KANNUR l FRIDAY l OCTOBER 02, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l CITY 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. It is working to expand News Showcase to other countries, including India ■ The announcement comes after years of media outlets locking horns with Google over not paying them for displaying content 24 billion N.O. OF VISITS PER MONTH TO NEWS WEBSITES THROUGH GOOGLE 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 Police peddle no-rape theory, cite lab report on samples lifted over a week after assault Appalled experts describe spin doctoring by police as extremely irresponsible, erroneous; question delay in the victim’s medical exam cal examination of the victim. 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.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Lucknow/New Delhi 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 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 Grey areas in Life Mission issue, let investigation go on, says High Court E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi IN A setback to the government which had moved the High Court challenging the CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the LIFE Mission housing project in Thrissur, the court on Thursday observed the investigation could not be stopped as there were certain grey areas in the issue. “Let the investigation go on,” Justice V G Arun orally observed and asked LIFE Mission authorities to cooperate with the probe. The observation was made on the petition filed by LIFE Mission CEO challenging the probe. Senior Supreme Court lawyer K V Viswanathan, who appeared for the state govern- Setback to govt Govt’s consel K V Viswanathan submitted that state had no role in agreement between Red Crescent and two construction companies — Unitac & Sane Ventures Court rejected Viswanathan’s plea to restrain CBI from taking any coercive measures against LIFE Mission CEO ment, sought to restrain the CBI from taking any coercive measures against the CEO on whom the bureau had served a notice asking him to produce relevant documents pertaining to the scheme. The court declined to accept the plea and issued a notice to the CBI and Wadakkanchery MLA Anil Akkara, who had filed a complaint against LIFE Mission, before adjourning the hearing to October 8. Viswanathan submitted that the state had no role in the agreement between Red Crescent and the two construction companies, Unitac Builders and Sane Ventures. “CBI registered the FIR with mala fide intention,” he argued. LIFE Mission only gave the land and the two companies received the foreign donations directly into their accounts, he submitted. To this, the court asked whether there were any separate agreements between the firms and Red Crescent, which donated the ● More on P4 money . ‘Can’t give Periya case diary to CBI’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kochi THE state government on Thursday informed the Kerala High Court that it cannot hand over the case diary in the Periya twin murder case to the CBI as the matter is pending before the Supreme Court and since the division bench had upheld the investigation and the final report. Youth Congress leaders Kripesh and Sarathlal were murdered at Periya in Kasaragod allegedly by CPM activists in February 2019. , When the bail plea of Subeesh, an accused in the case came up for hearing, the CBI submitted that it could not Kripesh and Sarathlal proceed with the probe without the case diary The Crime . Branch did not hand over the case diary even after repeated requests. The CBI also requested the court to direct the Crime Branch to hand over the diary to it. Senior Public Prosecutor Suman Chakravarthy submitted that the appeal filed by the state government against a CBI inquiry is pend- ing before the Supreme Court and it had asked the parties in the case to respond within four weeks. Meanwhile, the CBI has issued a notice to the Crime Branch under section 91 of the CrPC, directing to transfer the case diary to it. If the CBI has anything to submit, that can be done before the Supreme Court, the public prosecutor said. The CBI further requested the court that the case diary has to be collected and put in the safe custody of the court. According to the petitioner, he is languishing in jail for over two years. Hence, continued detention is not necessary . Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slumps amid a confrontation with the Uttar Pradesh police who detained him on his way to Hathras on Thursday | PTI Rahul, Priyanka hit the streets, detained briefly 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. Customs takes LDF councillor Karat Faisal into custody E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi IN an embarrassing development for the Left government, the Customs on Thursday took into custody an LDF councillor in connection with the gold smuggling case. A team of officials from Customs Commissionerate (Preventive) Kochi picked up Karat Faisal, a councillor of Koduvally municipality in Kozhikode district, from his house at 4.30am. He was brought to the Kochi office at 12.30pm and his statement was recorded under Section 108 of the Customs Act. He will be arraigned as the 20th accused and his arrest will be recorded soon. According to Customs sources, Faisal is suspected to have played an active role by investing money for smuggling gold. “We had interrogated some of the arrested persons in the case in jail recently Based on the infor. mation and the probe, it’s revealed that Faisal is one of the key links in the smuggling chain. He has contributed funds for procuring gold through illegal channel. He is a highly influential person with connections in political and business circles. He was involved in multiple gold smuggling cases before,” a Customs official said. Customs also seized digital devices and documents from Faisal’s residence. After recording his arrest, he would be produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Economic Offence). Faisal is a relative of Karat Razak MLA. Customs will seek his custody on completion of the Covid-19 test. Customs also held a search at a private hospital of which Faisal is a board member. The NIA was also probing Faisal’s involvement after it was found that some of the ac● More on P4 cused were his close aides. HOLIDAY Our offices will remain closed today. There will be no issue of the paper tomorrow More than 5 shouldn’t gather, state to use 144 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram WITH cases spiking alarmingly in the state and a super spread looming large, the government has banned gathering of more than five people at a time. The restriction will come into effect at 9am on Saturday and remain until October 31 midnight. The order issued by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta also authorised district magistrates to use the emergency provision under Section 144 of CrPC to enforce social distancing. The gatherings at weddings and funerals will be exempted from the tougher norms, said the order but the existing limit of 50 and 20 persons, respectively at , these functions will be strictly enforced. Stringent restrictions should be imposed in containment zones and in specific areas where spread of disease is apprehended. The Disaster Management Authority will issue detailed list of guidelines considering the situation in each district. The state’s stricter measures have come a day after the Central government announced more relaxations under Unlock 5. The Central government had increased the number of people allowed at public functions to 100, from September ● More on P2 21. OVERALL COUNT CROSSES 2L-MARK IN STATE 8,135 cases reported on Thursday 59,157 samples tested 2,828 recovered 72,339 active cases 29 more deaths. Official toll goes up to 771 Crowding persists at malls. Crowding at hospitals has also been noted. All these will result in virus spread — CM State govt to create 50,000 job opportunities by December to tide over unemployment SC axes Gujarat’s 12-hr workday notification EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the Gujarat government’s notification exempting industries in the state from observing certain obligations towards workers such as providing humane working conditions and paying overtime wages. The Gujarat government had issued a notification on April 17 allowing industries to make employees work for 12 hours a day with a 30-minute break after every six hours. It also did away with the provision that mandates double wages for overtime work. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud termed the notification an affront to workers’ right against forced labour and said employees’ right to life cannot be at the mercy of their employers.
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