HYDERABAD MONDAY APRIL 05, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION FACEBOOK DATA LEAK LEAVES 53 CRORE USERS VULNERABLE 61 LAKH INDIANS VULNERABLE TO CYBERATTACK The leak, found by cyber intelligence firm Hudson Rock, has compromised the privacy and cyber security of 61 lakh Indians as well. The hackers siphoned off user data from 106 countries. The worst hit was the US with 3.2 crore breaches, followed by UK with 1.1 crore. Cybercriminals now have access to the data, which can be used to scam or impersonate users online Hackers posted user data, including phone numbers, biodata, locations, date of birth and some email IDs for free on a forum FACEBOOK CLAIMS IT’S OLD DATA ■ ■ Facebook tried to downplay the situation with a spokesperson claiming the data in question is old and was first brought to its notice in 2019. It claimed that the issue was ‘fixed’ in August ’19 But Facebook remained tightlipped on what the ‘fix’ was. It was also silent on the ready availability of user data for hackers 87 million USERS’ DATA OBTAINED BY CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT IN 2013 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 Campaign plan on Covid protocol; Modi seeks people’s participation T 5,818 4,174 4,617 4,563 3,108 1,423 03 Apr 04 Apr 4,373 4,234 02 Apr 04 Apr 03 Apr 2,975 31 Mar 4,225 2,792 30 Mar 01 Apr 3,082 4,991 02 Apr 01 Apr 31 Mar KARNATAKA 29 Mar 49,447 04 Apr 30 Mar Gujarat 2,153 2,839 2,815 Madhya Pradesh 47,913 43,183 02 Apr 03 Apr 39,544 01 Apr 27,918 31 Mar CHHATTISGARH 29 Mar 3,446 3,187 Delhi Tamil Nadu 3,567 Karnataka Uttar Pradesh 5,818 4,373 Chhattisgarh cases in the country in the last 14 days and 47% of deaths in the country during the same period. Punjab has contributed 4.5% of the total number of cases in the country in the last 14 days, besides 16.3% of the total number of deaths,” said a statement. The focus of the government is in line with its strategy in June-September last, which included ramping up healthcare infrastructure, availability of oxygen, ventilators, logistics and adopting clinical management protocols in hospitals along with in-home care. Modi specifically laid stress on reducing fatalities. On vaccination, the government plans to share its daily analysis of performance with all states. Guv calls up Eatala, enquires about case surge EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE Covid-19 infection rate in Telangana increased four-fold since the beginning of March. The infection rate which was at 0.41 per cent on March 1, increased to 2.1 per cent on Saturday when 1,321 samples test, ed positive, out of the reported 60,903 test results. The State also reported five more Covid deaths on the day . In the wake of rising cases, Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday called up Health Minister Eatala Rajender from Puducherry where , she is holding additional charge as the Lt Governor and enquired about the surge in cases. According to a press release from the Raj Bhavan, she expressed concern over the spurt in number of cases and asked the Health Minister about the measures initiated for the prevention of further spread of infection and treatment facilities. The Health Minister apprised the Governor about various steps taken by the State government, including ramping up of testing facilities, creating an app to alert the primary contacts and improving the facilities. Of the 1,321 new cases reported on Saturday the highest , number of 320 cases were from the GHMC limits, followed by 144 from Medchal-Malkajgiri district, 121 from Rangareddy , 96 from Nizamabad and 64 from Nirmal. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Jagtial AMID rising Covid-19 cases, Sirpur village in Mallapur mandal of Jagtial district went into a self-imposed 15-day lockdown, which came into effect on Saturday. The village currently has 38 active Covid-19 cases and all the residents who contracted the virus are under home quarantine. “To avoid further spread of virus, the executive body of gram panchayat passed a unanimous resolution imposing the lockdown,” Sarpanch Bukya Govind Naik said. As per the resolution, the residents are now restricted from travelling out of the village unless there is an emergency and it also prohibits entry of outsiders. The panchayat also decided to regularly disinfect the streets. Despite the restrictions, the panchayat announced two fourhour relaxations — 6 to 10 am Nepal Cong TO TRY TO FORM GOVT The main oppn has initiated moves to topple the Oli govt and form an alternative one with CPN-Maoist Centre | P9 WITH THIS ISSUE YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) It’s quite a crowded field, though. Some have come to save Bengal from cultural corruption, others have come to rescue it from petty corruption—cut money, tolabaaji (extortion), political rentseeking of many shades, all that. It has some benefits. The hotel industry and the fab cafes haven’t seen such brisk WEST BENGAL SANTWANA BHATTACHARYA business in the last 10 years of Didi’s rule. None of them will say koro na (don’t do it) to this moveable feast, corona or no corona. Among the mig ratory flocks, some of the busiest are those who make managing elections their raison d’etre. Like our man. Quite apolitical, they look at elections clinically, through the prism of personality cults, creation of catchphrases and hashtags— all with bands of young, outsourced volunteers. “This election is about Mamata Banerjee,” claims one such strategist, “nothing else matters.