MONDAY BENGALURU AIRORT SIGNS MOU WITH VIRGIN HYPERLOOP 28 The MoU to hold a pre-feasibility study for a Hyperloop corridor from the airport to the city centre was signed on Sunday SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in REACH CITY CENTRE IN JUST 10 MINUTES The hyperloop, once completed, is expected to bypass the city’s traffic congestion and reduce travel time between Kempegowda International Airport and the city centre to just 10 mins. The pre-feasibility study, which focuses on technical, economic and route feasibility aspects, is projected to be completed in two phases of six months each, a press release said facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard BIHAR 1,080km/hr FORMER TOP COP JOINS JD-U Gupteshwar Pandey may get poll ticket from Buxar A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society... I will always remember our interactions. Om Shanti Narendra Modi, Prime Minister JASWANT SINGH 3 JAN 1938 27 SEP 2020 WHEN JASWANT SINGH GOT ANGRY GENERAL V P MALIK (RETD) T HE demise of Jaswant Singhji is a big loss to the country as we lost a politician of the old school who used to be very dignified and committed to his responsibilities. He used to respect every person in uniform and was liked by everyone for his oratory and unassuming nature. He was close to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Singh passed away after long illness at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. He was 82. While I was Chief of Army Staff, he was the Minister of External Affairs and we got to interact during the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meetings. He always used to participate in the meetings very actively and had lots of inputs to offer. Although he never showed his anger in public, he became agitated after I briefed him about the autopsy report of Capt Saurabh Kalia (who was captured by Pakistani intruders on May 15, 1999). Pakistan had returned his mutilated body on June 9. As Singh was to address the media that day, I had advised him to let the post-mortem report come in so that we could ascertain the facts. I remember him coming to the Military Operations room where I showed him the autopsy report. He became visibly angry . CONTINUED ON P8 NEW DELHI WITH its thrust on infrastructure development, the Modi government has on several occasions vowed to cut down time for granting environment clearances for projects. However, the data of project clearances for the last five years show otherwise as the time taken for project appraisal by the environment ministry has increased gradually over past five years — from 83-220 days in 2015-16 to 176-336 days in 2019-2020. In the run-up to the 2014 general elections in 2014, the BJP had targeted the UPA for making green clearances a major obstacle in country’s economic development. After coming to power, one of the major reforms the BJP announced was cutting down duration for IPL TODAY AVERAGE TIME TAKEN FOR ENVIRONMENT CLEARANCE YEARS 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 DAYS 83-220 107-232 117-231 102-225 176-336 granting green clearances by streamlining procedures and relaxing environment norms. Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar has repeatedly said that the government will bring down the duration of green clearances from 640 days during UPA’s regime to 100 days. However, the year-wise average time taken for grant of environment clearance (EC) for various sectors — mining, industrial projects infrastruc- @ New Delhi MUMBAI After a winning start, RCB suffered a big defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab. It showed their death bowling and middle-order remains a cause of concern. MI responded to their defeat against CSK by making a strong statement against KKR. MI start as favourites. ODDS: RCB 6/5 MI 3/4 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm MAXIMUM SPEED AT WHICH VIRGIN HYPERLOOP TRANSPORTS PASSENGERS PAGES 12 Farmer organisations plan ‘marathon’ Kurukshetra meet from October 8 to make the agitation pan-India H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh HOURS before three contentious farm sector Bills became law after President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent, farmer leaders here decided to hold consultations with their counterparts across the country from October 8 at Kurukshetra to evolve a panIndia agitation strategy so as to pressure the Centre to recall the new legislations. According to a gazette notification, the President gave assent to The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020. The Opposition had urged Kovind to return the bills, saying they were passed without following due process. While the farm agitation continues to rock Punjab, elsewhere it has not found similar resonance. Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (Rajewal Group) Punjab president Balbir Singh Rajewal said, “a meeting was held today in which leaders of farm organisations from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh took Modi’s hardsell Reaching out to farmers, PM Modi said the farm sector is the very basis of Atmanirbhar Bharat, adding the Bills ensure freedom for farmners to sell their produce anywhere at higher rates ‘Passed as per rules’ RS Deputy Chairman Harivansh on Sunday reiterated that the farm Bills were passed as per procedure Farmers block railway tracks during a protest in Amritsar on Sunday| PTI part. To make the agitation panIndia, it was decided that on October 8 a marathon meeting will be held at Kurukshetra for twothree days. Two to three representatives of all famers’ organisations from across the country will be invited for the brainstorming seasons.” Meanwhile, farmers in Punjab squatted on the AmritsarDelhi railway track on Sunday to wrap up their three-day ‘railroko’ agitation. From October 1, they intend to launch an indefinite ‘rail-roko’ in Punjab. Extremely sad that President refused to heed farmers of Punjab and has signed these farm Bills and J&K Bill excluding Punjabi as the official language. It is the darkest day for democracy and farmers Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD president ture, thermal, river valley and hydro projects — since 2015-16 has been on a rise. According to the ministry as , of 138 proposals are pending for clearance at central level across all sectors and while at the state level, 15,658 proposals are pending. The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006, has categorised the projects into two — Category ‘A’ and Category ‘B’ —based on their impact potential. Category ‘A’ projects are being appraised at the central level (ministry) while Category ‘B’ projects at the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAAs). “The time defined for acording EC is 105 days of the receipt of the requisite documents,” the ministry replied recently to a Parliament question. D E L H I Today Cumulative 3,739 42 -3,292 2,36,651 5,235 29,228 2,71,114 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Covid care centre Covid health centre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chandigarh TERMING the President’s assent to the farm Bills as unfortunate and distressing, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said his