FRIDAY FURNITURE GIANT IKEA TO OPEN GLOBAL CENTRE IN INDIA 18 Ingka Group, which handles Ikea’s retail operations, said on Thursday it will open a global operations centre in Bengaluru SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard QUOTA STALEMATE 2018 MVA GOVT HAS THREE OPTIONS Uddhav reasserts his commitment to Marathas PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI l l J8.00 WHEN INGKA GROUP OPENED FIRST IKEA STORE IN INDIA, IN HYDERABAD PAGES 12 l EYES COUNTRY’S LARGE TALENT POOL With the new giant hub, the Ingka Group said it aims to utilise India’s large talent pool. The Bengaluru centre comes as Ikea is seeking to improve digital footprint to meet the growing e-commerce demands. “We are excited to explore and connect with the excellent digital competence in India,” an Ingka official said | P10 First wicket falls in Modi ministry as Badal quits over ‘anti-farm’ bills ‘Farmers not taken on board’ Harsimrat said she was hurt that despite her persistent pleas, the government had not taken the farmers on board H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh THE first hint of a crack in the ruling NDA appeared on Thursday as Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who represents the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at the Centre, put in her papers opposing what she called were ‘antifarm’ legislations. Though she stepped out of the government, sources said the SAD will con- tinue to stay with the BJP-led NDA coalition. Her party is bitterly opposed to three bills the Centre introduced in the Lok Sabha to replace three ordinances on reforming the farm sector, which includes dismantling the decades-old mandi system. The ordinances had angered the agrarian sector in Punjab, which is the SAD’s core constituency forcing its hand. , LAC situation unlike past face-offs: Rajnath Singh Defence minister says Indian troops won’t ease patrolling intensity along China border; MEA urges China not to escalate matters Harsimrat and her husband and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal are the only two party MPs in the Lok Sabha. It was Sukhbir who broke the news of her resignation while participating in an LS debate on the farm sector bills. Sukhbir said Harsimrat had flagged her reservations when the matter was discussed at a Cabinet meeting. The decision to quit was taken at the SAD’s core YSRC MEMBERS RAISE ANDHRA HC’S ‘UNUSUAL’ GAG IN RS TDP SAYS IT’S A PLOY TO FRIGHTEN JUDGES THE tussle between the Andhra Pradesh government and the judiciary intensified Thursday with the ruling Yu, vajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party once again raising the high court’s gag order on media inside and outside Parliament. In the Rajya Sabha, YSRC Parliamentary Party leader V Vijayasai Reddy said AP has been suffering not only economically and financially but also judicially . Referring to the high court’s interim orders staying further probe in a case registered against Dammalapati Srinivas, the former advocate general, and restraining the media from reporting on the FIR concerned, Vijayasai Reddy termed it quite unusual and legally questionable. Vijayasai raised the issue during a discussion on Covid-19 situation. When reminded by the Chair to stick to the topic under discussion, he minced no words in saying that despite odds from the judiciary, the Andhra Pradesh government is doing its best to fight coronavirus. Amid interruptions from TDP MPs, he wondered how Opposition TDP took exception to YSRC’ remarks. “YSRC is misusing Parliament as a platform to blackmail courts and frighten judges,” TDP Rajya Sabha MP Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar said @ New Delhi on the ground and take concrete steps to ease up tension in the relevant areas. Rajya Sabha members expressed solidarity with the armed forces and said they all stand united behind them. “We stand by India’s sovereignty and with the Government and it must restore status quo ante and send the Chinese back to their pre-April positions,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu told Singh the government should create a mechanism whereby members of all political parties are regul a rly b r i e f e d ab o u t t h e situation. Many Rajya Sabha members said the government should be careful when dealing with Beijing keeping in mind their characteristic to “betray”. Meanwhile, the External Affairs Ministry issued a nuanced statement calling for steps to ease tensions in friction areas by refraining from actions that may escalate the situation “The Chinese side should sincerely work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had claimed the Chinese troops had been abiding by agreements and it was India which was taking aggressive steps to vitiate atmosphere. 