VISAKHAPATNAM l TUESDAY l SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION ORACLE BEATS MICROSOFT IN BID FOR TIKTOK’S U.S. OPS ByteDance, the Chinese owner of the popular TikTok app, has chosen Oracle as its ‘trusted tech partner’ in the US DID NEW CHINESE LAW SCUTTLE MS’S BID? PARTNERSHIP, NOT OUTRIGHT SALE: WSJ Analysts say a new Chinese law that bars TikTok from transferring its technology to a foreign buyer without Beijing’s sanction, may have helped scuttle Microsoft’s bid. ByteDance had on Sunday said it won’t sell TikTok’s algorithm. However, Microsoft was keen on having a full control over the algorithm to “prevent China from using the app to snoop on Americans” ■ The deal between ByteDance and Oracle is being structured as a partnership and probably won’t be an outright sale, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources ■ China’s state-owned media reported on Monday that ByteDance will not sell TikTok’s American operations to Oracle | P9 Sept 20 DEADLINE TO SELL TIKTOK’S U.S. OPERATIONS TO AN AMERCIAN FIRM 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 LIFELINE FOR SMALL BIZ CENTRE ORDERS 500 BIG FIRMS TO CLEAR MSME DUES tor delayed payments to the MSME sector, shows that AFTER cracking the whip on 54,241 cases involving dues of Central and State public-sec- `15,846 crore have been filed tor enterprises, the Ministry by MSMEs in facilitation / of Micro, Small and Medium arbitration councils so far. Enterprises on Monday diOut of this, 3,910 cases rected large private firms to with dues of `715.4 crore clear their dues to small busi- have been settled while 21,462 nesses on priority . are scheduled to be heard afCiting legal provisions un- ter 15 days. Also, 9,314 applider MSME Development Act, cations have been rejected the Nitin Gadkari-led minis- while 4,764 have been settled try shot off letters with the buyer. to the heads of 500 Central public big companies seeksector firms owe a ing immediate rewhopping `2,650.63 lease of funds to the crore to MSMEs cash-starved venwhile state PSUs dors as the 75-day collectively owe lockdown tipped `1,608.92 crore. them over the edge. “Around `10,000 Many MSMEs are crore has been paid struggling to keep by C P S E s, ” t h e What the business afloat MSME ministry law says amid no demand said, while urging According to and consumers constates to clear paythe MSME serving cash in an ments pronto. Development uncertain world. The ministry now “Many MSMEs Act, 2006, dues plans to take up the are doing business to MSMEs must matter with other with big corporate be cleared within big firms through 45 days of the groups. However, social media. It reacceptance of minded corporates the payments are the goods / that they are mannot coming from buyers and users of service rendered dated to file halfyearly returns with their goods and services. These payments are the corporate affairs minisvery important for MSME try on their MSME dues. The ministry also asked operations, sustenance of jobs and other economic ac- entities having more than tivities at the grassroots lev- `500 crore turnover to come el. This will ultimately bene- on board the Trade Receivafit the entire economy,” the bles Discounting System MSME ministry said. (TReDS) to improve cash flow While the exact quantum to MSMEs. TReDS is an onof money owed to MSMEs is line platform that facilitates not readily available, the gov- financing of trade receivaernment-run MSME Samad- bles of MSMEs through mulhaan website, meant to moni- tiple financiers. S E S A S E N @ New Delhi Oppn raises slew of issues during Zero Hour LAC tension, NEET and GST compensation flagged; govt pushes its legislative business EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE first day of the Lok Sabha’s monsoon session saw the Opposition using Zero Hour to raise a host of issues, including students’ suicide amid the NEET exams, LAC tension and nonpayment of GST compensation to states. On the treasury side, the government introduced a number of legislations and got approval for a couple of them. Speaker Om Birla rejected adjournment motions moved by Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and party MP K Suresh, who sought urgent discussions on the Chinese incursions in east Ladakh. While Chowdhury attempted to raise it, Birla said he could speak when the House takes up discussions on the matter. In his brief remarks, Chowdhury saw in the incursions China’s conspiracy to occupy 1,100 km of Indian land from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. He sought a clear reply from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule drew attention of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the wobbling econ- The AP High Court on Monday, in some scathing remarks, observed that the Director General of Police ought to resign if he was in no position to rein in police officials and expressed dissatisfaction over the functioning of the state police. A division bench, comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar, and Justice Uma Devi made these remarks while hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by one Sunkara Narayana Swamy from East Godavari district | P4 CHIEF MINISTER, DGP AMONG RESPONDENTS Srinivas’ petition has become a hot topic of discussion among the legal fraternity, some of whom opined that it is rare indeed for a former advocate general to file a petition of this nature. Srinivas named Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, DGP, DG-ACB, Office of the