A protester adjusts an installation depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg surfing on a wave of cash outside UK parliament on Monday | AP tirupati l tuesday l october 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Internal papers show FACEBOOK torn between people & money Thousands of pages of internal documents provided to Congress by a former employee depict an internally conflicted company ‘Problems were flagged but ignored’ Apple threatened to ban facebook The crisis exposed by the documents shows how Facebook, despite its avowed good intentions, sidelined efforts to address harms such as hate speech, misinformation and calls to violence. The papers reveal numerous instances where researchers and rank-and-file workers uncovered deepseated problems that the firm then ignored due to commercial concerns ■ ■ Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook from its app store for allegedly facilitating selling of maids in West Asia Apple relented after FB promised to act but the social media giant acknowledged in internal papers it was “under-enforcing on confirmed abusive activity”, the Associated Press reported | P11 3.5 billion Facebook is sitting on personal data of billions of people worldwide 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 NEET PG counselling to wait for SC’s EWS ruling E X P RE S S NE W S S ERVI C E @ New Delhi The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that the NEET PG Counselling process will not commence until the SC decides on the challenge to the 27% OBC and 10% EWS reservation in PG All India Quota seats (MBBS/BDS and MD/MS/MDS). Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna took the assurance by Additional Solicitor General K M Nataraj into account and noted that students will face problems if the NEET PG counselling process went ahead as scheduled. The counselling process was supposed to start on October 25 as per the original schedule. Senior advocate Arvind Dattar, appearing for some NEET candidates, said that if the counselling process began as planned, by the time the top court’s decision on the reservation issue comes, the current admission process would already be over and students would face serious prejudice. A batch of pleas had come in challenging the Centre and Medical Counselling Committee on the July 29 notice providing NEET PG medical seat reservation - 27% for OBC and 10% for EWS students. On September 17, the apex court decided to start hearing on the matter. The SC had on October 21 asked the Centre whether it wanted to revisit the `8 lakh per annum limit set for determining whether a person can apply for EWS quota for NEET PG. Kotia tribals pass resolution to live in Andhra Over 50 people from 17 hamlets spread over 3 panchayats met officials, seeking protection from Odisha police S r e e n u B a b u Pat i v a d a @ Vizianagaram AMIDST heightened tension between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over the disputed Kotia region, more than 50 people from 17 tribal hamlets met Vizianagaram district officials on Monday, announcing their desire to be part of Andhra Pradesh. Both the States are locked in a fresh face-off after the Odisha administration removed signboards in Telugu that identified the villages. A delegation of tribesmen from three panchayats submit- ted a unanimous resolution they had passed to Vizianagaram district collector A Suryakumari. The resolution, reportedly passed at a special meeting, expressed their desire to live under the Andhra administration. They also met Superintendent of Police Deepika M Patil, seeking protection from Odisha gover nment and local politicians.” “We will support the tribals as per the Supreme Court verdict. We have appointed a special circle inspector for Kotia region for protecting them. We have recommended our higher We are the people of Andhra, says resident “We are the people of Andhra. After learning about the resolution, the Odisha police are forcing us to favour Odisha,” says Chodapalli BIshu of Paguluchennuru. officials to deploy armed personnel in the disputed region. Though Odisha has deployed its police force, we are maintaining restraint to avoid a warlike situation,’’ she told TNIE. Patel distributed grocery kits to the tribesmen. gosavi to give up; vigilance HEAT ON extortion racket Booster dose for health infra S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i The ambitious project has three prongs Diagnostics, treatment Through PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission an entire ecosystem for services from treatment to critical research will be created in every corner of the country Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Full range of diagnostic services through integrated public health labs in Critical care services in districts with more than 17,788 rural health and wellness centres to come up in 10 high focus states; 11,024 urban health and wellness centres will be established across India Will provide consultation, tests and medicines for free 2 Testing labs 730 districts; 3,000 blocks to get Block Public Health Units 3 R&D expansion on pandemics Existing 80 viral diagnostic and research labs to be strengthened 5 lakh population through exclusive critical care hospital blocks; rest to be covered through referral services FIVE