KANNUR l thursday l june 17, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION constructive summit, says Putin after talks with Biden Envoys to return to their postings 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 The high-stakes meet in Switzerland came as ties between the two countries had hit a new low over a range of issues starts off with an awkward photo op ■ ■ 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 | P9 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 Deliberate defiance Cong violates protocol to greet Sudhakaran by Twitter, says govt E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Platform loses safe harbour shield; first FIR filed against it in Ghaziabad for failing to remove misleading content E x p r e s s N e w s Se 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 Information 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 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.” What happened in UP was illustrative of Twitter’s arbitrariness in fighting fake news. While Twitter has been over-enthusiastic about its fact checking mechanism, its failure to act in multiple cases like UP is perplexing & indicates its inconsistency in fighting misinformation Ravi Shankar Prasad Following local laws New state chief wastes no time to criticise CM Pinarayi IGNORING lockdown restrictions and throwing Covid protocol to the wind, around 1,500 people gathered at Indira Bhavan here on Wednesday morning to witness the change of guard from Mullappally Ramachandran to K Sudhakaran at the helm of the state Congress. While around 500 workers stormed the 350-seat conference hall at the party’s headquarters, as many of them thronged the premises for over two hours till an array of senior leaders completed their congratulatory speeches. Late comers crowded on the main road in front of the venue. The violation prompted the Museum police to register cases against six Congress leaders and 100 workers for flouting lockdown guidelines under the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Act 2020. K Sudhakaran wasted no time in announcing his combative style of politics. He took the allegations head on and said it was Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who sought the support of the RSS and not him. Sudhakaran said Pinarayi disowned the Left ideologies to get the votes from the BJP. P4 nationwide june 15 june 16 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths statewide Fresh cases Recoveries 60,471 62,224 1,17,525 1,07,628 2,726 2,542 june 15 12,246 13,536 166 june 16 13,270 15,689 147 KSRTC to resume limited services from today | P4 ‘Bribing’ Janu: Court orders probe against Surendran E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kalpetta WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS France bt Germany 1-0 Finland lost to Russia 0-1 Turkey lost to Wales 0-2 THURSDAY’S MATCHES Ukraine vs Denmark vs N Macedonia Belgium 6.30pm 9.30pm FRIDAY Netherlands 12.30am vs Austria FRIDAY’S MATCHES Colombia vs Venezuela 2.30am Brazil vs Peru 5.30am TURKISH CHALLENGE Turkey’s Burak Yilmaz, right, is challenged by Wales’ Chris Mepham during their Euro Group A match at the Olympic Stadium in Baku on Wednesday | AFP E X P R ESS R EAD 2 dead after drinking surgical spirit Rats nibble body kept in mortuary Kollam: Two people died and as many were hospitalised after consuming surgical spirit at Pathanapuram in the district on Wednesday. Prasad, a native of Pattazhy, and his friend Murukanandan, a security guard at a CFLTC, are the deceased. P4 Palakkad: Relatives of a deceased woman have filed a compliant to the police that her body, kept in the mortuary of a private hospital in Pattambi, was nibbled by rats. Sundari, 62, a native of the Kunnumpuram, Ottappalam, died on Tuesday. P5 THE Judicial First Class Magistrate Court here has ordered to file a case against BJP state president K Surendran and probe the allegation that a bribe of `50 lakh was paid to Janadhipathya Rashtriya Party leader C K Janu to become an NDA candidate in the assembly polls. The order was issued following a petition filed by Muslim Students Federation state president P K Navas. The court said the case could be registered under IPC sections 171E (punishment for bribery) and 171F (punishment for undue influence or personation at an election). JRP treasurer Praseetha Azhikode had alleged that Janu took money to join the NDA and released audio messages as proof. “On June 3, I had sent a petition to the DGP along with the audio clippings of the telephonic conversations that prove the involvement of both Surendran and Janu,” said Navas. ● More on P4 central guidelines ‘Covid drugs used in adults not fit for kids’ E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ New Delhi 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, favipiravir, doxycycline and 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. “Children have less severe disease than adults. In the majority the infec, tion is asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. It is uncommon to have moderate to severe Covid among healthy children,” it said. The government called for a combined effort from the public and private sectors to increase facilities to treat children. “A combined effort from the private and public sector is needed to handle any surge (in cases) in the future after the withdrawal of the lockdown over the next three to four months. The basic principles of equity and dignity of care should be followed.” 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. Opposition Leader V D Satheesan, left, and state Congress president K Sudhakaran engrossed in a conversation at Indira Bhavan on Wednesday. Covid protocol went for a toss as neither the duo nor the supporters maintained social distancing at the event | B P Deepu “There were 150-200 people standing by the roadside outside the party office. They were booked for not following Covid protocol,” said Museum station house officer Pra- jeesh Sasi. Congress-led UDF had boycotted the oath of Pinarayi government held on May 20, alleging that the event was in violation of ● More on P4 Covid protocol. Former Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala stole the show at Indira Bhavan on Wednesday. Criticising his own party, Chennithala quipped that none had come to defend him when the CPM had brandished him a BJP man. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, MP, invited Chennithala to New Delhi. Chennithala did not disclose the reason for the invite. P4 No more app, buy liquor directly from outlets starting today Deaths Indian firms that go to do business abroad follow local laws. Why is Twitter reluctant in following Indian laws, Prasad asked Chennithala criticises party, RaGa invites him to Delhi Right Covid care for children: P12 Passes must to enter triple lockdown areas Police passes mandatory to enter areas under triple lockdown Passes can be obtained from local police stations by submitting request and supporting documents Those entering partial lockdown areas need only self-declaration. P4 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram AFTER a gap of 51 days, the liquor outlets in the state will open from Thursday. The government has done away with BevQ app launched last year for virtual queue system. Liquor sale is permitted only in A (TPR less than 8%) and B zones (TPR 8%-20%). Consumers can buy liquor di- rectly from the outlets and bars adhering to Covid protocol. Outlets will remain closed during weekends. Bars are not allowed to serve liquor or allow in-house dining. The excise minister’s office said the old system of selling liquor through outlets is feasible than app-based sale. Police officers would be deployed at the liquor outlets to enforce protocol.
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