SAMBALPUR l tuesday l august 09, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION India to restrict entry-level Chinese smartphones: Report Chinese makers could be barred from selling phones cheaper than `12,000 in the Indian market, according to Bloomberg representative picture Move to help domestic brands The proposed move is aimed at helping homegrown brands such as Lava and MicroMax and pushing Chinese giants out of the lower segment of the world’s second-biggest mobile market, the news agency reported. The development comes amid India’s tough stand against Chinese manufacturers and recent raids on OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi ■ 50% Body blow to Xiaomi, others ■ Exclusion from India’s entry-level market would hurt brands like Xiaomi that rely heavily on India to drive growth Industry estimates say smartphones under `12,000 contributed to a third of India’s sales volume for the quarter through June, with Chinese brands accounting for 80% of those shipments Estimated share of Xiaomi and realme in the sub `12k segment 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 Anti-Big Bang theory scientists face censorship by int’l journals BA L A CHAUHA N @ Bengaluru Scientists from across the globe, including India, who are refuting the Big Bang theory on cosmology are facing resistance and censorship from journals and archives of international repute where they get their research papers published for peer review. The Big Bang theory holds that the universe was born out of a highly compressed, dense and microscopic point (called singularity), which exploded with a huge force some 13.8 billion years ago, resulting in everything arising from that singularity moving outwards in all directions. From this, all cosmic matter (as we know it today) was formed at different stages through time until now. Twenty-four astronomers and physicists from 10 countries including reputed astrophysicist Jayant V Narlikar of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Prof Sisir Roy of National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and Prof Amitabha What’s the Big-bang theory? According to a NASA explainer, the Big Bang theory indicates how the universe began — as just a single point, then expanded and stretched to grow as large as it is right now. It is still believed to be stretching Electricity (Amend) bill introduced in LS, sent to panel amid Oppn’s rage Monsoon session ends four days ahead of schedule R a k es h K u m a r @New Delhi The controversial Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which is expected to escalate Centre-state confrontation, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday and later sent to the Standing Committee on Energy for vetting. The bill mandates state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) to specify regulations to progressively reduce cross-subsidy, which is subsidising one set of customers at the cost of others. It requires SERCs to adhere to the National Electricity Tariff Policy while determining cross-subsidy . Subsidies will not be accounted for while fixing tariff; subsidies will be provided directly to consumers. The bill allows multiple distribution licences within the same area of supply No applicant who fulfils all the con. ditions can be refused a licence. It also provides for graded revision in tariff over a year besides mandatory fixing of maximum and minimum tariff by the appropriate commission. Introducing the Bill, Union power minister R K Singh called it “pro-people and for the growth of our economy” that would allow consumers to choose from multiple electricity distributors. But experts feel otherwise. According to the All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF), it would intrude into the powers and functions of the state governments, abolish subsidies and cross-subsidies and harm farmers and consumers alike. “It seeks to Centralise almost all functions of the DISCOMS as well as SERCs, thereby changing the entire character of the electricity supply industry and existing legislation as well as the federal structure,” said Shailendra Dubey, chairman of AIPEF. He also said the area of license has not been clearly defined. “This would lead to cherry-picking and eventually in privatising profits and nationalising losses.” Former Power Secretary Subash Chandra Garg told this newspaper the sector can be reformed only when state distribution utilities are dismantled, private entities take over business like in Delhi and states support farmers and other vulnerable sections by providing direct benefit transfers. “Unfortunately, this bill has none of these provisions.” E x p r ess N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Privatisation of profit? It envisages allowing multiple private companies to provide electricity in the same area, a provision that could lead to privatisation of profits and nationalisation of losses - Manish Tewari, Cong It’s contrary to the assurances given by the govt to the SKM during their protest. It had that that point agreed to shelve amendments to the Electricity Act Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Cong The proposed amendments are dangerous... They will only benefit a few power distribution companies Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM Electricity is on the concurrent list. It is the bounden duty of the Centre to have effective consultations with state governments before introducing the bill - N K Premachandran, RSP Farmers will continue to get free power. There will be no roll back of subsidy - R K Singh, power minister MONSOON session of Parliament ended four days ahead of schedule on Monday as both Houses were adjourned sine die. According to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, the session was supposed end on August 12 but was curtailed due to completion of essential government business and in view of two public holidays ahead -Muharram on August 9 and Raksha Bandhan on August 11. However, the Opposition accused the government of running away from discussing bills and other important issues. The session witnessed repeated disruptions with the Opposition members aggressively raising the issues of inflation and the ED action, while the BJP vociferously protested Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s Rashtrapatni remark. A record number of Opposition 27 MPs were suspended — 23 from Rajya Sabha and 4 from Lok Sabha — for unruly behavour. The government had set a target of passing 32 Bills, including 24 new ones, but the Lok Sabha could pass only seven and the Rajya Sabha five. The Lok Sabha functioned for 48% of the scheduled time while the Rajya Sabha functioned for 44% of the time. Attacking the government for curtailing the session, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien tweeted, “This is the seventh consecutive time (since Budget Session 2020) Parliament session has been cut short. Stop mocking Parliament. We will fight for its sanctity ...” Congress Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh said, “Early adjournment is at the government’s request. We were prepared to discuss Bills.” The monsoon session is supposed to be the last one to be held in the old building as the government plans to hold the winter session in the new building expected to be completed before the next session. Ghosh of Indian National Sci- cosmology and specifically on ence Academy (INSA) from In- the Big Bang