BHUBANESWAR l SATURDAY l SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE 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 Chinese govt, 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 DAILY 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 Ahead of bypolls, CBI raids BJD VP Debi Mishra own in Shopian encounter case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar Finds prima facie proof of exceeding powers under AFSPA in ops 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 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 operations 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 that probed the incident 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 materials 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 Mo- hammad Ibrar — who were working as labourers in Shopian and living in rented accommodation there, had been missing since July 17. They identified the photos of the slain trio 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 the Court of Inquiry prima facie indicated that the slain persons we re i n d e e d I m t i ya z THE CBI has once again returned to haunt the ruling BJD in Odisha, as a team from the Central investigating agency on Friday questioned party vicepresident and for mer minister Debi Prasad Mishra at his official residence here in connection with the Seashore Chit Fund scam. The investigation into the scam has been dragging on for the last seven years. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also registered a case a g ainst the Seashore Group in 2014. The CBI officials visited his residence and questioned him in person even as Mishra is in home isolation after testing Covid-19 positive. While questioning the timing of the action, the BJD and Congress also came down heavily on the CBI, charging it of having ulterior motives in conducting the raid as crucial bypolls to two Assembly seats Balasore and Tirtol are in the horizon. Mishra is one of three leaders who have been given charge of the poll management in Balasore Assembly seat to be held before November 29. The ruling BJD has launched all out efforts to wrest the seat from BJP . BJD spokesperson Lenin Mohanty told mediapersons that the CBI has been investigating cases in Odisha for the last seven years. “A pattern is clearly evident. The CBI starts conducting searches, raids and issues notices just before elections,” he said. Congress whip in the Assembly Tara Prasad Bahi, A pattern is clearly evident. The CBI starts conducting searches, raids and issues notices just before elections Lenin Mohanty, BJD spokesperson B I S M A H M A L I K @ New Delhi INDIAN digital payments app Paytm, which was removed from Play Store on Friday morning over violation of Google’s sports betting policy, was restored hours later, after Paytm removed a ‘cashback’ feature from a recently-launched game on the app. Paytm said Google approached 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 . “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 Ahmed, Ibrar Ahmed and Mohammad Ibrar, 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 Ar mymen after which court martial proceedings would start. The Army and the police had launched separate inquiries into the encounter. 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 begin with CSK taking on Mumbai Indians today 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 to maintain distance Govt officials can opt to train students in Adarsha Vidyalayas In a unique initiative, the Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya (OAV) has sought applications from interested government officers and employees to train pass-out students from these institutions for engineering, medical and other vocational careers | P3 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 @ 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 five-member committee, under AIIMS, Delhi director Dr Randeep Guleria to examine the proposal and finalise its modalities. “The move is aimed at ful- 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 line-ups and start as favourites this edition as well | P11 Fan walls across venues Fans can virtually be present in the stadium as the BCCI has set up four fan walls. Ninety-six fans will get to watch it virtually with their volumes turned down. Virtual tickets are available on bookmyshow.com 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 hospitals offer standalone PG courses S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma lashed out at Google, accusing the tech giant of singling out Paytm for action, when several other apps offering cashback prizes continue to be hosted on Play Store. For its part, Google said it does not allow apps facilitating sports betting and will remove them from its Play Store. “We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes,” Google said in a statement. However, Paytm First Games, its sports fantasy platform, which has more than 80 million active users, remains suspended. It had recently roped in Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador ahead of the IPL. Time for Whistle Podu EXPRESS READ Bhubaneswar: The Covid treatment guidelines are being flouted as patients are complaining of agonising wait for administration of drugs and diagnostic procedures in the two major Covid hospitals set up in collaboration with the State Government in the city | P2 that those who duped people will be punished. Mishra, meanwhile, said that officials from the investigating agency visited his residence in connection with the Mahanadi Boating project of the Seashore chit fund company. The Badamba MLA told mediapersons that it was “not a raid” and that the officials “just wanted some documents”. The CBI team was, however, in his residence for nearly two P5 hours. Paytm back after Google axes it from Play Store over ‘gambling’ ‘Disciplinary action must be transparent’ Covid patients’ agonising wait for key drugs nipati, however, termed the CBI action a drama to mislead people. “The BJD and BJP are friends in Delhi and enemies in Odisha. The ruling party had suppor ted NDA’s De puty Chairperson candidate for Rajya Sabha. How long has this case been going on. Why this sudden raid ahead of the polls?” he asked. However, State BJP general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan rubbished the allegations and said filling the wide gap between demand and supply of specialist doctors within a few years,” said a senior member of the MCI 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 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. “Medical colleges in the country are concentrated largely in southern states and Maharashtra. States with the highest population have the worst doctor-population ratios,” said an MCI official. “This issue won’t be resolved unless we come up with major reforms, like the proposed one,” the official P8 added. The medical colleges in the country are concentrated largely in southern states and Maharashtra, but states with the highest population have the worst doctorpopulation ratios An MCI official PM-CARES Ruckus over Nehru-Gandhi family quip 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 lacks transparency The . impasse ended after Thakur expressed anguish over his remarks. The drama began after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020. It replaces an ordi- nance, 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. The Opposition questioned the need for PM-CARES fund, asking why it was not being P8 audited by CAG.
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