BHUBANESWAR l FRIDAY l SEPTEMBER 04, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE 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 PAGES LINKED TO SINGH TO BE REMOVED 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 | P7 ■ ■ “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 PM 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 Quick response, more beds: New plan for Twin City as SC bars NPA tag till further orders Cuttack faces testing time 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 @ 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 ‘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 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. Cuttack: Concerned over the dangerous surge of Covid-19 in the Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been repeatedly directing the respective administrations to intensify efforts to contain the spread through aggressive testing and proactive tracing, isolation and treatment. But, is the CMC paying heed? The ground situation in Cuttack city, now the third most affected in the State and poised to leap to second after Bhubaneswar in the next few days, presents a grim picture | P2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar AS Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday directed a fresh course to be charted out to contain the spread of coronavirus infection in Khurda and Cuttack districts which have emerged as hotbeds accounting for more than 30 per cent of the daily caseload, the Government began the process of devising a strategy which includes enhancing response system of municipal corporations of the twin cities as well as critical care for serious patients. Of the 3,631 new infections reported in last 24 hours, the second biggest single-day spike, as many as 1,092 cases came from both the districts with Khurda topping the chart with 722 cases and Cuttack 370 cases. The two districts have registered 7,203 Covid cases and 19 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 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. ‘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. Anti-India rallies in Nepal have China angle 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 | P7 New Delhi: China has been trying to fuel tensions between India and Nepal, according to intelligence agencies. Beijing has paid `2.5 crore in Nepali currency to various Nepal-based organisations to carry out demonstrations against India along the Indo-Nepal border, they added | P7 CDC tells US states be ready for vaccine by Nov The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US, has asked states to prepare for a Covid-19 vaccine to be ready for distribution by Nov 1. The timeline raised concern among experts about ‘a vaccine approval driven by political considerations’ ahead of the presidential election | P12 Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said a stricter strategy is being adopted to contain the spread of the disease in the two districts. It has been decided to add 460 general and 304 ICU beds in the Covid hospitals of the twin cities, he said. Apart from reinforcement of manpower to strengthen contact tracing and testing, focus is on to integrate both the health control room (104) with the control rooms of municipal corporations of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack so that patients do not suffer when they require medical attention. “We will convene a meeting with officials of both the corporations, senior doctors and technical committee experts to chalk out the strategy We will . prioritise testing and treatment besides contact tracing,” Mohapatra added. FLOOD VICTIMS CRY FOR RELIEF IN BARI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi EXPRESS READ No mask needed if you are in your car alone ment has been encouraging home isolation in urban pockets to decongest hospitals owing to rise in number of cases, patients in home isolation in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have reported traumatic experiences with little response from the city administration c o n c e r n e d a s a n d wh e n required. Sources said, the Government is planning to strengthen the response of municipal corporations since patients are made to wait for days together to be shifted to Covid hospitals even if their condition deteriorates. There are also allegations of patients suffering from complications even after discharge as they are getting released before the scheduled date. The situation is more acute in the State Capital. MODI’S SECURITY UP AFTER THREAT EMAIL India best global investment destination, says PM P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi deaths in last one week. On the day Bhubaneswar re, corded its highest single-day spike of 580 cases, including 61.89 per cent local contacts having no travel or contact history Around 43 per cent cases . of the 237 new infections reported in Cuttack city are local contacts. After a review, the Chief Minister said Odisha has done well by conducting more than 20 lakh tests which translates to 42,404 tests per 10 lakh. The recovery rate in Odisha stands at 76.78 per cent while the death rate is only 0.46 per cent. He asked officials to arrange more ICUs beds for serious Covid patients in existing hospitals in the district itself. All serious p at i e n t s s h o u l d g e t I C U facility . Even as the State Govern- An IAF Chinook helicopter flies in the Ladakh region, in Leh on Thursday | PTI India can handle Chinese aggression in best suitable ways, says Gen Bipin Rawat Jajpur: Resentment is brewing among the floodhit villagers of Bari block over delay in provision of relief materials. Flood victims are struggling for basic needs like food and drinking water in absence of any assistance from the district administration. Akrura Dalei of Gammu village said, “I am taking shelter on the rooftop of a building in our village with my six-member family since the last six days | P4 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 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 Bipin Rawat 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 on the heights in the 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. DIESEL PRICES CUT FOR FIRST TIME IN NEAR SIX MONTHS New Delhi: State-run oil marketing companies cut diesel prices for the first time in nearly six months on Thursday even as petrol rates remained unchanged. While fuel prices have been steadily revised upwards over the course of the summer, since March 16, at no point did prices take a dip | P10 EXTRAORDINARY TIMES Lawyers appear from car, garden and even with wife; HC rattled E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Cuttack THE Orissa High Court has asked the State Bar Council and High Court Bar Association to advise its member lawyers not to breach the decorum and decency in court proceedings while appearing via video conferencing in view of Covid-19 pandemic. Justice Biswanath Rath sought their intervention after a counsel attempted to argue his case from inside a moving car causing serious interruption in the court proceeding. On asked the advocate explained that since he is to attend a case at Puri, he is rushing to the town and is unable to argue his case from his residence at Cuttack. “This Court seriously condemns the conducting of a case inside a vehicle on road,” Justice Rath said. The observation came while hearing and dismissing a civil miscellaneous petition. “In the Covid-19 situation, extending arguing place beyond the court premises does not mean permitting one to argue matter inside a vehicle, from his lawn and from his drawing room allowing his wife to join him in the process of proceeding. Counsel should argue at the minimum from his/her home or temporary residence and there should be maintenance of minimum decorum,” Justice Rath observed in August 31 order, a copy of wh i c h w a s av a i l a b l e o n Thursday . In the order, Justice Rath said, “In recent past, this Court has some horrible experience while conducting court through video conferencing. First one is when a counsel after finishing his case was joined by his wife even though the video-conference was still on. Even after frequent requests when situation did not improve, the Court from its own side had to disconnect the petitioner’s connection.” In the second instance, a counsel argued his matter from garden. On query, the counsel said he could not get proper connection from inside his house, which proved to be wrong. He was requested not to repeat it in future. This Court has also observed that some co u n s e l wh i l e ap p e a r i n g through video conferencing went on eating.
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