BHUBANESWAR 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 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 4 die in CISF firing in Bengal on polling day 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 flareup. 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 Pranab Mondal @ 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 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. 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. Active cases cross 10 lakh 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 again after six-and-aNATION WIDE April 9 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,31,968 61,899 780 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, April 10 1,45,384 77,567 794 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 P7 on Sunday . high TPR concern for Odisha odisha Odisha on Saturday reported 1,374 new cases, but the rise in test positivity rate in many districts has set alarm bells ringing. Sundargarh could be reporting TPR of 35 pc | P3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 9 April 10 1,282 310 1 1,374 403 2 Nightmare revisited for uprooted labourers M u k e s h R a n j a n , An u r a a g Singh & Rajesh Kumar Thakur @ 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, Gujarat and the National Capital Region or found something new, after the situation eased towards the end of 2020. 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 be, ing 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 retur ned 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. “He had promised support during bad days, but didn’t do anything. 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 Continued on: P7 25-year-old. Gangster Hyder drugs guard, flees SCB MCH E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar In a daring escape, dreaded gangster Sk Hyder on Saturday fled from SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cutt a c k wh i l e u n d e r g o i n g treatment. The gangster, who was serving life sentence at Sambalpur Circle jail before being brought to the SCB MCH last month for treatment, reportedly drugged the police guards and made away with the help of his associates. He was apparently suffering from kidney ailment and admitted to the Surgery ward’s cabin number - 5 on March 24. At least one havildar and five constables of Sambalpur Police were deployed for his guard in the hospital. Continued on: P5 WITH THIS ISSUE India’s New Power Trip PLUS 12 PAGES
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