tirupati l thursday l august 4, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Oppn terms sc’s PMLA VERDICT ‘DANGEROUS’, calls for review In a joint statement on Wednesday, opposition parties expressed “deep apprehensions” about the verdict’s long-term implications File picture of an all-party opposition meeting | ANI Alleges Centre will misuse the judgment The Supreme Court had on July 27 upheld the core amendments made to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, which gives the Centre and the Enforcement Directorate virtually unbridled powers of summons, arrest, and raids. The Opposition parties said the BJP-led government, which “indulges in political vendetta”, will now increasingly target them | P7 ■ 17 Amendments via Finance act route ■ They expressed hope that the “dangerous verdict will be shortlived”, claiming the bench did not examine whether some of the amendments could have been enacted via the Finance Act nO . of opposition parties that signed The Congress, TMC, DMK, AAP, NCP, SP, Shiv Sena, CPI-M, IUML and RJD were among the parties that signed the joint statement the joint statement ON wEDNESDAY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Better law coming, data protection bill axed Govt will introduce a comprehensive legal framework; big tech won, government lost, says Congress MP Manish Tewari P r ee t h a N a i r @ New Delhi THE Union gover nment on Wednesday withdrew the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill 2019 from the Lok Sabha, saying it plans to bring in a comprehensive legislation soon. Announcing the decision, Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the Joint Committee of Parliament has looked at the bill in detail and made 81 amendments and 12 recommendations towards a comprehensive legal framework on digital ecosystem. “Considering the JPC report, a comprehensive legal framework is being worked out. We will present a new bill that fits into this framework,” said Vaishnaw. The original bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2019, had evoked strong protests from Opposition parties and civil society members who alleged the proposed legislation gave sweeping powers to the government to access personal data of citizens. The bill was later referred to the JPC led by BJP MP P P Chaudhary. Among a slew of recommendations, the panel suggested a single law to deal with both personal and non-personal data. Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, who is a member of the JPC, told this paper that he has flagged his main concerns as providing the government with powers to give blanket exemption to its probe Ashwini Vaishnaw New bill likely in Winter session The government is likely to hold wide public consultation before bringing the new legislation to Parliament in the Winter session, sources said. There could be multiple bills dealing with privacy and cyber security agencies from the provisions of Act. “When privacy is a fundamental right, how can the government be allowed to exempt themselves from ensuring the privacy of a citizen?” he asked. He also said that the government should bring in the new law at the earliest. “We only hope that the government does not take too long to bring in the new Bill because Indians are still vulnerable to data theft and there is no legal framework to protect the privacy of data,” said Gogoi. Echoing similar concerns, Prateek Waghre, policy director at Internet Freedom Foundation, said the government should take JPC’s recommendations into account before bringing in a new bill. “The problem is that while on the one side we are debating the bill, the government is pushing ahead with a lot of other frameworks and digitisation programmes in the absence of a data protection regime,” he said. . Expressing disappointment, Congress MP Manish Tewari said a better legislation could have emerged had the bill been debated in the House. He said he had rejected the original data protectin bill in toto in the dissent note since it split the data universe into government, which was exempt, and the private sector where it would apply with full rigour. “Big Tech never wanted this Law. Big Tech won, India lost,” he said. Jab-o-meter Take your shot Aug 2 19,90,703 doses Aug 3 34,67,924 doses Total: 2,05,20,24,790 NATIONWIDE Aug 2 Aug 3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 13,734 17,135 17,897 19,823 34 47 Seeds closed day after toxic gas leak, SC seeks ideas to set up CM orders safety audit of industries panel on curbing freebies E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada / Visakhapatnam The Young Indian Ltd office within Herald House that was temporarily sealed by the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi on Wednesday | Shekhar Yadav Flutter as Cong’s Young Indian office is sealed lice has surrounded our HQ and homes of INC President and ex-President. This is the The Enforcement Directorate worst form of vendetta politics. on Wednesday temporarily ...We will continue to raise our sealed the office of Young In- voice against injustices and dian Ltd within the premises of