BELAGAVI WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION ANTITRUST SUIT AGAINST GOOGLE FOR STIFLING COMPETITION The US Justice Dept ﬁled a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging Google has been abusing its dominance in online search to stiﬂe competition REGULATORS WANT TO BREAK UP TECH GIANTS APPLE, AMAZON, FB COULD BE TARGETED According to reports, US regulators are keen to break up tech giants to end their monopoly. And Google is their first target. The case is expected to be filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. The suit alleges Google uses billions of dollars collected from advertisers to pay phone makers to ensure Google is the default search engine on browsers | P11 Most of Google’s services are offered for free in exchange for personal information that helps it sell its ads ■ Google insists it holds no special power forcing people to use its free services or preventing them from going elsewhere ■ Apple, Amazon and Facebook are also on US regulators’ radar ■ 90% OF GLOBAL WEB SEARCHES IS CONTROLLED BY 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 Punjab builds MSP into own farm bills, rejects Central laws Don’t be lax as virus is still on the prowl: PM H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh The Ganesh Nagar area of Old Hubballi was inundated following heavy rain on Tuesday | EXPRESS Urges people not to let their guard down in festival season, says vaccines are on track CM to assess flood damage today imposed night curfew in nine @ New Delhi cities while limiting gathering to a maximum of 10 persons at TAKING a grim view of wide- a time. Spain has clamped a spread flouting of Covid-19 pro- state of emergency for 15 days tocols such as wearing masks in Madrid. and following social distancing Netherlands, Denmark, Belnorms, Prime Minister Naren- gium, Germany and Italy have dra Modi on Tuesday cautioned all taken restrictive measures people not to lower their guard to combat the surge in cases. against the virus till Modi’s address to vaccines are available the nation has come at in the country . a time when a large “Work on developpart of the country is ing vaccines is going celebrating festivals on at a brisk pace and while Bihar and Madall preparations are hya Pradesh are in being made to make poll mode. Plasma them available to eveLast week, an extherapy to rybody in the country perts panel had prebe scrapped in shortest possible dicted, using a mathePlasma therapy, matical model, that time,” the PM said. may soon be Modi said he has India is past its peak come across videos discontinued as a in Covid-19 cases. The treatment for and photographs panel also warned of a Covid-19, the showing people floutsurge in cases if CovCentre said on ing Covid-19 protocols. id-19 protocols such as Tuesday. The He called for responsiwearing masks and decision was ble behavrour, saying maintaining social taken after the lockdown has been distancing in public finding the lifted but the virus is places are not followed therapy doesn’t still in the air. strictly . Citing the examples help patients | P9 Quoting statistics, of European countries the PM also said that and the US, the PM highlighted India has done well in combathow coronavirus cases have ing the pandemic as the coungone up there after a phase of try reported only 5,500 cases recovery, as a direct fallout of per million in contrast to over lifting restrictions and resump- 25,000 per million in the US, tion of economic activities. Brazil and other countries. BeThe second wave of Covid-19 sides, India reported only 83 has forced some European per million fatalities against countries to re-impose restric- 680 per million in the US, Brazil tions. France, for instance, has and other countries, he added. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE DIPPING GRAPH VICTORIA HOSPITAL October 11 October 20 October 20 390 267 INTERVIEW ‘IN-HOUSE PROBE INTO JAGAN’S CHARGES NEEDED’ Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s allegations against Supreme Court judge N V Ramana has shaken the people’s faith in the judiciary. An in-house inquiry must be ordered to look into the charges. P9 JUSTICE A P SHAH Delhi High Court chief justice (retd) EXPRESS READ Bigg Boss contestant now in NCB net Bengaluru: Narcotics Control Bureau sleuths on Tuesday arrested ‘Bigg Boss Kannada’ contestant Adam Pasha from Bengaluru City under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. The special NDPS court has remanded Pasha in NCB custody till October 3. BOWRING HOPITAL October 11 No vacant beds 30 vacant beds October 20 RGICD October 10 CHIEF Minister B S Yediyruappa will conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected districts of North Karnataka region on Wednesday and also hold meetings with senior officers regarding the situation. The large-scale destruction has prompted some lawmakers and farmers’ associations to demand that the government declare the floods as a national calamity . After reaching Kalaburagi by a 124 74 CHARAKA October 11 October 20 No vacant beds 35 vacant beds Covid-19 hospitals in B’luru see admissions dip by 40 pc C H E TA N A B E L A G E R E @ Bengaluru SINCE October 13, doctors working in designated Covid-19 hospitals in Bengaluru have been letting out a small sigh of relief every day looking at the , dip in the number of patients coming for admission. Figures obtained by TNIE from some of these hospitals show a dip of almost 40 per cent in the inflow of Covid-19 patients. “It is definitely a relief for us. We have been working day and night to manage the situation. While