Addl DGP, among others, as respondents EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada IN a dramatic turn of events, former advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday urging it to direct the state government not to take any coercive actions such as arrest, detention etc against him as part of any enquiry or investigation that is underway. Srinivas served as advocate general for the AP government for three years from May 30, 2016 and as additional advocate general from June 30, 2014 till his elevation as advocate general. He submitted that the government, in order to foist a false case against him in the Amaravati land scam, has been trying to conduct rowing enquiries to create evidence, by phone tapping, shadow policing, and intimidating his relatives. Citing a letter purportedly written by the Principal Secretary (Home) to the Secre- omy and unemployment situation. “The biggest challenge right now in the country is the state of the economy and unemployment,” she said. Leader of the DMK in the House T R Baalu raised the issue of 12 students from rural backgrounds who had allegedly committed suicide due to the NEET exams for admission to undergraduate medical courses. “Within a month of the school exams, they had to appear for NEET. They were all bright students,” said Baalu. The Lok Sabha passed two bills — The National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2020 and The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2020 — after brief discus- MSP mechanism to stay, says govt Amid Opposition protest over introduction of agrarian legislations, the Centre on Monday said the Minimum Support Price mechanism will stay irrespective of recommen-dations of experts. The government introduced three legislations pertaining to the farm sector Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute to former President Pranab Mukherjee and others who passed away recently, in Parliament on Monday | PTI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CLOSE to 30 MPs and about 50 employees of the parliamentary secretariat tested Covid-19 positive on the opening day of Parliament on Monday . While 17 Lok Sabha MPs were found infected — 12 from BJP, two from YSRC, and one each from the Shiv Sena, DMK and RLP — 12 Rajya Sabha, members tested positive — two each from BJP and Congress and one each from AIADMK, TRS, AAP and Trinamool Congress. All Covid protocols like social distancing, usage of masks and sanitisers were observed ‘No data on migrant deaths during lockdown’ EXPORT BANNED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT The Centre on Monday banned the export of all varieties of onions in a bid to increase its availability and curb its price rise in the domestic market P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi tary Union Ministry of Person, nel and Public Grievances and Pensions that he had parted with official information about the location of the capital to enable certain individuals to purchase land, he termed such alle g ations whimsical and denied funding any such transaction. He asserted there was no evidence, documentary or otherwise, to show he had purchased any property utilising any information he was privy to by virtue of his office. The Cabinet Sub-Committee that examined the alleged Amaravati insider trading had named several TDP leaders including Payyavula Kesav, Prattipati Pulla Rao, and P Narayana and indicated that the then CM N Chandrababu Naidu’s aides had purchased lands in the capital region based on privileged information about the location of the capital before it was made public. Dammalapati Srinivas too figured in the sub-committee’s findings. CONTINUED ON P5 FLOODS, AGAIN Rescue workers transport people from their flooded houses at Saraswati Nagar in Kurnool district on Monday | EXPRESS Apex court lets govt continue probe into Vijayawada blaze EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE Supreme Court on Monday allowed the AP government to proceed with the investigation against Ramesh Cardiac and Multispeciality Hospitals managing director Dr P Ramesh Babu and non-executive chairman Sitarama Mohan Rao in the case pertaining to the Swarna Palace hotel fire mishap that claimed 10 lives in Vijayawada. The court issued its orders on the Special Leave Petition (SLP) field by the government to vacate the interim orders of the AP High Court, which had stayed proceedings against Ramesh Babu and Sitarama Mohan Rao. The duo had earlier approached the High Court seeking a stay on their arrest and quashing the case registered by the Vijayawada city police against the hospital management. When the SLP came up for hearing on Monday before the bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, Navin Sinha and In- AP High Court had stayed proceedings On August 25, the AP HC stayed proceedings against Dr Ramesh Babu and Sitarama Mohan Rao till the district Collector, SubCollector and District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO) were named as the accused dira Banerjee, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi contended on behalf of the government that it would not be appropriate to stay an investigation into the fire mishap that claimed 10 lives. Rohatgi said the hospital management was not cooperating with the investigation, and sought for the apex court to stay the High Court’s orders so the investigation can continue. The Supreme Court, however, said the respondents (Ramesh Hospitals management) will not be taken for