TUESDAY TRUMP PAID JUST $750 IN INCOME TAXES DURING 2016,17 29 SEPTEMBER, 2020 He paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the last 15 years, the New York Times reported on Monday citing his tax-return data | P9 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard QUESTIONABLE REFUNDS AND DEDUCTIONS instagram.com/themorningstandard Starting 2010, Trump has claimed and received income tax refunds totalling $72.9 million. The Internal Revenue Service is presently probing the legitimacy of the refunds. CAG REPORT MINISTRY USED ONLY 50% FUNDS The funds were meant to tackle malnutrition PAGE 7 $145,400 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 Free Covid shot only for high-risk populations? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi @ New Delhi CONTINUED ON P7 Youth Congress workers set a tractor ablaze at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday during protest on farm Bills | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Find ways to negate farm laws: Sonia tells Cong CMs Asks party-ruled states to explore possibility under Article 254(2) EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chandigarh STEPPING up her attack on the new farm laws that have left a section of the farmers roiled, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday asked partyruled states to explore the possibility of workaround laws under Article 254(2) of the Constitution to override the contentious reform legislations. While Congress-ruled state governments are also exploring legal options, a party MP from Kerala, T N Prathapan, has already approached the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. Farmers, especially in Punjab and Haryana, have been agitating against the three laws, which the Centre says are revolutionary as they would ensure better price for their produce. Among the sticking points in the new laws, according to the Opposition, are the lack of explicit guarantees written into them on continuing the exist- Farmers plan to intensify agitation in Punjab Farmers plan to lay siege to corporate houses, offices, malls and residences of BJP leaders in Punjab. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to join agitating farmers on Gandhi Jayanti on Oct 2. In line with the concerted opposition to the laws, the party will observe ‘Kisan-Mazdoor Bachao Divas’ on October 2 by holding dharnas and marches at every assembly and district headquarters in the country. P7 ing minimum support price (MSP) system and allowing big corporate houses into the farm sector. “Hon’ble Congress President has asked Cong ress-ruled states to explore the possibilities to pass laws in their states under Article 254(2) of the Constitution, which allows the state legislatures to pass a law to override a Central law, which then comes for President’s assent,” said K C Venugopal, Congress general secretary in charge of the organisation. According to Article 254(2), “Where a law made by the Leg- islature of a State with respect to one of the matters enumerated in the Concurrent List contains any provision repugnant to the provisions of an earlier law made by Parliament or an existing law with respect to that matter, then, the law so made by the Legislature of such State shall, if it has been reserved for the consideration of the President and has received his assent, prevail in that State.” As for the legal challenge, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said agitation and legal recourse will have to be undertaken simultaneously “Our lawyers are com. ing from Delhi tomor row (Tuesday). We will discuss how to proceed in the matter and then challenge the legislation in the Supreme Court,” he said. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot submitted a memorandum to President Kovind and Gover nor Kalraj Mishra seeking the rollback of the legislations. His Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Bhagel said a resolution opposing the laws will be brought in the next Assembly session. P7 Offset clause chucked out, conditions apply M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi ON a day the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved purchases worth `2,290 crore, the bigger talking point was a major tweak in the offset policy tied to the acquisition of arms and equipment to make procurement easier. According to the new Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 unveiled on Monday by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, offsets will not be applicable to three specific categories—Inter-Gover nment Agreement, Government to Government (G2G) and single-vendor deals. The offset clause was a UPA policy introduced in 2005. But “no offset has led to a transfer of technology Most have to do . with product purchase as has been brought out in a recent CAG report,” DG (Acquisition) Apurva Chandra said. Under the new DAP a clause , requiring foreign firms to invest 30% of the contract value in Indian manufacturing sector was dropped for G2G or singlevendor deals. However, competitive multi-vendor procurement cases will have offsets. Among other changes, the armed forces will now be allowed to take a variety of equipment on lease to cut d ow n a c q u i s i t i o n t i m e and cost. Tax records show he’s holding a total of $421 million in loans and debt that are due in the next four years Most of that debt comes from his Doral golf resort in Florida and