23092020-TTB-01.qxd 9/23/2020 12:00 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.5 no.264 | 14 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 jammu & kashmir IF BIDEN WINS, CHINA WINS, SAYS TRUMP WORLD /thetribunechd MODI: UN FACES CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE BACK PAGE DEBT MFs: SEBI MULLS MINIMUM ASSET ALLOCATION IN LIQUID ASSETS BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com wednesday, september 23,2020 Oppn boycotts Parl over farm Bills Suspended RS MPs end sit-in | Deputy Chairman observes daylong fast Pb MP alleges assault by cops Tribune News Service Up to 70% occupancy in Kasauli hotels SOLAN: Hoteliers in Kasauli are elated with bookings pouring in from various states after the government opened the state’s border. As much as 4070% occupancy was seen last weekend. Most of the hotels have opened and are set to handle visitors’ influx. Hoteliers say there had been no business for the last six months, but the situation is improving after interstate travel norms were eased. INSIDE I-T notice to Pawar over poll affidavits MUMBAI: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the Income Tax Department had served him a notice in connection with his poll affidavits. Pawar said the EC had sought his “clarification and explanation” on some affidavits. “We are happy they (the Centre) love us from among all members... The tax notice was served on the EC’s directions,” he said. PTI Drone-dropped arms found in Akhnoor New Delhi, September 22 The Lok Sabha was adjourned for an hour minutes after it assembled at 3 pm today following allegation of assault on Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu by the Delhi Police. Bittu said the policemen “brutally assaulted” him and three other Punjab MPs — Santokh Choudhary, Jasbir Singh Gill and Gurjeet Aujla — while they were taking out a candlelight march from Parliament House to Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest the farm Bills. “The police thought we were farmers. We all suffered injuries. This is horrifying,” Bittu alleged. Speaker Om Birla assured him of a probe and protection. — TNS FACE-TO-FACE: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh offers tea to MPs suspended after they allegedly tried to attack him inside the House, at Parliament complex on Tuesday. PTI cation of suspension could be considered if they regretted “their behaviour with House Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh”, who observed a daylong fast over the unsavoury developments. The Opposition boycott comes ahead of the September 25 Bharat Bandh call given by over 250 farmer outfits under the banner of All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee. continued on back page LS clears 3 labour codes, RS 7 Bills NewDelhi, September 22 The Lok Sabha today passed three labour codes to amalgamate 29 central laws into one to widen social security net for workers and make it easy for companies to do business. Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said the new framework would prove a gamechanger for workers’ welfare. The government has drafted and pay parity. A concern around the codes is these allow employers of units with less than 300 workers to terminate employment without prior notice. The threshold limit earlier was 100 workers. The RS, meanwhile, passed seven key Bills, including one that removes cereals, pulses and onion from the essential commodities’ list. — TNS 10 unions announce nationwide stir today four labour codes of which one — Code on Wages — has already become a law. There were 44 central labour laws in all, of which the government has repealed some. The codes propose minimum wages, social security What if the buyer decides the produce is not up to the mark, and refuses to buy? He cannot do that. Rather the objection should come from corporates that while farmers are getting all the freedom, they are being tied up in law. Farmers say of the listed 23 crops, MSP is paid only on wheat, paddy and cotton. On Monday, we announced the MSP for six rabi crops, including wheat. The BJPled NDA has given Rs 7 lakh crore in the past six years. We increased the MSP by one and a half times, which the UPA never did. What was the hurry to bring in new legislations? Reforms that happen today will benefit farmers from today, reforms that happen after a year will start showing results after a year. What we have done was recommended by MS Swaminathan, Sharad Joshi (late farm leader), Sharad Pawar (ex-Agriculture Minister) and the Congress. continued on back page Tribune News Service Bhartesh Singh Thakur New Delhi, September 22 In what appears to be the first step towards resolving the 20-week military standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, India and China have agreed not to send more troops to the frontline and refrain from unilaterally changing the ground situation. A joint statement was issued on Tuesday, detailing the outcome of the meeting of senior military commanders in Ladakh on Monday. In New Delhi, this is being seen as the first step to defuse the tension at the LAC as both sides have issued matching statements. The two sides also agreed to hold the seventh round of commander-level meeting as soon as possible and also take practical measures to CHINESE MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDUP Chandigarh: PRE-DOKLAM POST-DOKLAM POST-LADAKH CRISIS CRISIS CRISIS AIRBASE Tribune News Service TAJIKSTAN HELICOPTER BASE AIR DEFENCE SITE CHINA PAKISTAN INDIA NEPAL BHUTAN PLA ‘DOUBLED’ BASES POST DOKLAM ■ 34 PLA military infrastructure bases now exist along the 3,448-km LAC ■ 10 of these are airbases, 10 helicopter bases, eight electronic warfare guiding bases solve problems on the ground and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in border areas. The statement said India and China agreed “to avoid and six air-defence bases ■ 15 of these 34 bases form a sort of ring around Ladakh ■ 19 of these have been set up or upgraded since 2019 RELATED REPORT: BACK PAGE taking any actions that may complicate the situation”. It said the two sides had candid and in-depth exchange of views on stabilising the situation along the LAC. Chandigarh, September 22 Haryana reported the fourth highest number of GST evasion cases in the country over the past three years, according to Central GST authorities. As per figures placed before the Lok Sabha, the state saw 1,708 cases of GST evasion, involving around Rs 3,182.32 crore, from July 2017 to August 2020, which is 3.4 per cent of the overall evasion in the country. Delhi tops the list with 3,182 cases, followed by Maharashtra (2,540) and Gujarat (1,739). Punjab witnessed GST evasion worth Rs 656.27 crore, followed by HP (Rs 271.36 crore), J&K (Rs 256.27 crore) and Chandigarh (Rs 39.90 crore). Ten persons have been arrested in this connection continued on