kozhikode l tuesday l june 29, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION map on Twitter site shows J&K, Ladakh outside India The map row comes amid the microblogging site’s ongoing standoff with the Centre over compliance with new IT rules Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO taken down later amid massive backlash It’s a repeat offender The global map that appeared on the career section of Twitter’s website under the header “Tweep Life” showed Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh as a separate country. It was taken down late on Monday, but not before it triggered a heavy backlash from sections of netizens who demanded strict action against the social media biggie ■ ■ This is not the first time Twitter has misrepresented India’s map. Last year, it put out a geotag showing Leh as part of China, prompting the Centre to issue a strong warning The latest faux pas comes as Twitter has lost its legal shield as an intermediary in India, becoming liable for users’ posts Twitter is yet to comply with India’s new IT rules 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 Emergency cash Loan guarantee Electricity Food grains Insurance Public health Broadband Tourism An additional I1.5L cr allocated for Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme; I7,500 cr for micro finance institutions I1.1 lakh crore loan guarantee scheme for Covid-hit sectors, of which I50,000 cr is for the health sector to scale up medical infra Of I3,03,058 crore allocated for reformbased result-linked power distribution scheme, the Centre will spend I97,631 crore during FY22-26 Centre to spend I93,869 cr during May-Nov 2021 for free food grains under PMGKY, bringing total cost to I2,27,841 crore I88K cr to be spent during FY22-26 to boost export insurance cover, plus I33K cr for projects through natl export insurance account A total of I23,000 cr to be spent under new scheme for public health in FY22, of which Center will spend I15,000 crore Centre to spend I19,041 crore during FY22-23 under ‘Broadband to each village through BharatNet PPP model’ Working capital / personal loans for those working in tourism sector with 100% guarantee; Govt’s financial implication: I100 cr T a r geted s u p p o r t Another stimulus shot to lift economy FM announces fresh credit for Covid-hit small biz, tourism, healthcare sectors; loan guarantee scheme for borrowers An u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi THE finance ministry on Monday announced a slew of measures to help the Covid-battered economy, including fresh credit for MSMEs, and targeted support to the healthcare and tourism sectors. The package includes `1.10 lakh crore of credit guarantee scheme, of which `50,000 crore will be for the healthcare sector, with a three-year single loan of up to `100 crore carrying an interest of 7.95%. Loans to other sectors such as tourism and hospitality would come at 8.25% per annum interest rate. Special support was given to the hospitality sector in the form of retail loan worth `10 lakh to travel agencies and `1 lakh loan for registered tourist guides. “They can use the loan to pay old loan or to buy a vehicle or start a new business,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said while announcing the relief package for the tourism sector. A `7,500 crore credit guarantee scheme was extended to banks for existing NBFC-MFIs or MFIs for on lending up to `1.25 lakh to about 25 lakh small borrowers. Experts claimed while the intent is good, this will hardly help the sector which have about six crore borrowers. Apart from that, the government increased the cap for availing guarantee under the existing Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme from `3 lakh crore to `4.5 lakh crore and extended the timeline of many existing scheme under Atmanirbhar package for one more year, like Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yo- Loans will be given to the smallest borrowers by MFIs. A maximum of `1.25 lakh will be lent. The focus is on new lending and not on repayment of old loans — Nirmala Sitharaman Fake narrative! No plan to change Ksgd border villages’ names to Malayalam G e o r g e P o i k ay i l @ Kasaragod FOR the past four days, the buzz in Karnataka has been that the Kerala government is planning to changing the names of border villages in Kasaragod district from Kannada to Malayalam. However, after talking to various officials in the local bodies in the areas, TNIE has found that it is a fake narrative first started by the Karnataka Border Area Development Authority, a government agency . “It is fake news,” said a top officer of the Kasaragod district administration. “There is not even a file or a petition on changing names of villages in Kasaragod with us,” he said. On June 25, the authority’s secretary Prakash Mattihalli released a press note with the subject line that the Kerala government has changed the names of border villages in Kasaragod district from Kannada to MalayPRE-QUARTERFINALS monday’s result Belgium bt Portugal 1-0 TUESDAY’S MATCH England vs Germany: 9.30pm WEDNESDAY’S MATCH Sweden vs Ukraine: 12.30am GROUP STAGE Brazil drew with Ecuador 1-1 Venezuela lost to Peru 0-1 jana and Production linked scheme for one more year. The Centre has also extended the timeline for previously announced scheme free foodgrains scheme for the poor from May to November 2021. The outgo from this scheme in FY22 is estimated at `93,869 crore. This, along with an additional allocation of `14,775 crore towards fertiliser subsidy, takes the size of the relief package to `6.29 lakh crore. However, as most of the an- Karnataka media and politicians in a tizzy because of a baseless press note from that state’s border area development authority alam. The second paragraph of the three-paragraph note said the Kerala government “has started the process” to change the names of the village. The press note was released in Bengaluru and widely reported by the news media in Karnataka. Mattihalli said the Kerala government has decided to rename Madhur as Madhuram, Malla as Mallam, Karadka as Kadagam, Bedadka as Bedagam, Pilikunje as Pilikunnu, Anebagilu as Aneva gil , Manjeshw ar as Manjeshwaram, Hosadurga as Pudiyakota, Kumble as Kumbla, Sasihitlu as Shivalap and Nellikunja as Nellikunni.” The authority’s chairman C Somashekhara said “some local bodies” are attempting to change the names of Kannada-speaking villages in Kasaragod without any consultation with the people. “This