HYDERABAD TUESDAY AUGUST 9, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 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 `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 50% 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 C H AU H 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. 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 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- 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 . Electricity (Amend) bill introduced in LS, sent to panel amid Oppn’s rage 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 licence 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.” S H A H I D F A R I D I @ New Delhi Monsoon session ends four days ahead of schedule R A K E S H K U M A R @New Delhi Artistes, left, perform at the launch of the I-Day celebrations at the HICC on Monday, and above, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao makes a point during his speech E X P R E SS 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 rollback 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. DIVISIVE FORCES AT WORK: KCR S BACHAN JEET SINGH @ Hyderabad IN an indirect attack on the BJP, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday alleged that certain forces were at work to divide the country and called upon the people of Telangana to work for India’s unity He also disapproved un. savoury remarks being made against Mahatma Gandhi and stressed the need to thwart such attempts. Inaugurating the two-week long Independence Day celebrations of the State government - Swanthantra Bharata Vajrotsava Dwi Saptaham - at the HICC, Rao said that country was witnessing unfortunate incidents where certain sections were denigrating Mahatma Gandhi. “We should be vigilant against the forces that are out to create unrest,” he said. SINGHU FINALLY GETS CWG GOLD 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 “Mahatma Gandhi was a great humanist whom we have named the Father of the Nation, but we are witnessing unfortunate events that show him in poor light. This is not good at all. No matter who are making such repeated attempts, we all should condemn them. I pray for Mahatma’s glory to spread all over the world. Goodness never diminishes,” the Chief MinisCONTINUED ON P4 ter said. SILVER IN HOCKEY & CRICKET 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 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 GOLDEN AGE FOR SHARATH 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 MONEY PLANT CR Officer ‘misappropriates’ `20 crore from GWMC `14.6KBY TS EARNED U M A H E S H @ Warangal WHISPERS are doing rounds of the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) corridors these days of a senior officer allegedly misappropriating `20 crore of the civic body funds before being repatriated to her parent department recently . According to GWMC sources, the officer behind the alleged misappropriation of funds was the Chief Horticulture Officer (CHO) and the fraud came to light only after she was repatriated following four years and 11 months on deputation. Soon after her repatriation, the GWMC authorities noticed that the funds allocated for improving greenery in the tri-cities were “used up”. An internal investigation threw up some surprises — a certain nursery maintenance account, watering plants in the months of August and September and more. “She took advantage of the fact that 10 per cent of the GWMC budget — `200 crore per year — was allocated to increase the green cover within the tri-cities limits. She made sure that she withdrew all the allocated funds against fake invoices,” a GWMC official said. According to the GWMC authorities, the civic body has only 17 nurseries and one for each of the 66 divisions. However, the CHO not only withdrew funds for maintaining 66 nurseries, as many as 150 workers were “paid” monthly remuneration rather promptly . GWMC Additional Commis- There is no way I could have misappropriated any funds. After completion of greenery work, the officers are duty-bound to inspect them and file reports. Only then are funds released. The charges against me are baseless — The officer in the eye of the storm Nitish set to bolt, lead new govt with RJD sioner Anis-ur-Rasheed said that the GWMC Commissioner has written to the Agricultural department principal secretary to take action against the repatriated officer. The Principal Secretary on his part asked the GWMC Commissioner to constitute a committee for a thorough inquiry, said Rasheed. However, the officer in the eye of the storm told Express: “How could I misappropriate any funds when I did not have the right to withdraw any funds allocated for the development of greenery in the limits of the tri-cities? ” REGISTRATION DEPT IN 1 YEAR PAGE 3 JAB-O-METER August 7 34,75,330 doses TAKE August 8 26,69,118 doses YOUR SHOT TOTAL: 2,06,84,91,043 NATIONWIDE AUG 7 AUG 8 TELANGANA AUG 7 AUG 8 Fresh cases 18,738 16,167 Fresh cases Recoveries 18,558 15,549 Recoveries Deaths 40 41 Deaths 396 705 0 Blood bank booked as 3-yr-old tests HIV+ after transfusions P R I YA R AT H N A M @ Hyderabad making it the 5th highest revenue earner in India, surpassing Gujarat, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh 528 771 0 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 called their MLAs to Patna where a formal approval for supporting a new g ove r n m e n t 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 formal announcement of breaking alliance with the BJP is likely to be made by the JD(U) after the meeting of its MPs and MLAs 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 RCP Singh was at the centre of a conspiracy to split the party The JD(U) issued a show. cause notice to RCP Singh following which he resigned from the party’s membership. NALLAKUNTA police station on Monday booked a case of negligence under Section 338 against the Red Cross Blood Bank, Adikmet after a three-year-old Thalassemia patient tested positive for HIV after undergoing a series of blood transfusions at the blood bank. In their complaint, parents of the patient told the Nallakunta police that after being diagnosed with the blood disorder soon after his birth, the doctors at the hospital suggest- ed to them to take him to the Red Cross blood bank located in Adikmet for the transfusion. He had been going there for the past two years and 10 months. After the recent transfusion on July 20, the attending doctor suggested a blood test, which showed that the three-year-old was HIV positive, the complaint said. On Sunday, the police wrote to the Medical Board asking for its opinion and also to the blood bank management asking it to give access to records of all the donors from the past 2.5 years.
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