BHUBANESWAR l thursday l june 17, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 and decided to open a consultation process. US President Joe Biden, who called the talks positive, said he warned Putin against meddling in American poll process ■ ■ The summit began with an awkward photo op, during which the two seemed to avoid facing each other. It was wrapped up in under three hours, though it was expected to run for 4-5 hours 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 by Twitter, says govt Drugs used to treat Covid in adults not fit for kids: Govt Express news service @ 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 infection 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. Platform loses safe harbour shield; first FIR filed against it in Ghaziabad for failing to remove misleading content Express News Service @ 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 at 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 (CCO). 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 CCO 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.” “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. 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 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 Right Covid care for children: P12 NATIONWIDE june 15 june 16 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 60,471 62,224 1,17,525 1,07,628 2,726 2,542 June 15 Take 25,68,858 doses your June 16 shot 32,62,233 doses Total doses: 26,53,17,472 Jab-o-meter express read No calf serum in final vaccine: Health ministry New Delhi: Contesting social media claims on Covaxin, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday that facts were ‘twisted and misrepresented’ in the posts. Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech said in a clarification that newborn calf serum was used in manufacturing of viral vaccines, but not in the final formulation | P7 Covid war far from over, cautions CM Bhubaneswar: Even as the Odisha government eased lockdown restrictions on Wednesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cautioned that the fight against Covid pandemic is far from over. Interacting with 786 newly appointed doctors through video conference, the Chief Minister said that even though the cases are coming down, all need to be extremely careful | P2 heritage village An artisan busy with mural painting of his house at Raghurajpur in Puri on Wednesday | Biswanath Another minor girl in Nayagarh murdered after abduction A s i s h M e h ta @ Bhubaneswar BARELY a year after the sexual assault and murder of a minor girl in Nayagarh’s Jadupur village rocked the State, a sixyear-old girl who had gone missing from the Naxal-affected Banigochha police limits of the district has been found murdered. Her body was recovered on Wednesday . Nayagarh Police arrested a 21-year-old youth on charges of killing the minor who belonged to Dhundugadia village under Banigochha police limits. After her mysterious disappearance on June 12, the victim’s parents lodged a missing complaint a day later. Based on the report, a case was registered on the same day and two teams were formed to trace the minor girl. “A do g squad was also pressed into the operation and we zeroed in on the accused since many children in the village used to visit him to watch videos on his smart phone,” Nayagarh SP Siddharth Kataria said. The accused, identified as Sagar Dalei, was working as a labourer in Tamil Nadu and had returned home after lockdown was imposed. According to preliminary investigation, Dalei reportedly kidnapped the girl on June 12, killed her the same day before disposing of the body few metres away from his house. In his statement before the police, the accused confessed to strangulating the six-year-old as he had past enmity with her father. “The girl’s body has been sent for postmortem and only after receiving the report, we will be able to ascertain whether she was strangulated or any weapon was used to kill her. Besides, her autopsy report will also reveal if she was sexually assaulted before being murdered,” said Kataria. CONTINUED ON: P5 A dog squad was also pressed into the operation and we zeroed in on the accused since many children in the village used to visit him to watch videos on his smart phone Siddharth Katariam, Nayagarh SP Odisha extends partial lockdown till July 1 with more relaxations Express News Service new guidelines @ Bhubaneswar WITH a gradual improvement in the Covid-19 situation and steady fall in test positivity rate (TPR) in many districts, the State government on Wednesday announced further relaxation in commercial activities while extending partial lockdown for two more weeks till 5 am of July 1. Making the announcement, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said, the relaxations are based on ground-level situation with 17 districts which have gone into green zone to have more easing of restrictions than the rest. The districts have been divided into two categories. Districts with TPR of 5 per cent or less are kept in Category-A while those with more than 5 per cent are in Category-B. All shops except shopping malls in 17 districts of southern and western Odisha - undivided Ganjam, Kandhamal, Koraput, Kalahandi, Balangir, Sambalpur and Sundargarh - are allowed to transact business from 6 am to 5 pm. However, the restriction on opening of hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools and salons will continue, he said and added that weekend shutdown and night curfew will continue across the State. “After taking all parameters con- Category A - 17 districts Commercial activities, opening of shops from 6 am to 5 pm What’s Allowed Malls, parks, gyms, cinema halls, etc Sweet shops - only parcels Social, political, academic gatherings Street food vendors but only takeaways Public transport, taxis, cab aggregators Home delivery of food/ goods/grocery Reopening of temples Garages, vehicle, cycle service & spare parts shops Daily and weekly haats cerning the present pandemic situation into consideration, the State government decided to impose a partial lockdown across the State from the morning of June 17,” Mahapatra said. The current phase of lockdown was scheduled to end on Thursday morning. The Chief Secretary said that shops selling essential goods in 13 districts mostly from coastal districts and coming under CategoryB have been allowed to open from 6 june 15 Business activities relating to essential goods from 6 am to 1 pm What’s Not Morning walk, jogging odisha Category B - 13 districts june 16 Fresh cases 3,405 3,535 Recoveries Deaths 6,799 42 5,579 44 am to 1 pm against the existing timing of 7 am to 11 am. Keeping in view the livelihood of milk farmers, the government has decided to open sweet shops during these limited hours. They are only allowed to give parcels. Similarly, street vending of food for takeaway is allowed in the 17 districts falling under Category-A. Automobile sale and service, sale of cycle and other livelihood activities exempted from restriction are allowed to function. There is good news for morning walkers and joggers. The restriction imposed on them has been lifted but parks and gyms will reCONTINUED ON: P5 main closed.
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