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s thundering forth from more rally pulpits here in Bengal than he may have spoken on some other delicate occasions, pretty much confirms that in his own way. He doesn’t utter a line without mockingly invoking her, intoning the words “Arrey Didi....” The strategist obviously thinks he knows the best. But Mamata, being the Didi that she is, can’t be scripted to fit into any box—not even the one that’s labelled Banglar meye (daughter of Bengal). She’s too canny for that. In Cooch Behar, for instance, Mamata reminds voters: “This election is not about me. It is about saving Bengal.” Cooch Behar (nine seats) and Alipurduar (five seats), up north, nestled along the restive Chicken’s Neck, are going to polls on April 6. CONTINUED ON P7 EXPRESS READ Tax on PF interest, reduction in time limit of ITR filing New Delhi: As the new financial year begins, there will be a host of changes in how you spend money. Here is a look at all the changes that will impact your money in FY22. As announced in the Budget 2021, if deposits in Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and Voluntary Provident Fund (VPF) by an employee exceed `2.5 lakh in a financial year, then the interest earned on the contributions exceeding `2.5 lakh will be taxable | P10 reported in Telangana on Saturday. The day also witnessed five Covid deaths and 293 recoveries. There are 7,923 active cases in TS, which so far reported 3,12,140 positive cases, 3,02,500 recoveries and 1,717 deaths and 5 to 9 pm — for the villagers to buy the essential commodities. All commercial establishments including, restaurants and barber shops, will have to remain shut. Also, shop owners have been directed not to sell goods to customers who are not wearing face masks. The panchayat also decided to impose a `1,000 fine on anyone for not wearing mask and v i o l at i n g o t h e r C ov i d - 1 9 regulations. It has also directed people to not congregate in groups during the relaxation hours. 86 VILLAGERS TEST POSITIVE AFTER ATTENDING WEDDING IN N’BAD Nizamabad: Around 86 residents of Siddapur village of Varni mandal in Nizamabad district tested positive for Covid-19, apparently after attending a wedding. While the cases, recorded over a period of 15 days, came as a shock to many, the Health Department officials are now on their toes as around 400 people attended the same wedding. According to District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) Dr M Sudarshan, the officials are now camping in the village and trying to trace and test the others as well as those who came in contact with them. He also informed that none of the 86 patients developed any serious symptoms and 30 of them have completed their quarantine period. The rest 50 patients, which include a few minors as well as senior citizens, are still under home quarantine. THE STRATEGIST AND THE VOTEBANK HIS election is bipolar. I don’t see anything else at the micro or macro level.” That’s one of Mamata Banerjee’s key strategists airing his views, post two volatile phases of polling, with six more to go, a process that cumulatively promises to run a bleedingedge scythe through West Bengal’s political history . Bengal, particularly Kolkata, is of course teeming with election strategists, free-floating analysts and sundry dogooders. That’s natural for a state with that kind of heightened political consciousness. But our man stands out for various reasons. For one, no one can be more free-floating than him—in an election where the ‘outsider/insider’ binary has been quite pronounced, he’s an outsider on the inside, so to speak, having travelled across a few green fields, been on all sides, peddling his professional wares like a migrant labourer of strategic thought. And he has all the swagger of a new-age visionary . THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST MAHARASHTRA 31,643 REELING under the burden of daily case surge, the Maharashtra government on Sunday introduced a raft of strict measures like weekend and night curfews, but stopped short of a complete lockdown to cushion its economy . The new measures include a weekend curfew, starting 8 pm Friday to 7 am Monday; and strict night restrictions between 8 pm and 7 am, starting Monday (April 5). Only essential services would be allowed to operate unhindered till April 30, after which the restrictions could be eased based on an assessment of the outcome of the measures. The decision was taken at an urgent cabinet meeting, during which the chief minister proposed a complete lockdown, an idea his colleagues opposed, pointing out its economic fallout. Based on the inputs, Thackeray also decided to impose restrictions on gatherings by promulgating CrPC section 144, but made exemptions for commercial establishments and industries. NCP minister Nawab Malik said that the decision was unanimous, and would be in force between April 5 and April 30. “The decision is aimed at saving lives with minimal impact