the case load had lessened of late, due to people with mild symptoms isolating themselves at home, now the dip in numbers has brought us more respite,” said a senior doctor from Victoria Hospital who is working with Covid-19 patients. Confirming this, Dr Jayanti C R, special aircraft from Bengaluru around noon on Wednesday the CM , will be holding a meeting with senior officers from Kalaburagi, Bidar and Yadgir districts before embarking on the aerial survey in an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter.The three districts have been among the worst-hit by rains and floods. The CM will also conduct an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Vijayapura district from 3.30 pm and hold a meeting with senior officers there before returning to Bengaluru. P5 Dean-cum-Director of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), which governs Victoria Hospital, one of the main designated institutions for Covid-19 treatment, said, “In the last one week alone, we have seen a dip of about 40 per cent in admissions. We are keeping our fingers crossed and hope that the number doesn’t go up after the festival,” she said. At Lady Curzon and Bowring Hospital and the newly inaugurated Charaka hospital too, the number of admissions has reduced by almost 50 per cent, according to Dean-cum-Director Dr Manoj Kumar. “While most of the beds were full last Tuesday we have a , vacancy of about 30 beds at Bowring Hospital as of today and about 35 beds , P5 at Charaka,” he pointed out. Doctor who called out no-rape UP spin loses job N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow WAS a temporary doctor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital (JNMCH) in Aligarh denied service extension because of he contradicted the state police’s theory in the alleged Hathras gangrape and murder case? While the UP Police had on October 1 cited a forensic lab report — that said there was no trace of semen or sperm on the victim’s samples — to argue she was not raped, Dr Mohammad Azimuddin Malik had joined issue on October 5, saying the samples were lifted 11 days after her assault and had no evidentiary value. His comments were reported in a section of the media. Dr Malik was a temporary Casualty Medical Officer (CMO) at the JNMCH run by the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and his tenure ended on October 10. He had sought extension of service till November 8 since another doctor was on Covid leave till then. But the AMU rejected the request. Dr Malik could not be contacted for his comments. Yatnal stokes row on BSY as CM, says time up EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayapura, Bengaluru, Hubballi NO stranger to controversies, Vijayapura City MLA and former Union Minister of State Basanagouda Patil Yatnal kicked up a storm after he claimed that B S Yediyurappa’s days as Chief Minister are numbered. Admitting publicly that his relationship with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is already souring, Yatnal, who has made no secret of his displeasure with Yediyurap- pa, claimed that the central leadership was unhappy with Yediyurappa and he was unlikely to remain in the Chief Minister’s seat for long. Yatnal’s remarks were met with a host of reactions from party leaders — ranging from retort to subtle warning. After laying the foundation stone for development works in Vijayapura city on Monday evening, Yatnal claimed, “Yediyurappa’s time is up. Soon, he will lose his chair because even the central leadership has had enough with him.” Miffed over funds not being allocated to his constituency, Yatnal accused Yediyurappa of withholding grants made by the previous government for development works in Vijayapura. “Funds of Rs 125 crore had come (for constituency), but our own CM took it back. After that, a fight has started between us. Katti (Umesh) rightly pointed out that Yediyurappa behaves like the Chief Minister of Shivamogga, and not of Karnataka,” he carped. Continuing his blistering attack, Yatnal even claimed that Yediyurappa’s succesP4 sor will be from North Karnataka. AMARINDER SINGH MEETS GOVERNOR Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday on Tuesday met Governor V P Singh Badnore after the state assembly passed four Bills against the Centre’s farm laws and hoped that he will ‘will listen to the voice of Punjab’ and give his nod to the legislations PUNJAB on Tuesday became the first state in India to formally reject the Centre’s contentious farm laws, with the state Assembly unanimously passing a resolution and three bills against the Central laws. The three bills are: the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment Bill; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill; and the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill. The first bill says no sale of paddy and wheat in the state will be valid unless it is paid equal to or above the minimum support price (MSP). The proposed law also calls for a threeyear jail term and a fine in case anybody compels a farmer to sell his agricultural produce below MSP . The second piece of legislation makes it mandatory for those entering into contract farming with farmers to pay the MSP. It also stipulates a three-year jail term to those who violate the Act. According to the third bill, all powers to fix stock limits of food grains are with the State government and not the Centre. It also envisions imprisonment of three years and a fine to those who force a farmer to sell his agricultural produce P10 below MSP .
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