A protester adjusts an installation depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg surfing on a wave of cash outside UK parliament on Monday | AP thrissur l tuesday l October 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 3.5 billion people’s personal data on which Facebook is sitting 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 Decide on max water level in Mullaperiyar: SC to panel Directs supervisory committee to inform it of decision by tomorrow E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e CM warns of action against those spreading panic @New Delhi T’Puram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has warned that legal action will be taken against those who create panic over the Mullaperiyar dam through social media. Pinarayi said there was no cause for concern over the 126-year-old dam at present. The Supreme Court on Monday directed the supervisory committee on the Mullaperiyar dam to decide on the appropriate water level to be maintained, considering the concerns about the safety of the 126-year-old dam. The court, which asked the authorities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu to hold talks, directed the supervisory committee to inform it of the decision by Wednesday. A bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar asked Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati to get instructions from the committee. “An issue has been raised that there is an immediate need to specify the water level in the dam. If there is immediate need or not, take instructions, understand the anxiety of the parties, and the committee has to take a decision, keeping in mind the risk factor involved,” said Justice Khanwilkar. The bench was hearing two writ petitions filed by private persons from Kerala seeking urgent directives to restrict the High-level meet today T’Puram: Water Resources Minister Roshy Augustine said a meeting will be held on Tuesday to discuss the situation. Central Water Commission chief and additional chief secretaries and chief engineers concerned from Kerala and TN will attend. water level in the Mullaperiyar dam, which is being managed by Tamil Nadu. “We don’t know what risk factors are involved. The committee needs to decide this. We can’t decide water levels. This has to be decided immediately in a day or two,” said Justice Khanwilkar. The court also observed that everyone has to work seriously and sincerely as it concerns people’s lives. The petitioners submitted that because of heavy rain last week, the water level in the dam has gone up and people’s Booster dose for health infra The D64,000-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 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 The ambitious project has three prongs Critical care Diagnostics, 1 treatment 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 2 730 districts; 3,000 blocks to get Block Public Health Units R&D expansion on pandemics Existing 80 viral diagnostic and research labs to be strengthened oct 25 population through exclusive critical care hospital blocks; rest to be covered through referral services FIVE Testing labs Full range of diagnostic services through integrated public health labs in 3 5 lakh 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 NATIONWIDE oct 24 Fresh cases 15,906 14,306 Fresh cases 8,538 6,664 Recoveries Deaths 16,479 561 Recoveries Deaths 11,366 71 9,010 53 18,762 443 stateWIDE oct 24 oct 25 lives are at stake. Dr Joe Joseph, one of the petitioners, has sought a directive to Tamil Nadu to share data regarding gate operation and instrumentation with Kerala as it was important to ensure safety of people living in downstream areas. Advocate G Prakash, representing Kerala, pointed out the Supreme Court order, dated August 24, 2018, fixing the water level in the dam at 139ft during floods. He requested the court to issue a similar order considering the present situa● More on P4 tion. CVC Capitals, RPSG Ventures spring a surprise Ven k ata K r i s h na 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, sprang the biggest surprise. Their bid S u d h i r S u r ya w an s h i @ Mumbai A day after a witness in the cruise ship drugs case claimed that some NCB officials sought `25 crore from actor Shah Rukh Khan to let his son Aryan off the hook, the agency ordered a vigilance probe into it. Prabhakar Sail, who is witness No 1 in the case, had said in his affidavit that NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede’s middle man Sam D’Souza and absconding witness K P Gosavi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram The Family Court in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday ordered the withholding of adoption proceedings of the child, believed to be that of Anupama S Chandran, a former SFI leader and daughter of CPM local committee member P S Jayachandran. Anupama had made shocking allegations that her father and relatives forcibly gave away her newborn baby for adoption. The government pleader representing the State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) informed the court that there were contentions regarding the adoption and an inquiry was going on in the matter following which the court ordered a temporary withholding of the adoption procedures. The court also directed the police to s u b mit the investigation report in a sealed envelope. The case will now be heard on November 1. Till then, the child will remain with the couple from Andhra Pradesh, where he is undergoing pre-adoption foster care. As per rules, the custody of children is given to their prospective adoptive parents until the court passes a final order sanctioning the adoption. The petition of Anupama, who had requested annulment of the adoption, would be considered after the court hears SARA as to what steps it has taken so far. The court observed that a DNA test ought to be done first to identify whether the ● More on P4 child belongs to Anupama. COng leader’s autobiography ‘Antony had no role in Orana Samaram’ ‘Orana Samaram’, a massive student protest organised by the Kerala Students Union in 1958, had propelled a batch of vibrant youngsters to the leadership of the state Congress. Political profiles of veteran leaders Vayalar Ravi, A K Antony and Oommen Chandy are value-added with fiery tales of their struggle against the first Communist government led by E M S Namboodiripad to restore the student concession of one ana (six paise) for boat travel. Senior Congress leader G Balachandran has now challenged Antony’s role in ‘Orana Samaram’. In his autobiography ‘Innaleyude Theeram’ released last week, Balachandran — G Balachandran A K Antony who was the vice-president of KSU when Antony was the president — says only Vayalar Ravi, Oommen Chandy and P K Kuriakose had participated in the protest that began in Alappuzha and later spread to other parts of the state. “The fire for the protest was ignited by Vayalar Ravi and M A John. It was John who launched Oommen Chandy in Kottayam. Chandy boy- ues 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 CVC capital partners According to its website, it’s a $125 bn (Rs 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% of La Liga’s TV rights (50 years) in exchange of €2.1bn. Vigilance heat on extortion racket Court halts adoption proceedings of Anupama’s child B SR E E J A N @T’Puram 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 val- cotted school and courted arrest,” Balachandran recalls. The chapter on ‘Orana Samaram’, which a 14-year old Balachandran watched from close quarters, is silent on Antony’s role. “I didn’t take part in the protest. I lived in a house opposite the Alappuzha boat jetty which was the centre of the protest. Schools remained closed because of the strike. I would look across the bank every day Stu. dents would come in batches for the protest every morning. The police used to beat students brutally writes ,” Balachandran. Balachandran told TNIE that the omission of the name of Antony was not accidental. “He was not part of the protest,” he ● More on P4 said. had demanded the money from the actor. Prabhakar, the personal bodyguard of Gosavi, also alleged that Wankhede got him to sign on 10 blank papers. NCB’s vigilance unit head Gyaneshwar Singh will lead the team that will probe allegations of extortion. “We will check the facts of the case before taking a decision over Sameer Wankhede’s suspensions,” said Gyaneshwar Singh. According to Sail’s affidavit, Gosavi and D’souza demanded `25 crore from SRK at the behest of Wankhede. He said they were ready to settle at `18 crore, of which `8 crore was given to Wankhede and the rest would be distributed between them. Meanwhile Gosavi, who had gone missing, surfaced on Monday to deny the allegation leveled by Sail. Gosavi said there is a threat to his life in Mumbai but he can’t trust the Mumbai police. Therefore, he said he w i l l s u r re n d e r i n U t t a r Pradesh. National Football League (NFL), though in terms of money IPL has a lot of catching 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. 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. express read Min: Plus I seats to be increased by up to 20% T’Puram: The government has taken steps necessary to resolve the Plus I admission crisis, said General Education Minister V Sivankutty told the assembly on Monday. He admitted that Plus I seats are insufficient in 50 out of 78 taluks in the state, and that 5,812 students who secured ‘A Plus’ in all subjects are yet to get admissions. The government has also taken steps to increase the number of seats by up to 20%, he said. P4
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