government was exploring all options, including possible amendments to the state laws, to protect the interests of the farmers. The chief minister will sit on a dharna against these laws on Monday at Khatkar Kalan in SBS Nagar, after paying tributes C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Total +ve cases Punjab may amend state laws to protect farmers; CM to hold sit-in protest today 15,830 6,758 8,137 1,551 527 336 9,072 5284* 191 *1302 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights HOME ISOLATION : 17,291 Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Sept 27 TRAFFIC MOVEMENT LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED IN HEART OF CITY TESTING STATUS 11,414 40,002 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in city 29,24,754 1,53,934 Total tests done so far THE Indian Army has rushed tanks, heavy weaponry and ammunition, apart from fuel, food and other essential winter supplies to high-altitude areas in eastern Ladakh, as it expects the stand-off with China to stretch through the winter months. The troops have to maintain combat readiness through the treacherous winter of around four months, military sources said on Sunday . According to sources, Chief of Army Staff Gen M M Naravane, aided by a group of top commanders, has been personally involved in planning and overseeing the implementation of the mammoth exercise that began in mid-July and is nearing completion. A significant number of T-90 and T-72 tanks, artillery guns and infantry combat vehicles were flown into various sensitive areas including Chushul and Demchock sectors as part of the logistics operation, the sources said. The Army has also transported large quantities of clothes, tents, food items, communication equipment, fuel, heaters and other supplies to army personnel deployed at forward posts and mountain passes at the height of over 16,000 feet. “By far it is the biggest logistics operation that has been implemented in Ladakh post Indep e n d e n c e. I t s s c a l e i s humongous,” a senior military official said. To deal with any Chinese misadventure, India has deployed over three additional Army divisions in easter n Ladakh where the temperature fluctuates between minus five to minus 25 degrees Celsius from October to January . The sources said India imported winter clothing and gear from a couple of countries in Europe and they have already been supplied to the troops in eastern Ladakh. Almost all transport aircraft and helicopters of the IAF were used to transport the essentials. With PTI inputs to Shaheed Bhagat Singh at his Samadhi Sthal. “All farmer organisations and other stakeholders would be taken into confidence before taking any decision on the way forward. The state government is committed to the procurement of every single grain of the farmers without compromising on the pricing,” he said. “The government is already in consultation with legal and agricultural experts, and all those impacted by the Central government’s calamitous legislations, to decide on the future course of action,” he added. “Besides legal recourse, the government is also looking at other options to scuttle the Centre’s new laws that are designed to ruin Punjab’s farmers and economy Amarinder said. ,” He expressed disappointment and anguish at President’s assent to the Bills without giving the Congress and other parties the opportunity to put their conP7 cerns before Parliament. ALLIANCE TROUBLE W A T C H Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 2380 Calls received in control room: 140 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1426 Total number of calls refused: Nil Traffic is likely to be affected in Central Delhi on Monday because of a protest planned by Delhi Congress. The DPCC will stage a march from Rajghat to the L-G house at Civil Lines | P5 T-90 tanks near LAC as Army gears up for winter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BANGALORE J8.00 3 farm Bills get President Kovind’s assent Time taken for green clearance to infra projects goes up in NDA rule R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Manipur crisis deepens as NPP accuses BJP of betrayal over rejig PRASANTA MAZ U MDAR @ Guwahati THE removal of two of its four ministers from the Manipur Cabinet has not gone down well with the National People’s Party (NPP), with party insiders terming it an act of “betrayal” by ally BJP in the state. On Thursday, Chief Minister N Biren Singh dropped six ministers, including three from the BJP from the Council , of Ministers and inducted five new faces, including Oinam Lukhoi and Okram Henry, who is a nephew of former CM Okram Ibobi Singh of the Cong ress, into the Cabinet. For mer health minister L Jayantakumar Singh and tribal affairs minister N Kayisii of the NPP were a m o n g t h e s i x d ro p p e d ministers. The four NPP legislators, who are camping in Guwahati, held a meeting with party’s national president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Saturday evening. They were expected to hold another round of meeting on Sunday evening and decide the fate of the NPP’s alliance with the BJP . “We are not happy. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had made a commitment to us. It was not fulfilled. They betrayed us,” an NPP legislator, requesting anonymity, told this newspaper. “No decision (on the alliance with the BJP) was made last night. We will meet him (Sangma) again on Sunday evening and make a decision,” the NPP legislator said. Lukhoi and Henry who had , won the 2017 elections on the Congress’s tickets, had resigned as MLAs prior to defecting to the BJP last month. Recently when re, ports were rife on the social media that two NPP ministers would be dropped, the party’s Manipur unit had sent out a message to the BJP that it would withdraw its support to the government if any of them was targeted. In June, all four NPP ministers had pulled out of the government following differences with the CM. They returned as ministers just days later after BJP’s leaders, including Shah and Jagat Prakash Nadda, had assured them of addressing their grievances. EXPRESS READ Labour Codes to be implemented by Dec Army vehicles moving towards Line of Actual Control (LAC) amid border tension with China, in Leh on Sunday | PTI By far this is the biggest logistics operation that has been implemented in Ladakh post Independence. The scale of the operation is humongous —Military official Centre plans to revive ministers’ J&K visits New Delhi: Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Sunday said the Centre is looking to implement all four labour codes passed in Parliament, by December. The Industrial Relations Code, the Social Security Code and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code were passed in the recent monsoon session. New Delhi: The government plan to revive the process of regular visits by Central ministers to Jammu and Kashmir, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday. During a meeting with J&K Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha here, Singh recalled that the initiative had been undertaken on the personal intervention and advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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