MONDAY TRUMP BLESSES TIKTOK’S DEAL WITH ORACLE AND WALMART 21 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard APATHY PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l Critical BJD, AIADMK line put govt in a tight position Shocker as RS rams two farm Bills by voice vote TWO of the three contentious farm bills were passed in the Rajya Sabha by voice vote on Sunday amid pandemonium from the Opposition parties. The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill will now go the President for his assent before they are notified as laws. The third bill, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, will be moved separately . Dramatic scenes unfolded as Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh rushed through the clauses of the two bills with Opposition MPs standing in the well of the House sloganeering, tearing copies of the bills, damaging microphone at the podium and some climbing on to tables. Opposition MPs also sat in protest inside the House after it was adjourned for the day alleg, ing the government violated many rules to get the bills passed because it did not have the numbers. The Centre condemned the ruckus in Parliament. “The kind of attack launched on Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who is an erudite and reputed person, is highly condemnable,” Union Minister Rajnath Singh said in a press conference. “There are attempts to emotionally misguide the farmers on the agriculture bills passed by Parliament,” he added. Terming it a ‘watershed moment’ in the history of Indian agriculture, Prime Minister NO-TRUST MOTION AGAINST DY CHAIR Complaining they were not allowed to seek voting on two farm bills, 12 Opposition parties moved a no-trust motion against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh Narendra Modi said the bills will ensure a complete transformation of the farm sector. Meanwhile, several BJP MPs demanded action against the unruly opposition lawmakers, following which Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting with the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. Sources said the Centre is also mulling a resolution against the opposition MPs. The pandemonium started after the deputy chairman extended the duration of the House beyond 1 pm and the Opposition alleged there was no consensus for this. Following this, MPs from the TMC, Congress, DMK, AAP and others rushed to the well of the house. TMC parliamentary party leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien flashed the rule book at the chair. While some reports said he tore it, O’Brien later denied having done so. Another member tried to pull the microphones from the podium while marshals thwarted it. Many other MPs, including FOR the first time since 2002, farming activity on the Zero Line along the International Border (IB) at Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir was allowed by the government. Deputy Commissioner Kathua O P Bhagat told this newspaper that out of the 6,000 kanals of land at the Zero Line along IB, the administration with the support of BSF has allowed farming on 1200 kanals of land in the first phase. The farmers were provided tractors with Bullet Proof (BP)shields keeping in mind ceasefire violations. Farming is actively taking place under the watchful eyes of the BSF jawans, who have set up bunkers in the area to en- sure safety of civilians in case of cross-border firing and shelling. “The farmers from the other side have been doing farming at the Zero Line from last many years and we too decided to allow farmers to cultivate these lands,” Bhagat said. Cross-border firing and shelling mostly takes place during the night and not during the day he added. “I have been post, ed as DC in Kathua from last 11 months and most ceasefire violations took place in the night and very less during the day .” The Kathua DC said farming Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien displays the rule book in front of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh on Sunday | PTI QUESTION MARK OVER VOICE VOTE The Congress, CPM and DMK moved resolutions to send the bills to the select committee and demanded division when their resolutions were taken up. However, the deputy chairman said division can only be taken up if the members go back to their seats. Voice vote was taken as Opposition members continued to remain in the well of the House A WATERSHED MOMENT, SAYS MODI Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passage of the farm bills, calling it a ‘watershed moment’ in the history of Indian agriculture. He said the bills have the potential to revolutionise the farm sector. The PM asserted the bills will help double the income of farmers DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, were seen tearing off copies of the bill while Congress MP Rajiv Satav and AAP MP Sanjay Singh climbed a table in front of the chair and shouted slogans. The noisy scenes led to adjournment of the House for 15 minutes. As the House reassem- in other areas at the Zero Line would follow in phases. Allowing farming at the