would destroy Kannada and Tulu culture existing here for long,” he said. Media reported the press note verbatim, without cross-checking with the Kasaragod district administration or local bodies. To keep the “issue” alive, Somashekhara met Yediyurappa and urged him to intervene in the matter. Later he told reporters in Bengaluru that the CM assured him that he would take up the matter with his counterpart ● More on P5 in Kerala. e x p r e s s r ead Army repulses possible drone attack in Jammu Srinagar: Less than 24 hours after the first-ever drone bombing on an Indian Air Force base, troops thwarted two possible drone attacks on the RatnuchakKaluchak military station in Jammu. Defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said on midnight of June 27-28, troops spotted two separate drone activities. Dweep dwellers hold coconut leaves protest Kochi: Residents of Lakshadweep staged coconut leaves protest against the administration’s decision to slap hefty fine on people who keep coconut leaves, shells and trunks on their premises. The islanders displayed placards carrying slogans ‘introduce proper waste management system’. P5 nouncements were part of the credit guarantee scheme, the fiscal impact for the government will be limited, said Siddharth Sanyal, chief economist and head, Research, Bandhan Bank. Aditi Nayar, chief economist at ICRA, estimates the step-up in the fiscal outgo within FY22 based on fresh announcements at `60,000 crore. That said, Monday’s package packed more wallop due to the much-needed attention on health, whose FY22 budget allocation was deemed grossly inadequate. An additional `23,220 crore was directed towards health expenditure, with special emphasis on P10 paedetric care. North Indian women abused, husbands attacked in capital E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ T’Puram In a shocking incident on Sunday night, two north Indian women were molested and their husbands — both AG’s Office staff — were assaulted by a two member-gang in the capital. The families had gone for a walk around 9pm. The culprits first misbehaved with the women and when the men intervened, they slashed them with sharp-edged weapons causing injuries on their hands. The police have formed a five-member team to nab the culprits. A case has been charged for molestation and attempt to murder. They suspect the main culprit is from Vanchiyoor. P4 Josephine tried to save rapist, alleges athlete Mayookha E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Thrissur The police and Kerala Women’s Commission failed to help her friend and a rape victim who is still being harassed and threatened by the perpetrator, alleged Olympian Mayookha Johny. Mayookha, who held a press meet here along with the victim, alleged the women’s panel’s former chairperson M C Josephine intervened to save the accused. According to Mayookha, her 32-year-old friend was raped and blackmailed by a person named C C Johnson, presently staying at Muringoor. The incident occurred on July 9, 2016, when the woman was alone at her house in Aloor. P4 Fliers hit as Covishield not on EU’s approved list E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the regulatory body for the European Union (EU), has excluded Serum Institute of India (SII)-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine Covishield from the bloc’s ‘Green Pass’, putting fliers from India under stress. The Green Pass, which will come into effect on July 1, will enable people to travel to EU member states for business and tourism if they have taken either of the four approved jabs. They are Vaxzevria (Oxford-AstraZeneca’s jab manufactured in Europe), Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), Spikevax (Moder na) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). SII missed the bus because it had not applied for its emergency use with the regulatory agency But there . is no difference AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria and Covishield. “In my view, this decision is clearly discriminatory and with- out any plausible explanation on why the same vaccine produced in two different countries is being treated differently,” said Chandrakant Lahariya, health systems and vaccine expert. India has taken up the matter with Brussels and also the French government. June 27 64.25 lakh doses June 28 48,01,465 doses Total doses: 32,85,54,011 Jab-o-meter Take your shot Meanwhile, Adar Poonawalla, sounding more like India’s foreign minister than SII’s CEO, tweeted: “I realise that a lot of Indians who have taken COVISHIELD are facing issues with travel to the EU, I assure everyone, I have taken this up at the highest levels and hope to resolve this matter soon, both with regulators and at a diplomatic level with countries.” The EMA has given a free hand to member states to allow entry for travellers vaccinated with jabs not P7 on the EMA list. NATIONWIDE june 27 june 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 44,220 54,035 853 32,976 51,231 792 statewide june 27 june 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 10,905 13,351 62 8,063 11,529 110 Arjun, who lured carriers to part with gold, nabbed E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Kochi THE customs probing the foiled attempt to smuggle 2.33kg of gold through the Karipur airport and subsequent accident in which five members of a gang who were chasing another gang to seize the consignment were killed, arrested former DYFI member Arjun Ayanki on Monday for abetting the gold smuggling activities. Arjun Ayanki at the The Kannur native, who turned customs office in Kochi on up at the customs office here in Monday | Express the morning, was arrested in the evening after recording his statement under Section 108 of the Customs Act. He will be produced before the Ernakulam Additional Chief Judicial First Class (Economic Offence) Court on Tuesday . The customs had earlier told the court that the agency has received evidence about the involvement of Arjun. The agency revealed details about the involvement of Arjun at the court while seeking the custody of Malappuram native Muhammad Shafeeque, who was intercepted at Karipur airport with the gold last week. Shafeeque, who is lodged in the Manjeri sub-jail, was examined through video conferencing. According to the customs, Arjun was supposed to receive the smuggled gold and had promised carrier Shafeeque `40,000 as re● More on P4 muneration and an air ticket.
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