DHARMAPURI WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 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 | P13 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 SUPPLY HIT Don’t be lax as virus is still on the prowl: PM Modi calls for responsible behavior from people; urges them not to let their guard down in festival season; says vaccines are on track EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Onions sell at `100 a kg; Egypt sends 28 tonnes TAKING a grim view of widespread flouting of Covid-19 protocols such as wearing masks and following social distancing norms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday cautioned people not to lower their guard against the virus till vaccines are available in the country . “Work on developing vaccines is going on at a brisk pace and all preparations are being made to make them available to everybody in the country in shortest possible time,” the PM said. Modi said he has come across videos and photographs showing people flouting Covid-19 protocols. He called for responsible behavrour, saying the lockdown has been lifted but the virus is still in the air. Citing the examples of European countries and the US, the PM highlighted how coronavirus cases have gone up there after a phase of recovery, as a direct fallout of lifting restrictions and resumption of economic activities. The second wave of Covid-19 has forced some European countries to re-impose restrictions. France, for instance, has imposed night curfew in nine cities while limiting gathering to a maximum of 10 persons at a time. Spain has clamped a and maintaining social distancing in public places are not followed strictly . The PM also said that India has done well in combating the pandemic as the country reported only 5,500 cases per million in contrast to over 25,000 per million in the US, Brazil and other countries. Besides, India reported only 83 per million fatalities against 680 per million in the US, Brazil and other countries, he added. Punjab builds MSP into its own farm bills EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE & M S T H A N A R A J @ Chennai/Tiruchy EVEN as onion prices breached `100 per kilogram in the city a container carry, ing around 28 tonnes of Egyptian onions made its way into Koyambedu wholesale market on Tuesday, in a bid to bring down the price. According to traders, the onion will be sold from Wednesday and is likely to be priced between `55-`65 per kg. Interestingly, this is the second consecutive year onion is being imported from Egypt as the price crossed `100. While a kg of large onions is being sold between `100 and `110, smaller onion is being sold at `120. This comes amid warning from traders that onions will continue to get costlier over the next two to three months as onion producing States are battling unseasonal rains and menace from pests. Chennai, which consumes 1,000 tonnes of onion per day, is facing a crisis as arrivals have become scant with 90 per cent of crops in the neighbouring Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra destroyed by rains. In a bid to address rising concern, Minister for Cooperation Sellur K Raju on Tuesday announced that good quality onion would be sold at `45 per kg through Farm Fresh outlets in Chennai and at all municipal corporations from Wednesday. In the other parts of the State, onion would be sold through Farm Fresh outlets from Thursday he said. Price rise , during the rainy season is normal, but rains have done a lot more damage in the neighbouring States this year. The government is monitoring the prices on a daily basis, Raju added. P4 state of emergency for 15 days in Madrid. Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and Italy have all taken restrictive measures to combat the surge in cases. Modi’s address to the nation has come at a time when a large part of the country is celebrating festivals while Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are in poll mode. Last week, an experts panel had predicted, using a mathematical model, that India is past its peak in Covid-19 cases. The panel also warned of a surge in cases if Covid-19 protocols such as wearing masks H A R P R E E 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 NEEDING MORE Despite incessant rains, the Thirumoorthy Dam in Tirupur district is yet to reach its full level | A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM No service extention to doctor who contested no-rape theory 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 gang-rape 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. On Tuesday, Dr Malik received a letter signed by CMO-in-charge Dr S A H Zaidi, informing him that AMU ViceChancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor had turned down his (Dr Malik) extension request with immediate effect. He was advised not to perform any further duties. Dr Malik received his first rejection letter on October 16. Tuesday’s letter was his final termination notice. While social media sought to tie it to Dr Malik’s statement contradicting the state police, AMU authorities denied it. “AMU Administration denies any suspension of their employee in regard to Hathras Incident. The news circulating in social media on the subject is false & holds no ground,” it tweeted. Dr Malik had bravely contested the no-rape theory of the police though he was holding a temporary job. However, he was only echoing the position taken by appalled experts, who had said it is normally difficult to get traces of semen 72 hours after the assault. 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 govern- ment 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 . All 115 MLAs unanimously voted in favour of the resolution and the bills, except two BJP MLAs who were absent during the special session. 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.
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