BHUBANESWAR l friday l february 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION U.K. court rules Nirav modi can be extradited to India The fugitive diamantaire will now have to face trial in India in the `14,000-crore Punjab National Bank scam case British Home secretary to sign the order 14-day window to challenge decision District Judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Sam Goozee, will send his findings to the Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Priti Patel, who is authorised to order an extradition under the India-UK Extradition Treaty. She has two months to make that decision. The Home Secretary’s order rarely goes against the court’s conclusions | P7 ■ ■ ■ Nirav Modi has 14 days to approach the High Court and seek leave to appeal after the Home Secretary has made her decision known Any appeal, if granted, will be heard at the Administrative Division of the High Court in London Nirav Modi is currently lodged at Wandsworth Prison Barrack #12 If extradited, He will be Lodged in Mumbai’s Arthur Road prison 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 Govt tightens grip on social media content Calls for stricter monitoring, tools to trace sender of harmful messages R i t w i k a M i t r a @ New Delhi The Centre on Thursday announced sweeping regulations for social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, online streaming or over-thetop (OTT) services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram to protect users’ interest and curb fake news and other har mful content. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter will have to deploy automated tools to remove objectionable content. In the case of a government or court order, they must take down the flagged content within 36 hours. The new rules will require messaging to enable ‘traceability’ so that the sender of harmful messages could be identified. Experts fear this could result in compromising end-toend encryption. Also, if a social media platform decides on its own to remove a user’s content, it must inform the user in advance and explain the reasons. Digital news media publishers should follow Press Council of India’s norms of journal- Over The Top Social media intermediaries to publish a monthly compliance report on complaints received, action taken, and content removed proactively Social media platforms must remove content depicting nudity, sexual acts or morphed images of women within 24 hours of receipt of complaints Code of Ethics for OTT platforms, online news and digital media entities A grievance officer should be appointed to deal with complaints OTT platforms to self-classify content into five age-based categories - U (Universal), U/A 7+, U/A 13+, U/A 16+, and A (Adult) If a social media platform removes any content on its own, it must explain the reason to the user, who will have the opportunity to contest it OTT platforms must deploy age verification mechanisms for A-rated content and implement parental locks for U/A 13+ or higher istic conduct and adhere to the programme code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act. This, according to Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, will provide a level-playing field to all media platforms. The new laws, called Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021, came into effect from Thursday. However, social media platforms will be given an additional window of three months to come under the purview of the new regime. According to the government, the new rules will estab- lish a “soft-touch self-regulatory architecture and a Code of Ethics and three-tier grievance redressal mechanism” for news publishers, OTT platforms and digital media. The grievance redressal mechanism stipulates that publishers must address complaints within 15 days. The self-regulating body will be led by a retired judge or an eminent person and have not more than six members. However, cyber experts are not impressed. “The new rules can be interpreted to target websites/ platforms. It may hamper right to free speech and expression,” said lawyer Ankur Raheja. P7 Guns fall silent on LoC as both sides agree to truce M AYA N K SI N G H @ New Delhi Guns fell silent on the Line of Control and the International Border India shares with Pakistan on Wednesday-Thursday midnight in a surprising de-escalation of tensions after both sides agreed to strictly observe all bilateral ceasefire agreements and protocols. The truce came about two weeks after China announced disengagement of troops in the Pangong lake in Ladakh from stand-off positions and both sides pulled back their troops. In the space of a fortnight, both the volatile China and Pakistan frontiers have become tranquil, indicating hectic back channel diplomacy giving peace a unex, pected booster shot in the often troubled neighbourhood. express read Biggest cricket stadium, shortest game Ahmedabad: The grandeur of the Narendra Modi Stadium will dwarf most things. For the last two days, focus has only been on the state of the art facilities. In less than two days the focus has shifted to the heart of the ground — the pitch. A strip with spin and unpredictability produced a match that ended in less than two days giving it the moniker — the shortest Test in post-War era | P11 “Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 February 2021,” both countries stated in a joint statement. Indian Army officials attributed the truce to the realisation on both sides of collateral damage as innocent civilian lives were needlessly lost in the cross-border firing. “One of the aims is to safeguard the lives of innocent civilians as we are bound to retaliate to ceasefire violations,” said a senior Army officer. This agreement will be a big relief for the people living on the border and their cattle. The Union home ministry has built community bunkers in the villages along the LoC to safeguard the lives of civilians caught in the border crossfire. As many as 70 civilians on the Indian side of the LoC were killed in the cross-border firing between 2018 and 2020 while 341 others were were injured during the same period. Weekly contact at the Brigadier level The DGMOs speak only when required but Brigadier-level officers from both sides speak every Tuesday. Their hotline is always functional to manage day-to-day affairs on the ground However, there won’t be any let up in the deployment of forces. “The operational posture will not have any change and we will follow the policy of zero tolerance to any action from the other side of the LoC,” the officer said. The decision to enforce truce was taken by the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) on both sides, who agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns, which have the propensity to disturb the peace and lead to violence. The DGMOs of India and Pakistan held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact. The two sides reviewed the situation along the LoC and all other sectors in a f r e e, f r a n k a n d c o r d i a l atmosphere. Odisha to screen people from 12 states E x p re s s N e w s Ser v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Concerned over a fresh surge of coronavirus in increasing number of states, the Odisha government on Thursday directed its districts to step up surveillance and start aggressive screening of people coming in from at least 12 states to prevent a new spread here. The states include Maharashtra, Kerala, Telangana, Chhat- tisgarh, West Bengal, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Directors of Biju Patnaik International Airport and Jharsuguda Airport and General Manager (Operations) of East Coast Railway were directed to go for screening of returnees and testing those with symptoms at airports and railway stations. CONTINUED ON: P5 SA returnee tests positive Bhubaneswar: A person, who recently arrived from South Africa, has tested Covid-19 positive putting the health administration on its toes over concerns about the highly infectious SA strain of coronavirus. His sample has been sent for genome sequencing to ascertain whether it is the Africa variant. Sources said, the Ganjam native had tested positive after he landed here a couple of days ago. His contact tracing is on.
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