hypothesis. Run dia are among the scientists by Cornell University arXiv is , protesting the censorsupposed to provide an ship of papers critical open public forum for of the Big Bang hypothresearchers to exesis, by the open prechange pre-publication print website arXiv. papers, without under“As scientists entaking to peer-review gaged in the study of them. But during June the cosmos and the reJayant V Narlikar 2022, arXiv rejected lation of phenomena in three papers which are space to those on Earth, we critical of the validity of the strongly protest arXiv’s censor- Big Bang hypothesis .No speship of controversial papers on cific reason was given,” the sci- Golden age for Sharath Bag of Golds It was a day of domination from the paddlers and shuttlers as India collected a handful of gold, finishing fourth in the medals tally Silver in hockey & cricket He may be 40 years old, but Sharath Kamal is still relentless in his pursuit of excellence. He finds that extra motivation for age-defying feats and this time at the Commonwealth Games he has medalled in each event he entered — teams gold, men’s doubles silver, mixed-doubles gold crowned them with singles gold. This was his seventh gold; he won India’s first-ever table tennis gold in 2006 Bihar is all set to have a Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi-type coalition government comprising all non-NDA parties, as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) indicated it may snap it ties with the BJP. Sources said Nitish has already spoken to interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the leaders of the three Left parties — CPI(ML), CPI(M), and CPI, besides Lalu Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav, leaders of the main opposition party RJD. All opposition parties have agreed to support Nitish as the chief minister. According to sources, all supporting parties are likely to join the new government, which will be sworn in within this week. All the non-NDA parties have Ready for embrace “If Nitish chooses to dump NDA, what choice do we have except embracing him? RJD is committed to fighting the BJP. If the CM joins this fight, we will have to take him along,” Shivanand Tiwary said called their MLAs to Patna where a formal approval for supporting a new government would be sought from them. Congress general secretary in-charge of Bihar Bhakt Charan Das has flown into the state capital to iron things out. A for mal announcement of breaking alliance with the BJP is likely to be made by the JD(U) after the meeting of its MPs and MLAs Both the hockey men’s team and the women’s cricket team lost to Australia in their respective gold medal matches, finsihing with silver. While the Indian women lost late on Sunday night by nine runs, in hockey, the men were hammered 0-7 by the Australians on Monday Jab-o-meter Take your shot Aug 7 34,75,330 doses Aug 8 26,69,118 doses Total doses 2,06,84,91,043 NATIONWIDE aug 7 aug 8 Fresh cases 18,738 16,167 Recoveries 18,558 15,549 Deaths 40 41 Clean sweep in badminton PV Sindhu and young gun Lakshya Sen lived up to expectations by grabbing gold medals as India swept the singles badminton competition at the Commonwealth Games for the first time. Later in the day, Satwiksairaj Ranki Reddy and Chirag Shetty won gold in men’s doubles event odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths aug 7 730 704 0 aug 8 652 734 1 BJP to form govt in Odisha in 2024: Shah E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Days after announcing that the BJP will fight the 2024 general elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday claimed that his party will form the next government in Odisha. Speaking at an event organised by the party for launching the book ‘Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery’ here, Shah said the BJP which won only two seats in the 1984 Lok Sabha election and subsequently emerged as the single largest party in the Lower House was tagged by its opponents as a ‘Hindi heartland’ party . Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP state president Samir Mohanty launching the book “Modi@20” in Bhubaneswar | Irfana The political landscape of the country has changed after Modi became Prime Minister winning majority seats. While the entire North-east is under express read 24 candidates score perfect 100 in JEE-Main New Delhi: Twenty-four candidates have got the perfect score in the engineering entrance exam JEE-Main, results of which were announced on Monday, according to the National Testing Agency. The top scorers include two girl studentsI | P7 Nitish set to bolt, lead new govt with RJD, Left? S h a h i d F a r i d i @ New Delhi entists wrote. Arindam Mal of the ISRO Ahmedabad and Sarbani Palit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata also faced difficulty in having their research paper Redshift Periodicity and its Significance for Recent Observation, which counters the Big Bang hypothesis – published in peer-reviewed journals like Astronomy and Astrophysics Journal, and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society . in Patna on Tuesday . Politics in Bihar took a critical turn on Sunday with JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh attacking his party’s ally BJP without naming it. Singh said attempts were made in the past to get JD(U) candidates defeated in Assembly elections. He said a ‘Chirag Model’ was used in Bihar by getting Ramvilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan to field candidates against the JD(U) to reduce the number of JD(U) MLAs in the state legislature. There were reports that Chirag was supported by the BJP in the last election. Singh did not elaborate, but hinted that former JD(U) president R C P Singh was at the centre of a conspiracy to split the party The JD(U) . issued a show-cause notice to R C P Singh following which he resigned from the party’s membership. Speaking to reporters at Patna, JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said, “Nitish Kumar is the undisputed leader of the JD(U). He commands respect in the rank and file. Whatever decision is taken by the party under his leadership will be accepted by everyone.” The RJD, too, has called a meeting of its lawmakers on Tuesday. RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary said both parties convening meetings of legislators was a clear indication that the situation was extraordinary. “We cannot ignore the fact that both parties, which together had sufficient numbers for a majority, have convened such meetings when an Assembly session is not round the corner,” TiP8 wary said. BJP rule, the saffron party is in government in 19 states including Karnataka and Maharashtra. “I am confident that the BJP under the leadership of Modi will win the 2024 election with two-thirds majority and no one can stop it. We are going to form the next government in Odisha also,” he asserted. Reminiscing Modi’s 30 years journey as an RSS pracharak and 20 years as Chief Minister and Prime Minister, Shah said his greatest contribution to Indian democracy is to have vanquished the three evils - dynast i c p o l i t i c s, p o l i t i c s o f appeasement and corruption. Citing the example of Uttar Pradesh where “Parivarwad” was deeply entrenched, the Union Home Minister said that the dynastic politics is withering away as people have rejected the business of family CONTINUED ON: P5 politics.
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