WEDNESDAY 1,600 INDIAN COS GOT $1 BN FDI FROM CHINA DURING 2016-2020 16 SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard Over the past four years, China pumped in $1,020.25 million to Indian firms across various sectors, according to govt data KASHMIR ‘NO ONE UNDER HOUSE ARREST’ Says Centre in Parliament, PDP leaders disagree A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l PAGES 12 BIG MONEY FOR AUTO, SERVICES SECTORS These companies were in 46 sectors. Out of them, the automobile industry, printing of books (including litho printing industry), electronics, services and electrical equipment received more than $100 million FDI each from China. 78% YEAR-ON-YEAR RISE IN INDIA’S EXPORTS TO CHINA IN JUNE, ACCORDING TO CRISIL `781 cr in MGNREGS wages yet to be paid directly to the bank/post office account of the beneficiary by WHILE the rural employment the Centre after receiving the scheme extended a lifeline to FTO from States. The aim is to millions of migrant workers clear pendency on daily basis,” who were forced to return to the government said in response their villages from cities during to a question on pendency of the Covid-19 lockdown, its im- wages under MGNREGS. plementation has been hamAccording to officials, the pered by unpaid wages to the Centre usually transfers funds tune of `780 crore. to state governments, who in According to data turn release the funds from the rural develto districts. The Ceno p m e n t m i n i s t r y, tre does not release `781.14 crore worth of funds directly to Wage payment is fund transfer orders districts. made on regular (FTOs) for payment of Experts say if the basis. Under DBT wages under the Magovernment wants to (direct benefit hatma Gandhi Nationget the economy on transfer), wage al Rural Employment track, it must clear payment is made Guarantee Scheme directly to the bank/ pending wages at the ( M G N R E G S ) a r e post office account earliest. pending in States and of the beneficiary by “The scheme is the the Centre after Union territories. country’s best bet in receiving the FTO The pendency reviving the economy . from States. comes at a time when It is important that Centre the scheme has seen the government hanrecord rise in demand dles the scheme propfor work owing to the lockdown. erly and does not let pendency The months of June and July of wages affect its implementasaw a huge spike in demand for tion,” an expert on rural develworks under the scheme follow- opment and a former professor ing the influx of returning mi- at IIM-A said. grant workers. In March, the Centre had reThe Centre said fund release leased `4,431 crore to clear pendis a continuous process. “Wage ing wages under MGNREGS.Ofpayment is made on regular ba- ficials had said that all dues, sis. Under DBT (direct benefit amounting to `11,499 crore, transfer), wage payment is made would be paid by April 10. In Parliament, Rajnath calls out Chinese aggression, troop build-up EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday told Parliament the government is committed to peacefully resolving the ongoing stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) but is prepared to face any challenge. “India is fully determined to defend its borders and it has, through high-level meetings with Chinese counterparts, proposed several measures that, if implemented, could deescalate tensions at the LAC,” he said in a statement in the Lok Sabha. Since the Speaker did not allow any discussion saying that was what the House had agreed upon, the Congress staged a walkout, saying “they blocked the discussion because they don’t have answers.” Singh explained how the sit- uation snowballed into the Galwan Valley violence on June 15 that led to the death of 20 Indian troops. “In early May, the Chinese side had taken action to hinder the normal, traditional patrolling pattern of our troops in the Galwan Valley area, which resulted in a faceoff. Even as this situation was being addressed by the ground commanders our bilateral agreements and protocol, in mid-May the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the western sector. This included Kongka La, Gogra and North Bank of Pangong Lake. These attempts were detected early and responded to appropriately by our armed forces,” he said. To resolve the increasing friction, both sides held a meeting on June 6 and decided to desist from taking any measure to aggravate the situation fur- Big fall in exports, imports India’s exports contracted for the 6th straight month in Aug EXPORTS AUGUST 2019 IMPORTS AUGUST 2019 $25.99 bn AUGUST 2020 $39.85 bn AUGUST 2020 $22.7 bn -12.66% Gems & jewellery (-43%) Petroleum (-40%) Leather (-17%) Engineering goods (-8%) $29.47 bn -26.04% Petroleum, coke and products (-42%) Machinery (-42%) Coal, coke (-38%) Chemicals (-18%) TRADE DEFICIT August 2019: $13.86 billion | August 2020: $6.77 billion CRUDE OIL IMPORTS Oil imports in Aug 2020 were $6.42 bn, compared with $11 bn in the same month last year. This was largely due to the dip in global Brent prices | P10 Source: Ministry of Commerce & Industry ther. “However, the agreements were disregarded by China by making heavy deployment of forces. Owing to their actions, there has been further friction.” In the Galwan violence, Indian soldiers “inflicted cost, including casualties on the Chinese side,” Singh added. The current situation, he said, is because of the difference of perception regarding the LAC. Both sides know their claim lines, which was why various CBMs were concluded. “The problem lies in the nature of the LAC which is not defined on the ground. This gives either side the freedom to change the status quo if they trash the CBMs. This is exactly what has happened in eastern Ladakh,” said B R Deepak, Sinologist and chairperson of the Centre for Chinese and South Asian Studies at JNU. P7 D E L H I C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Today Cumulative 3,081 1,91,203 36 4,806 -- 29,787 4,263 2,25,796 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Care centre Health centre Total beds Occupied Vacant 14,482 8,137 594 6,658 7,824 1,859 3,629* 431 163 HOME ISOLATION : 16,576 *2649 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 10,398 52,271 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 22,46,985 1,18,262 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Calls received in control room: 200 Containment zones as on date 1,560 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1,446 SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR SEPT 15 Jharkhand girl attacked after testing Covid positive, CM Soren orders probe M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi JHARKHAND Chief Minister Hemant Soren has ordered an inquiry into the alleged attack on a girl by her neighbours after she tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month. Priti Kumari took to social media on Tuesday to allege that despite requests made by her to the local authorities that she was being threatened by her neighbours, she was not provided security . In the 15-minute video, Priti explains how she is being troubled by the people in the locality for the infection. She also alleges that the family was attacked by a crowd after her house was barricaded in Ranchi. She has appealed to the people not to undergo the Covid test as their life “will also be made hell if they were found positive.” “Some of the people in my locality started harassing me and abusing my family after I tested positive. My house has been barricaded and the area declared a containment zone. They say we would spread the virus in the locality she says. ,” “We were told by the authorities that everything will be provided at our doorstep, but no one is here to take care of us. Vegetable vendors and others coming to us for home delivery are being threatened and dragged away by these people,” she says. On Tuesday, miscreants threw stones at her house in which her younger sister was injured. “They were shouting to kill us to stop Covid spread.” “After receiving the information, I sent a team there to calm them down. No FIR has been lodged,” said officer in-charge of Bariatu police station Sapan Mahtha. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has directed the district administration to look into the matter. “Please investigate the matter, provide immediate help to Priti and inform,” tweeted Soren. POWER PLAY Shivraj snubs Scindia loyalist’s anganwadi plan E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal MADHYA Pradesh’s Women and Child Development Minister Imarti Devi’s commitment to provide eggs to children at the Anganwadi centres has failed to find favour with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The CM said on Tuesday that from Sept 17, along with other nutritious food, milk will be distributed at all Angawadi centres in the state. Milk, and not eggs, will be served to combat malnourishment, he said. The CM’s statement was an apparent snub to the Jyotiraditya Scindia loyalist Imarti Devi, who while heading the same portfolio in the Kamal Imarti Devi was among 22 MLAs who crossed over to BJP with Jyotiraditya Scindia Nath government, had proposed it. Before it could be considered, the Congress government collapsed following resignation by 22 Scindia loyalist, including Imarti Devi. Imarti Devi had recently stuck to her proposal, saying she still wanted that eggs to children and pregnant women should be served to combat malnutrition. She said it would not be a compulsory fair, but would be available only for the willing. The others could be offered milk and banana. Last year after the Congress returned to power in the state after 15 years, Devi’s proposal had triggered a political controversy in the state, where a significant population is vegetarian. The BJP had raised a hue and cry over the matter with the then leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava (who is now PWD minister) saying that if the kids are served eggs since childhood, then they might turn into “cannibals”. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) data released in January 2016 pointed towards high prevalence of malnutrition in the state. As per the NFHS-4 data, around 43% of kids aged up to 5 years in MP are underweight, the growth of 42% kids was stunted (low height for age) and 25.8% had low weight to height ratio. 12178.28 WEST BENGAL UTTAR PRADESH PUNJAB MIZORAM JHARKHAND MADHYA PRADESH PUDUCHERRY 74.12 6386.81 4150.89 5923.87 2686.56 4673.55 2283.26 (Figures in ` lakh) HIMACHAL PRADESH Govt committed to peace, ready for any challenge WAITING FOR PAYMENT ANDHRA PRADESH An IAF transport aircraft brings supplies to a base in Ladakh on Tuesday | PTI 39757.05 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi DEMAND FOR BETTER PAY Civil society groups and activists are seeking effective implementation of the flagship rural employment programme for the benefit of lakhs of workers left jobless. Increasing number of mandatory mandis, enhancing minimum wages and formulating an employment-guarantee programme for urban areas are some of the suggestions floated at a recent event. FB stays away, Delhi House panel warns of privilege notice “A final warning has been issued to Facebook to ensure COMING down heavily on Fa- their representative’s appearcebook India, Delhi Assem- ance before the committee. bly’s Peace and Harmony Non-appearance is contempt Committee chairman Raghav of the Delhi Assembly and reChadha on Tuesday said the flects a disregard for the Aspanel will issue a “final warn- sembly’s privilege. 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In that the notice of inaction to curb appearance issued the event of hateful content in to Facebook is disubsequent default, the committee shall be the country . rectly related to constrained to invoke “Given that the the incidents of its power to initiate issues raised by violence that ocbreach of privilege the notice involve curred in Delhi in proceedings against a subject within Fe b r u a r y 2 0 2 0 , Facebook India unit the exclusive dowhereas the proRaghav Chadha, main of Union of ceedings in ParliaPeace and Harmony India, and that the ment are on the Committee chairman matters are under subject ‘safeguardactive consideraing citizens’ rights tion of Parliament, we re- and prevention of misuse of spectfully object to the notice social, online news media and request that you recall platforms, including special it,” Facebook said in its letter emphasis on women’s securito the Delhi Assembly . ty in the digital space’. Chadha said the panel reLast month, Facebook had ceived the response from said that its social media platVikram Langeh, Facebook In- form prohibits hate speech dia’s director, Trust and Safe- and content that incites vioty, a day before this hearing, lence, and these policies were questioning the panel’s pow- enforced globally without reers while refusing to appear. gard to political affiliation. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ANGRY NSA WALKS OUT OF SCO MEET AFTER PAK’S MAP AFFRONT Ajit Doval walks out of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet in protest against the Pak map that depicts J&K as a disputed territory and claims parts of Gujarat | P7
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