vijayawada l sunday l april 11, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late 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 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 $1 bn Jack ma bruised after brush with govt ■ 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 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 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 An injured man being rushed to a hospital after clashes with the paramilitary forces during the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly Elections in Cooch Behar district on Saturday | pti 4 die in CISF firing in Bengal on polling day 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 again andhra pradesh April 9 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 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 P r ana b M o n d a l @ North Dinajpur (West Bengal) Violence erupted in the fourth phase of election 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 person, a firsttime 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. According to police sources, around 9.35 am 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 personnel 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. Soon, another 200-strong group gathered and accused the CISF of beating the child. They assaulted a home guard and an Asha worker who were on duty at the booth, the police said. “Some miscreants tried to snatch rifles from the CISF. The troops again fired two rounds in the air but the mob started advancing towards them. They then fired seven rounds towards the advancing mob,” said an Continued on P8 official. 2 committees set up to probe drinking water contamination four face action Panyam RWS AE B Pavan Kumar, Gorakallu panchayat secretary G Vijay Bhaskar, Adoni municipal AE T Rajasekhara Reddy and turncock M Eranna were suspended pertaining to the two incidents notices served Collector Veerapandian served show cause notices on Panyam EORD K Bhaskar Rao and RWS DE N Umakanth Reddy, Adoni water supply DE G Suresh and EE A Satya Narayana E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kurnool Following the outbreak of gastroenteritis at Gorakallu in Panyam mandal and at Arun Jyothi Nagar in Adoni municipality due to water contamination, District Collector G Veerapandian on Saturday constituted two committees to conduct a probe into the incidents and placed four officials under suspension. Show-cause notices were also served on four officials pertaining to the two incidents. Three persons died at Gorakallu and one at Arun Jyothi Nagar and over 100 hospitalised due to consumption of contaminated water supplied by the panchayat and the municipality a few days ago. Deputy Chief Minister (Health) Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (Nani) visited Gorakallu and Arun Jyothi Nagar, and in- 2,765 1,245 11 3,309 1,053 12 Samples tested Active cases 1,53,97,672 9,21,906 Total samples tested Total cases 2,88,346 Tests per million 8,95,949 Total recoveries 5.99% Positivity rate April 9 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,31,968 61,899 780 April 10 1,45,384 77,567 794 Jagan cancels Tirupati election meeting citing spike in Covid-19 cases in Chittoor, Nellore 7,291 Covid toll Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has cancelled his scheduled public meeting in Tirupati on April 14 for the Lok Sabha byelection due to spurt in Covid-19 cases in Chittoor and Nellore districts. In a letter to the electorate of Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency, Jagan said the YSRC made arrangements for his election meeting on April 14. “After the health bulletin (released on Friday), I am writing this letter again. Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the country as well as in the State. Yesterday’s bulletin showed that of the 31,892 samples tested, 2,765 came positive with a positivity rate of 8.67 per cent. This is more than the overall M u ke s h Ran j an , A n u r aa g S i n g h & Ra j e s h K u m a r T h ak u r @ 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, once again. Most had gone back to their workplaces in Maharashtra, Gu- Labourers thronging a Mumbai station after news of a fresh lockdown on Saturday | pti jarat and the National Capital Region or found something new, after the situation eased towards the end of 2020. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu holds a roadshow in Sullurpet on Saturday | Express positivity rate of 5.99 per cent in the State. Of the total cases, Chittoor accounted for 496 and Nellore 292,’’ the Chief Minister said. Incidentally Chittoor witnessed , another sharp spike of 740 new infections on Saturday while Nellore , reported a daily count of 133. Tirupati Lok Sabha constituen- cy comprises seven Assembly segments, three are located in Chittoor and four in Nellore districts. Of the total 11 fatalities reported on Friday four were from Nellore , and Chittoor. “Keeping in view the health and well-being of people and the possible danger of further spike in cases, as a responsible Chief Minister and as your brother, I am cancelling my public meeting scheduled on April 14,” he said. Jagan said as he could not personally meet all seeking their votes, he had written personalised letters to them earlier highlighting the welfare schemes launched by his government for all sections of people and appealed to the electorate to vote for YSRC candidate Dr Gurumoorthy in the bypoll. P4 Several of them are under pressure to repay loans taken to survive the last year’s ordeal. Hoping that things were falling into place after having worked for a few months, they are back to staring at