Zero Line in IB was a long pending of farmers, who areupbeat over finally getting the nod to cultivate their lands. “We had been demanding that we be allowed to cultivate our land at zero line from last so many years,” said Ashok Sharma, a farmer. “The cultivation at the zero line will increase crop production and income of farmers and at the same time give clear view to the BSF men as well.” D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Today claimed it had the numbers to get the legislations passed. DID the treasury benches have During the debate, Amar Patthe numbers to get the farm sec- naik (BJD) argued that the bills tor reform bills passed in the will lead to cartelisation. “ReRajya Sabha on Sunday had the munerative prices will not be ayes and nays been actually the same. Who will fix it? Will counted through a process lead to market capture? Is the called division? bill only for corporates? I would The question is intriguing urge sending it to a select comsince a clutch of regional par- mittee,” he said. ties that generally S R Balasubramonivote with the NDA in yam (AIADMK) althe Upper House like leged that the Centre the Telangana Rashhas bulldozed farm This is like tra Samiti (TRS), the reforms during Covdisinvestment in the AIADMK and the Biju id-19. “The Centre Indian farming Janata Dal (BJD), sector... If these bills should ensure farmwere critical in their ers don’t get cheated. are passed, states assessment of the legIt can establish a Cenwill not have any power to check islations. The BJD actral agriculture reguprofiteering, tually echoed the Oplatory authority like position demand that hoarding and black the electricity regulamarketing the bills be referred to tory authority to supa select committee. S R Balasubramoniyam, port far mers,” he While the TRS has suggest. AIADMK seven members in the Echoing them, K House, both the AIADMK and Keshava Rao (TRS) said the the BJD have nine each. Sizea- bills are a brutal assault on the ble figures, given the fractured Constitution and violate the nature of the Rajya Sabha. spirit of federalism. “If this is Also, three NDA votes would the new age (revolutionary), we have gone to the Opposition, as are against it as you are putting the Shiromani Akali Dal is bit- poor farmers against rich corterly opposed to the bills. On the porates... Did you talk to us or flip side, the YSR Congress with did you consult the people? The six MPs backed the bills. bills will turn farmers to landFor the record, the Centre less labourers,” he charged. P7 R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Farming at Zero Line after 18 years F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar Oracle and Walmart would acquire a cumulative 20% stake in the new company for an expected $12.5 billion. Oracle will store the data of TikTok’s US users and will have the right to inspect the app’s source code any time. The new company will donate $5 billion to a public fund, satisfying Donald Trump’s demand that the federal government get a ‘cut’ from the deal PAGES 12 Ruckus in House; Chair ignores division demand since all members were not in their seats; Oppn says govt did not have the numbers E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi JOBS WILL BE CREATED BY THE NEW TIKTOK COMPANY, SAYS TRUMP ORACLE TO STORE DATA OF AMERICAN USERS CENTRAL FUNDS LIE IDLE IN UP Only 10% of funds for minorities used last year 25,000 Trump approves deal under which TikTok will partner with Oracle and Walmart to form a US firm SEPTEMBER, 2020 Cumulative 3,742 2,09,632 37 4,982 -- 32,097 3,812 24,6711 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 15,621 7,040 8,581 Covid care centre 8,137 1,937 4,234* Covid health centre 601 398 203 HOME ISOLATION : 18,910 *1966 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 11,322 25,55,007 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ Total tests done so far TrueNat tests 1,34,474 conducted Tests per million bled, the Opposition resumed their protest. But the deputy chairman continued with the bills and they were passed by voice vote in 20 minutes. The main point raised by Opposition MPs was the lack of provision for ensuring minimum support price to farmers. FB INDIA V-P GETS FINAL NOTICE FROM PEACE PANEL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Delhi Assembly’s Peace and Harmony Committee issued a final notice to Facebook India vice-president and managing director Ajit Mohan for deposing before it on September 23. Any defiance to the subsequent notice for appearance will be deemed to be an act of “breach of the constitutionally-guaranteed privileges” of the committee, warned a statement issued by the panel on Sunday . The final warning to the social media giant was issued by the committee chaired by AAP MLA Raghav Chadha as Mohan did not appear for his deposition during the last meeting of the panel. Chadha had said the non-appearance of the top Facebook official to depose before the committee was a contempt of the Delhi Legislative Assembly as well as the people of the city . “Any rebut- tal or disregard to this subsequent