Washington hotel, which are financially struggling HATHRAS RAPE SURVIVOR BROUGHT TO AIIMS S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA INDIA’S expert group on Covid-19 vaccine administration has recommended government sponsored vaccination for only high-risk populations that includes the elderly above 50 years of age, those with co-morbidities and frontline workers, this newspaper has learnt. In other words, over 90 crore Indians will have to pay for vaccines from their own pockets. The committee has suggested an antibody test driven immunisation plan under which even those within the vulnerable group will be given a vaccine only if they do not have antibodies against SARS-CoV 2, top sources in the panel said. “The serosurveys conducted in many metropolitan cities have indicated that nearly 25-30% of the population is already exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and by the time an effective medicine arrives, this segment could be much higher,” a panel member said. “In such a scenario it will not be required to vaccinate people with antibodies.” “The government will also pay for the vaccination of only those who are the most vulnerable and also only those among this group who test negative for SARS Cov-2 antibodies.” Another member confirmed it, saying that while the government still does not have a firm figure or database of those who qualify as the “most vulnerable”-an exercise is already underway to identify and prioritise them. As per estimates, the population that may need priority vaccination could be around 30-40 crore. The vaccination plan prepared by the group under Dr V K Paul, member (health) Niti Aayog has been sent to the PMO for approval. PAGES 12 Tax his units paid to India in 2017, in contrast to his slim income tax HE IS SITTING ON A MOUNTAIN OF DEBT Policy’s mandate Under the offset policy, foreign defence entities, for all contracts worth over `300 crore, are mandated to spend at least 30% of the total contract value in India through procurement of components, transfer of technologies or setting up of research and development facilities TESTING STATUS 7,672 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 29,61,056 Total tests done so far 1,55,845 DELHI COVID WATCH STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative RECOVERED 4,052 2,40,703 DEATH 37 5,272 ACTIVE CASES -27,123 TOTAL +VE CASES 1,984 2,73,098 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant HOSPITAL 15,833 6,659 9,174 CARE CENTRE 8,137 1,464 5431* HEALTH CENTRE 527 337 190 16,679 HOME ISOLATION *1242 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights Tests per million Source: Delhi health bulletin | Sept 28 AFTER no signs of improvement, the Hathras gang rape survivor was shifted from a hospital in Uttar Pradesh to AIIMS-Delhi in a critical condition on Monday afternoon. The 19-year-old Dalit woman had been put on ventilator at Aligarh’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital. As per Dr Harris Manzur Khan, the superintendent of the Aligarh hospital, the victim’s legs are completely paralysed and her arms partially affected. The rape survivor was referred to AIIMS on Monday mor ning ater her family members expressed their desire to take her to Delhi. All the four accused named in the rape case, which took place on September 14, have been arrested. The woman was found brutally injured, with her a serious cut in her tongue as she bit it in agony when the perpetrators tried Chorus seeks fast track trial in the case The Hathras gang rape has evoked protests from all sections of the society, with rights activists demanding that the legal process of trying the case be initiated under a fast track court. Many have even compared this case to the December 16 gang rape. to strangulate her. Despite her ordeal, the rape survivor had managed to name all the accused in her statement to a magistrate. The local chowki in charge has been suspended, the UP Police said. The accused had been booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and later charged with gang-rape under Section 376 D. On Sunday night, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad evaded police to reach the Aligarh hospital to express solidarity with the victim. Azad claimed that the brutal attack represents the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. He had also demanded financial assistance of `1 crore for the woman’s aggrieved family . Delhi’s Women and Child Development Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said that a case was registered 9 days later against those who raped the Dalit woman. “Her family was threatened by the accused. Wherever there is a BJP government, there are many more such atrocities,” the WCD minister added. P5 RBI meet put off as govt sits on vacancies Interest on interest can’t be waived, Finance Ministry likely to tell SC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi NO QUORUM THE Reserve Bank of India on Monday postponed its three-day monetary policy meeting that was scheduled to begin from Tuesday While . RBI did not cite any reason, experts said the meeting could not have taken place anyway, due to lack of quorum. The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) currently has only three members, while four must be present to hold monetary policy meeting. The terms of three external members — Chetan Ghate, Pami Dua and Ravindra Dholakia — ended last month