KOCHI l FRIDAY l OCTOBER 02, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 l LATE 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 NUMBER 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 eleventh day . Former DGP of UP police Vikram Singh said the horrific THE Hathras gang-rape and Nirbhaya tragedy had brought murder case got a new twist on reforms in the rape law and it Thursday with the UP police was made clear that penetratrashing the sexual assault tion is not necessary to estabclaim and spinning out a con- lish the offence. “So, to prespiracy theory instead. Citing sume that rape did not happen a forensic lab report that said just because semen was not no traces of sperm were found found is an erroneous concluin the samples taken from the sion. It is more so given the fact victim’s body, ADG Law and that the medical examination Order Prashant Kumar claimed was conducted eight days after she wasn’t raped. But the re- the incident,” said Singh. He port’s value was questionable described the response of the as the samples were UP police as “shoddy lifted eight days after and unprofessional”. SIT probe the assault. Another former UP Soon, ADG Kumar A three-member police chief, who did SIT arrived in ran into a brick wall of not wish to be named, the village of criticism as experts desaid it was “obvious scribed his inference the victim and that the UP police have recorded the as “extremely irrejumped to conclusions. statements of sponsible, unprofesAs per law, the soher family sional and erroneous”. called absence of semembers and Legal experts recalled men is not enough to relatives. The that the 2013 amendconclude that the womSIT would stay an was not raped, espement in rape laws in Hathras for waived the clause that cially when we know three days had made it necessary there were injuries to to establish ‘penetraher private parts.” tion’ in such crimes. They also A T Ansari, who was a spequestioned the inordinate de- cial prosecutor in the Nirbhaya lay in the conducting the medi- case, said: “The existing law cal examination of the victim. has changed the definition of A senior scientific officer at rape. It has also done away with a government forensic depart- the two-finger test used by docment said: “As a general norm, tors on victims to establish after 72 hours of such an of- rape.” He said even applying fence, it is difficult to get traces mouth or touching private of semen. So, it is crucial to parts has also been classified as send the sample for examina- of fences involving sexual tion within 72 hours.” In the assault. Hathras case, the samples colMeanwhile, the the Allalected on the eight day after the habad High Court took suo assault reached the lab on the motu cognizance of the case. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/ Lucknow EXPRESS READ Customs takes Karat Faisal into custody Kochi: The Customs on Thursday took into custody Karat Faisal, an LDF councillor of Koduvally in Kozhikode, in connection with the gold smuggling case. A team of officials from Kochi picked up Faisal from his house at 4.30am. He may be arraigned as 20th accused and his arrest may be recorded soon. P4 HATHRAS HORROR Sept 14: Assailants drag young woman from behind using her duppatta into the nearby field where she was working around 9am, 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 4.10pm on the same day Conscious during admission at JNMCH, had ligature mark on 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 JNMCH 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 6.55am. Body handed over to UP Police, who take 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 IPL TODAY HYDERABAD CHENNAI 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 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 tussle over the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were on Thursday briefly detained by the UP police while on their way to meet her family A footage of the incident show. ing a scuffle between Congress workers ‘LATHIS and the UP police, during which Rahul got RAINED ON US’ knocked down, added to the drama. Congress leader Earlier, the convoy of the Congress Priyanka Gandhi leaders was stopped on the Yamuna Exsaid, “When we all pressway in Greater Noida. The police started our march told them not to proceed to Hathras as Secon foot with tion 144 was in force there. But Rahul and Rahul ji, we were Priyanka alighted from their vehicle and started proceeding on foot along the Ya- repeatedly stopped and lathis rained on muna expressway to Hathras. us in a barbaric The scuffle broke out when the police manner.” tried to stop them again. Rahul and Priyanka were briefly detained and then taken back to Delhi by the police. Later, an FIR was filed against them and over 130 Congress workers for flouting prohibitory orders under Section 144. For his part, Rahul criticised the Yogi government, calling it jungle raj. “It is Jungle Raj in UP that meeting a family in mourning scares the government. Don’t be so afraid chief minister,” he tweeted. Grey areas in LIFE, let probe go on: HC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 observed orally 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 government, 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, before adjourning ● More on P4 the hearing to October 8. Can’t hand over Periya case diary to CBI: State 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. The division bench had upheld the investigation and final reports. 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 proceed with the probe without the case diary The Crime Branch did not hand over the case di. ● More on P4 ary even after repeated requests. HOLIDAY Our offices will remain closed today. There will be no issue of the paper tomorrow 18 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS 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 the spread of the disease is apprehended. The Disaster Management Authority will issue a 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 Sep● More on P2 tember 21. OVERALL COVID TALLY 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 address unemployment issue 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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