DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES EXPLAINED AASHISH ARYAN & PRANAV MUKUL SIMPLY PUT NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 THE TOP BANNED CHINESE APPS thatcountry’sintelligenceagencies, irrespective of where they operate. Additionally, the government is expected to ask companieswithoutapresencein Indiatoappointalocalgrievance officer. On Tuesday, reacting to the government's ban, Chinese Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said his country is “seriously KRISHN KAUSHIK ADDRESS TO NATION THECENTRE'Sdecisiontoban59 mobile applications with Chineselinks,includingthepopular social media platform TikTok,is“interiminnature”and thefirmsbehindtheseappshave been given 48 hours to provide clarifications on key issues, officials and executives told The Indian Express. The firms will mainly be asked to clarify their data-sharing norms under a Chinese law that requires companies of Chineseorigintosharedatawith GOVT & POLITICS PAGE 14 concerned with and firmly opposed to such action”. TikTok’s India chief, Nikhil Gandhi,saidthegovernmenthas “issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok,andweareintheprocess of complying with it”. “We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Poor hardest hit, PM extends LAC de-escalation talks stretch, free rations Army prepares for the long haul until November NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 Credit for this safety net goes to farmers who worked hard, honest taxpayers: PM DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & HARIKISHAN SHARMA BUSINESS AS USUAL NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 ACKNOWLEDGING THAT the Covid pandemic and the lockdownhavehitthepoorthehardest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)for80crorepeopletill the end of November. Theschemetodistributefree ration to the poor during the lockdown was to end Tuesday. By announcing the five-month extension in an address to the nation, thePrimeMinisterchose to lend weight to the government’seffortstoaddressapressingdomesticproblematatimeit is being targeted by the Opposition over the plight of the ‘If anti-China mood persists, broadcasters must rethink’ BY UNNY NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 BROADCASTERS WILL have to “figure out a different monetisation model” if the current antiChinasentiment persists in the country amid the tense border face-off and the government's Uday ban on 59 moShankar bile apps with Chineselinks,according to Uday Shankar, president, The Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific) andchairman,Star&DisneyIndia. Shankar said the Covid pandemicandtheChinaissuepresent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIA REACHES OUT, JAISHANKARDIALS COUNTERPART IN FRANCE PAGE 6 tween the two commanders who first met on June 6, started around 11 am at Chushul — the meetings on June 6 and June 22 were held at Moldo on the Chinese side of the border with Chushul. TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE 120 CASES: DAYS SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN RECOVERED: 3,34,821 DEATHS: 16,893 5,66,839 TESTS: 86,08,654 | DOUBLING RATE: 19.58** poor and the migrants. Modi also underlined the need for a One Nation, One Ration Card: “We have a dream for the whole country, and some states have really done CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SURGEIN 7-DAYAVG DOUBLING 24HOURS GROWTH* RATE** TOTAL CASES KEYSTATES TOWATCH 1,69,883 5,257 3.25% 22.15 ■ Delhi 85,161 2,084 4.48% 16.06 ■ Tamil Nadu 86,224 3,949 4.80% 14.99 ■ Haryana 14,210 381 3.69% 19.50 ■ Telangana WORLD 15,394 975 8.54% 8.43 ■ Maharashtra * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days EU OPENS BORDERS TO 14 COUNTRIES, BUT NOT INDIA, U.S. CHINA PASSES LAW WITH SWEEPING POWERS OVER HONG KONG EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TALKS BETWEEN XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military Region Commander Major General Liu Lin to discuss a roadmap for deescalationanddisengagementof troops along the Line of Actual Control continued well into the night Tuesday at the Chushul border point. The meeting, the third be- PAGE 15 ** Calculated over 7-day growth CASE FATALITY RATIO POSITIVITY RATE DAILY IN, DAILY OUT 7 DAYS EARLIER: 7 DAYS EARLIER: DETECTED TODAY NOW: NOW: RECOVERED TODAY: Positives against number tested (in %); indicator of the spread of disease Becoming sick vs recovering; more recoveries for 14 days may signal the peak 3.18 2.98 Deaths as a ratio of positive cases (in %); indicator of progress in averting deaths 6.17 6.58 18,522 13,099 BasedondailydatafromUnionMinistryofHealth,ICMRandstates.Oftendailynumbersincludedata frompreviousdays.Assuch,trendsbasedondailynumbersareindicative,notdefinitive Wounds, beating leading to dialysis: Cases pour in about TN police stations ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, JUNE 30 ACCOUNTS SUBMITTED to the Madras High Court regarding around a dozen victims of