21092020-TTB-01.qxd 9/20/2020 11:59 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.5 no.262 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 jammu & kashmir DELHI CAPITALS BEAT KXIP IN SUPER OVER SPORT /thetribunechd INDIA GIVES MALDIVES $250 MN AID TO FIGHT COVID BACK PAGE STUBBLE MANAGEMENT: TURNING THE TIDE A TOUGH TASK INFOCUS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com monday, september 21,2020 RS clears 2 farm Bills amid bedlam Dy Chairman heckled |No-trust notice by Oppn |Govt mulls counter-motion Don’t sign Bills: Tribune News Service SAD to Prez New Delhi, September 20 The Rajya Sabha today cleared two farm Bills amid bedlam as Opposition members charged towards the Chairman’s podium, tore official papers and heckled Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh while he was presiding over the proceedings. The security staff had to step in to prevent any harm to the presiding officer. Opposition members entered the Well and raised slogans, leading to adjournment of the House for 15 minutes. They also tried to tamper with the microphone on the Chairman’s table. The House is bound to see further confrontation with 12 Opposition parties giving a notice of no confidence in the Deputy Chairman and the government discussing a possible counter-motion against MPs who “misbehaved” with the Chair. Ministers are learnt to have briefed the PM on the issue. The Opposition notice signed by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Derek O’Brien, Ram Gopal Yadav among others accuses the Deputy Chairman of “violating all canons of law, precedence, parliamentary practice and fair play”. It alleges the Deputy Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 20 The SAD president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Sunday urged President Ram Nath Kovind not to accord approval to the two farm Bills passed by Parliament. “I beseech you to stand by the beleaguered and toiling farmers, farm and mandi labourers and Dalits in their hour of need. I beseech you to stand by toiling farmers, farm labourers: Sukhbir Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien tries to tear the rule book amid ruckus in the Rajya Sabha over farm Bills even as Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh urges him to return to his seat. PTI NO DIVISION OF VOTES, OPPN-SPONSORED MOTIONS NEGATED BY VOICE VOTE ■ Four Oppn-sponsored motions to send the two Bills to a House panel negated by voice vote; plea of Congress, TMC, CPM and DMK members for a division of vote turned down Chairman did not allow points or order to be raised, didn’t allow many MPs opposing the “anti-farmer Bills” to even speak; and purported to extend the RS beyond 1 pm without seek- ■ Opposition members also opposed the extension of House timing (for passage of Bills), arguing that this cannot be done in the absence of consensus ing consensus of the House. The government motion could seek to name or censure Opposition MPs, including TMC’s Derek O’Brien who was caught on camera trying to pull off Chairman’s mic and tearing the rule book. Protest erupted after the Chair turned down the Opposition’s suggestion of not extending the House timing to allow passage of the Bills. Leader of Opposition Ghu- “They are facing exploitation and look up to you to exercise your discretion as the highest executive in the country and come to their rescue by not signing these Bills so that they do not become an Act, ” he said. Requesting the President to return the Bills for reconsideration, he sought an appointment with him. lam Nabi Azad said the extension should be allowed only if there was a consensus. Later, the Upper House passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce continued on back page Congress activists and farmers face water cannons at a barrier on Chandigarh-Ambala highway. NITIN MITTAL In Haryana, police use force to disperse farmers Malwa arhtiyas to boycott BJP Chandigarh, September 20 The Haryana Police today used water cannons to disperse farmers and Indian Youth Congress (IYC) activists who tried to enter the state from Punjab on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. As part of their tractor march to Delhi, Congress activists, led by PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar and IYC president Srinivas BV tried to break the , barrier near Sadopur village by allegedly throwing stones at cops, following which force was used to stop them. Haryana farmers, meanwhile, blocked major roads, including Panchkula-Yamunanagar, Jind-Delhi and Ambala-Roorkee highways. The farmers were joined by arhtiyas and farm labourers. Gurnam Singh Charuni, Mansa, September 20 The arhtiyas in Mansa have announced a boycott of BJP leaders and members to protest the Modi government’s “black Bills on the pretext of agriculture reforms”. They have put up banners at their protest site, declaring so. Sham Lal Dalwa, president of the Arhtiyas’ Association, Budhlada, claimed