kottayam l Sunday l april 11, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city edition China hits Alibaba with $2.78bn fine for violations The Jack Ma-led conglomerate accepted the penalty, capping a strict crackdown for abusing its dominant position in market crackdown on Monopolistic tendencies Jack ma bruised after brush with govt The market regulators’ probe found that Alibaba had been prohibiting merchants using its platform from selling their wares on rival e-commerce sites. The probe said such a requirement harmed competition, innovation and the interests of sellers and buyers. Though hefty, the fine constitutes only around 4% of the firm’s 2019 global sales, totalling $70 billion ■ Jack Ma’s companies have been on regulators’ radar after the billionaire struck a discordant note with Beijing in October last ■ His Ant Group’s planned $35 billion IPO was shelved earlier this year with the regulators demanding the firm to return to its roots of offering financial services. Other tech firms, too, were targeted $1 bn the penalty slapped on Qualcomm in 2015, which was the previous highest 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 From doorless home to IIM-Ranchi, Ranjith’s story sure to fuel dreams G e o r ge P o i k ay i l @Kasaragod A lot of dreams have wilted before they could bloom in thousands of huts like mine. They should be replaced by stories of realising these dreams. That’s why I told my story Ranjith R “I was born in this house. I grew up in this house. I live in this house. With lots of happiness, let me tell you an assistant professor of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) took birth here. I want to share my journey from this house to IIM-Ranchi. And I will consider it my success if this fuels at least one person’s dreams.” Ranjith R, 28, who has a doctorate in Economics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ma- dras, took over the Malayalam internet space a day ago after posting his incredible life journey on Facebook. What especially tore at netizens’ heartstrings was the photograph of Ranjith’s house of 23 years -- an unplastered doorless two-room shed and a leaky tiled roof wrapped with black tarpaulin. Sharing the post, Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac applauded the “extraordinary will power” displayed by Ranjith, whose journey to overcome social and financial backwardness to learn and grow reminded him of former Indian president K R Narayanan. “He (Ranjith) is our inspiration and motivation. I am following in his footsteps,” said Ranjith’s Ranjith R younger sister Ranjitha K R, 24, who Ranjith’s house at Kelapankayam in Panathur in Panathady panchayat of Kasaragod district has a PG in Economics and a BEd. “He is the most qualified person in our family I will be next,” she . said. Ranjith was born to Ramachandran Naik, who worked as a neighbourhood tailor, and Baby R, who was a daily wage labourer under the rural job guarantee scheme, at Kelapankayam in Panathur. The couple, who belongs to the Marathi Scheduled Tribe community , had only studied till Class 5. However, they knew the importance of education, and admitted Ranjith to the government-run Model Residential School (MRS) for boys from tribal communities at Ve l l a c h a l i n C h e r u v a t h u r panchayat. “I was at MRS till Class 10. The government footed all my expenses. So I did not know much about the financial situation at home,” he told TNIE. For higher secondary education, Ranjith joined a government school at Balanthode, where he got interested in economics as a ● More on P4 subject. 4 die in CISF firing in If a woman feels she is nothing without a Bengal on polling day man’s support, that’s failure of system: HC Fired in self-defence, say forces; TMC blamed for 5th death Bar on politicos’ entry The Election Commission on Saturday put in place certain restrictions, including extending the ‘silence period’ from 48 hours to 72 hours, for the fifth phase of polling scheduled on April 17. The poll watchdog also barred the entry of politicians in Cooch Behar district for the next 72 hours to prevent any law and order flare-up. Meanwhile, Bengal CM and TMC boss Mamata Banerjee said that her party would protest by wearing black badges on Sunday. She said that she would visit the area after the silence period ended An injured man being rushed to a hospital after clashes with the paramilitary forces during the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly polls in Cooch Behar on Saturday | pti Pranab Mondal @ North Dinajpur (West Bengal) Violence erupted in the fourth phase of polls in West Bengal on Saturday, leaving five persons dead, four of them in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar, after central forces opened fire on them. The fifth, a first-time voter, was shot dead allegedly by Trinamool Congress supporters in the same area. Other than the deceased, three others were also injured in the firing, police said. In an initial report, the police said CISF personnel opened fire after a group of 200-odd villagers allegedly attacked them and tried to snatch their weapons. The Election Commission of India has sought a detailed report. The commission suspended polling in that booth and