THURSDAY MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people 2020 list, released on Wednesday SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard Kamala Harris US Vice-Presidential nominee Xi Jinping Chinese president Donald Trump US President Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany instagram.com/themorningstandard Nancy Pelosi Speaker, House of Reps Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India Joe Biden US Presidential candidate John Roberts US Supreme Court Chief Justice Yousef Al Otaiba UAE’s ambassador to the US DELHI RIOTS KHURSHID, KARAT UNDER SCANNER Duo made provocative speeches, says police PAGE 5 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Union minister Suresh Angadi dies of Covid EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad (centre) and other Opposition leaders before addressing the media, after a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind over the recent farm sector reform Bills, in New Delhi on Wednesday | PTI Rajya Sabha clears 15 Bills in two days amidst Oppn’s boycott Parliament’s nod to labour code revamp Bills; 50 laws approved in both Houses; session over R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi OVER 100 per cent productivity in a truncated monsoon session. That is a landmark the Rajya Sabha could have been proud of had the situation been normal. But the target was achieved amid the absence of the Opposition, which has been boycotting the session since Tuesday over the suspension of eight members from the House for unruly behaviour. As many as 15 Bills were passed between Tuesday and Wednesday in the space of nearly seven-and-a-half hours in the Upper House. In other words, one Bill every 30 minutes. Legislative agenda wrapped up, both Houses were then adjourned sine die. As for the Opposition, it held a silent march on Parliament’s premises over three farm Bills and later met the President to request him return the “unconstitutional” legislations. Eighteen political parties had earlier written to Kovind expressing concern over the manner in which the farm Bills were passed in the House of Elders. However, in view of the Covid-19 situation, only Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad got to meet the President. SSR EPISODE Deepika gets NCB call, top cop takes VRS In just 10 sittings, the Rajya Sabha passed as many as 25 Bills. An equal number of Bill were passed in the Lok Sabha. “The productivity of the House during this session has been 100.47 per cent,” Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said. Prominent among the eight bills cleared in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday were three on labour code reforms, despite floor leaders of 12 Opposition parties jointly urging Naidu not to let them pass without proper discussion. “These Bills affect the livelihood of crores of workers across the country It . will be a great blot on our democracy to have these Bills pass unilaterally today,” the Opposition wrote. Referring to it, Naidu cited precedents when business was taken up as per schedule and Bills approved during boycott or walkout. Naidu said had the letter suggested the postponement of the Bill by stating the Opposition members would attend the House later, he would have discussed the request with the government. But there was no such assurance, so he decided to go ahead with the Bills, he said. As for the Lok Sabha, it saw 167 per cent productivity, spending 68 per cent of the time on legislative business. BMS flays Modi govt for passing labour Bills E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Some important changes like that on standing orders were not even discussed in the consultation process, which is a violation of the ILO Convention 144 ratified by Parliament Vrijesh Upadhyay, BMS secretary general Warns of low quality Casualisation will create an explosive situation, BMS warned. It will also lead to below quality productive activities and create an India of “casualised” labour, the outfit said. THE Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), an RSS affiliate, on Wednesday hit out at the Centre for ignoring its objections to the labour reform Bills. It accused the BJP-led government of pandering to the whims of corporates while turning a blind eye to the needs of employees. “The BMS and other trade unions had given detailed objections to the previous draft of the Industrial Relations Code. None of the objections raised by the BMS and other trade unions as well as the recommendations of PSCL (Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour) in favour of workers was considered in the revised draft,” said BMS secretary-general Vrijesh Upadhyay . He alleged the Industrial Relations Code is tilted too much in favour of employers and bureaucrats. “The last-minute mutilations will adversely affect industrial peace in the country. Some important changes like that on standing orders were not even discussed in the consultation process, which is a violation of the ILO Convention 144 ratified by Indian Parliament,” he added. The BMS said the new law is a clear attempt to diminish the role of trade unions. The Sangh said the decision to allow companies with up to 300 employees to fire workers and close down units without government permission will promote “ease of closing business, not ease of doing business”. M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi @ Mumbai FULL COVERAGE ON P8 