the Bills would not only destroy the farming community, but also those connected with agriculture directly or indirectly. “We will block the Bareta road on Monday,” he said, adding the BJP had betrayed Punjab’s farmers as well as arhtiyas. The arhtiyas’ associations in Bathinda and Maur have also announced to support the farmers’ agitation. continued on back page WATERSHED MOMENT IN AGRI HISTORY CAN’T TRUST GOVT, ITS CREDIBILITY LOW You have numbers to have your way and we have the right to have our say and to keep you on track of democracy... dangerous trend we are following... I am going to move select committee. The committee is not a hand break, but it’s there to contribute... government promised two crore jobs every year. Now, you have the highest unemployment. Your credibility is low to make promises. Derek O’Brien, TRINAMOOL CONGRESS MP Farmers grow gold, but the Modi govt’s arrogance is making them shed tears of blood. Democracy has been shamed by the manner in which govt passed death warrants against farmers in the form of farm Bills. Modi ji is making farmers slaves of capitalists. Rahul Gandhi, CONG LEADER PUNJAB FARMERS BURN COPIES OF BILLS Bharatiya Kisan Union state chief, claimed the protest was peaceful despite “provocation” by the police. — TNS Tribune News Service DEATH WARRANTS AGAINST FARMERS A watershed moment in history of Indian agriculture! Congratulations to our hardworking farmers... MSP system will remain. Govt procurement will continue... We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations. Narendra Modi, PM Union Agri Minister NS Tomar flashes the victory sign Sukhmeet Bhasin ❝ India, China commanders to meet today Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 20 After having failed to break the deadlock over military deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, senior military commanders of India and China will meet again on Monday. Lt General-level officers of the two sides will meet, said sources. It will be the sixth such meeting since June 6. The meeting will start at 9 am at the Chinese garrison of Moldo, located opposite Chushul on the Indian side. Sources confirmed that the meeting was planned to further the discussions that took place in Moscow on September 4 and 10. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had met their respective counterparts at these meetings. continued on back page 21 states accept GST borrowing proposal NEW DELHI: Twenty-one states and UTs, mostly BJP-ruled, have opted to borrow Rs 97,000 crore to meet the GST revenue shortfall, sources said. Among them are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand and UP PTI . ❝ ❝ Posters at Maur dharna announce boycott of BJP leaders. TRIBUNE No significant virus Obesity, ageing population LS adjourned as MPs in mutation, says govt behind Pb’s high fatality rate RS block seats in protest New Delhi, September 20 The government today said no significant mutation in strains of SARS-CoV-2 had been found in India till now. This has been confirmed in the sequencing of nationally representative SARS-CoV-2 strains the ICMR has been collecting and studying for many months. Detailed results of sequencing will be available early next month. The information was shared by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in a social media interaction with netizens. “The ICMR is actively exploring a new saliva-based Covid test,” Vardhan said, dispelling myths around the use of hydroxychloroquine and plasma therapy in the treatment of Covid patients. Vardhan said there was no shortage of medical oxygen COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 54,00,619 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 43,03,043 FRESH FATALITIES 1,133 TOTAL DEATHS 86,752 WORLD 3,11,21,242 2,27,18,218 9,63,363 in the country and the situation in states was being closely monitored. He said it would take substantial amount of time for herd immunity to develop to be able to cover 70 per cent of the population and till then Covid-appropriate behaviour must be followed. India’s daily new recoveries (94,612) surpassed daily new infections (92,605) for the second day in a row. — TNS Tribune News Service Vishav Bharti NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH SURVEY Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 20 Large number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases, obesity and increasing elderly population are the main reasons behind the high Covid fatality rate in Punjab, experts maintain. Various surveys in the past have found that the number of patients suffering from non-communicable diseases in the state is among the highest in the country. The surveys conducted by the state Health Department and central agencies have established that every third person in Punjab suffers from at least one non-communicable disease, including hypertension, diabetes, cancer, obesity, etc. Among 17.5% population in the 15-49 