bhubaneswar l sunday l march 14, 2021 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l late CITY EDITION Bitcoin breaks records, price soars past `43 lakh The cryptocurrency hit $60,197 (`43,75,675) on Saturday and continues to hover around $60K, according to CoinMarketCap Value trebles in three months Bitcoin has been on a meteoric rise since March last year, when it stood at $5,000, spurred by online payments giant PayPal saying it would allow account holders to use cryptocurrency. From $20,000 in December 2020, the digital currency has tripled in value over the past three months on the back of support from corporate heavyweights such as Tesla and Twitter ■ U.S. Protocol built on blockchain ■ Bitcoins are traded via a decentralised registry system known as a blockchain. The system requires massive computer processing power in order to manage and implement transactions That power is provided by “miners”, who do so in the hope they will receive new bitcoins for validating transaction data STIMULUS PACKAGE TRIGGERED THE LATEST BITCOIN RALLY, SAY EXPERTS 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 Suicide bid rocks House, BJD seeks apology from Subash Panigrahi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar PM Narendra Modi chairs BJP’s Central Election Committee meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda are also seen | pti BJP weaponises defectors to pull Kerala Christians Final meeting of CEC clears lists for all the states, popular faces likely to get TN seats Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and other members. With the full-fledged election The BJP chief had sat down campaign set to take off from with Kerala leaders on Friday Sunday, the BJP Central Elec- till late in the evening. The partion Committee (CEC) on Sat- ty plans to go aggressive in the urday met to finalise names of state with professionals and the remaining candidates in Christian leaders imported the poll-bound states. The CEC from the ranks of the Congress. meeting was preceded The CEC meeting was by two days of maraattended by Shah, orthon meetings at the ganisational secretary residence of the party B L Santosh and other BJP is keen to chief J P Nadda for senior functionaries. make base among each poll-bound state. “All important leadChristians in The meeting contin- Kerala; party will ers, including a few Raued till late Saturday jya Sabha MPs, besides welcome key evening, with the par- leaders from the known faces in the ty leaning on turncoats community from state will contest the the ranks of the and known state faces Assembly elections,” Congress, with to contest elections, said a senior BJP whom informal While details of the functionary . communication meeting were not imIn Tamil Nadu, the has been going on mediately available, it BJP CEC is learnt to for a while is learnt the CEC aphave discussed the Senior BJP leader proved the lists of cannames of candidates didates for all the for 17 seats. Popular states. The party is expected to party faces are likely to contest, release them in a staggered sources told TNIE. manner in the coming days, The saffron outfit will field a leaving scope for a few last- large number of turncoats minute changes to accommo- from the ruling Trinamool Condate important Opposition gress and the Left in West Benleaders. gal, with party leaders arguing The CEC meeting was chaired that gaining cadre strength by Nadda and attended by with such imported leaders Prime Minister Narendra would be key to win elections. E X p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ New Delhi As the stalemate continued in Odisha Assembly on Saturday over paddy procurement and farmers’ issues, the ruling BJD hit out at BJP MLA Subash Panigrahi for attempting suicide in the House by consuming sanitiser on Friday, and demanded unconditional apology from him. In a bid to check the alleged unfair trade practices by large ecommerce players such as Amazon, Flipkart and e-Bay, the Centre on Saturday proposed that they desist from deploying algorithms to promote select few sellers or offering deep discounts only to a small group of vendors. According to the draft e-commerce policy, online market places must treat all vendors registered on their platforms equally . While the draft policy seeks to tighten the noose around large e-commerce players, it also offers several measures to safeguard consumer interest, counter misleading sales and regulate data usage. “Consumers have a right to be made aware of all relevant details about the goods and services offered for sale including country of origin, value addition in India, and any other such information which may be necessary for making an informed de- E-commerce players to make their discount policies transparent by explaining the basis of discount rates for different products and suppliers @ Chandigarh/New Delhi The Haryana Police have booked farmers for allegedly constructing concrete structures and sinking a borewell near Singhu towards Kundli on National Highway-44. The Singhu border near Delhi is the venue where hundreds of farmers congregated in protest against the new farm laws for months. Sources said the state police have registered two separate cases under the National Highway Act and various sections of the IPC for building illegal structures on NH-44 in front of Malwa Motors, obstructing the highway, and digging a borewell in a field near KFC Mall that is close to the highway . However, Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary of BKU (Lakhowal), said, “We are not constructing any permanent structure, but plan to install solar panels in order to save the farmers from the summer.” Labourers though can be seen constructing structures on the roadside at various An under-construction house for protesting farmers adjacent to the highway, at Tikri border in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI places along the Singhu border. There are four doublestorey houses that are being built at the border. The mas o n s h av e c o m e f r o m Punjab. At present, the numerical strength of farmers at the protest sites in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur is thin as many have returned to their villages for harvesting. “A few days Solar panels to manage summer “This is just the beginning of summer. The government has not provided any power connection, so we are installing solar panels as as to be able to run small fans,” said a UP farmer PLUS 12 PAGES To ensure that e-commerce is not used to defraud customers, registration with an authority identified by the government would be made mandatory Consumers have