said the date of repolling would be announced soon. Cooch Behar superintendent of police Debasish Dhar said the mob attacked the CISF personnel after a rumour that a child was beaten up by security personnel in the area. Sources said around 9.35am a Quick Reaction Team of the CISF led by company commander inspector Sunil Kumar was attacked by a mob of 50-odd locals when they were patrolling along with local police officers to clear unlawful assembly of villagers. “The villagers scuffled with the security personnel in which a child fell down. The mob turned violent. The CISF personnel fired six rounds in the air. An SOS was sent and additional CISF personnel arrived at the spot,” a police officer said. exit call Opposition bays for speaker’s blood CPM rallies behind minister Jaleel E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi/T’Puram E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram THE revelation that the customs interrogated Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan in connection with the dollar smuggling case had the Opposition up in arms on Saturday with the leaders demanding his , immediate resignation. Alleging it was for the first time in the state’s history that an assembly speaker has had to face such serious allegations, Congress state president Mullappally Ramachandran said it was highly inappropriate for Sreeramakrishnan to continue in his position. Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala too came down heavily on the speaker, urging him to step down and publicly reveal the details of the interrogation. After the speaker twice failed to appear for interrogation citing medical reasons, the customs questioned him at his official residence for five hours on Friday ● More on P4 . A day after the Lok Ayukta found Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel guilty of nepotism and abuse of power, the CPM has come out in support of the minister, who is all set to move the High Court against the Lok Ayukta verdict. Confirming his decision to approach the higher court, Jaleel pointed out to TNIE that the matter was earlier brought before the Governor as well as the High Court and both had ruled in his favour. Speaking to reporters after the CPM secretariat meeting here on Friday acting state sec, retary A Vijayaraghavan said there was no need for Jaleel to step down as minister. Echoing the party leadership’s stand, Law Minister A K Balan too said there was nothing wrong in appointing people ● More on P4 on deputation. WITH THIS ISSUE India’s New Power Trip PLUS 12 PAGES e x p r e ss r e a d BJP, RSS protesters disrupt film shooting Palakkad: The shooting of the film Neeyaam Nadhi was called off on Saturday after BJP and RSS activists protested the act of the film crew in portraying a girl coming out of a temple being attracted towards a youth of a different religion. Wayanad reports 2nd death due to Shigella Kalpetta: A six-year-old has died of Shigella, a bacterial infection, in Wayanad. The Noolpuzha native was admitted to a private hospital with diarrhoea and fever last week and was later shifted to Sultan Bathery Taluk Hospital but she died on April 4. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi IF A WOMAN feels she is nothing without the support of a man, that is the failure of the system, the Kerala High Court observed while considering the plea of a reunited couple to get back their child which was adopted by a childless couple. While describing the woes of a single mother, the court also quoted a couplet from Manusmriti --- “Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra devata, yatraitaastu na pujyante sarvaastatrafalaah kriyaah” (where women are honoured, divinity blossoms there, and where women are dishonored, all action no matter how noble remain unfruitful.) Justice A Muhamed Mustaque and Justice Kauser Edappagath observed the case of John and Anitha (names changed) unbundled the trauma of a couple in a live-in relationship, isolation of a single mother, love of a mother for her child and rights of the biological father. John and Anitha, who are social workers, met during the floods that devastated Kerala in 2018. During their live-in relationship, Anitha gave birth to a child. An artist by profession, John later left for Karnataka to act in a film. Later, he appears to have broken the relationship with Anitha for a while or remained elusive. Anxious Anitha made attempts to contact John, but in vain. Distraught WOMAN AT HEART While describing the woes of a single mother, the court quotes a couplet from Manusmriti The court observes that “in a state where we boast cent per cent literacy, our attitude to a woman is despising; a single mother has no financial or social support The power of humans in this universe is the power of motherhood and devastated, Anitha handed over the child to the Child Welfare Committee on May 8, 2020. Thereafter, she constantly kept in touch Mansoor murder case: 3 more CPM men taken into custody 70% died of Comorbidities The health ministry said that more than 70% of the deaths occurred due to co-morbidities. “Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the ministry said on its website NATIONWIDE April 9 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 