TUESDAY ByteDance, the Chinese owner of the popular TikTok app, has chosen Oracle as its ‘trusted tech partner’ in the US 15 SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard ORACLE BEATS MICROSOFT IN BID FOR TIKTOK’S U.S. OPS twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard DID NEW CHINESE LAW SCUTTLE MS’S BID? LIVELIHOOD WORKERS PREFER VILLAGES Sept 20 Study finds living costs are high for seasonal migrants A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 LIFELINE FOR SMALL BIZ CENTRE ORDERS 500 BIG FIRMS TO CLEAR MSME DUES tor delayed payments to the MSME sector, shows that AFTER cracking the whip on 54,241 cases involving dues of Central and State public-sec- `15,846 crore have been filed tor enterprises, the Ministry by MSMEs in facilitation / of Micro, Small and Medium arbitration councils so far. Enterprises on Monday diOut of this, 3,910 cases rected large private firms to with dues of `715.4 crore clear their dues to small busi- have been settled while 21,462 nesses on priority . are scheduled to be heard afCiting legal provisions un- ter 15 days. Also, 9,314 applider MSME Development Act, cations have been rejected the Nitin Gadkari-led minis- while 4,764 have been settled try shot off letters with the buyer. to the heads of 500 Central public big companies seeksector firms owe a ing immediate rewhopping `2,650.63 lease of funds to the crore to MSMEs cash-starved venwhile state PSUs dors as the 75-day collectively owe lockdown tipped `1,608.92 crore. them over the edge. “Around `10,000 Many MSMEs are crore has been paid struggling to keep by C P S E s, ” t h e What the business afloat MSME ministry law says amid no demand said, while urging According to and consumers constates to clear paythe MSME serving cash in an ments pronto. Development uncertain world. The ministry now “Many MSMEs Act, 2006, dues plans to take up the are doing business to MSMEs must matter with other with big corporate be cleared within big firms through 45 days of the groups. However, social media. It reacceptance of the payments are minded corporates the goods / not coming from that they are manbuyers and users of service rendered dated to file halftheir goods and seryearly returns with vices. These payments are the corporate affairs minisvery important for MSME try on their MSME dues. operations, sustenance of The ministry also asked jobs and other economic ac- entities having more than tivities at the grassroots lev- `500 crore turnover to come el. This will ultimately bene- on board the Trade Receivafit the entire economy,” the bles Discounting System MSME ministry said. (TReDS) to improve cash flow While the exact quantum to MSMEs. TReDS is an onof money owed to MSMEs is line platform that facilitates not readily available, the gov- financing of trade receivaernment-run MSME Samad- bles of MSMEs through mulhaan website, meant to moni- tiple financiers. S E S A S E N @ New Delhi l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l PAGES 12 DEADLINE TO SELL TIKTOK’S U.S. OPERATIONS TO AN AMERCIAN FIRM Analysts say a new Chinese law that bars TikTok from transferring its technology to a foreign buyer without Beijing’s sanction, may have helped scuttle Microsoft’s bid. ByteDance had said it won’t sell TikTok’s algorithm. However, Microsoft was keen on having a full control to “prevent China from using the app to snoop on Americans” P9 Oppn raises slew of issues during Zero Hour LAC tension, NEET and GST compensation flagged; govt pushes its legislative business EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE first day of the Lok Sabha’s monsoon session saw the Opposition using Zero Hour to raise a host of issues, including students’ suicide amid the NEET exams, LAC tension and nonpayment of GST compensation to states. On the treasury side, the government introduced a number of legislations and got approval for a couple of them. Speaker Om Birla rejected adjournment motions moved by Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and party MP K Suresh, who sought urgent discussions on the Chinese incursions in east Ladakh. While Chowdhury attempted to raise it, Birla said he could speak when the House takes up discussions on the matter. In his brief remarks, Chowdhury saw in the incursions China’s conspiracy to occupy 1,100 km of Indian land from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh. He sought a clear reply from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule drew attention of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the wobbling econ- omy and unemployment situation. “The biggest challenge right now in the country is the state of the economy and unemployment,” she said. Leader of the DMK in the House T R Baalu raised the issue of 12 students from rural backgrounds who had allegedly committed suicide due to the NEET exams for admission to undergraduate medical courses. “Within a month of the school exams, they had to appear for NEET. They were all bright students,” said Baalu. The Lok Sabha passed two bills — The National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2020 and The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2020 — after brief discus- MSP mechanism to stay, says govt Amid Opposition protest over introduction of agrarian legislations, the Centre on Monday said the Minimum Support Price mechanism will stay irrespective of recommen-dations of experts. The government introduced three legislations pertaining to the farm sector POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE? PM Narendra Modi and other MPs pay tribute to veterans, including former President Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away recently in Parliament on Monday | PTI sions. The Opposition charged that the government was rushing with legislations without addressing concerns of stakeholders. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan rebutted it, saying the recommendations of parliamentary standing committee on the legislations have been incorporated. The BJP and the Trinamool Congress members renewed their rivalries after veteran member Saugata Roy commented on the finance minister and Union minister Prahlad Joshi demanded an apology. The remark was later expunged. The bills introduced in the Lok Sabha include a proposal to bring cooperative banks under the supervision of the RBI, with Sitharaman giving details of the extent of the NPAs. P7 The integrity of the RT-PCR tests was put under the microscope as Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) convenor and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal tested positive in Delhi but negative in Jaipur. “I got myself tested for COVID-19 on the Lok Sabha premises. It was positive. Afterwards, I got the corona test done in Jaipur’s SMS hospital, which showed the result as negative. Which is accurate?” he wondered on Twitter 29 MPs test +ve on Day 1 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CLOSE to 30 MPs and about 50 employees of the parliamentary secretariat tested Covid-19 positive on the opening day of Parliament on Monday . While 17 Lok Sabha MPs were found infected — 12 from BJP, two YRS Congress, and one each from the Shiv Sena, DMK and RLP — 12 Rajya Sabha, members tested positive — two each from BJP and Congress and one each from AIADMK, TRS, AAP and Trinamool Congress. All Covid protocols like social distancing, usage of masks and sanitisers were observed DEFIANT on Day 1 of Parliament. While close to 200 members were in attendance in the Lok Sabha chamber, over 30 were seated in the visitors’ gallery above the main chamber. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi took to twitter saying, “After the routine Parliament test for COVID & genome test it’s confirmed that I have tested positive for the virus.” Another MP Jamyang Tsering Namagyal wrote, “My health is fine but I’m being advised to quarantine.” Others infected include Suresh Angadi, Anant Kumar Hegde, Deepender Singh Hooda, A Navneethakrishnan, Sushil Gupta and V Lakshmikantha Rao. COVID-19 Deputy CM Sisodia, four other MLAs test positive ‘FINE DOESN’T MEAN HAVE ACCEPTED SC JUDGEMENT’ Prashant Bhushan files a review petition asking the Supreme Court to reconsider his conviction for contempt over two tweets posted in June | P7 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi No data on migrant worker deaths during Covid lockdown, says Centre 32 LAKH MIGRANTS RETURNED TO UP According to the government data, over 32 lakh migrant workers returned to their hometowns in Uttar Pradesh amid the lockdown. Bihar drew about 15 lakh people, while Kerala saw nearly 3.1 lakh migrants return. About 72,000 workers returned to Tamil Nadu and 37,050 to Telangana D E L H I Today Cumulative 3374 1,88,122 26 4,770 -- 28,641 3229 2,21,533 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Care centre Health centre THE Centre on Monday told Parliament that it does not have any data on the number of migrant workers who died during the 68-day lockdown, but said about 1.04 crore workers travelled back to their hometowns during the period. In a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the government also said no compensation has so far been paid to the relatives of the migrant workers who lost their lives during the lockdown. Though the Centre says it does not have data on deaths of migrant workers, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) had revealed in May that at least 80 migrants died on Shramik special trains alone. Many non-governmental organisations have also put together data on migrant worker deaths during lockdown. The SaveLife Foundation, an NGO working for road safe- C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi Total beds Occupied Vacant 14,409 6,592 7,817 8,580 1,807 4,329* 601 445 156 HOME ISOLATION : 16,568 *2444 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights W A T C H TESTING STATUS 9,859 35,025 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 21,84,316 1,14,964 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Calls received in control room: 204 Containment zones as on date 1,517 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1,279 SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR SEPT 14 ty on May 31 said, 198 migrant , workers have died in road accidents. “It is shocking that the government says it does not have the data on migrant deaths. It was all over the papers. We have seen reports by independent organisations. Everyone knows there was a crisis,” said a former IIM-A professor, who wished not to be named. A senior official of SHRAM, an NGO, said, “I hope the government will look into this issue better.” Responding to a question on the status of migrant workers in Tamil Nadu, the Centre said, “India, as a nation, has responded