TIRUCHY THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION CONSTRUCTIVE SUMMIT, SAYS PUTIN AFTER TALKS WITH BIDEN The high-stakes meet in Switzerland came as ties between the two countries had hit a new low over a range of issues ENVOYS TO RETURN TO THEIR POSTINGS STARTS OFF WITH AN AWKWARD PHOTO OP Describing the talks as constructive, Russian President Vladimir Putin said both countries would return their expelled envoys to their respective postings. They also agreed that cybersecurity was vital for both nations and decided to open a consulatation process. The summit was wrapped up in under three hours, though it was expected to go on for 4-5 hours ■ ■ It began with an awkward photo op, during which the two leaders appeared to avoid facing each other, indicating strain in bilateral ties, since Russia is accused of manipulating the US poll process There was no hostility in the talks, Putin said. Biden brought up the issue of human rights and dissident Navalny’s arrest | P10 N-arms TREATY TO BE BILATERALLY RENEGOTIATED, SAYS PUTIN 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 Fishers slam Sri Lanka for dumping discarded vehicles into seawater ANTONY FERNANDO @ Nagapattinam TAMIL NADU Nadu fishermen have objected to Sri Lanka’s initiative of dumping discarded vehicles into Sri Lankan waters, saying that their fishing activity would also be affected. Experts from India have also ter med this move as irresponsible. On June 11, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the island nation and its navy submerged 20 degraded and discarded buses near Delft Island (‘Neduntheevu’) in its northern waters (‘Palk Strait’). The move was termed by Sri Lanka as one ‘to help create artificial reef conducive to the marine environment’. Tamil Nadu fishers condemned it, saying that it will affect their livelihood. The submersion on June 11 was not the first. Sri Lanka has been dropping discarded vehicles for a while. The points of drop are in Sri Lankan waters. Yet, Tamil Nadu fishermen are concerned. “What is the guarantee that the vehicles will not get drifted underwater, move towards the Indian waters across International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and get deposited at the bottom? We saw the tsunami washing up Drugs used to treat Covid in adults not fit for kids: Govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Old discarded buses from Sri Lanka submerged into the sea near Delft Island | EXPRESS such objects for several miles and depositing them near our shore in December 2004. Our fishing activity will get affected. We request the State government to take efforts to stop this outrageous move,” said RMP Rajendra Nattar, a fisherman re presentative from Nagapattinam. Trawling continues to be the primary fishing practice of Tamil Nadu fishermen, whereas it is banned in Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu fishers trawl in Coramandel Waters, Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar, which Sri Lanka also shares. The trawl nets can reach midwater and even the bottom of the sea. Tamil Nadu fishermen fear that their trawl nets will get entangled in the submerged vehicles and get damaged. They also call the move against India-Sri Lanka maritime boundary agreements (1974 - 1976). K Murali, Head of Ocean Engineering Department in IIT Madras, said, “The drifting of unsupported objects under the water owing to ocean currents is a real phenomenon. The drifting of debris of aeroplane MH 370 which crashed in 2014 is an example of drifting induced by ocean currents. The debris drifted for hundreds of kilometres. Natural disasters like tsunamis and cyclones can also drastically augment driftCONTINUED ON: P5 ing.” THE Centre on Wednesday issued detailed guidelines for treating children with Covid, emphasising that most of the drugs used for adults are not recommended for kids. Medicines like ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipirav i r, d o x y c y c l i n e a n d azithromycin prescribed to adult patients have not been tested on children, it said. However, it allowed the restricted use of remdesivir. Once vaccines are approved for children, those with comorbidities and those having severe symptoms would be prioritised for inoculation, the guidelines said. The government called for a combined effort from the public and private sectors to increase facilities to treat children. It suggested designating specific areas in Covid facilities for pediatric care, adding parents should be allowed to accompany the child. “For children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome who test negative for acute Covid, care has to be provided by the existing pediatric facilities,” it said. DELIBERATE DEFIANCE BY TWITTER, SAYS GOVT Platform loses safe harbour shield; first FIR filed against it in Ghaziabad for failing to remove misleading content E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE ongoing sniping between the Centre and Twitter drew fresh blood on Wednesday with Union information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashing out the microblogging site for failing to comply with new IT rules despite being given multiple opportunities. The minister’s attack came after Twitter appeared to have lost its safe harbour immunity , exposing it to being liable for platforming third-party content, as it failed to appoint the mandatory statutory officers in time. The first such case in which Twitter can face charges was filed in Ghaziabad on Tuesday on the alleged assault on an , elderly Muslim man on June 5. Twitter has been accused in the FIR of not proactively removing misleading content linked to the incident. For its part, Twitter claimed it has already hired an interim Chief Compliance Officer (COO). The new rules mandate the appointment of a CCO, a nodal officer and a resident grievance officer. “We are keeping the MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Infor mation Technology) apprised of the progress at every step of the process. An interim Chief Compliance Officer has been retained and details will be shared with the ministry directly soon. Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with the new guidelines,” a Twitter spokesperson said. The COO will be responsible for liaising between the company and government agencies on all kinds of legal requests received from various law enforcement organisations and government agencies relating to the platform. Prasad said, “There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to Following local laws Indian firms that go to do business abroad follow local laws. Why is Twitter reluctant in following Indian laws designed to give voice to the victims of abuse and misuse, Prasad asked safe harbour provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the 26th of May .” Twitter, he said, was given multiple opportunities to comply with the rules, but has “deliberately chosen the path of non compliance. The culture of India varies like its large geography . In certain scenarios, with the amplification of social media, even a small spark can cause a fire, especially with the menace of fake news. This was one of the objectives of bringing the Intermediary Guidelines.” “It is astounding that Twitter which portrays itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines,” he remarked. The minister also charged that the microblogging major was selective in applying its internal policy of flagging tweets as ‘manipulated media’ only when it suits its own likes and P7 dislikes.
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