7 P DELHI RIOTS Oppn leaders petition Prez for judicial probe used to carry out a fishing and roving inquiry against EXPRESSING concern over activists and young persons the Delhi Police’s investiga- who were involved with the tion, leaders from the opposi- protests.” tion parties on Thursday met “Over the past six months, President Ram Nath Kovind the supporters and particiand sought a judicial probe pants of these protests coninto the Delhi riots. tinue to be summoned by poCongress leader Ahmed lice, harassed and subjected to Patel, CPI (M) General Secre- long interrogations including tary Sitaram threats and coerYechury, CPI Gencion to extract false eral Secretary D statements and fabRaja, DMK leader ricate ‘evidence’ re& MP Kanimozhi, garding this conOver the past six RJD leader and MP s p i r a c y, ” t h e months, the supporters and Manoj Jha met the memorandum read. participants of President and Alleging that the these protests h a n d e d o ve r a ongoing probe by continue to be memorandum. the Delhi police summoned by Yechury has been does not inspire police, harassed and named co-conspiraconfidence, the subjected to long tor in the case by leaders said that interrogations the Delhi Police. there are serious Opposition Emphasising questions about memorandum that a credible and the impartiality of unbiased probe is the probe, especialcrucial to restore public ly given the recent order of trust in the law and order the Special Commissioner of machinery of the state, the Police (Crime) citing “degree leaders said: “The FIR re- of resentment among the garding this ‘conspiracy’ be- Hindu community” regarding investigated by the Spe- ing arrests of “some Hindu cial Cell, in which the youth” from riot-hit areas draconian Unlawful Activi- and directing that “due care ties (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and precaution” be taken has been invoked, is being while making arrests. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi D E L H I STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative 3,587 198103 38 4877 -- 31721 4,432 234701 Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Care centre Health centre Total beds Occupied Vacant 14652 8137 601 6893 7759 1915 3522* 443 158 HOME ISOLATION : 18,038 support price mechanism, too. The resignation is meant to undo the SAD’s self-inflicted damage, as in the past its leadership had supported the ordinances. In fact, party cadre were not allowed to enter many villages by the angry farm lobby, Farmer outfits in Punjab have already announced that MPs who do not vote against the bills and abstain will not be allowed to enter the state. P7 POWER TUSSLE @ New Delhi An army convoy carrying military material on its way to Ladakh amid border tension with China, at Manali-Leh highway on Thursday | PTI ter Narendra Modi. The mandi system the bills propose to abolish has political patronage. Farmer bodies and political parties in Punjab and Haryana are worried that the new system that will be put in place could end the minimum Harsimrat Kaur’s decision to quit Union Cabinet is another in the long chain of theatrics being enacted by @Akali_Dal_ which has still not quit ruling coalition. It’s motivated not by any concern for farmers but to save their dwindling political fortunes –Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE OFFERING a glimpse of the dynamic situation on the Line of Actual Control, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday the eyeball-toeyeball confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops is unlike any in the past. But Indian troops are well prepared for any eventuality and are conducting intense patrolling along the LAC, Singh said in the Rajya Sabha. Replying to former defence ministry A K Antony query on whether Indian soldiers are being stopped from patrolling in certain areas, Singh said: “I want to clarify that the face-off is because of it and patrolling is done on traditional pattern. No power in the world can stop our soldiers from patrolling there and there will be no change in patrolling pattern.” He asserted India will not accept any change in its traditional and well-defined patrolling pattern. The defence minister, however, expressed his inability to divulge more information in public because of the sensitivity of the matter. Singh’s statement comes in the wake of the Chinese foreign ministry’s comment that India needs to “correct mistakes”, realise disengagement committee meet on Saturday . “My decision symbolises my party’s vision, its glorious legacy and its commitment to go to any extent to safeguard the interests of the farmers,” Harsimrat said in a four-page letter of resignation to Prime Minis- C O V I D W A T C H TESTING STATUS 9,564 50,450 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 23,69,592 1,24,715 Total tests done so far the media gag could benefit the petitioner and alleged “judiciary is not impartial to the government of AP .” Later, the YSRC MPs staged a protest outside Parliament demanding CBI probe into t h e A m a r av a t i l a n d scam and the AP Fiber Grid scam. “Normally, governments seek gag orders o n m e d i a bu t i n Andhra Pradesh, the situation is different with the judiciary passing such orders. There seems to be an overlapping of functioning of constitutional bodies and the general impression is the judiciary has overreached the legislature and executive,’’ he said. YSRC Lok Sabha MP PV Midhun Reddy said, “It is unfortunate that courts are hindering investigation into scams. As law-makers, we have the right to raise it in Parliament.” Tests per million n Calls received in control room: 209 Containment zones as on date 1,670 n Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1535 n Total number