NEW DELHI 20 SEPTEMBER 2020 SUNDAY `9 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard www.thesundaystandard.com/www.morningstandard.in Owning the Illustration Space ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com, and Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express, will answer them. Kangana Ranaut PLUS: 12 PAGES MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE VOICES India’s Most Powerful Star Prabhu Chawla TJS George Shankkar Aiyar Pushpesh Pant LABOUR BILLS Sacking staff may be easier for firms make radical changes in labour laws without holding THE Centre on Saturday in- c o n s u l t a t i o n s with troduced three legislative pro- stakeholders. posals of the labour ministry Cong ress MP Manish in the Lok Sabha, allowing Tewari said the mandatory companies with up to 300 pre-legislative consultation workers to adopt the contro- hasn’t been held for the three versial hire-and-fire policy. bills. He also stressed that Earlier, only companies with there are definition nightless than 100 employees were mares in the bills. a l l owe d t o d o re t re n ch RSP MP N K Premchandran workers without said the bills are Rules may government extensive, and the get tougher permission. copies of the bills for dissent T he proposed should have been changes are aimed provided to the The Bills seek at giving flexibility MPs two days in to provide for to state gover n- prohibition of strikes advance. ments to frame in- and lock-outs, as no Cong ress MP dustry-friendly laShashi Tharoor person employed in bour laws. said the bills fail to the industrial The three legis- establishment shall address the interlative proposals go on strike in breach ests of the interare the Occupa- of contract, besides state workers. t i o n a l S a f e t y, However, Gangno employer shall Health and Workwar said the govlock-out any of ing Conditions er nment has achis workers Code, 2020; the commodated 74% Code of Social Security 2020; of the recommendations of , and, the Industrial Relations the Parliamentary standing Code. committee, adding that 29 laThe Code on Wages Bill was bour laws have been simplipassed last year. Labour Min- fied into four labour codes. ister Santosh Gangwar withWith discretionary powers drew similar bills which were to states, experts say the prointroduced last year, which visions could be further diwere referred to the Parlia- luted to attract investments as mentary standing committee. had been done by Uttar The Opposition slammed the Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh gover nment for trying to during the lockdown. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 132 UAPA cases decided by courts Convictions Conviction rate (%) 76 THE monsoon session of Parliament is likely to be curtailed amid growing concerns of COVID-19 affecting members of both the Houses. The MPs from the Opposition ranks are learnt to have conveyed to the presiding officers of the two Houses to wrap up the ongoing sessions since a number of the members as well as a large number of the staff of the two secretariats have tested Covid positive. Sources said that the some of the MPs have suggested that the ongoing session be concluded by middle of the next week. Parliament, which began on September 14, was to function until October 1. The government may consider the option of an early conclusion of the Monsoon session, after the MPs were alarmed on learning Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe of the BJP testing C OV I D - 1 9 positive on Thursday . The Centre has the option to come out with fresh ordinances if all the legislative proposals don’t get Parliamentary nod, sources said. THE Rajya Sabha is set to witness noisy scenes on Sunday as three contentious farm Bills will come up for discussion and voting. While the Centre is reaching out to regional parties to muster support, the Opposition wants the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and the Farm Services Bill and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill — to be referred to a select committee. Though the Centre hopes the legislative proposals will sail through, it is going to be a numbers game as some regional parties have not indicated which way they will vote. Plus, around two dozen Rajya Sabha members are absent on health grounds, which will bring down the strength of the House. The BJP has issued a whip to its MPs to be present on Sunday. In the House of 245 with two vacancies, the NDA has 111 while the Opposition has around 100. The BJD, the YSR Congress, and the AIADMK are likely to extend support to the Centre but NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal has announced it is not on the same page. Considering the far-reaching impact of the proposed laws on the farming community, the Opposition wants the Bills to be discussed threadbare and states’ inputs also be taken into account, as agriculture is a state subject. Congress leader K C Venugopal has submitted a notice to the Rajya Sabha secretariat to refer the Bill to the select committee. A few other MPs have also given similar notices. The Congress has appealed to other opposition parties to vote against the Bill. It has also called a meeting of its all general secretaries, state in-charges and the six-member advisory committee to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to discuss the course of action. Other opposition parties are also shaping strategy to oppose the Bills. Claiming the Bills undermine the food security system, Congress leader P Chidambaram urged Opposition parties to collectively oppose them so that they do not become law in their present form. filed. There was a marginal dip in 2018 with 107 cases. In the five-year period, cases filed under UAPA saw a consistent increase in Jammu and Kashmir. From 45 cases in 2014, J&K had 245 cases in 2018. In contrast, there was a constant dip in cases filed under this law in Manipur. Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal CONVICTION STATS 18 23 24 39 35 2014 2015 2016 69 2017 2018 33 33 123 84 2015 2015 2016 2018 2017 27.3 14.5 33.3 49.3 27.2 2018 2017 11 2014 34 34 9 YEAR PERSONS CONVICTED 2014 11 2016 The Global Harmony Rulebook E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 50% UAPA CASES FELL FLAT IN 2014-18 MORE than 50 per cent of the total cases tried under the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), which was invoked recently to ar rest the activist Umar Khalid in Delhi riots cases, have resulted in acquittals, analysis of data from the year 2014-2018 shows. An analysis of data available for these five years with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) by this newspaper showed the conviction rate under UAPA cases has remained below the halfway mark. It was lowest in 2015 when only 14.5% of the total trials resulted in conviction and the highest in 2017, when 49.3% of the total cases disposed of ended in conviction. In 2018, the conviction rate was 27.2%. The UAPA has been invoked against activists arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case, against at least Small Films, Big Reach SADHGURU SPEAKS It may all boil down to numbers today as some regional parties have not indicated their stand SHOW BEGINS two journalists in Kashmir and against many activists in the Delhi riots cases. Uttar Pradesh registered a steep rise in UAPA cases in 2017, the year when Yogi Adityanath government came to power. In 2016, the state registered 10 UAPA cases. The following year it recorded a tenfold increase, with 109 cases When Wanton Women Own their Cup that Wickedness Cheers Sheila Kumar Rajat Chaudhuri Gautam Chintamani Amar Bhushan Battlelines drawn as Rajya Sabha takes up controversial farm Bills Monsoon session likely to be shortened Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni at the toss for the IPL 2020 opener in Abu Dhabi | BCCI S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi Unchain Your Heart 27 44 PERSONS ACQUITTED/ DISCHARGED 140 Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Odisha and West Bengal did not register any cases under UAPA in 2018. The 2018 NCRB report also stated that 3,920 UAPA cases were pending investigation from previous years, five cases were reopened and fresh 1,182 cases were reported. Under UAPA, the maximum stipulated timeframe for filing a charge sheet is 90 days, which may be extended by the court to 180 days. The 2019 Watali judgment of the Supreme Court made securing bail under UAPA all the more difficult. Onerous bail conditions can effectively put the accused under many years of incarceration without trial. While 317 charge sheets were filed under UAPA in 2018, police took 1-2 years to file the charge sheets in over 16 per cent cases. In 10 cases, the charge sheets were filed more than two years after the cases were registered. Farmers protest against the central government over agriculture related bills in Patiala on Saturday | PTI NUMBER GAME MPs ON LEAVE DUE TO HEALTH: 14 245 TOTAL STRENGTH OF RS 2 VACANCIES NCP 4 JMM 1 Left Parties 6 BSP 4 POLITICAL PARTIES OPPOSING FARM BILLS AAP 3 SP 8 Congress 40 Total 100 SAD 3 RJD 5 Shiv Sena 3 TMC 9 DMK 7 TRS 7 POLITICAL PARTIES IN SUPPORT (TOTAL 111) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 86 Biju Janata Dal (BJD) 9 Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) 6 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) 1 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) 9 Status of some smaller parties having a dozen of MPs not known Congress: Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Oscar Fernandes TRS: V Lakshmikantha Rao, Banda Prakash PMK: Anbumani Ramadoss AIADMK: A Navaneethakrishnan YSRCP: Parimal Nathwani Sikkim Democratic Front: Hishey Lachungpa TMC: Manas Ranjan Bhunia AAP: Sushil Kumar Gupta JD-U: Mahendra Prasad Naga People’s Front: KG Kenye Nominated: Narendra Jadav RAJYA SABHA MPs TESTED POSITIVE: 8 BJP : Vinay Sahasrabudhhe BJP : Abhay Bhardwaj Congress : Deepender Singh Hooda Congress : Naranbhai J Rathwa AIADMK : A Navneethakrishnan AAP : Sushil Kumar Gupta TRS : V. Lakshmikantha Rao AITC : Shanta Chhetri DEAD: 1 BJP : Ashok Gasti Punjab, Haryana brace for intense farmers’ protests; police to be firm against ‘rogues’ H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh FARMERS in both Punjab and Haryana are set to intensify their agitation against the three farm Bills passed in the Lok Sabha. Farmer organisations across Punjab have decided to burn effigies of PM Narendra Modi and copies of the Bills on Sunday. They will observe a complete Punjab bandh on September 25. “In the joint meeting of the farmers unions at Moga, which was attended by the representa- D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Today Cumulative 4219 205890 38 4945 -- 32064 4071 242899 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 14996 7043 7953 Care centre 8137 1890 4064* Health centre 601 412 189 HOME ISOLATION : 18,648 TESTING STATUS 10,681 24,92,602 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ Total tests done so far TrueNat tests 131189 conducted Tests per million Source: Delhi health bulletin | Sept 19 WINGS SCHOOL WITHIN HOSPITAL PREMISES Doctors in AIIMS-Bhopal reach out to children of labourers by providing both space and education through Apna School | P5 tives of all the 30 union for the first time ever in the state, all of them sinking their internal differences decided that effigies of the PM and copies of the Bills will be burnt to show our resentment in every mandi and every village by farmers, farm labourers and commission agents,” Balbir Singh Rajewal, president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal), Punjab, said. “Our only demand is that the Centre withdraw these Bills.” He said efforts are being made to garner support from transporters and traders’ asso- ciations as they will also be hit by the new mechanism. In Haryana, the farmers have planned road blockades across the state on Sunday. The government instructed all the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to deal with the protesters tactfully but also ensure that the protesters are not allowed to take law into their hands. Gur nam Singh Chaduni, president of Haryana unit of BKU, has urged the farmers to participate in the nationwide bandh on September 25. NIA OPERATION Nine al-Qaeda terrorists held from Kerala, Bengal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Kolkata NINE suspected al Qaeda terrorists, who were allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks, were arrested by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) from West Bengal and Kerala on Saturday . Radicalised by a Pakistanbased al Qaeda module, the group planned to carry out terrorist attacks at vital installations, including at the national capital, with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror, the NIA said. Six of the suspects — Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman — were rounded up from Bengal’s Murshidabad district and three others — Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Bis- Three of the arrested Qaeda members | PTI was and Mosaraf Hossen from Ernakulam — in Kerala, where they had shifted from Bengal, said NIA sources. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects were radicalised by Qaeda operatives based in Pakistan on social media platforms and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places. “The module was actively indulging in fund raising and a few members of the group were planning to travel to Delhi to procure arms and ammunition,’’ an official said.
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