KOZHIKODE l SATURDAY l SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 CPM tilts spotlight from gold smuggling to Quran Army indicts its Party brands Oppn agitation against Min Jaleel as against holy book, UDF terms it a move to appease community EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’PURAM THE CPM, which leads the Left government in Kerala, on Friday branded the Oppos i t i o n a g i t at i o n against Minister K T Jaleel as “antiQuran”, seen as a party strategy to shift focus from gold smuggling controversy to the Islam holy book even as the UDF termed it a move to appease the minority community by playing the communal card. “Does anyone take a stand against Gita distribution here? Does anyone block Bible distribution? Why do they find fault with Quran distribution alone? This is our question. This is a purposeful campaign against Jaleel,” CPM state secre- LDF to put up a brave face against protests I can be killed, but not defeated: Jaleel T’Puram: The LDF state committee, which met here on Friday, decided to put up a brave front against the Opposition’s violent protests. It observed that K T Jaleel need not resign. T’Puram: A day after he was questioned for seven hours by the NIA, an embattled K T Jaleel continued to maintain that the opponents could be able to kill him but not defeat him. P4 tary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said in reply to a question at a news conference here. Kodiyeri said it was common for the embassies to gift religious texts to visitors. The Opposition parties, which have been carrying out widespread protests and violent clashes with police over the last seven days after central agencies Enforcement Directorate and NIA questioned Jaleel in connection with the case of gold smuggling through diplomatic channel, have cried foul over bringing up holy Quran into the entire issue. ● More on P4 Pinarayi has brought disgrace to Malayalis, says ex-CM Antony T’Puram: Senior Congress leader and former chief minister A K Antony took a dig at the Pinarayi Vijayan government, saying he has brought disgrace to all Malayalis. “Pinarayi has brought disgrace to Malayalis. This government should be brought down,” said the former Union minister. 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 RIVALRY 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 boast of star-studded lineups and start as favourites this edition as well | P11 THE NEW NORMAL 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 maintaining 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 & goggles L I V E O N S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R 7. 3 0 P M Paytm back after axed by Google from Play Store over gambling Store policy require ments,” Paytm wrote in a INDIAN digital payments blog post on Friday . app Paytm, which was rePaytm CEO Vijay Shekmoved from Play Store on har Sharma lashed out at Friday morning over viola- Google, accusing the tech tion of Google’s sports bet- giant of singling out Payting policy, was restored tm for action, when several hours later, after Paytm re- other apps offering cashmoved a ‘cashback’ feature backs prizes continue to be from a recentlyhosted on Play ‘Does giving launched game Store. cashback on the app. PayGoogle said on amounts to tm said Google Friday that it gambling?’ approached it does not allow over the cash- Paytm’s CEO Vijay apps facilitating back feature on spor ts betting Shekhar Sharma the ‘Paytm Crick- tweeted, thanking and will remove et League’ game such apps from users for support on the app. the Play store. while also asking The game al“We don’t alhow cash backs lows users to get low online casiamounts to nos or support player stickers gambling. “You any unregulated after each transdecide if giving action, collect gambling apps cash-back is them and receive that facilitate gambling,” he a cashback, sports betting. wrote wh i ch G o o g l e This includes if found was in violation of an app leads consumers to its policies on gambling. an external website that al“While it is clear that all lows them to participate in activities on Paytm are paid tournaments to win completely lawful, we have real money or cash prizes, temporarily removed the it is a violation of our policashback component in an cies,” Suzanne Frey, Googeffort to meet the Play le’s Vice President, said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kozhikode MUHAMMED Latheef, 7, emerged as the hero in his native Elayadam in Kozhikode and beyond after he showed excellent presence of mind to save Raaz, 3, from drowning. Raaz was playing on the side of the Kurumberi Thazha canal and Muhammed, a Class II student of Sirajul Huda Eng- lish Medium School, kid slipped and fell into Nadapuram, saw his the water,” Muhammed neighbour falling into narrated. Muhammed, who was the canal and p l ay i n g a l o n g drowning. Muh a m m a d , wh o with his cousin, k n ow s sw i m did not wait and ming, jumped jumped in. into the water and “Though we are saved him. Muhammed Latheef little wor ried “Raaz was about that our playing as his mother son risked his life, we are washed clothes on the ca- happy that he saved a nal side. When she went life,” said Latheef, Muto hang wet clothes, the hammed’s father. F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE Army on Friday admitted there was prima facie evidence of overreach under the controversial Ar med 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 ‘Disciplinary action must be transparent’ “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 police had said the operation was launched on specific intelligence input shared by the Army’s 62 Rashtriya Rifles, adding ar ms and ammunition and other incriminating material were recovered from the site of encounter. The bodies were buried at a graveyard in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, in first week of August, three families from the 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 on social media as their wards. Court orders to hand over Manarcad church to Orthodox faction B I S M A H M A L I K @ New Delhi Muhammed, 7, shows courage to to save Raaz, 3, from drowning own in Shopian encounter case E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kottayam IN a major development in the decades-long Malankara Church dispute, a sub-court here on Friday ordered the handover of the St Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church in Manarcad to the Orthodox faction. The order comes as a huge setback to the Jacobite faction, as the Manarcad church is one of the most prominent shrines under it, with several profit-making establishments functioning under it. The parish has more than 3,500 families as its members. Moreover, the church is an internationally renowned Marian pilgrimage centre with faithful from across the country and abroad visiting it every year. Earlier, upholding that all churches under the Jacobite faction should be governed as per the 1934 Malankara Church Constitution, the Supreme Court had directed the group to hand over all churches to the Orthodox faction. Following this, the Orthodox faction approached the Kottayam sub-court with an appeal concerning the Manarcad church. Adv M C Scaria, who appeared for the Orthodox Church in the court, pointed out the apex court’s ruling that a new governing body should be constituted as per the 1934 constitution. “The documents, keys, and all accounts related to the church should be handed over to ● More on P5 this administrative body he said. ,” Pvt hosps may 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 pro- gramme for at least three years are allowed to offer PG (MD and MS) courses, once they fulfill the specified criteria. The Medical Council of India’s (MCI) Board of Governors has recently constituted a fivemember committee, under AIIMS, Delhi director Dr Randeep Guleria to finalise its modalities. “The move is aimed at fulfilling the wide gap be- tween demand and supply of specialist doctors within a few years,” said a senior member of the MCI Board of Governors. Cer tain 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 education 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 souther n states and Maharashtra, but states with the highest population have the worst doctor-population ratios,” said an MCI official. EXPRESS READ MT to get back script of Randamoozham Kozhikode: The dispute between Jnanpith-winner M T Vasudevan Nair and movie director V A Sreekumar Menon on Randamoozham film project is nearing an out-of-court settlement. As per the deal, Menon would return the script to MT and the writer, in turn, return the advance payment. The full ownership of the story and script will be vested with MT. Also, Menon has approached the apex court conveying the settlement being reached.
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