failures of Modi Sarkar!” National Herald, as part of its Leader of the Opposition in action in a money laundering the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun case for which both Congress Kharge terming the ED action leaders Sonia Gandhi and Ra- a “tactic to scare people”. hul Gandhi were preClarifying that the viously questioned. Kharge tied National Herald office The case pertains to within Herald House to sealing alleged financial irwas very much funcMallikarjun regularities during tional, the ED said the Kharge, the the acquisition of AsYoung Indian office principal officer alone was sealed as a sociated Journals Ltd (AJL) by the Gandhi- of the premises, temporary measure to briefly visited owned Young Indian preserve evidence that Herald House Ltd in 2010. could not be collected The ED action gal- during Tuesday’s as the authorised repraid but left vanised a section of resentative of the comthe Congress leader- without getting pany was not present the search on ship to hit back against during their raid. Young Indian the government, since Meanwhile, the Cona large police deploy- done. Whenever gress said it had rehe presents ment was parallelly ceived a Delhi Police himself, the seal letter saying its pronoticed at the party’s headquarters at 24, will be lifted, the test scheduled for AuED said Akbar Road and the gust 5 against price Gandhis’ residences at rise and the Agnipath Janpath Road and Tughlaq defence recruitment scheme, Lane. Barricades put up around would not be allowed. However, the Congress office and Sonia the party said all its MPs, and Rahul’s residences were Pradesh Congress chiefs and later removed. other senior leaders would take Reacting to the security cov- part in the protest march to the er, Congress general secretary prime ministers’ Jan Kalyan Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Con- Marg residence and Rashtrapagress is under siege. Delhi Po- ti Bhavan. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi CHIEF Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday ordered a safety audit of all industries in the State. The order was issued a day after a yet-to-be-identified toxic gas -- the second incident in as many months -- leaked at Seeds Intimate Apparel India Private Limited in Brandix Special Economic Zone, Atchutapuram, on Tuesday night. More than 120 women took ill after inhaling the gas and were admitted to five hospitals in Anakapalle. At a review meeting, Jagan also directed to set up a highlevel committee to probe the gas leak, identify the cause and initiate steps to plug such incidents in the future. A third-party panel was constituted, including senior ex- perts from Hyderabad-based institutes - Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) and Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) - with AP Pollution Control Board (APPCB) Member Convenor as the committee’s member secretary . “The committee can also invite other experts, as necessary , and submit the report in 30 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @New Delhi Th e S u p r e m e C o u r t o n Wednesday sought suggestions from all stakeholders, including the Centre, Niti Aayog, Finance Commission and the RBI on the formation of a panel to brainstorm on curbing freebies announced by parties in the run up to the polls. A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ram a n a a n d j u s t i ce s Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli said, “The Election Commission and the government cannot say that we cannot do anything about this.” The Centre, through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, changed its position and supported the ban on freebies. He said, “The distribution of freebies inevitably leads to future economic disaster and the vot- maan ki baat: luck and pluck f i r oz m i r z a @ Chennai Sometimes providence plays a different sport. Tulika Maan was not supposed to be there at the Commonwealth Games as her weight category was not selected by the federation. She had to deal with fate that had been flirting with her destiny. It was cathartic when the 23-year-old judoka on Wednesday stormed into the +78kg final to assure herself a CWG medal. Tulika was three when her parents separated and then her father was shot dead over business rivalry a few years later. Her mother, Amrita Singh, who is now an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) with the Delhi Police, raised her alone. Given her round-theclock job, she was forced to send Tulika to a hostel in Rewari. “I am in police, and be- 3.95 L petty vendors, artisans get `395 cr loans Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy credited `395 crore into the accounts of 3.95 lakh petty and small vendors, and artisans with the click of a button on Wednesday. He also reimbursed `15.96 crore interest component Under the scheme, each beneficiary gets interestfree loans of `10,000. So far, the State has provided `2,011 crore to 15.03 lakh people to promote self employment Industries Minister Gudivada Amarnath visiting an employee of the apparel unit in NTR Hospital on