through the Central and state governments, SHGs, RWAs, medical health professionals, sanitation workers as well as several genuine and bonafide NGOs in the nation’s fight against the unprecedented humanitarian crisis due to Covid-19 and the country-wide lockdown.” BJP supporters hold placards in support of slum dwellers at Civil Lines in New Delhi on Monday | PARVEEN NEGI Breather for jhuggi residents until govts decide on eviction EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IN a relief to nearly 2.4 lakh slum dwellers, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Monday that no demolition will take place till a decision is taken by the Railways, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Delhi government. Both the Centre and the Delhi government are in the process of making the decision with regard to the clearing of 48,000 slums situated adjacent to railway tracks in Delhi, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde. The top court listed the matter after four weeks. On August 31, the apex court had directed the Railways to remove the 48,000 slums situated in the railway’s safety zone within three months. It had directed that no court in Delhi would stay the demolition process. Subsequently, several applications were filed, including one by senior Congress leader Ajay Maken, urging the top court not to evict the slum dwellers till alternate No status quo: HC Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi submitted that the court should order a status quo. The bench replied that it will not, as the Centre has stated that there will be status quo till a decision is taken. housing is provided to them. Mehta infor med the top court that under August 31 order, no demolition has started and no coercive action will take place till a decision is taken jointly by the Centre and the Delhi government. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Maken, urged the bench that status quo be maintained. “We are not ordering any status quo. The Solicitor General has already said that no action will be taken till a decision is taken and we have recorded it,” the bench said. Singhvi said some demolition took place on September 11 and 14 in the national capital. However, Solicitor General clarified it was not done under this order. DE-CRIMINALISED ‘Same-sex marriages not part of Indian culture’ K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi SAME-sex marriages are neither part of Indian culture nor a part of the law, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Delhi High Court on Monday while opposing a PIL demanding marriage rights for the gay community under the Hindu Marriage Act. The court was hearing a PIL filed by four members of the LGBTQ community — Abhijit Iyer Mitra, Gopi Shankar M, Giti Thadani and G Oorvasi — contending that even after the Supreme Court decriminalised consensual homosexual acts, marriages between same-sex couples is still not possible. The submission by Mehta was made during a hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan. Mehta challenged the petitioners’ contention that the Hindu Marriage Act does not distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual marriage since it doesn’t describe marriage as PERSONAL OPINION? Solicitor General Tushar Mehta clarified in his submission that he hasn’t received any instructions but was merely pointing out legal provisions to show that the law does not permit same-sex marriages. He said he will file a detailed note on the same a union between man and woman, but only two Hindus. He said the relief sought cannot be granted unless several laws of the land are altered. Justice Jalan said changes have taken place across the world and when two men marry in a foreign country, neither is considered a wife. The court has asked the petitioners to file affidavits from aggrieved members of the community and slated the hearing for October 21. DELHI Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. Sisodia took to Twitter to announce that he has been diagnosed with the virus. The Deputy CM had decided not to attend Monday’s special Assembly session after feeling unwell on Sunday night with mild fever and took the Covid test on Monday. “After having a mild fever, the corona test was conducted today, whose report has come positive. I have gone into self-isolation. As of now, I have no fever or any other issue. I am fine. By your blessings, I will recover fully and r e t u r n t o wo rk s o o n , ” he tweeted. Meanwhile, nine people, including four MLAs and a journalist, were found p o s i t ive fo r Covid-19 as the Delhi Assembly sat for a special oneday session on Monday, officials said. A total of 180 people underwent Covid-19 test at the coronavirus testing facility set up in the assembly premises on Monday . According to Delhi Assembly secretariat officials, the legislators who have tested positive are BJP MLA Ajay Mahawar and AAP MLAs Rajesh Gupta, Rituraj Jha and Surendra Kumar. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal tweeted wishing speedy recovery to Sisodia. “Praying for speedy recovery & good health of Hon’ble Dy CM @msisodia.” Sisodia, the Patparganj legislator of AAP , is Delhi’s second minister to test Covid-19 positive. In June, Health Minister Satyendar Jain had tested positive and recovered after a short stay in hospital.
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