the right to know all relevant details about the goods and services offered for sale including country of origin, value addition in India, and any other such info which may be necessary for making an informed purchase decision The official, who did not wish to be named, added the proposed policy will be discussed with market players before rolling it out. The commerce ministry is likely to hold discussions on the rules next week, he added. The proposals are likely to ruffle foreign e-comm majors’ feathers as they were already upset about government’s demand to pay additional 2% for revenue generated from Indian customers. express read NIA arrests encounter specialist Sachin Waze Myanmar security forces kill 7 Mumbai: The NIA on Saturday arrested Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze for his role in planting an explosivesladen Scorpio outside Mukesh Ambani’s house. Waze, an ‘encounter specialist’, is also facing heat in the murder case of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran who was in possession of the Scorpio Mandalay: Security forces in Myanmar on Saturday again met protests with lethal force, killing at least seven persons by shooting live ammunition at demonstrators. Four deaths were reported in Mandalay, two in Pyay, and one in Twante | P9 Mask up or get deboarded, warns aviation regulator @ New Delhi Silver Linings Playbook Companies to ensure products offered are genuine; liability for counterfeit products will be on the online firm and the seller thereafter as pandemonium prevailed. The BJP and Congress members, however, continued their protest against largescale irregularities in mandis. As soon as the Assembly convened for question hour, Congress members rushed to the well of the House demanding immediate action to ensure that farmers don’t suffer due to the ‘faulty’ policy of the government. CONTINUED ON: P5 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e WITH THIS ISSUE Govt to ensure availability of more service providers and stop digital monopolies misusing their dominant market position cision at the pre-purchase stage,” it said. According to a commerce ministry official, the policy will prevent monopoly by large e commerce companies like Amazon. “There have been many reports and complaints of these firms excluding sellers by denying them equal platform, refusing to provide transparency in data sharing and evading some of the foreign investment rules,” said an official. MLA to protest, but threatening or attempting to commit suicide is a heinous crime. As the BJD strongly condemns such an attempt, it stands by its demand that unless Panigrahi tenders unconditional apology, it will not allow the normal functioning of the House,” he said. Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro adjourned the House till 11.30 am and several times E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e What’s on the cards @ New Delhi in the State Assembly had opened an inglorious chapter in Indian politics, BJD member Pratap Keshari Deb asked whether it was sponsored by the BJP or was his own personal agenda. Condemning Panigrahi’s act, he said elected members come to the House to raise people’s issues and not set such type of bad example. “Nobody can take away the right of an Protesting farmers booked for building structures at Delhi gates Heat on Amazon, Flipkart as draft policy targets deep discounting E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e For the first time in recent h ist ory, t h re e m i n i s t e r s trooped to the well of the House demanding that the legislator should first apologise for his conduct which, they said, has set a bad precedent in the entire country. The BJD members threatened that they will not allow House to function unless Panigrahi apologised. Stating that suicide attempt Retd college teacher shoots neighbour E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Balasore In a shocking incident, a retired college teacher shot his neighbour following a tif f over parking space here on Saturday . The 65-year-old Laxman Behera, who had retired as Reader of Sambalpur University, has been arrested while the victim Ananda Singh (28) has been shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack with critical bullet injury . Town police IIC Subhranshu Sekhar Nayak said Laxman and Ananda reside at Sanjay Apartments near Gadgadia Chowk here. The fight between them arose when Ananda was parking his vehicle at a portion on the ground floor of the building in the morning. Laxman objected to it as he wanted to park his vehicle at the space in the evening. This led to a heated exchange between the two following which Laxman brought out his gun and shot at Ananda. Locals rushed Ananda, who received a bullet injury on his chest, to the district headquarters hospital. He was then shifted to SCBMCH after his condition deteriorated. Police seized the gun used by Laxman and registered a case against him under section 307 of IPC and 25 and 27 of Arms Act. He possesses a licence for the weapon. Sri Lanka to ban burqa, close 1,000 madrasas Sri Lanka on Saturday said it would ban burqas and close over 1,000 madrassas, citing national security | P9 after Holi the crowd will swell at the protest sites,” said a BKU member. Small wood pyres for Holika dahan have been set up to celebrate Holi. Elections in West Bengal have become the talking point amongst the groups, with farmer leader Rakesh Tikait touring the state asking people to vote against the BJP. Air passengers who refuse to wear face masks properly or follow social distancing rules during a flight despite being warned repeatedly could be put on the no-fly list for a period ranging from three months to two years. These are part of the new guidelines issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation amid a rise in the number of cases across the country . Airlines have been instructed to deboard passengers who refuse to comply with Covid-19 rules before a flight takes off. India’s civil aviation rules for unruly passengers allow airlines to put people on a no-fly list for varying durations — three months for verbal abuse, six months for assault, and two years or more for lifethreatening behaviour. A Delhi High Court judge had recently drawn up similar guidelines for callous fliers.
Express Network Private Limited publishes thirty three E-paper editions of The New Indian Express newspaper , thirty two E-paper editions of Dinamani, one E-paper edition of The Morning Standard, one E-paper edition of Malayalam Vaarika magazine and one E-paper edition of the Indulge - The Morning Standard, Kolkatta.