Wednesday | Express days,” a GO issued by Special Chief Secretary (Environment, Forest, Science and Technology) Neerabh Kumar Prasad read. Meanwhile, Minister for Industries Gudivada Amarnath visited the NTR Area Hospital in Anakapalle and interacted with the affected women. The State government has ordered the temporary closure of the apparel unit, he told reporters. Elaborating on the incident, the minister said, “Between 6:45 pm and 7:30 pm on Tuesday , the women (employees) experienced nausea and started vomiting.” Amarnath termed the incident unfortunate and said, “Similar incident was reported at the same plant two months ago, leaving several women employees sick. This time, too, the staf f experienced similar P4 symptoms.” Jagan said the scheme was initiated after he saw the plight of petty traders and artisans’ exploitation by money lenders, middlemen Of the total beneficiaries, 80 per cent are women and belong to SC, ST, BC communities and Minorities CM Jagan with beneficiaries of Jagananna Thodu scheme at Tadepalli on Wednesday | Express cause of my job I can never be sure when I will retur n home,” mother Amrita, who is posted with Crime Branch, Fingerprint Bureau of Delhi Police, told this daily . Time passed and Tulika started practising judo and later trained with coach Yaspal Solanki. However, her choice of sport was bound to burn a deep hole in her mother’s pocket. “Most of the time, I sponsored her foreign trips. Those events were ranking tournaments and she had to compete there to earn points. My GPF (general provident fund) is already finished financing her trips,” said the mother. Amrita still rues that she couldn’t see her daughter grow up. “I was not there when she needed me the most.” With the Games round the corner, the weight category in which Tulika competes was not included in the six quotas (3 men and 3 women). After a long fight, Tulika’s weight category was included and she cleared the selection trials. As fate would have it, she won India a silver at the Games. More on P11 lovely moments boxing Medals assured Nitu Ganghas beat Nicole Clyde in women’s 48kg to assure India first boxing medal. Mohd Hussamuddin ensured one more later weightlifting Medal for Lovepreet India’s Lovepreet Singh won a bronze in men’s 109 kg to continue the country’s medal rush in weightlifting Shuttlers win silver India lose to Malaysia in the mixed team event final ers also cannot exercise their right to make as an informed, wise decision.” The Centre had earlier sought to pass the buck to the poll body saying the ques, tion of freebies needs to be dealt with by the EC. The court, while listing the PIL of lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay for further hearing on Thursday said all stakeholders , should think on it and give suggestions. The PIL opposes the practice of par ties promising freebies during elections and demands that the EC invoke its powers to freeze their election symbols and cancel their registration. During the hearing, the bench said no political parties would like to debate it in Parliament as everybody wants this practice to continue, while reacting to a suggestion by senior advocate Kapil Sibal. express read 1.23 lakh more Class X students clear SSC exam Vijayawada: Of the 2.06 lakh students, who appeared for the Class X supplementary exam, 1.23 lakh have passed, registering a pass percentage of 64.23. With this, 5.37 lakh pupils have cleared the public exam, registering a total pass percentage of 88.68, Education Minister Botcha Satyanarayana said, announcing the SSC results on Wednesday | P3 ‘RINL’s non-compliance to norms not addressed’ New Delhi: The AP Pollution Control Board has failed to address the continuous noncompliance of emission norms by Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, the corporate entity of Vizag Steel Plant, the Comptroller and Auditor General said in its audit report, ‘Compliance Audit of Activities of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited’ in Parliament | P3 monsoon misery Road connectivity hit in Rayalaseema districts E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Anantapur/Kadapa/Kurnool Incessant downpour in the erstwhile Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool districts resulted in the overflowing of streams and other water bodies, besides snapping connectivity between several villages. In Kurnool, Devarakonda mandal received highest rainfall of 121.20 mm while in Anantapur, Kambaduru mandal received 79.2 mm rains. Dharmavaram mandal in Sri Satya Sai district recorded 77.4 mm rainfall. Vehicular movement on the Dhar mavaram-Puttaparthi route was affected as Dharmavaram pond was overflowing. In Madakasira, vehicles enroute to Gangulavayapalli were stopped. Road connectivity between Somamdevapalli and Hindupur was cut off as the Brahmanapalli bridge and Pandiparthi underground bridge submerged. P5 As the temporary road over River Papgni was washed away, road connectivity to Alireddypalli, Tuvvapalli, and Eguva Tuvvapalli villages was disrupted | Express
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