D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Today Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Cumulative 4,465 36 -3,714 2,20,866 5,087 30,836 2,56,789 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 15,810 6,998 8,812 Covid care centre 8,137 1,913 4,841* Covid health centre 601 377 224 HOME ISOLATION: 17,834 *1383 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 10,359 26,97,333 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ Total tests done so far TrueNat tests 1,41,964 conducted Tests per million Source: Delhi health bulletin | Sept 23 Ravindra Gupta Indian-origin biologist TIME’S FIVE CATEGORIES: PIONEERS, ARTISTS, LEADERS, TITANS & ICONS B L AC K L I V ES M AT T E R F O U N D E RS Policy review call In view of the fact that the offset policy has not yielded the desired results, the CAG suggested the government review the policy Foreign vendors made various offset commitments to qualify for the main supply contract but later, were not earnest about fulfilling them —CAG THE Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Wednesday questioned India’s offset policy and came down heavily on foreign vendors for not fulfilling their offset commitments. In its report titled ‘CAG’s Performance Audit Report on Management of Defence Offset’, the national auditor pointed out that French aerospace major Dassault Aviation and European missile maker MBDA, which supplied armaments for the Rafale jets, have not yet discharged their 30% offset obligation. The total worth of Rafale deal is `59,000 crore. Opposition parties had alleged irregularities in the fighter jet deal. “In many cases, it was found that the foreign vendors made various offset commitments to qualify for the main supply contract but later, were not earnest about fulfilling these commitments,” the financial watchdog said in its report. Giving example of the Dassault Aviation, the CAG said, “In the offset 4 contract relating to 36 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft, the vendors Dassault Aviation and MBDA initially proposed (Sept 2015) to discharge 30% of their offset obligation by offering high technology to DRDO.” But they have not confirmed technology transfer till date, it observed. DRDO wanted to obtain technical assistance for the indigenous development of engine (Kaveri) for the Light Combat ICONS Lina Attalah Alicia Garza ARTISTS Ayushmann Khurrana Bollywood actor Patrisse Cullors Opal Tometi Michael B. Jordan American actor and producer Selena Gomez: American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer Ali Wong: Stand-up comedian, actress, and writer Co-founder and chief editor of Mada Masr, an independent online Egyptian newspaper TITANS Sundar Pichai CEO of Alphabet Inc Bilkis Shaheen Bagh protester Dwyane Wade: American former professional basketball player MacKenzie Scott: American novelist, billionaire, and venture philanthropist Jerome Powell: Chairman of the Federal Reserve SHAHEEN BAGH’S BILKIS FINDS PLACE IN TIME LIST EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi BILKIS BANO, 82, sat on the streets of Shaheen Bagh with hundreds of women under makeshift tents for nearly three months — often in chilly winter nights — demanding the repeal of Citizenship Amendment Act. Little did Bilkis know that she would find a place in Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people of 2020’. The octogenarian shares space with the likes of PM N a re n d r a M o d i , a c t o r Ayushmann Khur rana, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and biologist Professor Ravindra Gupta. Born and brought up in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, Bilkis lives in Delhi with her four sons and a daughter. It was due to her and other Dadis that the anti-CAA protest became a demonstration largely led by women from the Muslim community “We fought the . British for the freedom of our country. The protest is for our future generation...,” she had said. Shaheen Bagh later went on to trigger many anti-CAA protests across the country . Bilkis’ wrinkled face with kohl rimmed eyes became the poster card of the non- Dassault yet to fulfill Rafale offset obligations: CAG EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE politics surrounding the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput got curiouser on Wednesday as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) summoned a few Bollywood A-listers, including Deepika Padukone, for questioning and Bihar Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey sought voluntarily retirement amid speculation on a JD(U) ticket for the forthcoming elections. Pandey had stoutly defended the Nitish government’s demand for a thorough probe into the death of Bihar-born Rajput and the role of girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty in it. The NCB probe into the Bollywood-drug nexus is a fallout of Rajput’s death. It has asked Padukone to appear before it on Friday and , Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor on Saturday. Rakul Preet Singh, Rajput’s talent manager Shruti Modi and designer Simone Khambata have been directed to appear before the NCB on Thursday . MINISTER of State for Railways Suresh Angadi died of Covid-19 on Wednesday at AIIMS-Delhi. He is the second MP from Karnataka and the first Union minister to succumb to the disease. According to AIIMS sources, the 65-year-old minister breathed his last around 8 pm. The national flag