afp g-7 agrees on global minimum tax rate for mncs The Group of Seven wealthy democracies, whose finance ministers met in London on Saturday, have agreed to support a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15 per cent in order to deter multinational companies from avoiding taxes by stashing profits in low-rate countries. mangaluru l Sunday l June 06, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city EDITION 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 Centre gives Twitter last chance to comply CM to districts ‘Positivity rate below 5% must to get curbs lifted’ As h w i n i M S r i pa d @ Bengaluru As the number of Covid-positive cases are coming down in Karnataka, the State Government is likely to relax lockdown restrictions in districts with a positivity rate below 5 per cent, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa indicated on Saturday . He said that the government will review the situation after four or five days and then take the decision. The government on Thursday extended the lockown till June 14 and the process of lifting the restrictions is likely to start only after that. Fifty days after the second Uproar as ‘blue ticks’ briefly removed from accounts of V-P, RSS chief wave started in the State, the positivity rate has fallen below 10 per cent and on Saturday, it hit 9.69 per cent. Data from the Health Department showed that it has come down from a high of 32.73 during May 8-May 14 and 12.23 per cent between May 29 and June 4. In Bengaluru too, the positivity rate has gone down from 32.89 per cent during May 8-May 14 to 6.96 per cent during May 29 to June 4. The Health Department is targeting micro-pockets within districts that have recorded a higher number of Covid cases. As on Saturday, the State had 2.68 lakh active cases. P3 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi The Centre on Saturday sent ‘one last notice’ to Twitter, giving the US social media company another chance to comply with India’s IT rules, which came into effect on May 26. “As a gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the Rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under Section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India,” the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said. Curiously though, the strong, ly worded notice did not mention a specific date to comply with the rules. In the notice, MeitY said the US social media giant’s refusal to comply with the Indian rules shows its “lack aid to construction workers Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday launched an initiative of depositing D3,000 each into the bank accounts of 25 lakh construction workers as part of Covid-19 relief announced under the first package. A sum of D749.55 crore has been earmarked for this purpose. P3 karnataka Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 4 june 5 16,068 13,800 22,316 25,346 364 365 SSLC marks to help grade PU II students E xp r ess N ews S e r v i ce @ Bengaluru In addition to their first PUC marks, students of Class 12 state board (Second PUC) will also be graded based on their SSLC marks. Making the announcement on Saturday, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar suggested to the State Government to consider only the marks of CET and NEET for admiss i o n t o p ro f e s s i o n a l courses. The government on Friday cancelled the second PU exams and stated that the PU Education Board is working on an optimal formula for grading. CONTINUED ON: P5 Bikini with Kannada flag sparks furore A r u nk u m a r H u r a l i m at h @ Hubballi After Google, Amazon on Saturday landed in a controversy by putting up a bikini with Karnataka flag colours and emblem on sale on its Canada website. The e-commerce giant later removed the product after Kannadigas from across the world slammed the company . On June 3, a Google search had shown Kannada as the ugliest language in the country. After a severe backlash, Google removed the website link and also apologised in Kannada. The bikini that was being sold on Amazon had Karnataka flag colours and also depicted the emblem. It was being sold under the brand name BKDMHHH. CONTINUED ON: P3 What next If Twitter does not comply with govt norms, including appointing a chief compliance officer, it stands to lose its intermediary status that gives it immunity from liabilities over any third-party data hosted by it. In other words, it could be liable for criminal action in case of complaints of commitment towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform”. “Despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc has doggedly refused to create mechanism that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes, by India based, clearly identified resources,” MeitY added. Meanwhile, Twitter declined to comment. Notably, the IT Ministry’s move comes on a day when Twitter courted controversy for removing the verified ‘blue tick’ marks of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat and RSS functionaries Suresh Soni, Arun Kumar, Suresh Joshi and Krishna Gopal. The microblogging platform’s action created an uproar with critics accusing the social media firm of political bias. Later, Twitter restored the verified badges. In its defence, Twitter said the blue tick was temporarily removed from Naidu’s personal account as it was inactive since July last year. According to Twitter’s verification policy, the platform may remove the blue tick and the ‘verified’ status if the account becomes inactive for more than six months. The ‘’blue badge’’ helps users distinguish the authenticity of accounts that are of high public interest, and gives Twitter users more context about who they’re having conversations with. IAS feud: Rohini, Shilpa transferred from Mysuru E xp r ess N ews S e r v i ce @ Mysuru In a new twist to the ongoing IAS vs IAS spat and the long tussle between DC Rohini Sindhuri and elected representatives in Mysuru, Sindhuri was transferred to the Muzrai Department as Commissioner, the post which she held earlier. In her place, 2009-batch IAS officer Dr Bagadi Goutham, who earlier served as Chikkamagaluru DC and was with the com- mercial taxes department as additional commissioner, has been posted as Mysuru DC. Meanwhile, Mysuru City Corporation Commissioner Shilpa Nag has been transferred as director (e-governance) RDPR, E X PRESS READ Mamata appoints nephew TMC national general secretary Oxygen Express delivers 25,000 tonnes of medical O2 Kolkata: TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday elevated her nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee (33) as the party’s allIndia general secretary, the second-most important post in the organisation, a senior leader here said. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee told mediapersons about Abhishek Banerjee’s nomination by the TMC supremo. New Delhi: The Railways’ ‘Oxygen Express’ trains have crossed the milestone of delivering 25,000 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen across 39 cities in 15 states/UTs amid the Covid-19, it said on Saturday. The Indian Railways has so far delivered more than 25,629 tonnes of liquid medical oxygen (LMO), in more than 1,503 tankers, to various states and Union Territories. Bengaluru. On Friday she was , berated by the Chief Secretary for going to the press against Sindhuri without raising a formal complaint with her superiors. Lakshmikanth Reddy has been posted in her place. PRIVATE VS PUBLIC With govt bearing the cost, most preferred pvt hosps States where private hospital admissions outnumbered the ones at public facilities Andhra Pradesh 5,19,388 Private 1,50,282 hospitals 2,00,159 44,215 Public hospitals 3,14,419 89,026 7,03,952 1,08,172 8,43,984 3,22,080 Tamil Nadu 15,95,396 9,59,041 Uttar Pradesh Haryana Maharashtra Jharkhand People admitted to private hospitals 74.91 lakh Amount paid to private hospitals K11,611 crore Average expenditure per admission K15,500 People admitted to public hospitals 62.96 lakh Amount paid to public hospitals K6,323 crore Average expenditure per hospitalisation K10,042 big chunk of Ayushman Bharat fund spent to foot private hosp bills K u m a r V i k r a m @ New Delhi Underlining the poor state of public health infrastructure, particularly in small towns and rural areas, a majority of beneficiaries covered under the government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat scheme availed of hospitalisation at private hospitals instead of government facilities. Till March 24, the total number of admissions under the scheme in private hospitals was 74.91 lakh, much higher than 62.96 lakh recorded in public hospitals, according to a reply received by this newspaper under the RTI Act. The reply revealed that of the total `17,934 crore spent by the government from the start of the year till March 24 to foot the beneficiaries’ bill, `11,611 crore was paid to private hospitals, while the state-run facilities got `6,323 crore. The average bill per admission at a private hospital was `15,500, at least 50% higher than `10,042 incurred at a public hospital. The reply said 14.66 crore health cards were issued till March 24 and 172.48 lakh admissions were authorised. Continued on: P7 W IT H T H IS ISSUE The Evil Empire PLUS 12 PAGES
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