kochi l tuesday l August 09, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION India to restrict entry-level Chinese smartphones: Report Chinese makers could be barred from selling phones cheaper than K12,000 in the Indian market, according to Bloomberg representative picture Move to help domestic brands Body blow to Xiaomi, others 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 ■ ■ 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 I12,000 contributed to a third of India’s sales volume for the quarter through June, with Chinese brands accounting for 80% of those shipments 50% Estimated share of Xiaomi and realme in the sub K12k 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 CH AUH A 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. 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 From this, all cosversity Centre for Asmic matter (as we tronomy and Astrophysknow it today) was ics, Prof Sisir Roy of formed at different National Institute of Adstages through time vanced Studies (NIAS) until now. and Prof Amitabha Twenty-four as- Jayant V Narlikar Ghosh of Indian Nationtronomers and physial Science Academy cists from 10 countries includ- (INSA) from India are among ing reputed astrophysicist the scientists protesting the Jayant V Narlikar of Inter-Uni- censorship of papers critical of Guv gets even with govt, refuses assent letting 11 ordinances lapse Golden age for Sharath Bag of Golds Govt conveys resolve to replace them with legislation after convening special session in Oct Ex p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @T’Puram Apparently annoyed at moves to curtail his role as the chancellor of universities, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has taken the state government to task for “ruling through ordinances”, and refused to give his assent for the re-promulgation of 11 ordinances that were set to lapse on Monday. Khan said he cannot endorse the ordinances without applying his mind on the matter and getting a proper explanation from the government. Caught off guard, the government attempted rapprochement conveying its resolve to replace all the ordinances with legislation after convening a special session of the assembly in October. Legal experts termed the situation as “unprecedented” as the governor neither gave his assent nor re- I cannot endorse the ordinances without applying my mind on the matter and getting a proper explanation from the state government Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor The government does not endorse ruling through ordinances. They are promulgated only in emergencies P Rajeeve, Law Minister turned the ordinances, pushing the government to a tight spot. “Re-promulgation of the ordinances is out of question as long as the governor puts his decision on hold, as no timeframe is stipulated for arriving at a decision,” said a former law secretary . Law Minister P Rajeeve evad- Water from Idukki, Mullaperiyar dams floods downstream Restricted in other states June 2022: West Bengal passed a Bill making the chief minister the chancellor of state universities, replacing the governor April 2022: Tamil Nadu passed two Bills that sought to transfer the power of the governor for appointing vice-chancellors December 2021: Maharashtra assembly passed a Bill to curtail the governor’s role in appointing vice-chancellors ed a direct reply when asked about a way forward from the current crisis. Instead, he cited the precedent of convening a special session of the assembly to replace the ordinances with legislation and hinted that the government may adopt the same course for the 11 ordinances. “The government does not endorse ruling through ordinances,” he said, and added that it is promulgated only in emergency situations. Talking to reporters in Delhi earlier in the day Khan decried , the government’s practice of re-promulgating ordinances without getting them ratified by the state legislature. “Ruling through ordinance is not something that is desirable in a democracy. I will apply my mind and decide whether I will sign or not,” he said. He wondered why the state legislature is elected if the government wants to rule through ordinance. The ordinances that expired on Monday included one that intends to remove a potent provision from the Lok Ayukta Act to oust a corrupt public official and deter the offender from holding the post ● More on P4 again. E X PRE S S REA D Nitish set to lead new govt with RJD, Left? New Delhi: Bihar is all set to have a Maharashtra-style coalition government comprising all nonNDA parties, as CM Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) indicated it may snap ties with BJP. Sources said Nitish has spoken to interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, leaders of Left parties, besides RJD leaders Lalu Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav | P7 Int’l film fest to be held from December 9 to 16 T’Puram: The 27th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from December 9 to 16, Cultural Affairs Minister V N Vasavan has said. The festival is being held in December, as per the international festival calendar, after two years. The previous two editions were held in February and March due to Covid | P2 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express It was a day of domination from the paddlers and shuttlers as India collected a handful of gold, finishing fourth in the medals tally Ex p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @Idukki/Kochi Low-lying areas in Vandiperiyar, Vallakadavu and Chappathu in Idukki were flooded after Tamil Nadu increased the discharge