custodial interrogation on their cooperation with the police during the investigation into the case. It also said the High Court can decide on the arrest of Ramesh Babu based on evidence produced by the police. Same-sex marriages not part of Indian culture & law, S-G tells Delhi HC SAME-sex marriages are neither part of Indian culture nor a part of the law, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Delhi High Court on Monday while opposing a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding marriage rights for the gay community under the Hindu Marriage Act. The court was hearing a PIL filed by four members of the LGBTQ community — Abhijit Iyer Mitra, Gopi Shankar M, Giti Thadani and G Oorvasi — contending that even after the Supreme Court decriminalised consensual homosexual acts, marriages between same-sex on Day 1 of Parliament. While close to 200 members were in attendance in the Lok Sabha chamber, over 30 were seated in the visitors’ gallery above the main chamber. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi took to Twitter saying, “After the routine Parliament test for COVID & genome test it’s confirmed that I have tested positive for the virus.” Another MP Jamyang Tsering Namagyal wrote, “My health is fine but I’m being advised to quarantine.” The YSRC members who tested positive are Araku MP Madhavi and Chittoor MP Reddappa. The other infectees include Suresh Angadi and P4 Anant Kumar Hegde. CENTRE’S STAND DE-CRIMINALISED K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi The integrity of the RT-PCR tests was put under the microscope as Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) convenor and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal tested positive in Delhi but negative in Jaipur. “I got myself tested for COVID-19 on the Lok Sabha premises. It was positive. Afterwards, I got the corona test done in Jaipur’s SMS hospital, which showed the result as negative. Which is accurate?” he wondered on Twitter 29 MPs test +ve on Day 1 sions. The Opposition charged that the government was rushing with legislations without addressing concerns of stakeholders. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan rebutted it, saying the recommendations of parliamentary standing committee on the legislations have been incorporated. The BJP and the Trinamool Congress members renewed their rivalries after veteran member Saugata Roy commented on the finance minister and Union minister Prahlad Joshi demanded an apology. The remark was later expunged. The bills introduced in the Lok Sabha include a proposal to bring cooperative banks under the supervision of the RBI, with Sitharaman giving details of the P7 extent of the NPAs. ONION Former advocate general moves High Court, seeks protection from arrest ‘DGP MAY RESIGN IF HE CAN’T CONTROL COPS’ POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE? couples is still not possible. The submission by Mehta was made during a hearing before a bench comprising Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan. Mehta challenged the petitioners’ contention that the Hindu Marriage Act does not distinguish between heterosexual and PERSONAL OPINION? Solicitor General Tushar Mehta clarified in his submission that he hasn’t received any instructions but was merely pointing out legal provisions to show that the law does not permit same-sex marriages. He said he will file a detailed note on the same homosexual marriage since it doesn’t describe marriage as a union between man and woman, but only two Hindus. He said the relief sought by the petitioners cannot be granted unless several laws of the land are altered. Justice Jalan said changes have taken place across the world and when two men marry in a foreign country, neither is considered a wife. The court has asked the petitioners to file affidavits from members of the community who are aggrieved by the refusal of authorities to register samesex marriages and slated the hearing for October 21. THE Centre on Monday told Parliament it does not have any data on the number of migrant workers who died during the 68-day lockdown, but said about 1.04 crore workers travelled to their hometowns during the period. In a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the government also said no compensation has so far been paid to the relatives of the migrant workers who lost their lives during the lockdown. Though the Centre says it does not have data on deaths of migrant workers, the Railway Protection Fo rc e re vealed in May that at least 80 migrants died on Shramik special trains. Many NGOs have also put together data on migrant worker deaths during lockdown. The SaveLife Foundation, an NGO, on May 31 said 198 migrant workers died in road accidents. “It is shocking that the government says it does not have the data on migrant deaths. It was all over the papers. We have seen reports by independent organisations. Everyone knows there was a crisis,” said a former IIM-A professor, who wished not to be named. A senior official of SHRAM, an NGO, said, “I hope the government will look into this issue better.” Responding to a question on the status of migrant workers in TN, the Centre said, “India has responded through the Central and state governments, SHGs, RWAs, medical professionals, sanitation workers as well as several genuine and bonafide NGOs in the nation’s fight against the unprecedented humanitarian crisis due to Covid-19 and the country-wide lockdown.”
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