of calls refused : NILL *2700 BEDS OF CCC ARE OCCUPIED BY PERSONS UNDER QUARANTINE INCLUDING TRAVELLERS WHO CAME BY VANDE BHARAT MISSION AND BUBBLE FLIGHTS SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR SEPT 17 RISK As per IMA, the case fatality rate for doctors is 17.06% while the overall CFR due to Covid-19 in the country is less than 1.7% now. Deaths of 382 doctors documented in the country, so far | P7 COVID FATALITY OF DOCTORS TEN TIMES MORE THAN PUBLIC Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel is a hit among high-end tourists in Udaipur | PTI Arun Shourie faces criminal case for Udaipur hotel deal for presenting a closure report. “The CBI is a reputed agency of A CBI court has ordered regis- the country; a closure report by tration of criminal cases it despite facts pointing toagainst Arun Shourie, the for- wards criminality is a cause for mer Union Disinvestment Min- c o n c e r n , ” j u d g e S h a r m a ister, Pradeep Baijal, former remarked. Disinvestment Secretary, and According to the CBI’s rethree others in a corruption port, the disinvestment of the case involving disinvestment government-run luxury hotel of the Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel “resulted in wrongful loss of in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district about `143.48 crore to the govin 2002. ernment”. The agency in its reThe court wants the hotel port had pinned the blame on sale to be reopened and has not- the valuation done by a private ed that the government-run ho- firm M/s Kanti Karamsey . tel was sold at a huge The CBI had regisloss to the exchequer tered a case on under Shourie’s source-based inforwatch. mation in August Special CBI judge 2014 on the basis of a PK Sharma also orpreliminary inquiry, dered that the hotel alleging that Pradeep be handed over to the Baijal had abused his state government. position. Earlier run by the On the CBI’s cloIndian Tourism Desure report filed in velopment Corpora‘Will challenge 2019, the Jodhpur tion, the Laxmi Vilas court said: “The uncourt order’ Palace Hotel was sold known officers and Shourie said he to the Bharat Hotels private persons inwould file a Ltd, which now runs dulged in this conthe Lalit Group of ho- revision petition in spiracy from 1999 to tels, in 2002. The Lax- the Rajasthan High 2002 to cause loss of Court against the mi Vilas was valued money to the governat over `252 crore, but order. Due process ment. The land was was sold for a mere was followed in the valued at `45 per deal, he added. `7.5 crore to the prisquare yard. Even a vate group. spoon in the hotel A former royal property the would be costlier than that.” , Laxmi Vilas is a five-star hotel Besides Arun Shourie and on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Pradeep Baijal, the three other lake, now called the Lalit Lax- accused in the case are Ashish mi Vilas palace. Guha, then MD of investment The judge’s orders came firm Lazard India Ltd, Kantilal while hearing a closure report Karamsey then head of valua, by the CBI in the case of al- tion firm Kanti Karamsey & leged loss of `244 crore to the Co, and Jyotsna Suri, chairpergovernment by the sale of the s o n a n d M D o f B h a r a t hotel. The CBI in its closure re- Hotels Ltd. port in late 2019 said that there The CBI court has also diwas “no evidence” in the rected the District Collector of 2002 case. Udaipur to take over the hotel The court criticized the CBI immediately . R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur Yogi govt mulls scheme to fund pilgrimage of labourers N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE Uttar Pradesh government is considering a scheme to fund religious trips of labourers employed in various enterprises in the state. The scheme is likely to benefit around 1.5 crore labourers working in over 20,000 factories, workshops and around 6.5 lakh commercial establishments in the state. Sources said UP CM Yogi along with Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar is likely to announce the scheme, named after Swami Vivekananda, on Nov 10. The day coincides with the birth anniversary Dattopant Thengadi, an RSS ideologue who founded the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, the trade union wing of the RSS. The Sources said the idea was drawn from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who has exhorted the Sangh cadre to support the migrant labourers during the Cov- id-19 pandemic. Bhagwat has visited various cities in the last fortnight. The state labour department confirmed the conceptualization of the scheme, saying it would give labourers a muchwanted break while ensuring no monetary loss to them. The sources in the state labour welfare board said the scheme was one part of the three-pronged strategy of the state government to support the labourers working in the state. They said other two schemes cater to funding of textbooks for meritorious poor students and encouraging them to pursue any sport of their choice. The scheme to fund the textbooks for poor students would be named after Mahadevi Verma, the doyen of Hindi literature. The scheme to encourage sportsmen would be named after late international cricketer Chetan Chauhan.
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