10 1,31,968 61,899 780 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kannur 1,45,384 77,567 794 kerala April 9 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 10 5,063 2,475 22 6,194 2,584 17 RISE of cases AMONG state HEALTH WORKERS a worry T’Puram: At a time when the state is facing an upward climb in daily Covid-19 cases, the rising infections among health workers have raised concern. Cantonment Sub-Inspector Asha V Rekha puts mask on the face of Sami Charan Dhar, a migrant worker, at Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram, as part of intensifying the Covid restrictions | Vincent Pulickal Active case tally crosses 10L-mark after 6 months E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi India on Saturday recorded the highest daily surge in Covid-19 cases at 1,45,384, taking the number of total cases to 1,32,05,0926. As many as 794 Covid deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, which is also one of the highest daily surges in recent times. With a sharp spike in infections, the number of active cases breached the 10-lakh mark ag ain after six-and-a-half with the committee and the Child Care Institution where the child was put up, to keep a track of its wellbeing. The court pointed out that the chat messages of Anitha with the social worker depict how vulnerable it is for a woman to become a mother, not in a legally wedded relation. Desperation and plight of motherhood reflected through the chat messages that depict the care for the baby from the womb of the person, Anitha. The child thereafter was given in adoption to a couple on February 2, 2021. However, after John returned to Anitha, the reunited couple approached the High Court to get ● More on P4 back their child. months, while the toll went up to 1,68,436, as per Union health ministry’s data. For 31 days now, there has been a steady increase in Covid-19 cases. The total active cases in the country became 10,46,631, accounting for 7.93% of its total caseload, while the national recovery rate further dropped to 90.80% from Friday’s 91.22%. According to the Union health ministry five states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, UP and Ker, Nightmare revisited for uprooted labourers Ranchi/Bhopal/Patna: The worst nightmare has come true for a host of migrant labourers from Bihar, Jharkhand and UP. Jobless following the nationwide lockdown last year, they had just about started piecing their lives together when the second wave erupted. They have been forced to rush back home after their employers told them they were shutting operations. Hoping that things were falling in place after having worked for a few months, they stare at uncertainty. P7 ala — cumulatively account for 72.23% of the country’s total active cases. Saturday’s 794 fatalities included 301 from Maharashtra, 91 from Chhattisgarh and 56 from Punjab. There were reports of vaccine shortage continuing in Maharasthra with many prominent private hospitals in Mumbai pausing inoculation. The state government is likely to take a decision on reintroducing lockdown on SunP7 day . Vaccines dance to the tune of Ra Ra Rasputin! Kochi: Shaking their crystal legs, it is the vaccine twins who are now stepping to the tune of Ra Ra Rasputin on social media. The vials of Covaxin and Covishield became the latest entrants to the dance-off set off by Naveen K Razak and Janaki M Omkumar after the state health department launched an animated video on Saturday night featuring the ‘vaccines’ as part of ‘Crush the Curve’ campaign. P4 POLICE took three more CPM workers into custody on Saturday in connection with the murder of IUML worker Mansoor of Pullukkara on the polling day . Police said the trio --- Othayoth Aneesh, 35, of Kochiyangadi, Sreerag, 25, of Oachira Peedika and Puthan Purayil Ashwanth, 29, of Nannarath Peedika were all directly involved in the attack on Mansoor and his brother Muhasin, who suffered serious injuries. Sreerag and Ashwanth are the fourth and seventh accused, respectively As per the FIR, the other . nine accused in the case are CPM workers Shinos, Ratheesh Kooloth, Sangeeth, Suhail, Sajeevan, Sasi, Sumesh, Jabir and Nazeer. While first accused Shinos was arrested on Wednesday second , accused Ratheesh was found hanging from a tree on Friday Eighth ac. cused Sasi is the CPM Kochiyangadi branch secretary and fifth accused K Suhail is DYFI Panur area treasurer. Suhail reportedly is a friend of Akash Thillankeri, an accused in the murder of Youth Congress worker Shuhaib at Edayannur in February, 2018. Meanwhile, the state police, following Opposition’s demand, have handed over the investigation to Crime Branch IG Gopesh Agarwal of Ernakulam range, who will oversee the probe. The probe will be carried out by DySP P Vikraman. Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala had written to the state police chief asking to hand over the probe to a team led by an IPS officer while KPCC working president K Sudhakaran had alleged that apart from one or two officers in the 15-member team, all were known CPM supporters. On Saturday, Muslim League and Congress leaders met district collector T V Subhash demanding the same.
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