Regional National Centres for Disease Control, 20 Metropolitan units, and 15 BSL labs will further strengthen this network 9 biosafety level III labs to be operationalised 4 new National Institutes of Virology and a National Institute for One Health to be established gold cap for silverscreen superstar Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presents the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to actor Rajinikanth during the 67th National Film Awards presentation ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday | shekhar yadav Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 24 12,30,720 doses October 25 58,87,981 doses Total: 102,86,69,053 NATIONWIDE oct 24 oct 25 Fresh cases 15,906 14,306 Recoveries Deaths 16,479 18,762 561 443 statewide oct 24 oct 25 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 400 295 516 560 4 7 37,744 27,641 Ration dealers to go on strike from today Exp r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Fair price shops (ration shops) in the State will not supply essential commodities to whitecard holders from Tuesday . The Andhra Pradesh Ration Dealers’ Association made the decision in protest against the ‘anti-dealer policies’ of officials. The Association also urged its members to stop unloading stocks, meant for November distribution, at mandal-level stock (MLS) points. It also called for closing down of ration shops till their demands were met. The demands included the payment of Rs 16 crore as commission as part of the Prime Minister’s Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) programme from March 29, 2020, implementation of cash back from demand draft and immediate payment of arrears of pulses diverted from dealers to the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). sion over Sameer Wankhede’s suspensions,” said Gyaneshwar Singh. A day after a witness in the According to Sail’s affidacruise ship drugs case vit, Gosavi and D’souza declaimed that some NCB offi- manded `25 crore from SRK cials sought `25 crore from on the behest of Wankhede. actor Shah Rukh Khan to let He said they were ready to his son Aryan off the hook, settle at `18 crore, out of the agency ordered a high- which `8 crore was given to level vigilance probe into it. Wankhede and the rest Prabhakar Sail, would be distributwho is witness No 1 ed between them. in the case, had said Following the exin his affidavit that plosive charges, the NCB zonal director Maharashtra govSameer Wankhede’s ernment on Monmiddle man Sam day decided to give D’Souza and absecurity to Sail. sconding witness K Meanwhile GosP Gosavi had deavi, who had gone Dawood manded the money Wankhede? missing, surfaced from the actor. on Monday to deny NCP minister Prabhakar, the the allegation levpersonal bodyguard Nawab Malik on eled by Sail. Gosavi of Gosavi, also al- Monday alleged said there is a threat leged that Wankh- that Wankhede to his life in Mumis Muslim by ede got him to sign bai but he can’t on 10 blank papers. birth and that his trust the Mumbai NCB’s vigilance father is Dawood police. Therefore, u n i t h e a d G y - K Wankhede and he said he will suraneshwar Singh mother is Zabida render in Uttar Begum Bano will lead the memPradesh. ber team that will On his part, probe allegations of extor- Wankhede had approached a tion. The team, also compris- session court with the plea ing two inspector-level offic- that no action should be take r s , w i l l r e c o r d t h e en on Sail’s allegations. Howstatements of Wankhede ever, the court rejected his and others. It will also ana- plea saying the matter is allyse the evidence given by ready in the high court. Sail and submit its report to Meanwhile, Shiv Sena the DG of NCB. leader Sanjay Raut said that “We will check the facts of D’souza does money launthe case before taking a deci- dering for Wankhede. @ Mumbai The `64,000-crore PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission launched on Monday aims to strengthen the critical healthcare network right from the village to the national level in the next 4-5 years. A look 1 Earlier, Collector Suryakumari accorded a traditional welcome to the tribespeople, and assured them to take up their issue with the government. The Supreme Court had ordered status quo on permanent constructions in the dis- puted region. The two States, however, could extend their welfare schemes. The tribesmen have been depending on Andhra Pradesh for their educational and medical needs. Besides, they were also reportedly attracted to Andhra’s welfare projects under the Navaratnalu scheme. Incidentally Odisha officials, , who came to know of the special meeting of villagers, had prevented a team of Andhra officials from administering Covid vaccine in a village on Saturday On Sunday Odisha officials . , removed the signboards of villages put up by AP . Association president M Venkateswara Rao said officials were implementing antidealer policies. They were also demanding the return of empty sack, in violation of a 2008 GO. Besides commission, ration dealers used to benefit from the sale of empty sacks. Rao said their representations to Civil Supplies Minister Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao (Nani) and Civil Supplies Commissioner Girija Shankar evoked no response, and hence the dealers were forced to