HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY MARCH 10, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION AMID CHAOS, TRAI SUSPENDS ANTI-SPAM RULES FOR 1 WEEK The decision follows disruptions in banking, credit card payment and other transactions that involve SMS and OTP generation NEW NORMS USE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY The disruption happened after telcos implemented the new norms for commercial messages, which came into effect on Monday. The rules aim to curb unsolicited and fraudulent messages. SMSes and OTPs, when sent by banks and payment companies, are checked against the templates registered on the blockchain platform — a process called SMS scrubbing 40 crore TELCOS BLAME PAYMENT COMPANIES ■ On Monday, banking and telcos traded charges over the SMS, OTP disruptions. Telcos blamed it on the payment companies saying they did not register their content template before the deadline ■ “It has been observed that some of the principal entities have not fulfilled the requirements,” Trai also said in a statement MESSAGES FAILED TO DELIVER ON MONDAY, ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS 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 India ticks off UK for holding debate on farm protests, summons envoy BORN TO BE FREE P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi A day after the UK Parliament held a debate on the farm protests and the three farm laws, the Ministry of External Affairs summoned British High Commissioner Alex Ellis to express New Delhi’s opposition to the “gross interference”. “Foreign Secretary summoned the British High Commissioner and conveyed strong opposition to the unwarranted and tendentious discussion on agricultural reforms in India in the British Parliament. Foreign Secretary made it clear that this represented a gross interference in the politics of another democratic country He advised that British . MPs should refrain from practising vote bank politics by misrepresenting events, especially in relation to another fellow democracy a terse statement from the ,” ministry read. Hyderabad Police, in a joint operation with the Forest Department, arrested a gang of three poachers and rescued a blackbuck on Tuesday | VINAY MADAPU | P3 Rawat resigns to ouster, new CM to be named today Dhan Singh Rawat, Baluni, Surendra Bhatt in race; oath taking scheduled for Shivratri day V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun AFTER four days of intense lobbying to save his chair, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday tendered his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya, who asked him to continue in a caretaker position for now. Rawat is the first BJP chief minister to be replaced midstream during the Modi-Shah tenure at the helm. It’s also being read as an indication to other party chief ministers to perfor m or perish. Had Rawat stayed on, he would have completed four years as CM. The BJP’s Uttarakhand legislature party is scheduled to meet at 10 am on Wednesday to selected its new leader. The party’s central observers, including national vice-president Dr Raman Singh and national general secretary Dushyant Kumar Gautam, will oversee the change of guard. Leaders like Dhan Singh Rawat, Anil Baluni, Ajay Bhatt and Surendra Bhatt are in the race to replace Rawat. There is some buzz on the party experimenting with a Brahmin as the new CM, in which case Baluni could be the frontrunner. “Since the party has already given opportunities to Press freedom intact, says Indian mission Dismissing aspersions about lack of press freedom in India, the Indian mission in London said, “Foreign media are present in India and have witnessed the events first-hand” Earlier in the day, the Indian High Commission in London dismissed the debate as being based on false assertions and without substantiation of facts. British parliamentarians held the debate on Monday in response to the e-petition initiated by Liberal Democratic Councillor Gurch Singh. UK law mandates that any petition which garners over one lakh signatures must be debated in Parliament. According to a former diplomat, the harsh tone of British E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE Telangana government is likely to inform the Supreme Court that there should not be a 50 per cent cap on reservations in employment and education. The apex court had sought the views of the States on whether the ceiling on reservation should continue or not. It also wanted to involve all the States in the Maratha quota law of Maharashtra. After discussing the subject with legal experts, the Telangana government may present its views to the apex court shortly . In April 2017, the State Legislature had adopted a resolution requesting the Centre to accord permission to enhance reservation for Muslims to 12 per cent and for the SCs to 10 per cent. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on several occasions had made it clear that there should not be any cap on reservations. Recalling that Tamil Nadu had 69 per cent reservation and Maharashtra 52 per cent, he wondered how Telangana should have only 50 per cent reservations. The Chief Minister had also said that 90 per cent of the population in the State are from weaker sections and that there is nothing wrong with implementing 90 per cent reservation. He is likely to reiterate his stand on the 50 per cent cap on reservations in the ensuing Budget session of the Assembly . Budget session from March 15 Hyderabad: The seventh session of the State Legislature (Budget) will commence on March 15. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan will address the joint session of the Legislature at 11 am. Condolences to sitting MLA Nomula Narasimhaiah and other former members would be adopted on March 16. The debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address is likely to be taken up on March 17. Finance Minister T Harish Rao is expected to present the Budget in the State Legislative Assembly on March 18. Trinamool Cong sees red as Election Commission shunts out Bengal DGP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Central Election Commission on Tuesday axed the West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra and replaced him with Neeraj Nayan Pandey ahead of the high-voltage Assembly election contest in the state. It also directed the state government not to give Virendra any post that directly or indirectly related to the conduct of elections. The change of guard came amid concer ns of violence flagged by the BJP . Till now, Pandey was the Additional Director General of Police (organisation), who was part of the CBI team that had probed the Taj corridor scam in 2002- 2003 when he was on deputation. Earlier, the poll panel had removed Bengal’s additional director general of police (law and order). “The ECI is acting at the behest of the BJP Virendra was an . efficient officer. The removal of senior officials will not have an impact on Top TN I-T officer transferred The Central Election Commission also ordered the removal of joint commissioner of Income Tax in Tamil Nadu K G Arunraj - and his immediate attachment with CBDT headquarters IN what is being seen as a shot in the arm for residents of Vemulaghat in Thoguta mandal of Siddipet district, the Telangana High Court on Tuesday sentenced District Collector P Venkatarami Reddy and Special Deputy Collector (land acquisition) Jayachandra Reddy to three and four months of imprisonment respectively. It faulted the officials for failing to implement its interim order to not dispossess farmers of their land for constructing the Komaravelli Mallanna Sagar reservoir under Kaleshwaram project. Justice M S Ramachandra Reddy also imposed a fine of `2,000 each, and directed that costs of `25,000 and `50,000 respectively be paid to the petitioners within four weeks. The poll result and the Trinamool is all set to retain power,” said Saugata Roy, the party’s MP and spokesperson. Echoing him, Congress Bengal president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the BJP’s trick to remove efficient officers would not provide electoral dividend in their favour. Bengal is set for a closely watched contest between the ruling Trinamool Congress and a surging BJP, which is hoping to win 200 of the state’s 294 seats. Elections will begin on March 27 and continue till April 29, making it the longest ever polls in the state. The results will be declared on May 2. judge also imposed a fine of `2,000 on the former collector D Krishna Bhaskar, who is the present Collector of Rajanna-Sircilla district. The judge observed that despite the interim order issued on December 13, 2019, not only were the petitioners dispossessed from the subject land, but the nature of their land was also changed. The The British oil firm said it has identified Indian sovereign assets overseas, which it can seize if New Delhi fails to return $1.7 bn that an international arbitration tribunal has ordered after rescinding a retrospective tax demand | P10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad BARELY five days ahead of the elections to two graduates’ constituencies of the State Legislative Council, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is understood to have assured employee unions that fitment in their pay would be one or two per cent more than what their counterparts in AP are currently receiving. The CM gave the assurance after a meeting with the TGOs and TNGOs at Pragathi Bhavan on Tuesday The AP gov. ernment had announced 27% interim relief to its employees in July, 2019. The Telangana employees unions are now hoping that there would be around 29% hike in their salaries. According to leaders of TGOs and TNGOs, including V Mamatha and M Rajender, the Chief Minister told them that he would make a statement to this effect in the ensuing Budget session of the Assembly, most probably after March 19. The announcement may also include enhancement of employees’ retirement age from 58 to 61 years. Rao reportedly told them that the fitment would be reasonable, irrespective of the recommendations of the PRC. The PRC had recommended 7.5% fitment. He also assured to bring back the Class IV employees of Telangana origin, who are currently working in AP Secretariat, and signed the related file on Tuesday He also promised . that the family pension scheme would be extended to the employees who are under Contributory Pension Scheme. CREDITWORTHINESS Banks should penalise crony lending: CEA borrowers. This problem gets accentuated in the context of infrastructure,” he said. CHIEF Economic Advisor Subramanian also suggested (CEA) Krishnamurthy Subra- that the compensation of senmanian on Tuesday said banks ior management in banks must must become more serious be linked to the quality of about allocating capital opti- credit, and there should be a mally and that senior manage- claw-back provision in inment should be penalised for stances of ever-greening of crony lending. loans or zombie lending. “Crony lending is the ele“The board of directors canphant in the room. Financial not be asleep at the wheel,” he sector in India has to said, adding that auditake responsibility tors are the first line of that it is the ultimate defence on this. arbiter of capital and “Auditors cannot say ensure optimal capithis is something they tal allocation,” the cannot do. Data analytCEA said while speakics can do. Zombie ing at a Ficci event. lending and evergreenSubramanian said K Subramanian, CEA ing should be avoided the quality of lending as they lead to suboptihas remained a key challenge mal capital allocation,” he for the banks since the early said. 1990s, especially when it came Subramanian noted that the to large loans in the infrastruc- size of the financial sector reture sector and advised banks mains very small compared to to give loan on creditworthi- the size of the overall economy ness of the company . on any parameter. “Banks need to ensure that “That is mainly because of capital allocation to the infra- the financial sector as a whole structure sector is to credit- is still to figure out a model to worthy borrowers. The Eco- make large corporate loans nomic Survey also highlighted and large infrastructure loans, that the banking sector’s prob- which is a subset of that, in a lems originated from large way that does not lead to nonloans that were not necessarily p e r f o r m i n g a s s e t s , ” h e lent to the most creditworthy explained. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi QUESTION SANITISER Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha sprays hand sanitiser at journalists in an attempt to avoid questions about his cabinet reshuffle, during a press conference in Bangkok on Tuesday | AFP Win for oustees as HC sentences Siddipet Collector to 3-mth jail EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad CAIRN ENERGY IDENTIFIES INDIAN ASSETS FOR SEIZING Ahead of MLC polls, KCR assures higher fitment for govt employees TS DOESN’T WANT CAP ON QUOTA IN EDU, JOBS Thakurs, it may want to put a Brahmin at the helm to balance the vote bank in the state,” said a source. The oath taking ceremony for the new CM is said to be scheduled on March 11, the auspicious Shivratri day . Sources said the party did not want to go into 2022 state elections with Rawat as its face since at least 22 party MLAs are upset with him. “His kitchen cabinet, including certain ministers and a whole bunch of bureaucrats, exercised too much power. At least one-third of the MLAs were sidelined by the government under his leadership,” said a party insider. However, the immediate trigger is said to be the creation of the Gairsain division — with two districts from Kumaon and Garhwal divisions — without even consulting local MLAs. MPs indicates India’s handling of the farm protests has not gone down well with them. Another diplomat said that any country can discuss any issue in their Parliaments but it will affect India’s image if a resolution is passed. “If the debate had resulted in a resolution against the government and had there been any government-to-government communication on this, only then it is a cause of worry else such debates keep happening around the world,” he said. judge directed the two officials to initiate fresh proceedings and pay the petitioners compensation, relief and rehabilitation benefits by strictly following provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 within four months. The judge also ordered that an adverse entry should be recorded in the serv- ice records of the two officers for their willful disobedience of the court orders. Justice Ramachandra Reddy passed this order recently while allowing the contempt case filed by G Thirupathi and another project affected person with a plea to summon and punish the respondent authorities for their willful disobedience of the court order under the Contempt of Courts Act.
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