Google takes down Paytm from Play Store for violating policies

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September 18, 2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 18: Google pulled down payment app PayTM from its app store on Friday for allegedly violating the company's gambling policy.

Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy at Google said on a blogpost on Friday said that Google doesn't allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. She added that this policy includes apps that lead consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes.

The blogpost doesn't mention Paytm specifically or Paytm games. Google spokesperson confirmed to ET has Paytm was one of the many apps taken down for the violating the gambling policy.

Google said it has these policies to protect users from potential harm, and when an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance.

"And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently," she said.

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October 19,2020
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Bengaluru, Oct 19: Reversing the trend, 8,344 recoveries on a single day outnumbered 7,012 new Covid cases in Karnataka on Saturday.

"With 8,344 discharged from various hospitals in the last 24 hours, the state's recoveries rose to 6,45,825, while Covid tally increased to 7,65,586, including 1,098,264 positive cases with 7,012 fresh cases on Saturday," said the state health bulletin on Sunday night.

The state's death toll also rose to 10,428 with 51 in the last 24 hours,

Bengaluru registered 3,535 new cases, taking its Covid tally to 3,07,540, including 64,435 active cases, while 2,39,579 recovered so far, with 3,845 discharged on Saturday.

The city' reported 25 deaths the last 24 hours, taking the its toll to 3,525 so far.

Of the 945 intensive care units (ICU) in various hospitals across the state, 365 are in Bengaluru, Dharwad and Ballari 67, Hassan 44 and Chamarajanagar 43, Kolar 29, Kalaburagi 28 and Shivamogga 27.

Of the 1,05,067 tests conducted in a day through rapid antigen detection was 21,876 and through RT-PCR 83,191.

"The state's positivity rate declined to 6.67 per cent and case fertility rate to 0.72 per cent.

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October 23,2020
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Bengaluru, Oct 23: The recovery count outnumbered fresh Covid cases in Karnataka for the 8th consecutive day. On Thursday, 13,550 patients were discharged, post-recovery, which is far higher than the 5,778 new cases that were reported.

This has taken the recovered count to 6,84,834. As on October 22, the state has 92,927 active carriers of the virus. A total of 74 new Covid deaths took the toll to 10,770.

Thursday’s case count has swelled the tally to 7,88,551 in the state.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate for the day remained at 5.38% while the case fatality rate for Thursday was 1.28%. Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar tweeted, “We conducted 1,07,354 tests across 155 labs in the state today out of which 86,501, (which accounts to more than 80%) are RT-PCR tests.” Bengaluru Urban accounted for 2,807 fresh cases, followed Mysuru 308, Bengaluru Rural 280, Chikakbalapur 237, and Ballari 218.

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October 25,2020

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New Delhi, Oct 25: Industry body PHDCCI expects India’s GDP to contract by 7.9 per cent in the current financial year and grow by 7.7 per cent in 2021-22, assessing that the worst is over and the economy is on the verge of a slow recovery.

The chamber, however, stated that unemployment remains a key challenge to be addressed by the government.

The PHDCCI drew the conclusions based on its analysis of 25 high-frequency economic indicators which point out that there has been a pickup in business normalisation.

However, the unemployment rate still remains a worry as it worsened to 8.3 per cent in August from 7.4 per cent in July, it said in a report.

"Going ahead, India should focus on moving away from imports from China, divert trade towards friendly economies, build domestic capacities and significantly scale-up indigenous production with a thrust to become self-reliant," PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) said.

It said also that efforts should be made to diversify the portfolio of export products in terms of more countries and also in terms of more products, where India has a core competence.

PHDCCI President Sanjay Aggarwal said on the back of various reforms undertaken by the government during the last six months, economic recovery has become visible in the high-frequency indicators.

“At this juncture, on the basis of PHDCCI Economic and Business Momentum (EBM) Index, we estimate that the GDP growth will be at around (-) 7.9 per cent for the current financial year 2020-21 and 7.7 per cent for the next financial year 2021-22,” Aggarwal told PTI.

The chamber suggests that the government should prioritise demand creation measures to attain a positive growth trajectory in the third and fourth quarters of the current financial year ending March 2021.

“Demand creation will have a significant effect on the enhanced production sentiments of producers, increased investments and employment creation. Investments in the infrastructure will refuel the growth trajectory with increased demand for commodities such as steel, cement and power which in turn will rejuvenate private investments and create new employment opportunities in the country,” said Aggarwal.

The chamber observed that while several sectors of the economy will continue to have the after-effects of the pandemic, recent economic data shows that the worst is over and India is on the verge of a slow recovery.

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