HUBBALLI FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 04, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 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 P9 ■ 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 respresent 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 India best investment destination: PM Relief to industry as SC bars NPA tag till further orders Bank accounts not declared non-performing asset as of Aug 31 to remain so for now EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 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. “The finance minister focused on lenders immediately putting in place a board-approved policy for resolution, identifying eligible borrowers, and reaching out to them,” the finance ministry stated. ‘COVID IMPACT NOT SAME FOR ALL SECTORS’ 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 P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi ‘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 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 bil- New IT policy looks beyond B’luru, to create 60L jobs A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru INTENDING to enhance the state’s Information Technology industry’s contribution to at least 30 per cent of India’s trillion-dollar digital economy vision, the Karnataka Government announced its new IT Policy 2020-2025. Much like in the Industrial Policy, incentives have been INFOSYS TO linked to districts categorised as zones and ACQUIRE industries investing outside Bengaluru reUS FIRM ceiving more subsidies. IT services firm The new IT policy aims to create 60 lakh Infosys on direct and indirect jobs over the next five Thursday said it years by facilitating ecosystems in new rewill acquire gions outside Bengaluru Urban and Rural US-based districts. The cabinet also approved a Special product Incentives Scheme for Electronics System design and Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector to development attract industries moving out from China. firm “In the IT sector, we have achieved a level Kaleidoscope of maturity in Bengaluru and it is now Innovation for time to take it to Tier-II and Tier-III cities. up to USD 42 We are calling it ‘Beyond Bengaluru’. The million (about goal of this policy is to boost IT penetration Rs 308 crore). and innovation in the state holistically The . This is the focus will be on employment generation, second which is currently at 30-32 lakh, and we acquisition by want to catapult it to 60 lakh,” said Meena Infosys after it Nagaraj C N, Director, IT & BT and Science acquired and Technology on the emphasis on ‘BeSimplus. yond Bengaluru’ in the new IT policy P3 . India can handle Chinese aggression in best suitable ways: Gen Bipin Rawat M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi 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 suitable ways,” Gen Rawat said while speaking at the third annual leadership summit of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. The day also saw Army Chief General M M Naravane visiting Ladakh to review operational preparedness in the region. He was briefed by the Army Commander of the Northern Command and the Corps Commander of the formation that is dealing with the lion foreign funds,” he said in his keynote address at the 3rd Annual Leadership 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. ,” stand-off in east Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control. He also visited forward positions. The Army Chief ’s visit came a day after Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria flew to the Eastern Air Command, which is tasked with defending India’s east, including the northern borders of Sikkim and Arunachal 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 and P9 repositioning of its troops. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 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 MultiAgency Coordination Centre (MAC), which has senior representatives from R&AW, Intelligence Bureau and the Defence Intelligence Agencies, to inves- tigate the matter. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is treating the matter “seriously” and has asked the Special Protection Group, 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 self-explanatory... It is requested to take action as deemed appropriate,” the NIA wrote in to MAC, the apex intel assessment body, and MHA 8,865 Natl law school to hold own admission test 3,70,206 6,054 2,68,035 Total Recoveries FULL COVERAGE P4 SPECIAL FORCE Establishment-22 draws its strength from Karnataka KARNATAKA is the “biggest recruitment ground” for the elite Special Frontier Force (SFF), which largely comprises Tibetans. The chief of the SFF — Rupon Phurbu — is a “Three Flower Dapon” (head of the unit) from one of the settlements in Karnataka and co-ordinates with the India Army accord, ing to Chophel Thupten, the Chief Representative, Central Tibetan Administration, South Zone. The SFF, which is also known as the ‘Establishment 22’ (two-two in military parlance) or the ‘Vikas Battalion’, was used in capturing Reqin and taking control of the heights south of Pangong Tso by the Army “Tibetan women are also . recruited to the SFF. The Army recruits the best of the lot from our settlements and trains them,” said P5 Chophel. No mask needed if you are in your car alone Bengaluru: The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), the country’s top law institute, will not take in candidates through the allIndia Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). It has decided to hold separate entrance examinations to 120 seats for its BA, LLB and LLM programmes for 2020-21. P3 New positive cases on Thursday TOTAL CASES Total Deaths New Delhi: In what could put an end the hassle faced by many car drivers, Union health department secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday clarified that there is no advisory from the Union Government to suggest that those riding the vehicle alone should wear masks failing which they would be penalised. P9 “Shrama Eva Jayate” Not more than 5 people allowed for door-to-door campaign If candidate is Covid-positive, he/she cannot undertake outdoor campaign, but can opt for virtual campaign Each polling booth will have a maximum of 1,000 voters No procession of winning candidate allowed on the day of results IN preparation for the Gram Panchayat elections, to be held in the next couple of months, the Karnataka State Election Commission (SEC) has issued Standard Operating Procedures which mainly stress on maintaining social distance, virtual campaigning and also door-to-door campaigns not involving more than five people at a time. In the detailed SOPs, the SEC has mandated wearing of masks at polling booths as well as during campaigns. Voters should use sanitiser before entering polling booths and undergo thermal screening and polling should be conducted in bigger rooms. Nomination forms of candidates and other documents should be stored in disinfected rooms, entry to which should be restricted, it said. During the filing of nomination, a candidate can be accompanied by only one person and they should maintain a distance of six feet from the Returning Officers. If a Covid- infected person plans to contest, he can send his nomination papers through a nominee to the Returning Officer. Since the geographical area of a gram panchayats is smaller, a candidate can conduct door-to-door campaign, but cannot have more than five people, including himself, in the team. All those campaigning should wear masks and gloves and should not stand in crowds. 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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. EXPRESS READ KARNATAKA COVID BATTLE IN COVID SHADOW POINTS OF NOTE the summit and weeks after cochairmen 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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