alleged torture at the Sathankulam Police Station at Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, which is under probe following the death of a father and son, show similarities in their wounds. Following the court’s THE EDITORIAL PAGE GUARDING THE GUARDIANS BY ABHISHEK SINGHVI PAGE 10 intervention, the officers at the station are now facing probe in another case of custodial death, involving a 28-year-old, which happened just days before P Jeyaraj and son J Bennix died. Meanwhile, the family of a 33-year-oldautorickshawdriver came forward to allege torture on him at Arumuganeri Police Station, about 40 km from Sathankulam, leaving him on dialysis. Havingsuspendedallthefive officers at the Sathankulam station earlier, the Tamil Nadu governmentonTuesdaytransferred Tuticorin SP Arun Balagopalan CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fan base gone, TikTok stars hit but ready for options: ‘App is banned, not talent’ PAGE 1 ANCHOR SURBHI GUPTA NEW DELHI, JUNE 30 THE ORDER banning 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, came as asurprisetoMujeebKhan,amusician with a following of almost two million people — from hometown Rudrapur in Uttarakhand, to metro cities Delhi and Mumbai. Hesupportsthegovernment, Nothing comes before nation: Mujeeb Khan; Adnaan Shaikh he says, as the move is linked to the standoff with China and “nothing comes before the nation”. So, on Monday night, soon afterthegovernmentannounce- ment,hewentliveonTikTokand urged his fans to start following him on Instagram instead. At 6 pm on Tuesday, TikTok went inactive in India. It can no longer be downloaded from Google and Apple stores either. Fond of creating cover versionsofhitsongs,Khan,24,joined theplatformin2018.Hedidn’tget muchresponseinitially,butthen avideohepostedwithhistoddler niecegotoveramillionviews.The chacha-bhatijiduoweresoonahit pair, putting up videos with the hashtag#chachukiamyra,where Khan lip-synced to songs as Amyra laughed along. Last summer, Khan was invited by TikTok to attend a creators’ lab in Mumbai. “I was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 While there was no official word on what transpired at the meeting, sources in the Army, pointing to a trust deficit given the build-up along the LAC and the loss of 20 Indian Army personnel in a violent showdown with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley on June 15, said: “Army is preparing for the long haul and the standoff is expected to continue well into the winter.” “Theprocesstodefinethedetails of disengagement,” sources said,wastakenupatthemeeting CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CITY VENTILATORS FROM CENTRE LACK KEY MODE:LOK NAYAK HOSPITAL PAGE 5 Huawei, ZTE are security threats, says US FCC DAVID SHEPARDSON WASHINGTON, JUNE 30 THE FEDERAL Communications CommissiononTuesdayformally designated China's Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corp as posing threats to US national security, a declaration that bars US firmsfromtappingan$8.3billion government fund to purchase equipment from the companies. TheUStelecommunicationsregulator voted in November 5-0 to issue the declaration and proposed requiring rural carriers to remove and replace equipment fromthetwoChinesecompanies from existing US networks. “We cannot and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit network vulnerabilities and compromise our critical communications infrastructure,”FCCChairmanAjitPai said in a statement Tuesday. Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to requests for comment but have previously E Nepal party leaders tell PM Oli to prove India charge or resign CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E X P L A I NE D China data-sharing law a key issue, apps get 48 hrs to clarify Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting to review preparations for vaccination against Covid-19, as and when a vaccine is available, in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Willcast ● shadowhere THE DECISION may cast a shadow over ZTE and Huawei participation in 5G trials and spectrum auction likely later this year in India. The DoT had targeted 5G spectrum auction in March-April but could not begin due to the pandemic. Barring them may have revenue implications, but national security is likely to be seen as more important. At the meeting in Kathmandu on Tuesday. ANI YUBARAJ GHIMIRE KATHMANDU, JUNE 30 TWO DAYS after Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli claimed thatIndiawastryingtotopplehis government with support from some politicians at home, party leaders, including three former prime ministers, Tuesday asked himtoprovehisallegationsorquit. Speaking at a closed-door standing committee meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda,MadhavKumarNepal and Jhalnath Khanal, as well as former deputy PM Bamdeb Gautam, demanded that Oli resign,havingfailedoneverycount. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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