementation of a sustained resolution plan by lenders for the revival of every viable business,” the finance ministry stated. Sitharaman added that after the finalisation of the resolution scheme, banks must conduct a media campaign to create awareness about it. The finance minister also advised the lenders that Covid-19 related distress must not impact the lenders’ assessment of their creditworthiness. able ways,” Gen Rawat said the formation that is dealing while speaking at the third an- with the stand-off in east nual leadership sumLadakh along the Line mit of the US-India of Actual Control. He strategic partnership also visited forward forum. positions. The day also saw The Army Chief ’s Army Chief General M visit came a day after M Naravane visiting Air Chief Marshal R K Ladakh to review opS Bhadauria flew to the erational preparedness Easter n Air ComBipin Rawat in the region. He was mand, which is tasked briefed by the Army Command- with defending India’s east, iner of the Northern Command cluding the northern borders of and the Corps Commander of Sikkim and Arunachal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Khammam Face masks mandatory as Hyderabad Metro set to resume services in phases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICES creased based on passenger footfall to avoid crowding. In order to ensure social disMANDATORY use of masks, tancing, suitable markings at maintaining social distance and stations and inside trains are minimum luggage are some of being made. Alternate seats will the standard operating proce- be marked with an ‘X’ inside the dures (SOPs) announced by train, which have to be kept vaHyderabad Metro as it gears up cant. The Metro and security to resume services in a staff will be monitoring phased manner from SepCCTVs to ensure that the tember 7. passengers follow the According to the social distancing guidelines released by norms. HMRL MD NVS Reddy While making use of on Thursday, services face masks mandatory in Corridor 1 (Miyapur for both passengers to LB Nagar) will re- Screening at and staff, Metro Rail stations sume on September 7, has decide to make arfollowed by Corridor 3 Only asymptomatic rangements for sup(Nagole to Raidurg) ply of masks on paypersons will be and Corridor 2 (JBS to ment basis to those allowed to travel MGBS) on September 8 on the trains after a r r iv i n g w i t h o u t and 9 respectively . thermal screening, masks. Those violatWhile the Metro ser- while symptomatic ing the norms will vices will resume have to pay the penalpeople would be across the city stations , ty as per the advised to go to in containment zones, regulations. nearby Covid Care including Gandhi Hos- Centre or a hospital Only asymptomatic pital, Bharat Nagar, persons will be alMoosapet, Mushlowed to travel on the eerabad and Yusufguda, will be trains after thermal screening, closed. while symptomatic people As per the guidelines, penalty would be advised to go to nearby for not wearing masks, alter- Covid Care Centre or a hospital nate seating and monitoring of for testing and medical attensocial distancing through CCTV tion. Use of Aarogya Setu App cameras will become the new will be encouraged. normal. Smart Card and Mobile Pedal type sanitisers will be QR ticket with cashless or on- kept at the entrance of stations line transactions will be for use by passengers. Proper encouraged. PPE kits and sanitisers will be Though the trains will run provided to employees and secuevery five minutes, the frequen- rity personnel. CONTINUED ON P3 cy would be increased or de@ Hyderabad A member of the ‘action team’ of the banned CPI (Maoist) party was gunned down in an exchange of fire with the police in Devallagudem and Dubbagudem forest areas in Gundala mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district in the wee hours of Thursday. The police recovered one revolver and a bike from the scene of encounter. Speaking to Express, Kothagudem Superintendent of Police, Sunil Dutt said that the Maoist was a native of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. “The Telangana police received confirmation about his association with the banned outfit from their counterparts in Chhattisgarh. His identity will be revealed only after his family members, who will be coming here on Friday identifies , the body,” he said, adding that the Maoist’s body was taken to Kothagudem Area Hospital for postmortem. The encounter took place when the Greyhounds special forces and the district police were undertaking area domination exercise and were checking vehicles passing through the forest area of Gundala mandal. While Gundala Police CI Srinivas, along with forces, was checking the vehicles, they noticed two persons trying to escape on a motorcycle. The police officials chased them when allegedly, one person who was on the bike opened fire at the police and the police personnel fired back. While one person died on the spot, the other managed to escape. The police officials had received inputs re garding movement of four Maoist action teams in Manugur division and have been on the CONTINUED ON P2 lookout. LEADING ATTRACTION India best global investment destination: PM P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sought to woo global investors to saying India has become a leading attraction for investments. Modi said all initiatives of his government have been taken keeping in mind the best global practices. “India is becoming one of leading attractions for FDI. The world believes in us. This year, when there is a drop in foreign investments across the world, we received $20 billion foreign funds,” he said in his keynote address at the 3rd Annual Lead- ership Summit of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. Noting that ease of living is as important as ease of doing business for his government, Modi said India has an aspirational population that has decided to take the country to new heights. “The pandemic has tested our resilience, our economic and health systems, but India is committed to democracy and diversity he said. ,” Spelling out what the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign means to India, Modi said it ensures local with global. “Over 1.3 billion people have embarked to make Atmanirbhar ‘Covid hasn’t dented people’s aspiration’ Noting that the pandemic has not affected people’s aspiration, Modi said India was among the first to advocate use of masks and social distancing Bharat. Despite our local needs, we did not shy away from our global responsibilities. A selfreliant India will ensure a better world. The road ahead is full of opportunities,” he said. The Prime Minister’s address assumes significance as it comes soon after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s participation in the summit and weeks after co-chairmen of the India caucus of the US Congress wrote to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to expedite Indo-US mini trade deal. “India presents opportunities of a young, diverse, and rules based economy but the persistent issues that matter to investors also loom large namely timely judicial recourse, policy stability, and supporting infrastructure,” said Kriti Upadhyay , Research Associate at the USbased CSIS Wadhwani Chair.
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