HUBBALLI SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION U.S. TO BAN WECHAT, TIKTOK CITING NATIONAL SECURITY TIKTOK GETS TIME TILL NOVEMBER 12 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 White House will ban the use of WeChat as well as the downloads of popular video-sharing app TikTok on Sunday BAN COVERS WECHAT PAYMENT SERVICES ■ 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 Time for Whistle Podu The greens of Abu Dhabi cricket stadium are ready to welcome the stars, so are the millions back home. The most watched sporting event of India will open with CSK taking on Mumbai Indians on Saturday THE NEW NORMAL Players and support staff may sit in the stands to maintain distancing Electronic team sheets instead of physical ones. No handshakes at 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 ball; players will have own water bottles Umpires won’t collect players’ caps, towels and goggles 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. | P11 Fan walls across venues Fans can virtually be present in stadium as BCCI has set up four fan walls. 96 fans will get to watch it virtually with volume turned down. 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 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 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 five-member committee, under AIIMS, Delhi director Dr Randeep Guleria to examine the proP8 posal and finalise its modalities. CM meets Nadda on cab expansion Hours after he met PM Narendra Modi, CM B S Yediyurappa met BJP National President J P Nadda on Friday to discuss cabinet expansion. However, he could not meet Home Minister Amit Shah, who is recuperating after his discharge from AIIMS. Seeks clearance for key projects, invites PM to open tech summit EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru AFTER months of postponements, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa finally met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday. With Covid-19 restrictions in place, only State Chief Secretary T M Vijaya Bhaskar was allowed to accompany Yediyurappa during his meeting with the PM in Parliament House. While flood relief assistance, clearance for irrigation and drinking water projects were key discussions in the meeting, Yediyurappa is also said to have sought the PM nod for expanding his cabinet. Further discussions were held with BJP national president J P Nadda later on Friday . “The CM appealed to the Prime Minister to expedite the release of funds from National Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has a word with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar during their meeting in New Delhi on Friday | EXPRESS Disaster Response Fund. He made a plea to revise the items and norms of assistance from the State Disaster Response Fund or National Disaster Response Fund for the current year itself to ensure timely and adequate financial assistance to the distressed people. He also urged the PM to declare Upper Krishna Project Stage-III and Upper Bhadra Project as national projects,” said a state- RUCKUS OVER Schools open on Monday NEHRU-GANDHI under Covid-19 shadow FAMILY REMARK Speaking to reporters here, he said schools have been directed to collect fees AMID the Covid-19 surge, for only one term, based on schools in the state are all last year’s structure. The set to reopen from Septem- DDPI and BEOs will look ber 21 for the current aca- into any violations or lapses demic year. However, regu- by school managements and lar classes will commence aggrieved parents can aponly after the Union Govern- proach the BEO concerned, ment issues guideKumar added. lines in this regard. “Children are curiPrimary and Secous to know when ondary Education schools will reopen. Children are Minister S Suresh KuBut, on the other curious to mar on Friday said hand, parents are apknow when schools will be open p re h e n s ive ab o u t schools will from 9 am to 12 noon sending their wards reopen, and students can into schools. The Educabut on the teract with teachers tion Department will other hand, parents are to clarify doubts, as address all the conthey have been at- apprehensive cerns of the parents”, about tending only online the minister said. classes for the past sending their On the trend of wards — tow months. Wearing children from private S Suresh Kumar of masks, maintaininstitutions joining ing social distancing government schools, will be mandatory The . he said it is a positive admission process for development and asclasses 1 to 10 will be sured the governcompleted before ment is prepared to September 30, he provide all facilities P3 pointed out. to students. @Mysuru E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ 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 PM-CARES fund, which the Opposition said did not have 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 PMCARES Fund as available to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. Opposition members opposed the bill and questioned the need for a new PM-CARES fund, asking why it was not being audited by CAG, if it was a public fund. I had no intention of hurting anyone but if someone has been hurt, I express my anguish. — ANURAG THAKUR, MoS Finance FACING STIGMA Hubballi woman forced to sign divorce papers over ‘false positive’ HIV report A R U N K U M A R H U R A L I M AT H @Hubballi A differently-abled woman is fighting a lone battle for justice as she was forced to agree for a divorce by her husband’s family after she ‘falsely’ tested positive for HIV at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in the city . Thirty-five-year-old Kalpana (name changed) from Janata Colony in the city got married to a mentally challenged person from Unkal on January 28, 2019. Three months later, she suffered a bout of fever and A view of KIMS Hospital in Hubballi. other health complications, and her mother-in-law took her to KIMS hospital where she tested positive for HIV . On coming to know of this, the mother-in-law threw Kalpa- Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday dismissed speculation that the JDS was joining the state government or extending any support, pushing aside reports that emerged after a meeting between him and former CM H D Kumaraswamy recently. Central aid tops agenda as BSY meets Modi GUIDELINES AWAITED EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JDS not joining BJP govt: Yediyurappa na out of the house and she went back to her maternal home at Janata Colony Not convinced . with her test results, Kalpana went to a private lab for a second test in October last year. And surprisingly, her test reports came out to be negative. Armed with the latest report, she visited her husband’s house to clarify matters. But the mother-in-law didn’t even let her enter the house. But, after a few days, they visited Kalpana at her maternal home and forced her to sign the divorce papers after thrashing P3 her, she claimed. If the woman visits our hospital with both reports, we will check them and advise another HIV test. If she tests -ve, we will go through the previous report and take action Dr Ramalingappa Antartani, Director, KIMS ment from the CM’s Office. The CM is also said to have requested Modi to take necessary action for early approvals and clearances for irrigation and drinking water projects, including Mekedatu and KalasaBanduri Nala, to utilise the water resources allocated to the state. At the end of the meeting, the CM invited Modi to inaugurate the Bengaluru Tech SumP5 mit on November 19. Army indicts its own in Shopian encounter case 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 Sri- nagar 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 north Kashmir’s Baramulla P7 district. EXPRESS READ Paytm app back on Google Play store New Delhi: US tech giant Google on Friday restored the Paytm app on its Play store after removing it for violating its policy on sports betting activities. The app was back after it removed the ‘cashback’ feature from a recently-launched game. P10 State clocks 5 lakh Covid-19 cases Bengaluru: Karnataka’s Covid-19 count hit 5,02,982 cases on Friday, with 8,626 people testing positive during the day. While 179 fatalities were reported through the day, 10,949 patients were also discharged, official data showed. P4
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