WARANGAL SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION U.S. TO BAN WECHAT, TIKTOK CITING NATIONAL SECURITY The White House will ban the use of WeChat as well as the downloads of popular video-sharing app TikTok on Sunday TIKTOK GETS TIME TILL NOVEMBER 12 BAN COVERS WECHAT PAYMENT SERVICES From Sunday, both apps will be removed from app stores in the US. While the Tencent-owned WeChat faces an outright ban starting Sunday, TikTok owner ByteDance has been given time till November 12 to strike a deal with a US company. The deal must grant the US firm a full control over the app’s source code to prevent snooping by China, the White House insists ■ The order also requires WeChat to end its payment services in the US, likely affecting millions of private users as well as businesses ■ “The Chinese Communist Party has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the US national security,” US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement 19 million ACTIVE USERS FOR WECHAT IN THE UNITED STATES 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 Army indicts its own in Shopian encounter case Finds prima facie evidence of overreach under the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act in operations that killed three persons F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE Army on Friday admitted there was prima facie evidence of overreach under the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) by its troops in an alleged fake encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district two months ago that left three persons dead. Those involved in the July 18 operation at Amshipora village of Shopian will soon face disciplinary action under the Army Act. While the slain persons were labeled as unidentified militants at that time, their families had challenged the spin, saying they were actually innocent labourers hailing from Rajouri. Defence spokesman in Srinagar Colonel Rajesh Kalia said a high level Court of Inquiry ordered into the encounter also found that the troops had violated the guidelines issued by the Army chief and the Supreme Court on handling encounters. On July 18, the Army and the police claimed to have killed three unidentified militants in a joint operation at Amshipora. The police had said the operation was launched on specific intelligence input shared by the Army’s 62 Rashtriya Rifles, adding arms and ammunition and other incriminating material were recovered from the site of encounter. The bodies were buried at a graveyard in Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, in first week of August, three families from the Paytm back after Google axes it from Play Store The body of 12-year-old Sumedha Kaparia, who went missing on Thursday, was found in Banda Lake on Friday CITY’S OPEN NALAS CLAIM ANOTHER LIFE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad IN a heart wrenching incident, an unsuspecting 12-yearold girl who was riding a bicycle died when she fell into an open nala overflowing with rain water in Neredmet police station limits. The girl went missing on Thursday. When she did not return home, her parents searched for her and later lodged a complaint with the police. On Friday, the police and the GHMC staff found her body in Banda Lake in Deendayalanagar, Naredmet. The girl has been identified as Sumedha Kaparia, a resident of Kakatiyangar in Neredmet. According to police, Sumed- ha used to ride her bicycle in the evenings in her locality. On Thursday too, she went out on her bicycle but did not return home for long. At around 7.30 pm., her parents Sukanya and Abhijit started searching for her as they could not contact the girl on her mobile phone. They then decided to approach the police. The police, along with the GHMC staff, found her bicycle near a nala and assuming that she may have slipped into the nala, they began searching for her at all possible places. On Friday, they found her body in Banda Lake. After the parents identified her, the police sent her body for a post-mortem examinaCONTINUED ON P5 tion. TS again sees drop in Covid-19 testing THE number of Covid-19 tests ‘per million population per day’ conducted by Telangana in September is lower than the national average, as per the data presented in Lok Sabha on Friday. The State is also found to be having the lowest number of primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in rural and urban areas compared to other southern States. border district of Rajouri said their wards — Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammad Ibrar — who were working as labourers in Shopian and living in rented accommodation there, had been missing since July 17, and identified the photos of the slain trio circulating V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad B I S M A H M A L I K @ New Delhi D O N I TA J O S E @ Hyderabad “The families of the three murdered men had continued to proclaim their innocence. Disciplinary action initiated by the army would suggest the army agrees with the families. The process must remain transparent,” NC president Omar Abdullah said on social media as their wards. The families then registered a missing report with the Rajouri police on August 9. Subsequently, a police team took their DNA samples to match them with those of the slain trio. While the DNA report is awaited, evidence collected by According to the data, between September 9 and 15, Telangana conducted just 426 tests per million population per day as compared to the national average of 683 tests per million population per day . This data was shared by Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey in reply to a question by Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Covid testing in Telangana in comparison with the national average. While the LS was also informed that the Centre released `290.29 crore for management and containment of Covid-19 pandemic, the MoS said that the Central gover nment has followed test-track-treat strategy for early detection and containment of the Covid-19 CONTINUED ON P4 outbreaks. TELANGANA was once infamous for having a large number of fluorosis affected people due to consumption of fluoride contaminated groundwater. But over the years, the State got rid of that unwanted reputation. According to information shared in Lok Sabha on Thursday the number of fluoride af, fected habitations in the State dropped from 967 in 2015 to zero now. The information was shared in Lok Sabha by Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria in reply to a question on fluoride and arsenic-affected habitations in the country according , to which there are 5,632 fluoride affected habitations in the country In the neighbour. ing Andhra Pradesh, there are 111 such habitations now as compared to 402 in 2015. There Down to zero According to information shared in Lok Sabha on Thursday by Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria, the number of fluoride affected habitations in the State dropped from 967 in 2015 to zero now are also 4,588 arsenic-affected habitations in the country but none in Telangana. IT and MAUD Minister KT Rama Rao shared the news of the achievement on Twitter, pointing out that this was possible because of the State’s government scheme Mission Bhagiratha, which ensured supply of piped drinking water to every household in the State. Rao shared on Twitter, “No of Fluoride affected villages at Time for Whistle Podu The beautiful greens of Abu Dhabi cricket stadium is ready to welcome their favourite stars, so are the millions back home. The most watched sporting spectacle of India will with CSK taking on Mumbai Indians on Saturday THE NEW NORMAL THE RIVALRY Players and support staff may sit in the stands to maintain distancing Electronic team sheets instead of physical ones. No handshakes during toss After-match formalities will be without touch to maintain distance Don’t be surprised if you see players fetch balls hit for a six. Recovered ball will be sanitised Saliva can’t be used to shine the ball; players will have own water bottles Umpires won’t collect players’ caps, towels and goggles The two of the most successful franchises in the IPL history — Mumbai have won the title four times and Chennai thrice — have fought close encounters numerous times in the past 12 editions. Both the teams start as favourites this edition as well | P11 LIVE ON STAR SPORTS 1/HOTSTAR 7.30PM DEMAND & SUPPLY Plan to let pvt hosps offer standalone PG courses S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi IN what could open the door to a major shift in the way specialist doctors are trained in India, the country’s top medical education regulator is considering allowing private hospitals to offer standalone postgraduate degrees without having the prerequisite of an MBBS programme. At present, only medical colleges that have been offering the MBBS programme for at least three years are al- the Court of Inquiry prima facie indicated that the slain persons were indeed Imtiyaz Ahmed, Ibrar Ahmed and Mohammad Ibrar, the the defence spokesman said. “Their involvement with militancy or related activities is under police investigation,” he added. Sources said a Summary of Evidence will now be initiated against the erring Armymen after which court martial proceedings would start. The Ar my and the police had launched separate inquiries into the encounter. Thanks to Mission Bhagiratha, no fluoride affected villages in TS now BETTING POLICY INDIAN digital payments app Paytm, which was removed from Play Store on Friday mor ning over violation of Google’s sports betting policy, was restored hours later, after Paytm removed a ‘cashback’ f e at u re f ro m a re c e n t ly launched game on the app. Pay t m s a i d G o o g l e ap proached it over the cashback feature on the ‘Paytm Cricket League’ game on the app. The game allows users to get player stickers after each transaction, collect them and receive a cashback, which Google found was in violation of its policies on gambling. “While it is clear that all activities on Paytm are completely lawful, we have temporarily removed the cashback component in an effort to meet the Play Store policy requirements,” Paytm wrote in a blog post, published on Friday . Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma lashed out at Google, accusing the tech giant of singling out Paytm for action, when several other apps offering cashbacks prizes continue to be hosted on Play Store. Google said on Friday that it does not allow apps facilitating sports betting and will remove such apps from the Play store. ‘Disciplinary action must be transparent’ lowed to offer PG (MD and MS) courses, once they fulfil the specified criteria. The Medical Council of India’s (MCI) Board of Governors has recently constituted a five-member committee, under AIIMS, Delhi director Dr Randeep Guleria to examine the proposal and finalise its modalities. “The move is aimed at fulfilling the wide gap between demand and supply of specialist doctors within a few years,” said a senior member of the Board of Governors. Certain private hospitals are allowed to offer twoyear DNB degrees under the National Board of Examination, now considered equivalent to PG, but the training offered through the programme is often viewed as inferior when compared to PG degrees, said sources in MCI. Officials in the medical edu- cation regulator said the proposal was being taken forward to ensure the issue of shortage of specialists in even states with limited numbers of medical colleges is addressed. “The medical colleges in the country are concentrated largely in south and Maharashtra, but states with the highest population have the worst doctor-population ratios,” said an official. “This issue won’t be resolved unless we come up with major CONTINUED ON P8 reforms.” Mosltly in south One official said that the medical colleges are mostly in south and Maharastra. States with the highest population have the worst docpopulation ratios the time of formation of #Telangana was 967!! After the successful implementation of the #MissionBhagiratha, the number has come down to Zero. This is an excerpt from an official statement in parliament by Govt of India (sic).” The reply also gave out information on the funds allocated and utilised by each State under the Jal Jeevan Mission – Har Ghar Jal scheme, which aims to provide tap water connection to every rural household by 2024. In 2019-20, Telangana received `105.52 crore from the Centre, of which `88.33 crore were utilised. In 2020-21, `82.71 crore were released, of which `35 crore were utilised. Mission Bhagiratha was in the spotlight recently when Telangana emerged as the No 1 State in providing functional household tap connections for drinking water. LOK SABHA Ruckus over Nehru-Gandhi family quip EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FOR the first time since the unusual Parliament session began, the Lok Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes and was adjourned multiple times on Friday as Congress, Trinamool Congress and BJP members sparred over Union minister Anurag Thakur’s comments on the Nehru-Gandhi family and the state of affairs in West Bengal. Thakur made the remark while defending the PMC A R E S fund, which the Opposition said did n o t h ave transparency . All this happened after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020. The bill, replacing an ordinance, extends the deadline for paying taxes and duties in view of the pandemic. It also seeks to provide the same tax treatment to the PM-CARES Fund as available to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. 2,043 COVID +VE CASES, 11 DEATHS IN TS PAGE 4
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