back page al dropping of arms and ammunition through drones from the Pakistan side, the J&K Police and the Army found drone-dropped arms at Sohal Khad, close to the Line of Control, in Akhnoor subdivision of Jammu district late on September 21 night. Two AK-47 assault rifles were among the arms seized, the police said. INSIDE NewDelhi, September 22 India recorded three milestones in the fight against Covid-19 on Tuesday with single-day recoveries surpassing daily new cases for the fourth consecutive day; 24-hour new infections dropping below 76,000 for the first time in two weeks and recovery rate touching 80.86 per cent. The 24-hour recoveries COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 55,62,663 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 44,97,867 FRESH FATALITIES 1,053 TOTAL DEATHS 88,935 WORLD 3,15,61,408 2,31,68,685 9,70,686 PM TO REVIEW SITUATION IN 7 HIGH-LOAD STATES PM Narendra Modi will virtually review the Covid situaton in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, UP, TN, Delhi and Punjab on Wednesday. These states contribute over 63% of active cases, 65.5% of confirmed cases and 77% of fatalities. crossed one lakh for the first time, reaching 1,01,468 while new cases fell to 75,809. The daily recoveries have outstripped daily cases for the fourth straight day for the first time since May. The new cases have also progressively reduced for four days. If these trends hold, the disease graph would start declining, say health officials. — TNS Support grows for Pb farmers, non-agri bodies join in Bathinda, September 22 People from various walks of life have extended support to state farmers, who are on warpath against the three farm Bills. Organisations such as the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, Malwa Zone Private Bus Operators, Bathinda Car Farmers say the Centre is leaving them at the mercy of corporates. It is a myth the Congress and Opposition are propagating to mislead them. The Farmers Empowerment and Protection Bill has the provision of an agreement at the time of sowing for deciding the price. The farmer will have the freedom to walk out of the agreement any time. The government, through the legislative route, is creating a framework that will not only open up more avenues for farmers to sell their produce but will also protect their interests. ❝ The law is not against the APMC or traders/ arhtiyas. Farmers will have the freedom to sell the produce anywhere they want, likewise arhtiyas too can trade anywhere in the country using their PAN card. The law gives alternatives and freedom to both farmers and traders. Why is the government cutting out arhtiyas, who are considered the lifeline of rural economy? The law is not against the APMC or traders/arhtiyas. Farmers will have the freedom to sell the produce anywhere, likewise arhtiyas too can trade anywhere in the country without a licence and just by using their PAN card. New Delhi, September 22 A first in 2 weeks: Fresh cases drop below 76K Tribune News Service T HERE has been no letup in the protests against the three farm Bills. It is the first time that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has faced such resistance to any of its decisions. In an exclusive interview with Vibha Sharma of The Tribune, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar answers queries related to farmers’ apprehensions on the contentious agriculture reforms and more. Excerpts: Hry 4th in GST New session from Nov 1: UGC Punjab moves HC evasion, 1,708 The delayed academic session Winter, summer over bail to Saini The Punjab Govfor freshers in universities break to be curtailed ernment has moved the Puncases in 3 yrs and colleges will begin from jab and Haryana HC against JAMMU: In a fresh case of aeri- Sukhmeet Bhasin ‘Oppn out to mislead, new laws will empower farmers’ India, China resolve to defuse LAC tension, won’t add troops MAP NOT TO SCALE New Delhi, September 22 The Congress-led Opposition today intensified its agitation against the three farm-related Bills passed by Parliament and announced to boycott proceedings in both Houses till their demands were met. The TMC, AAP Left, NC, , NCP BSP and TRS joined the , Congress in boycott. They are demanding legal guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP) regime and assurance that the state agencies will honour MSP and the support prices will be determined in line with the MS Swaminathan committee report. With the Opposition deciding to boycott House proceedings, the eight suspended MPs on Tuesday ended their overnight sit-in inside the Parliament House complex and said they would now take their fight against the farm Bills to the streets. Although Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had initially listed revocation of eight MPs’ suspension among the conditions to end boycott, he later said this was a request. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, said the revo- THE TRIBUNEINTERVIEW: NARENDRA SINGH TOMAR, AGRI MINISTER Dealers Union, Budhlada Bar Association, Punjab Nambardar Union and Punjab Swarankar Sangh have announced support to farmers for their Punjab bandh call on September 25. Amit Kapoor, president, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, and Punjab Swarankar Sangh chief Kartar Singh Jaura urged the Traders, transporters, car dealers, advocates to join Sept 25 bandh Union Government to withdraw the “anti-farmer” Bills. Kapoor said: “Farmers, arhtiyas, dealers selling pesticides, seeds and fertilisers and others linked to the sec- tor will be adversely affected by the new legislations.” Members of the Malwa Zone Private Bus Operators Union took out a protest march in Bathinda, besides joining the stir by the BKU (Sidhupur) outside the DC office here. Car dealers in the district too announced to keep their shops shut during the Pun- jab bandh. Budhlada Bar Association president Sukhdarshan Singh and others condemned the Centre for its “anti-farmer” stance. Punjab Nambardar Union president Amritpal Singh said: “Punjab is an agrarian state. If the Bills get passed, these will affect all sections of the society. We thus stand by the farmers in their fight.” November 1, according to the UGC. The winter and summer vacation and other holidays would be curtailed to make up for the time lost, it said. The guidelines, by an expert panel set up for revis- ing the academic calendar in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, have been accepted by the UGC. Accordingly, universities have been recommended a weekly six-day teachinglearning schedule. — PTI the grant of anticipatory bail to ex-DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in Multani disappearance case by an Additional District and Sessions Judge. Saini was given bail before the addition of murder offence to the case. TNS
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).