but the government is yet to announce replacements for them. Half of the panel, led by the RBI governor, comprises external independent members with a four-year term. External members are not eligible for re-appointment. Earlier, the government had declined the RBI’s request to extend the tenure of the members till March 202. Instead, a panel led by Department of Economic Affairs secretary Tarun Bajaj was set up to select new members. According to experts, the procedural delay could cripple crucial decision-making. “The economy is facing a serious challenge and RBI has been leading from the front with quick responses through rate cuts etc. This delay could have been avoided,” said V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services. nancial burden on banks will have to be calculated. Given WHILE the Centre on Mon- the situation of the excheqday sought more time from uer, this is not a comfortable the Supreme Court to clarify option. Much will depend on its stand on ‘interest on inter- what RBI says,” the official est’ on suspended EMIs dur- told TNIE. ing the loan moratorium peOn Monday, the Centre inriod, sources told TNIE that formed the Supreme Court the finance ministry has that it will take a decision on made up its mind that it can- the interest issue in the next not be waived off. two or three days “The Department The case has Loan of Financial Serbeen pending in the moratorium vices has already case adjourned top court for the spoken to banks past few months. In till Oct 5 and is of the view May, RBI told the The Supreme Court that waiving this court that it was adjourned the loan interest on interest not in favour of a moratorium case till will further strain “forced waiver of October 5, granting the financials of interest” as it more time to the banks. One cannot would not only hurt Centre, RBI and weaken one busithe financial viabilbanks to work ness to strengthen ity of banks but together and file a a n o t h e r. B a n k s also affect the interconcrete reply on have raised conests of depositors. their stand cern and their feedSubsequently, the back had been subfinance ministry mitted to the Centre,” said a told the SC it was in agreefinance ministry official. ment with RBI’s stand. This Similar feedback was given drew sharp comments from by the Rajiv Mehrishi panel, the court, that the governwhose report is yet to be made ment cannot hide behind RBI public, the official added. and should clarify its stand in “The Mehrishi panel’s view no uncertain terms. is that the government can The SC, then, ordered the bear the burden of interest on Centre, RBI and banks to file interest, so that neither bank- a ‘concrete’ response after ers nor customers will have to ‘holistically’ considering the take a hit. But the overall fi- interests of everybody . TRAI GETS P D VAGHELA AS NEW CHAIRMAN Senior bureaucrat P D Vaghela was on Monday appointed chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. He will succeed R S Sharma | P10 BACK TO BUSINESS Meanwhile, the DAC approved the purchase of a clutch of equipment from both the domestic and foreign vendors. Under the Buy Indian category the approval was , granted to Static HF Tans-receiver sets and Smart Anti Airfield Weapon. The HF radio sets will enable seamless communication for field units of the Army and the IAF. The Smart Anti Airfield Weapon being procured for around `970 crore will add to the fire power of the Navy and the IAF. With curbs lifted, Uttarakhand tourism gets a leg-up V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun WITH all restrictions lifted for tourists to visit Uttarakhand, including the mandatory Covid negative report, business activities are gaining ground in the tourism sector. Hotels across major tourist destinations have received over 80% booking and they hope that the losses during the summer will be recovered. “We have received over 80% booking for this weekend. Eve- ry necessary precaution will be in place to check the spread of Covid. Now that the business seems to be back on track, we hope things are going to be promising,” said Ved Sah, spokesperson of the Nainital H o t e l a n d Re s t a u r a n t s Association. Hotel owners in Mussoorie also said that bookings are expected to be full in a day or two for the weekend. “I have got bookings of over 75% to date. The summer season went with- out any business. We hope to recover some of the loss as people would now want to travel more than ever,” said Sandeep Sahni, president of the Uttara- khand Hotels Association. Many other popular destinations such as Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Harsil, Devorayag and others are also getting bookings along with lesser known destinations. According to estimates, over 2.5 lakh people are dependent directly or indirectly on the tourism sector for their livelihood. The state government, from September 24, eased norms on Covid. Now, tourists travelling to the hill state do not need a Covid negative report but hoteliers and tourists will have to inform authorities in case of symptom or infection. Tourists will have to mandatorily register themselves on the Dehradun Smart City portal. “Our aim is to revive the tourism sector so that the industry gets a boost. Tourism is the backbone of our state’s economy and we are committed to make the sector world class,” said tourism minister Satpal Maharaj.
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