on economy he said. ,” 81% OF NEW CASES IN 8 STATES Cases in last 24 hrs 30 Mar S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai 49,447 Night & weekend curfew in Maha to cushion economy A day after Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that since there is no Covid in the state, no one needs to wear a mask, Assam’s health department made virus testing mandatory for incoming air and train passengers from Mumbai and Bengaluru. Assam’s figures are indeed low — just 68 new cases on Sunday. But Sarma’s casual attitude was off-putting Maharashtra ON a day India reported 93,249 new Covid-19 cases and 513 deaths, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went into a huddle with top experts to chart out an action plan to curb the exponential infection growth. Taking a grim view of the high case load and deaths in Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh, Modi directed that central teams comprising public health specialists and clinicians be sent to the these states to address the crisis. The high level meeting called by the prime minister was given a detailed presentation, which stated that 10 states are contributing more than No mask needed in Assam, claims Sarma 40,414 @ New Delhi 91% of cases and deaths due to Covid-19. The experts attributed the rising trend line to lapses in Covid-19 protocol compliance, pandemic fatigue and lack of effective implementation of containment measures at the field level. Modi sought the rollout of a five-fold strategy of “Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour and Vaccination” with a special campaign for 100% mask usage, personal hygiene and sanitation at public places/workplaces and health facilities for seven days from April 6-14. He also emphasised on community awareness and its involvement in containing the infection. “As of date, Maharashtra has contributed 57% of total 29 Mar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE As cases rise, Sirpur village goes into 15-day self-imposed lockdown 1,321 cases Standing crop destroyed, ryot blames govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Siddipet A picturesque view of the R&R Colony being built for the oustees of Mallannasagar project at Mutrajpally in Gajwel Stunning R&R colony awaits oustees P K R I S H N A @ Siddipet THE construction of Rehabilitation and Resettlement colony for the oustees of the Mallanasagar reservoir project is fast nearing completion. The R&R colony spread over 600 acres in , Mutrajpally under the GajwelPrajnapur Municipality, has 2,500 double-bedroom houses and around 3,000 open plots. Before the State government started the construction of the R&R colony, the oustees were given two options to chose from — an open plot in the colony or a 2BHK house. While 2,500 oustees opted for double-bedroom houses, the rest wanted housing sites. Those who opted for a housing site will be provided with 250 square yards of open plots and a financial assistance of `5.4 lakh per family . The government intends to complete the Mallannasagar project by the end of May . CONTINUED ON P4 IN a shocking incident, the standing paddy crop of a farmer, M Narshimulu, was destroyed using earthmovers at the Mutrajpally village on Sunday morning. The village is located close to Gajwel, where the State government is constructing the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Colony for the oustees of Mallanasagar reservoir project in Siddipet district. The farmer has alleged that the crop was destroyed on the directions of the Revenue Department officials as he is not willing to part with four acres of land where the State government wants to take up construction of houses as part of the R&R colony . CONTINUED ON P4 It was rerun of 2010 Dantewada attack; toll 22 SANA SHAKIL/EJAZ KAISER @ New Delhi/Raipur A group of around 200 Maoists silently observed the movement of a team of CRPF and state police personnel for nearly a day before singling out a largely isolated detachment of 150 personnel for a full scale attack on Saturday at Bijapur in Chhattisgarh. As on Sunday 22 , personnel have died, 35 injured and one is missing, suspected to have been captured by the Maoists. Saturday’s encounter is the biggest blow to the security forces since April 2017’s Burka- CRPF personnel carrying the coffin of a fallen jawan in Chhattisgarh on Sunday | PTI pal attack. The modus operandi of Saturday’s encounter appears to be similar to Burkapal or Dantewada (2010) attacks, wherein the armed Maoists iso- lated and attacked a party of soldiers returning from an area domination exercise. Armed forces repeatedly falling prey to this tactic — attacked when they have been in the field for over 24 hours and at their vulnerable worst due to exhaustion — raises questions on the lessons learnt by the security forces from their past brushes with the Maoists. “Our aggressive anti-Maoist operations will continue with renewed strategy. As per our information the Maoists have suffered heavy casualties. Our sources revealed that they carried their dead in four tractors,” said Director General (anti-Maoist operation) Ashok Juneja. The exact casualty on Maoist side could not be CONTINUED ON P8 confirmed.
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