protest. Global classroom to learn English with confidence US schools, and approached the headmaster, Narayana, seeking THE Covid-enforced lockdown help. The headmaster, along has helped the students of a with philanthropist Damarla high school in Battiprolu man- Siva Rama Krishna of Mandal here hone their English lan- galagiri and the school alumni, guage skills, thanks to an ini- raised `80,000 to arrange classt i a t ive by o n e o f t h e i r es over Skype. teachers. “I contacted the teachers of The teacher, Harikrishna foreign schools through FacePatcharu, introduced his stu- book and we arrange classes. dents of the Ilavaram The students are eager Zilla Parishad High to meet and talk to forSchool to their peers eign students. This in about 300 schools in has increased their 60 countries over Skyconfidence levels and pe, with whom they communicative communicated, exskills,’’ Harikrishna ch a n g i n g l e s s o n s, said, adding, the stuthoughts and ideas, dents also got a glimpse Harikrishna and thereby building of the culture and traup their confidence. ditions of those countries. Patcharu hit upon the idea After the schools reopened, after chancing upon a similar he introduced a program called initiative by some foreign Pen Pal, through which the stuschools. dents exchanged letters with He saw it it an opportunity to their peers in 15 countries, the provide international exposure US, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, to his students, who had been Croatia, Denmark, France, Popoor in English. land, Tunisia, Japan, South KoThe English teacher decided rea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, P5 to rope in his counterparts in Chile and Turkey . B a n d h a v i A n n a m @ Guntur express read Three Maoists killed in ‘encounter’ Mulugu: Three Maoists died in a ‘police encounter’ on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border in early on Monday. Mulugu district Superintendent of Police Sangram Singh G Patil said the Maoists were killed when the a police team searching aforest area retured fire Flight lands at wrong end of runway at B’gavi Belagavi: A major mishap was averted after a SpiceJet aircraft with 30 passengers landed at the wrong end of the runway at the Belagavi airport on Sunday. The Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Kumar said the two pilots have been offrostered and a probe is on billion dollar club CVC Capitals, RPSG Ventures spring a surprise; Adanis, United owners nudged out V e n k ata K r i s h n a B @ Chennai AFTER technical valuations, as the BCCI opened the bids to reveal the owners of the two new IPL owners, they were in for a huge surprise. According to sources involved, it got to a point where even the BCCI office-bearers’ jaws dropped when they opened the sealed envelopes. Each bid outweighed the other. In a bidding process where Adanis were expected to win comfortably and Glazers (Manchester United owners), All Cargo Logistics and Kotak group were involved, RPSG Ventures Ltd, a company headquartered in Kolkata, sprung the biggest surprise. Their bid for Lucknow was astonishingly high — `7,090 crores ($940 mn). RPSG Ventures are not new to IPL. They owned the now defunct Pune franchise. The CVC Capital Partners, headquatered in Luxembourg, was the other surprise. It outbid Adanis and will now own the Ahmedabad team. Their offer stood at `5,625 crores ($750 mn). To put the values in perspective, when the IPL began in 2008, Mumbai Indians were the costliest franchise at $111.9 mn (`840 at current dollar rate). The huge sums that were tabled — the lowest being the `4,128 crore by Glazers — is also a reflection of the brand’s growing popularity in the country as well as abroad. From a commercial point of view, it sits along side Premier League, La Liga and National Football League (NFL), though in terms of money IPL has a lot of catch- ing up to do. Though 22 entities had picked the documents, only nine bidders were shortlisted after technical clearance in a meeting held in Dubai. It is understood the BCCI was expecting around `8,000 crores from the sale. CVC capital partners According to its website, it’s a $125 bn (`1 lakh crore) private equity and credit firm that manages funds on behalf of 300 investors from North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East. Recently, it acquired roughly 11 per cent of La Liga’s TV rights (50 years) in exchange of €2.1bn. Like other major leagues across the globe, TV broadcast rights are the major contributor to the IPL’s coffers. Currently, the BCCI gets around `58 crores per match from broadcast rights. Taking this as an indicator, the broadcast rights that is up for renewal is expected fetch in some insane amount. “The level of interest among the interested parties prove that IPL is among the most sought-after sporting leagues in the world. We had bids from different parts of the world and from parties with diverse portfolios wanting to make a foray into the world of sports,” said IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel. Like an existing franchise puts it, “Despite the controversies, the league has only grown. And in another 10 years, this sum will not look big because there is going to be constant cash flow. They will take time to breakeven.”
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