will be flown at half mast on Thursday in all government offices in Delhi, the Home Ministry announced. A fourth-term Lok sabha MP from Belagavi, Angadi had on September 11 announced on Twitter that he had tested positive. He was asymptomatic but admitted to AIIMS after his condition deteriorated. Condolences started pouring over the minister’s demise. Expressing shock, President Ram Nath Kovind’s tweeted: “With his indomitable spirit, he carried out public service with humility and perseverance.” Calling Angadi an exceptional party worker, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “He was a dedicated MP and effective Minister... My thoughts are with his family and friends in this sad hour.” Megan Thee Stallion: American rapper, singer and songwriter Giannis Antetokounmpo: Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association Julie K Brown: American investigative journalist with the Miami Herald PIONEERS Aircraft Tejas. Till date, the vendor has not confirmed the transfer of this technology, it said. As per the deal, the company has to invest 50% of the worth of the deal back in India as offset obligations. The investment amounted to around `30,000 crore for which a numbers of Indian firms, including Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence, were chosen. This became a major controversy since the company was totally new in this sector. India adopted the offset policy for defence capital purchases in 2005, according to which all capital purchases above `300 crore through imports will have the foreign vendor invest at least 30% of the value of the purchase in India. violent protest. “I have no words to express the happiness. In this age also, my mother stood with the young leaders in their protest. After my father died a decade ago, she raised five children alone on her own. She is a hero for us. She is an inspiration for many women who always supported them in their fight for their rights,” Majoor Ahmad, 46, son of Bilkis, told The Morning Standard. “She has been named in the list of 100 most influential people, but the fight she fought for is not fulfilled yet. She will not stop till the government repeals the Act.” The Shaheen Bagh protest started in December last year and continued for more than 100 days. It was only after the Covid spectre that the protest site was cleared in March. “With prayer beads in one hand and the national flag in the other, Bilkis became the voice of the marginalised in India. She became the symbol of resistance in a nation where the voices of women and minorities were being systematically drowned out by the majoritarian politics of the Modi regime,” said journalist Rana Ayyub. IPL MATCH TODAY vs Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Kings XI Punjab in their second match in Dubai on Thursday. Bangalore have won their opening match while Punjab lost their first in a Super Over. Opener Devdutt Padikkal will be on focus again for Virat Kohli’s men, while leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi will the one to watch out for for Punjab. ODDS: KXIP 6/5 RCB 8/11 LIVE: STAR SPORTS1/HOTSTAR @ 7.30PM WEDNESDAY’S RESULT Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 49 runs after posting 195/5. Skipper Rohit Sharma top-scored with 80. Relief from snarls: Khattar govt plans orbital rail corridor to decongest Delhi H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh A railway corridor called the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor will connect Palwal and Sonipat, diverting rail traffic not meant for Delhi and thereby mitigating the congestion in the national capital. Sources said the rail line will start from Palwal and end at existing Harsana Kalan station on the Delhi-Ambala section. The line will pass through Patli Sultanpur and Asaudha stations and through Sohna, Manesar and Kharkhauda. Once completed in the next five years the line is expected to be used by 20,000 passengers every day and support 50 metric tons of freight movement. The rail corridor is much like the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal ex- pressway that decongests road traffic in Delhi. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the Haryana Orbit Rail Corridor Project at an estimated cost of `5,617.69 crore. Now, the Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation has sent two project plans, including an anticipated cost of `191.73 crore of the project in Kaithal city and Jhajjar-Narnaul new railway line, to the Centre for a feasibility study . Haryana Rail Infrastructure Direct rail connectivity would be available from Jhajjar to Narnaul and this would enhance development in south Haryana —Rajeev Arora, Haryana additional chief secretary Development Corporation Limited chairperson and additional chief secretary Rajeev Arora said after the approval of a broad gauge electrified double railway line from Palwal to Sonipat, the HRIDC has implemented two railway projects. He said direct rail connectivity would be available from Jhajjar to Narnaul and this would enhance development in south Haryana. Arora said a railway line of about 85-km will connect north and south Haryana. He said a DPR for construction of an elevated railway track in Kaithal was sent to the Centre for approval. He said the HRIDC had approved both the proposals on September 9 and has also decided to send these proposals after the CM’s approval.
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