notice shall be deemed as a wilful act of breach of privilege and thus, shall entail various proceedings initiated against Facebook India,” the statement said. The committee had taken cognizance of the accusations against Facebook for its alleged “complicity” in the northeast Delhi riots of February on the premise of the “incriminatory material” produced on record by the witnesses as well as their depositions in its previous meetings. “In the interest of natural justice, the committee had decided to call Ajit Mohan as an official representative of Facebook to dispel the allegations levelled against the platform and enable the aggrieved citizens to restore their faith on their platform and services offered by them,” Mohan has claimed the platform has remained true to its design of being neutral and non-partisan. Source: Delhi health bulletin | Sept 20 APPEAL ‘GLOBAL ALLIANCE NEEDED FOR BAILING OUT DOWN-TRODDEN’ HOMECOMING BJP’s Jyotiraditya Scindia greets newly sworn-in Rajya Sabha MP HD Deve Gowda at Parliament House in New Delhi on Sunday. The former PM entered the Upper House after a gap of 24 years | PTI Peace and Harmony Committee ‘Delhi Police should ensure fair investigation’ S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai THE Delhi Police should stand up to their political masters and ensure that the investigation into the February riots in the national capital is fair and without prejudice, for mer Mumbai and Punjab Police chief and Padma Bhushan winner Julio Ribeiro said in an interview to this newspaper. The nonagenarian, who recently exchanged some letters with Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava over the way the police are probing the riot cases, said many educated youngsters and even those who were merely holding protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act had been arrested or named in the charge sheet, raising doubts and questions over the fairness of the investigation. Ribeiro revealed how as the Punjab Police director general the then union home minister Buta Singh had wanted him to arrest some persons with Khalistan links but he refused as there was no proof against them. He said as Mumbai Police chief he had also snubbed the then Maharashtra home minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who sought the release of an underworld gangster as it would have helped the party in the Mumbai municipal elections. FULL INTERVIEW ON P8 Short on supply, Maharashtra asks hospitals to use oxygen judiciously S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai Activist Aruna Roy says governments are coming out with false arguments and information to promote hate. In such times, she asserts, a global alliance is required to stand with the helpless | P7 Any rebuttal or disregard to this subsequent notice shall be deemed as a wilful act of breach of privilege and thus, shall entail various proceedings initiated against Facebook India RIOT CASES AFTER the Centre’s warning over the excessive use of oxygen, the Maharashtra government asked the civic authority , government hospitals, and district collectors to ensure the judicial use of oxygen for Covid-19 patients. The state’s oxygen use is three times the national average. Dr Pradeep Vyas, principal secretary of the state health department, asked authorities for rationing of the oxygen. In his letter, Vyas said that Maha- rashtra is consuming the largest quantity of oxygen for Covid-19 patients in India. “In India, 5 to 6 per cent active Covid-19 patients are given on average while it is 10 to 15 per cent in Maharashtra. At this rate, we will exhaust our oxygen supplying resources very soon,” Vyas said. He also pointed out that there was a mismatch in the consumption of oxygen in Mumbai and other parts of the state. “In the rest of Maharashtra, more quantity of oxygen has been used and it needs to be monitored. The con- cerned authority should take a review of patients and the total use of oxygen. The private hospitals are using more oxygen and keeping the patients for longer than required for their commercial benefit. The local authority should monitor this,” he added. Vyas noted that some private hospitals are treating and admitting patients after doing Rapid Antigen Tests that are not considered official as per ICMR guidelines. “Treatment and admission should be done only after proper tests.” “The local administration B R E AT H O F L I F E (MT PER DAY) MAHARASHTRA 235 PUNE 119 MUMBAI 67 THANE 1.1140 BULDHANA 4.040 YAVATMAL 4.050 JALNA 5 OSAMANABAD 3 GADCHIROLI 3 CHANDRAPUR should monitor the oxygen refilling centres and ensure no pilferage or misuse of oxygen,” the letter said. In Maharashtra, Pune is consuming the most oxygen– 235 metric tonnes out of total demand of 953 metric tonnes in the state. According to the government’s demand and supply report, presently the demand for oxygen in 1,072 Covid hospitals of Maharashtra is 953.21 metric tonne against a supply of 953.470 metric tonnes. 458 metric tonne oxygen remains as a balanced stock in various hospitals.
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