years age group suffers 'slightly above normal to very high' hypertension 26% 10% these, hypertension and diabetes are the most prevalent. “High prevalence of noncommunicable diseases and other factors put the lives of a large number of people at risk in the present scenario of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Dr Rajesh Kumar, former head, School of Public Health, PGI, Chandigarh. In Punjab, around three population in this group obese & 8.7% diabetic of state’s population is aged above 60 Covid-positive patients out of every 100 confirmed cases lose the battle for life. Thus, the Covid fatality rate in the state is one of the highest in the country. In all, 2,813 persons have died in the state due to Covid in the past nine months. Around 90 per cent of such victims were suffering from co-morbidities. New Delhi, September 20 In a first in the history of Parliament, ruckus in the Rajya Sabha today led to an adjournment in the Lok Sabha. Soon as the Lok Sabha assembled at 3 pm, Opposition Congress demanded its adjournment saying MPs allotted seats in the Rajya Sabha on account of Covid protocol will not be able to sit there due to a dharna by some Rajya Sabha members. They sat in protest against the passage of farm Bills even after House adjournment at 1 pm. Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House for an hour due to unavailability of seats for some. On account of Covid protocol, both Houses are assembling at different times these days to enable enough seats for MPs who need to follow a twoyard physical distancing measure. While the Rajya Sabha sits from 9 am to 1 pm daily, the Lok Sabha timings are from 3 pm to 7 pm. Amid Covid, a first in history of Parliament The Congress requested the Speaker for the situation in the Rajya Sabha to normalise before the Lok Sabha proceedings could start. “Since MPs have been allotted seats in the Rajya Sabha, which is currently disrupted, we urge the chair to adjourn the Lok Sabha until the Upper House situation normalises,” Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, asking for a two-hour adjournment. ‘Unattended’ for 45 minutes, woman dies Vij warning: Perform or make way Karam Prakash Tribune News Service Patiala, September 20 An elderly woman reportedly remained unattended for nearly 45 minutes after she fell unconscious on the stairs of a Covid ward at Government Rajindra Hospital here last evening. She died within a few hours after she was rushed to the intensive care unit. The hospital authorities have ordered an inquiry by forming a three-member committee. Had fallen unconscious on stairs of Covid ward PROBE ON, REPORT SOON ❝ A preliminary report has been submitted. The probe panel will soon file the final report. Dr Rajan Singla, GMC In a video of the incident, which has gone viral, the woman was seen lying unconscious on the stairs and a man was heard saying that no one had come to her rescue despite repeated requests. As per the preliminary investigation, the patient was admitted to the hospital around 12.30 pm on Saturday with oxygen saturation (SpO2) below the critical level. Around 2 pm, the patient’s oxygen saturation improved to 91 per cent. She reportedly went out of the ICU on her own and collapsed on the stairs. Sources said despite the presence of a number of doctors and para- medics in the ward, nobody noticed the woman for nearly 45 minutes before a staff nurse raised the alarm. Around 3 pm, the patient was put on ventilator support, but she died three hours later, confirmed the hospital authorities. Dr Rajan Singla, Principal, GMC, said: “A preliminary probe report has been submitted to the higher authorities. The committee will continue its investigation and file the final report soon.” Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 20 With a surprise stopover at the Haryana Police headquarters last week, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij seems to be back to his “activist” ways with a message for senior officers — perform or make way for performers. While senior officers will be required to submit day-long performance reports as and when asked, Vij continues to independently monitor their PULL UP SOCKS We want the officers to be in office, working. I have a fair idea of performers and non-performers... But I want all to get a chance to pull up socks. ❝ Anil Vij, HRY HOME MINISTER work. Still recovering from a thigh-bone fracture, the minister has “pre-warned” senior officers of another visit to the headquarters soon. Vij said those coming late or absent without leave would be taken to task. “By announcing that I will be back and making my agenda for the visit known, I hope the non-performers will fall in line,” he said. Though the “seat-to-seat” check at the police headquarters to identify “absentees” was to be undertaken during the minister’s last visit itself, it was called off at the last minute.
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