SAMBALPUR l wednesday l October 21, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l 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 90% 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 ■ 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 Don’t be lax, virus still in the air: PM Urges people not to let their guard down in festival season, says vaccines are on track tions. France, for instance, has imposed night curfew in nine cities while limiting gathering to a Taking a grim view of wide- maximum of 10 persons at a time. spread flouting of Covid-19 proto- Spain has clamped a state of emercols such as wearing masks and gency for 15 days in Madrid. following social distancing norms, Netherlands, Denmark, BelPrime Minister Narendra Modi gium, Germany and Italy have all on Tuesday cautioned taken restrictive measpeople not to lower their ures to combat the surge guard against the virus in cases. till vaccines are availaModi’s address to the ble in the country . nation has come at a time “Work on developing when a large part of the vaccines is going on at a country is celebrating brisk pace and all prepfestivals while Bihar and Plasma arations are being made Madhya Pradesh are in therapy to to make them available poll mode. be scrapped to everybody in the Last week, an experts country in shortest pos- Plasma therapy, panel had predicted, usmay soon be sible time,” the PM ing a mathematical moddiscontinued as a el, that India is past its said. treatment for Modi said he has peak in Covid-19 cases. Covid-19, the come across videos and The panel also warned of Centre said on photographs showing a surge in cases if CovTuesday. The people flouting Covid-19 id-19 protocols such as decision was protocols. He called for wearing masks and maintaken after responsible behavrour, taining social distancing finding the saying the lockdown in public places are not has been lifted but the therapy doesn’t followed strictly . help patients | P9 virus is still in the air. Quoting statistics, the Citing the examples PM also said that India of European countries and the has done well in combating the US, the PM highlighted how coro- pandemic as the country reported navirus cases have gone up there only 5,500 cases per million in conafter a phase of recovery as a di- trast to over 25,000 per million in , rect fallout of lifting restrictions the US, Brazil and other countries. and resumption of economic ac- Besides, India reported only 83 tivities. The second wave of Cov- per million fatalities against 680 id-19 has forced some European per million in the US, Brazil and countries to re-impose restric- other countries, he added. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Naveen also cautions against complacency E xpress N ews S ervice @ Bhubaneswar CHIEF Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday also warned the people of the state to remain careful and not develop complacency because of the decrease in the daily Covid-19 positive cases as there are chances of a rise in infections during the ensuing festival season and winter. Addressing the people of the state two hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, he said one needs to be more watchful and alert during the Durga puja and Diwali as the character profile of coronavirus is very critical. “Let us take a pledge before Maa to prevent the spread of infection. I request all not to crowd outside and worship Maa Durga in their houses. All should wear face masks, wash hands and maintain social distancing,” he said Giving an example of Kerala which performed very well all along in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, Naveen said the state witnessed a sudden rise in cases following the Onam festival. The situation in the UK, France, Spain and other European countries had also improved after reaching the peak in March-April, but the highly infectious virus has again reared its ugly head. While the number of daily infections in the UK was more than 1,200 in September, it has now increased to 17,000 on October 18. Similarly the number of , positive cases in France on August 31 was 3,000 plus, he said and added it further increased to 26,000 on October 10, he said. Stating that India’s position is second in terms of Covid-19 cases after America, the Chief Minister said experts opine that the corona is likely to take much critical form during the CONTINUED ON: p7 winter. Punjab builds MSP into its own farm bills, rejects Central laws H a rpree t B a j w a @ Chandigarh 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. Amarinder singh meets guv 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 listen to the voice of Punjab’ and give his nod to the legislations The second piece of legislation makes it mandatory for those entering into contract farming with farmers to pay the MSP. It also stipulates a threeyear 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 below MSP. These bills are aimed at preventing any damage to farm- ers in Punjab because of the Central laws. All 115 MLAs unanimously voted in favour of the resolution and the bills, except two BJP MLAs who were absent during the special session of the Vidhan Sabha. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who moved the resolution against the Centre’s farm law, urged farmer unions to allow movement of trains for the transportation of coal, urea and foodgrains, pointing out that the state government had already lost `40,000 crore due to the ‘rail roko’ protests. He pointed out that the farmers’ fight should be against Delhi, and not Punjab. The House also passed the Code of Civil Procedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020, which aims to provide relief to farmers from attachment of their land not exceeding 2.5 acres. The Vidhan Sabha session has been extended by a day . The CM said his government will bring more pro-farm and pro-poor bills in the House on Wednesday . 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. 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