uncertainty. Mohammed Feroz from Siwan and Aditya Kumar from Buxar in Bihar barely had time to catch trains from Mumbai and Delhi, respectively after being , told by their employers about another looming lockdown. “I didn’t even go to my accommodation but headed straight for the station and luckily got a ticket,” says Feroz, who had gone back to the barber shop he used to work at. The 35-year-old with five dependents had borrowed `2,500 when he went back to Mumbai. Making ends meet, repaying the loan, Feroz has many questions and no answers. Kumar returned to Patna on Saturday He thought life had taken a . turn for good when the owner of the factory he worked at before lockdown recalled him in January . “It’s better to sell vegetables in Bihar than to go to other states where employers stop behaving normally once talk of lockdown starts,” says the 25-year-old. Continued on P7 Co-Win server problem leads to long wait for shots A m r u t h a K o s u r u @ Visakhapatnam Beneficiaries wait at a Covid-19 vaccination centre at Chinna Waltair in Visakhapatnam on Saturday due to Co-Win server problem | G Satyanarayana SEB seizes `3 cr from man, cash belongs to Chennai college lege. The cash will be handed over to the Income Tax Department for further probe. Kurnool Superintendent of Police K Fakeerappa said the cash was seized from BA Chetan Kumar, who is a driver in a travel company in Bengaluru. He is also working as a driver for Arun of Chennai. On March 28, Arun sent Chetan to Raipur in a flight. From there, he went to Raigad and stayed in a hotel for 10 days. Dur- With Co-Win server down for almost eight hours on Saturday ben, eficiaries, including senior citizens, had to wait for a long time to get their first and second shots of Covid-19 vaccine at several centres in the city Apart from server prob. lem, officials cited unavailability of vaccine as the reason for the long wait at vaccination centres. When the beneficiaries went to the Government TB and Chest Hospital, they were told by the staff to wait as the vaccine stock did not arrive. “There were at least 20 people who registered themselves on the Co-Win website. We had to wait for over 5-6 hours to get vaccinated. Health staff kept telling us that the vaccine would come in an hour each time we asked them for the jab,” said P Saritha (53) The same happened at the Government ENT Hospital. By noon, there was no one at the vaccination centre as the staff stated that the server was not responding. At an Anganwadi centre in Chinna Waltair, people waited from 6 am to get vaccine. “The staff kept telling there were server problem and invalid login issues. I came at 6:30 am. I waited till 1 pm and left the centre without getting vaccine jab,” said Krishna Murthy (49). Speaking to TNIE, District Immunisation Officer Dr Jeevan Rani said there was server problem at vaccination centres all over the State from 6 am. It was resolved P4 around 2 pm.” express read raid on bus Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) sleuths seized `3.05 crore cash from a person travelling in a private bus from Hyderabad to Bengaluru at Panchalingala checkpost on AP-Telangana border on Friday night. Police, quoting the person from whom the cash was seized, said the money belongs to Chennaibased Ramachandra Medical Col- NATIONWIDE Karnataka, UP, and Kerala — 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 Sunday P7 . Nightmare revisited for uprooted migrant labourers teracted with patients undergoing treatment in hospitals to know the facts pertaining to contamination of drinking water. He announced an ex gratia of `3 lakh each to the families of deceased. One of the committees is headed by Adoni Revenue Divisional Officer Ramakrishna Reddy. R Sreenath Reddy, Superintending Engineer, Public Health, Anantapur, and Surendra Babu, SE, Kurnool Municipal Corporation, are its members. The committee will probe into drinking water contamination at Arun Jyothi Nagar. The other committee is headed by Nandyal Sub-Collector Kalpana Kumari. Vidya Sagar, SE, Rural Water Supply, and Prabhakar Rao, DPO, Kurnool, are its members. It will probe into outbreak of gastroenteritis at Gorakallu. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kurnool 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 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada 31,929 18,666 Fired in self-defence, say forces: TMC blamed for 5th death Bar on politicos’ entry April 10 after six-and-a-half 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, ing his stay some people met and , gave him cash, the SP said. On April 8, Chetan went to Bilaspur to hand over money to some people. But he could not give them cash. He returned to Raipur and from there went to Hyderabad. “On specific information, the SEB sleuths conducted searches in a bus in which Chetan was travelling to Bengaluru from Hyderabad and found the cash stuffed in two suitcases,” the SP said. P4 Pentagon defends Navy’s operation New Delhi: The Pentagon has defended US Navy ship USS John Paul Jones assertion of navigational rights in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) without taking prior consent from New Delhi, saying that the move was in accordance with international law. “I can tell you that the USS John Paul Jones, asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Republic of the Maldives,” a Pentagon spokesperson said. Bihar cop killed by mob during raid in Bengal Patna: A Bihar police official was allegedly beaten to death by a mob during a raid in West Bengal’s Uttar Dinajpur district on Saturday. WITH THIS ISSUE India’s New Power Trip PLUS 12 PAGES
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