of water from Mullaperiyar dam to 7,354 cusecs from 5pm on Monday Several families liv. ing near the banks of the Cheruthoni river downstream were evacuated as water entered their homes. Following the rise in discharge from Mullaperiyar dam, the KSEB raised the spill from Idukki dam to 300 cumecs (roughly 10,594 cusecs). Authorities are planning to increase it to 500 cumecs from Tuesday as the dam is receiving an inflow of 7.37 million cubic metres (MCM) per three hours. Meanwhile, the continuous downpour in the high ranges of Idukki and Wayanad prompted KSEB and the irrigation department to start releasing water from more dams. Four shutters of Kak- Water release Mullaperiyar: 7,354 cusecs Idukki: 300 cumecs (to be raised to 500 cumecs today) Idamalayar to release 100 cumecs today Kakki: 72 cumecs Pampa: 50 cumecs ki dam and two of Pampa dam in Pathanamthitta and two spillway shutters of Banasurasagar dam in Wayanad were raised on Monday . The discharge of water from the dams was around 72, 50 and 17 cumecs, respectively . With water level in Idamalayar dam in Ernakulam reaching 83.57% of storage capacity, KSEB has decided to raise its spillway shutters around 10am on Tuesday. Around 50 to 100 cumecs of water from the dam will flow to Bhoothathankettu dam where all 15 shutters are ● More on P4 open. 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 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 Clean sweep in badminton P V 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 R a k e s h K u m ar @New Delhi The controversial Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which is expected to escalate Centrestate 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 crosssubsidy, 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 di- Fraudsters fake CM’s account, try to dupe cop tions 66C (dishonestly use an electronic signature, password or unique After demanding money imper- ID identification features) and 66D sonating bureaucrats by creating (cheating using any communication their fake WhatsApp accounts, cyber device or computer resource). fraudsters have now targeted the The cyber police last month regischief minister of Kerala. The Kochi tered a case regarding a fake Whatcyber police have registered sApp account created using a case against an unidentithe picture of IPS officer fied person who created a Sanjeeb Patjoshi. Last fake WhatsApp account usmonth, Kozhikode district We have ing the profile picture of CM collector Narasimhugari T registered an FIR Pinarayi Vijayan and sent and attempts are L Reddy was also targeted messages to an IPS officer by fraudsters who created being made to requesting money . trace the number. his fake WhatsApp account. The case was registered It seems a group In March, a teacher in Kolbased in North on the complaint of J Jaylam was duped of `14 lakh anath, who heads the coastal India is behind the after she received a message incident security department headfrom a fake WhatsApp acquartered in Kochi. “The ofcount of state police chief — A source ficer said he received a Anil Kant. WhatsApp message from 8099506915 Jiyas Jamal, cyber law expert and having the profile picture of Pinarayi founder of NGO Cyber Suraksha Vijayan on August 3. The person de- Foundation, said his team had alertmanded money We suspect more top ed Health Minister Veena George . police officials received messages whose fake WhatsApp account was from fake WhatsApp accounts,” a created and messages were sent to source said. several people. The case was registered un“In most cases, fraudsters der IPC Sections 419 (cheating use fake profiles of ministers by personation), 468 (forgery and bureaucrats. This is hapfor cheating), and 471 (used pening as their phone numbers forged document or are available on the websites of electronic record as government organisations,” genuine), IT Act Seche said. T o b y A n t o n y @Kochi Silver in hockey & cricket Electricity (Amend) bill introduced in LS, sent to panel amid Oppn’s rage top Target A man captures the night view of water being released from Cheruthoni dam after all five shutters were raised | Shiyami the Big Bang hypothesis, by the open pre-print website arXiv. “As scientists engaged in the study of the cosmos and the relation of phenomena in space to those on Earth, we strongly protest arXiv’s censorship of controversial papers on cosmology and specifically on the Big Bang hypothesis,” the scientists wrote. continued on: P5 Monsoon session ends 4 days early New Delhi: Monsoon session of Parliament ended four days ahead of schedule on Monday as both Houses were adjourned sine die. The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs said the session was supposed to end on August 12 but was curtailed due to completion of essential government business and in view of two public holidays — Muharram on August 9 and Raksha Bandhan on August 11. rectly to consumers. The bill allows multiple distribution licences within the same area of supply No applicant who fulfils . all the conditions 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 .” But experts feel otherwise. According to the All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF), it would intrude into the powers and functions of the states, abolish subsidies and cross-subsidies and harm farmers and consumers alike. “It seeks to Centralise almost all functions of DISCOMS and SERCs, thereby changing the character of the electricity supply industry and existing legislation as well as the federal structure,” said Shailendra Dubey chairman of AIPEF. ,
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