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Google fined USD 6.7 mn for violating law in Russia
Russia's anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday it has fined technology giant Google 438 million rubles ($6.7 million) for violating competition law.
 
The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) said Google had forced mobile device manufacturers to pre-install its applications on mobile devices using the Android system, Xinhua reported.
 
Google was also accused of placing its applications at priority positions on the home page of mobile devices to the detriment of alternative software. Google's software also prevented the installation of applications of other developers, the FAS was quoted as saying.
 
"The Competition Law must be observed by all the companies that supply their products to the Russian Federation, including multinational corporations," Yelena Zayeva, Head of the Communications and Information Technologies Department of the FAS, said in the statement.
 
The FAS said Google must pay the fine within 60 days after the order becomes effective. The Russian side is still discussing related issues with the company. 
 
The FAS ruled against Google last September over the company's abuse of its dominant market position, following a complaint filed by Yandex, one of the leading Internet technology firms in Russia.
 
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AIR regional bulletins from small stations to continue: Government
State-run broadcaster Prasar Bharati has decided against discontinuing All India Radio's (AIR) regional bulletins from Dibrugarh, Dharwad, Pune, Indore, Trichy and some other cities.
 
According to sources in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, correspondents or news reporters at Allahabad, Pauri, Jalandhar, Patiala, Coimbatore and Kochi will also continue to perform their duties from these locations.
 
The government has in an advisory said that regional news units at Indore, Pune, Dibrugarh, Bhuj, Dharwad, Trichy and Kozhikhode would continue with their normal services like bulletins and normal programmes as usual.
 
The advisory from the Prasar Bharati and AIR comes close on the heels of media reports that news services in some of these towns could be discontinued by the I&B Ministry.
 
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Goa IGP accused of taking Rs5.5 lakh bribe for registering FIR
The Goa government ordered a probe after a businessman on Thursday accused IGP Sunil Garg of demanding and accepting Rs 5.5 lakh in bribe for registering a First Information Report in a cheating case.
 
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar ordered the speedy probe, even as the Inspector General of Police Garg, while speaking to IANS, denied the allegation.
 
Munnalal Halwai, who runs a business establishment in the port town of Vasco, 35 km from the state capital, said he paid the bribe to Garg in two instalments in 2015, including once in the senior police official's cabin at the police headquarters in Panaji.
 
"Garg first demanded 10 per cent of Rs 1.15 crore, the amount I was cheated of, for registration of the FIR. After bargaining he agreed to have the FIR registered at the Ponda police station for around Rs 5 lakh," Halwai told reporters at a press conference in Panaji, where he also played out an audio clip, which purportedly contained the recording of a conversation between Garg and himself, at the police headquarters in September 2015.
 
Garg denied any wrong-doing. "I flatly deny the allegation," Garg said. The official did not deny meeting Halwai.
 
In a statement issued here, Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar demanded the immediate suspension of Garg.
 
"We are shocked to learn about Goa's IGP demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5 lakh to register an FIR. No wonder how the prostitution, drugs, matka and illegal activities are flourishing in the state. We strongly demand the immediate suspension of IGP Sunil Garg and would write to the chief minister about the same."
 
"Allegations are serious. I'll have to go into it. Whenever I come across such situations, it is the police which guides me. When the allegations are against police, I will have to consult some other officer," Parsekar told IANS.
 
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