CHENNAI FRIDAY OCTOBER 02, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 VELLORE EDITION $ GOOGLE TO PAY PUBLISHERS OF NEWS $1 BN OVER 3 YEARS Select media houses will be paid to create content for a new product called News Showcase, Google said on Thursday TAKING POWER BACK FROM ALGORITHMS WORK IN PROGRESS ON INDIA DEALS It’s Google’s biggest financial commitment to the media industry yet and builds on its recently-launched news licensing program in which it pays select publishers to feature their stories in Google News and Search. The new product will allow publishers to highlight stories that they think are more relevant to readers, instead of letting the algorithm do the business ■ Google has signed deals with nearly 200 publications in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the UK and Australia. 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A senior scientific officer at a government forensic departON a day the UP Police said the ment said: “As a general norm, Hathras victim was not raped, after 72 hours of such an ofthe Lucknow bench of the Al- fence, it is difficult to get traces lahabad High Court took suo of semen. So, it is crucial to motu cognizance of the inci- send the sample for examinadent and issued notices to the tion within 72 hours.” state government, the Hathras Former DGP of UP police DM and the SP asking them to Vikram Singh said the horrific explain the police conduct with Nirbhaya tragedy had brought the family of the victim. The reforms in the rape law and it bench comprising Justice Ra- was made clear that penetrajan Roy and Justice Jaspreet tion is not necessary to estabSingh posted the matter for Oc- lish the offence. “So, to pretober 12. sume that rape did not The police statement happen just because SIT probe on Thursday that the semen was not found is victim was not raped A three-member an erroneous concluSIT arrived in drew strong criticism sion. It is more so given the village of from exper ts, who the fact that the medicalled it “extremely ir- the victim and cal examination was recorded the responsible, unprofesconducted eight days statements of sional and erroneous”. after the incident,” her family ADG (Law & Order) said Singh. He called members and Prashant Kumar said the response of the UP relatives. The the forensic test report police “shoddy and SIT would stay unprofessional”. of the victim “conin Hathras for firmed” that she was Another ex-UP pothree days not sexually assaulted. lice chief, who did not Her autopsy claimed wish to be named, said she died of the fracture that it was “obvious in neck due to repeated stran- that the UP police have jumped gulation attempts and subse- to conclusions. As per law, the quent trauma. so-called absence of semen is Kumar said the forensic re- not enough to conclude that the port did not find traces of woman was not raped, especialsperms in the samples taken ly when we know there were from the victim’s body . injuries to her private parts.” Legal experts recalled that AT Ansari, who was a special the 2013 amendment in rape prosecutor in the Nirbhaya laws waived the clause that had case, said: “The existing law made it necessary to establish has changed the definition of “penetration” in crimes of rape. It has also done away with rape. They also questioned the the two-finger test used by docdelay in conducting the medi- tors to establish rape.” @ Lucknow/New Delhi Sept 22: Victim regains consciousness, records statement before magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC alleging gang-rape by four persons, names all four. Police add Section 376 D (gangrape) to the original FIR, arrest all accused. Samples taken at JNCMH to confirm sexual assault Sept 25: Samples sent by JNMCH reach Agra forensic lab Sept 28: Victim turns critical, shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi Sept 29: Succumbs to injuries at 6.55 am. Body handed over to UP Police, which takes it to Hathras at night Sept 30: Police cremate in the wee hours allegedly in the absence of family members and without their consent Oct 1: Agra forensic lab report says no evidence of sperm or semen in samples lifted from the victim, police cite it to push their no-rape theory Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slumps amid a confrontation with the Uttar Pradesh police who detained him on the way to Hathras on Thursday | PTI Rahul, Priyanka hit the streets, briefly detained N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow ON a day of intense political drama over the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Hathras, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were on Thursday detained by the Uttar Pradesh police on the way to meet the 20-year-old girl’s family . The footage of the incident showed a ‘LATHIS scuffle between Congress workers and the RAINED ON US’ UP police, during which Rahul got Congress leader knocked down. Priyanka Gandhi Earlier, the convoy of the Congress said, “When we all leader was stopped on the Yamuna Exstarted our march pressway in Greater Noida. The police on foot with Rahul told them not to proceed to Hathras as Secji, we were tion 144 was in force there. Rahul and Priyanka then alighted from their vehicle repeatedly stopped and started walking along the expressway and lathis rained on us in a barbaric to Hathras. manner.” When the police tried to stop them again, a clash broke out, during which Rahul and Priyanka were detained. They were charged with violation of orders under the Epidemic Diseases Act, imposed in light of the pandemic and were taken back to Delhi. Rahul later lashed out the Yogi Adityanath government. “It is Jungle Raj in UP that meeting a family in mourning scares the government. Don’t be so afraid chief minister,” he tweeted. Migrant woman’s rape: HC calls for safety measures EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday launched the One Nation One Ration Card scheme, by distributing essential commodities to three family cardholders. Already as many as 25 states, in, cluding Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka have implemented the scheme. The scheme is being implemented in two phases in the State, said an official release. In the first phase, 32 districts will benefit from the scheme, and in the second, it will be extended to the remaining six districts – Thoothukudi, Thanjavur, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Madurai and Tiruvannamalai – from October 16. As per the scheme, people who have been transferred to other districts or states, can avail ration items, from any OBSERVING that migrants coming to work are becoming victims of sexual assault, a division bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday directed the I-G of Police (Western Zone) to expedite investigation into the rape case of a migrant woman near Tirupur, and asked the victim to be provided with proper compensation. Justices N Kirubakaran and P Velmurugan made the observation, while hearing a plea seeking better facilities to migrants. The 22-year-old woman from Assam, was allegedly gang raped on Monday and , four men were arrested the following day . The prime suspect befriended her, and asked her to come to Kallimedu village promising a better job, the police had said, adding she was raped by six men and robbed, after she reached the spot. Justice Kirubakaran observed, “India, considered to be a spiritual land, is soon becoming a rapist land. Every 15 minutes, a woman is being raped.” The bench also commented on the rape of a Dalit woman in UP, and said there was no security for women in the country . Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami distributing ration to family cardholders under the One Nation One Ration Card scheme launched in TN on Thursday Fair Price Shop of their choice across the country using their , existing ration card issued in their home states. All one has to do is to do a biometric authentication on the electronic Point of Sales (ePoS) devices installed at the Fair Price Shops. Earlier, the card had to be surrendered and a fresh application needed to be given for transfer of ration card. Currently, there are a 34,773 fair price shops and 2.09 crore family cards in TN, with more than 6.75 crore beneficiaries. All ration cards in TN were converted to digital smart cards in 2017, and biometric authentication were operationalised. All existing ePoS devices were also upgraded and integrated with a biometric fingerprint reader. This was done across all Fair Price Shops, under Public DisP4 tribution System. Ministers’ chorus: No confusion over CM choice E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai MURMURS over who would be the Chief Ministerial candidate of the AIADMK continued on Thursday , even as senior ministers insisted that there was no trouble within the party . Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam attended routine works at the Secretariat, but was not present for the launch of One Nation One Ration Card scheme by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. Speaking after paying homage to actor Sivaji Ganesan at his memorial along with Panneerselvam, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar appealed to his party functionaries not to discuss internal affairs such as the CM candidate choice in public, especially since both the top leaders – Palaniswami and Panneerselvam – had asked them not to do so. “Our political adversaries are of public emergency The Guja. rat government cited the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason THE Supreme Court on Thurs- for invoking Section 5. day struck down the Gujarat The bench said the state govgovernment’s notification ex- ernment’s intent may have empting industries in the state been to ameliorate the finanfrom observing certain obliga- cial exigencies of industries tions towards workers such as but the burden cannot be providing humane working placed on the “weary shoulconditions and paying ders of the labouring overtime wages. worker”. The Gujarat governThe judgement noted ment had issued a notithat no factory could fication on April 17 alhave been exempt from lowing industries to provisions of the Facmake employees work tories Act, unless there ‘Pay for 12 hours a day with is ‘inter nal disturovertime a 30-minute break after bance’ causing a pubwages’ every six hours. It also lic emergency . did away with the pro- The SC directed “The economic slowthat overtime vision that mandates down created by the double wages for over- wages be paid Covid-19 pandemic to all eligible time work. does not qualify as an workers who A bench headed by internal disturbance have been Justice D Y Chandrathreatening the secuworking since chud termed the notifirity of the state,” the cation an affront to issuance of the order stated. notifications workers’ right against The apex court obforced labour and said served that workers’ employees’ right to life cannot right to life is not conditional be at the mercy of their and their overtime wages and employers. decent working conditions The notification was issued must not be denied because of under Section 5 of the Facto- the pandemic. ries Act, which gives state govGujarat Mazdoor Sabha and ernments the power to exempt the CITU had moved the SC to exempt industries from pro- against the Gujarat governvisions of the Act on grounds ment’s April 17 notification. @ New Delhi One Nation One Ration Card launched; phase-II on Oct 16 @ Chennai SC axes Gujarat’s 12-hr workday notification EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HATHRAS HORROR Sept 14: Assailants drag young woman from behind using her duppatta into the nearby field where she was working around 9 am, try to strangulate her FIR lodged at Chandpa police station names one person based on complaint of vicitm’s brother Initially taken to Bagla Joint District Hospital at Hathras. Shifted to AMU’s JN Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH) around 4.10 pm on the same day She conscious during admission at JNMCH, had ligature mark in the neck, which indicate strangulation. Her C6 vertebra had fracture and spinal cord was damaged. Later she passes out LESS PAY FOR MORE WORK waiting desperately to spot any differences in opinion amongst us. We should not give room for that,” Jayakumar said while reacting to remarks made by Minister for Forests Dindigul C Sreenivasan. Earlier, Sreenivasan had expressed his view that Palaniswami would be the CM candidate of the party . A couple of hours after Jayakumar’s comment, reporters caught up with Sreenivasan again in Din- digul. Sreenivasan admitted that he, indeed, had committed a mistake, and wound up the press meet without saying anything further. Meanwhile in Tiruchy Tourism , Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan reacted to Sreenivasan’s views by saying that he would rather wait for his party high command to make an announcement about the CM candidate. In Vellore, Minister for Commercial Taxes KC Veeramani said there was no confusion in the party over the matter. IPL TODAY HYDERABAD CHENNAI Chennai Super Kings will be eyeing a comeback when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Friday. Both teams have won one from three matches. ODDS: SRH: 68/67 CSK: 10/11 L I V E : S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 7. 3 0 P M
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