24092020-TT-01.qxd 9/24/2020 8:08 PM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.265 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana BELARUS PRESIDENT SWORN IN, OPPN CRIES FOUL WORLD /thetribunechd ERDOGAN’S REMARKS ON J&K UNACCEPTABLE: INDIA BACK PAGE KKR PICKS UP 1.28% STAKE IN RELIANCE RETAIL FOR ~5,550 CR BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday, september 24,2020 Parliament adjourned sine die, Dassault yet to transfer technology : CAG session cut short by eight days Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Labour Bills passed, layoff norms eased for firms with staff up to 300 Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 23 Eight days ahead of the scheduled end of the monsoon session, Parliament was adjourned sine die today amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19 among MPs. In a first, the two Houses met at different times in a day to ensure social distancing norms against the backdrop of the Covid-19 outbreak. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the 10day session was productive and 25 Bills were passed and six introduced. Opposition members boycotted the proceedings after eight members were suspended following a ruckus in the House on Sunday during the passage of farm Bills. The Rajya Sabha today approved three labour reform Bills aimed at relaxing norms for winding up of companies and allowing firing of staff without government permission in firms with up to 300 workers. The Bills were passed unanimously with voice vote amid boycott by Opposition parties, including the Congress and Left, in protest BDC chairman shot dead in Budgam SRINAGAR: Chairman of Block Development Council, Khag, Bhupinder Singh was shot by militants in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday, police said. Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to nab the culprits. No militant group has owned responsibility for the killing. TNS CISCE compartment exams from Oct 6-9 NEW DELHI: The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will conduct compartment and improvement exams for class 10 and 12 from October 6 to 9, the board announced on Wednesday. The results will be declared on October 17, it said. The board had announced the results in July. PTI FIR against Kashyap over rape allegation MUMBAI: The Mumbai Police have registered an FIR against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap under Sections 376 (rape), 354 (assault with intent to outrage modesty), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement) after actress Payal Ghosh accused him of raping her in 2013. Kashyap has dismissed the allegations as “baseless”. PTI SC: No action against Facebook VP till Oct 15 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s peace and harmony committee not to take any coercive action against Facebook India vice president Ajit Mohan till October 15 in connection with summons issued to him to depose before it with regard to the Delhi riots. TNS Opposition MPs hold a march to protest farm and labour Bills in Parliament complex on Wednesday. PTI DON’T SIGN FARM BILLS, OPPN URGES PRESIDENT 25 LEGISLATIONS PASSED ❝ The10-daysessionwas New Delhi: A broader Oppoproductive as 25 Bills were sition at a meeting with Presipassed and 6 introduced... dent Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday urged him to The MPs must ensure return the allegedly unconstisuch unseemly tutional farm Bills, requesting him to reserve his assent behaviour is on the legislations till the not repeated time these were reconsidered and taken up again Ghulam Nabi Azad and other Oppn M Venkaiah Naidu, RS CHAIRMAN through due process. MPs after meeting the President. against the suspension of eight members of the House. The Bills pertain to the three labour codes on industrial relations, social security and occupational safety. Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said: “The purpose of labour reforms is to provide a transparent system to suit the changed business environment.” He told the House that 16 states had already increased the threshold for closure and layoffs in firms with up to 300 workers without government permission. Give week’s notice to Saini for arrest: HC Why not revoke your licence, Bar asks Bhushan chandigarh, , September 23 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the issuance of a week’s advance notice if he was sought to be arrested “in any case pertaining to any incident during his entire service”. The order would remain in force at least till October 8 when the case comes up for resumed hearing. Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi made it clear that the only exception would be the Multani case registered by the Punjab Police on May 6. Saini had moved the court for extending the protection granted by the High Court vide order dated October 11, 2018, to “any incident pertaining to service career”. — TNS New Delhi, September 23 Weeks after activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan was convicted of contempt of court for his tweets against CJI SA Bobde and four ex-CJIs, the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has asked him to explain why proceedings should not be initiated to revoke his enrolment as a lawyer. In its September 18 decision, the BCD asked Bhushan to appear either personally or through video-conferencing on October 23. The notice became public after Bhushan tweeted about it. The BCD has invoked Section 24A (disqualification for enrolment) and Section 35 of the Advocates Act, 1961, in Bhushan’s case. — TNS SUMEDH SINGH SAINI SHOURIE GETS HC STAY ON ARREST WARRANT Jodhpur: The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday stayed the arrest warrant against former Union Minister Arun Shourie in a case involving the sale of an Udaipur hotel at an alleged loss of Rs 244 crore to the exchequer. The court told Shourie to appear before it and furnish a personal bond and surety on October 15. PTI Mittal dares Akalis to snap ties, says many ready to switch sides Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 23 Senior BJP leader and party’s core panel member Madan Mohan Mittal today dared the Akalis to break the alliance with the BJP saying the BJP , was ready to contest all 117 Assembly seats in Punjab. He claimed that several Akali, AAP and Congress leaders wanted to switch over to the BJP . Mittal said the Akalis could form the next government in Punjab in 2022 only if they kept the alliance and that the BJP would contest 59 of the total Assembly seats. So far the SAD has contested 94 seats and the BJP 23. “The SAD cannot get a majority if they contest 94 seats and, hence, the BJP will contest 59 seats,” he argued. Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma, however, said there had been no discussion on breaking the alliance. Dr DS Cheema, SAD spokesper- WILL SEEK 59 SEATS ❝ The Akali Dal can form government in Punjab in 2022 only if they keep the alliance. The BJP will contest 59 seats this time. Madan Mohan Mittal, EX-MINISTER FARMER KILLED, 17 HURT IN MISHAP WHILE RETURNING FROM PROTEST PASS RESOLUTIONS AGAINST BILLS: UNIONS TO PANCHAYATS EYE ON POLL, CONGRESS LOOKS TO CASH IN ON STIR son, said his party would react only to an official statement by the BJP . Mittal was at the forefront of a group within the BJP which ahead of the 2017 elections had advocated breaking the alliance. He said the Akalis had yet to wash the “stain of arranging pardon” for the Sirsa dera head. “The Akalis, I believe, had no hand in the sacrilege incidents but they cannot convince the people on getting Akal Takht to pardon the dera head,” he claimed. On SAD’s proposed threehour “chakka jam” on September 25, Mittal said the Akalis took a U-turn on the three farm Bills only after the farmers’dharna outside their house in Badal village. Meanwhile, SAD chief Sukhbir Badal today asked CM Capt Amarinder Singh to declare Punjab a “principal market yard” for agricultural produce so that the farm Bills did not apply to the state. New Delhi, September 23 The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in a report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, said Dassault Aviation — the maker of Rafale fighter aircraft — had so far not confirmed the transfer of high technology for jet engine. In a statement, CAG said in the offset contract related to the 36 Rafale jets, Dassault PART OF RAFALE DEAL ■ CAG said in the offset con- tract under Rafale deal, Dassault had proposed to discharge 30 per cent of its offset obligation by offering technology to the DRDO ■ But till date, the vendor has not confirmed the transfer of the technology, CAG said Aviation and European missile maker MBDA had initially proposed (in September 2015) to discharge 30 per cent of their offset obligation by offering high technology to the DRDO. “The DRDO wanted technical assistance for the indigenous development of its engine (Kaveri) for the light combat aircraft. Till date, the vendor has not confirmed the transfer of this technology,” CAG said. “Offset obligation” Micro-containment the way to go, Punjab, other high-load states told Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 23 PM Narendra Modi today said wearing masks was a tough routine but a must to prevent the chain of Covid transmission and asked chief ministers of seven states with a high number of cases to focus on micro-containment zones in 60 districts to curb the spread of infection. In a virtual review meeting with CMs of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, UP Tamil Nadu, Delhi and , Punjab, the PM laid stress on economic recovery alongside Covid management and COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 56,46,010 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 45,87,613 FRESH FATALITIES 1,085 TOTAL DEATHS 90,020 WORLD 3,18,78,407 2,34,75,687 9,77,155 UNION MINISTER ANGADI DIES OF CORONAVIRUS Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi (65) died of Covid on Wednesday. The first Union minister to die of Covid, he was admitted to AIIMS, New Delhi, two weeks ago. asked states to analyse whether local lockdowns were helping stop disease transmission or blocking economic activity. These seven states account for 65.5 per cent of India’s total 56,46,010 cases and 77 per cent of 90,020 deaths as of today. “I urge CMs to analyse whether local lockdowns are helping prevent disease. Hope these lockdowns are not interrupting economic activity. This issue requires a serious look,” said the PM. He stressed starting microcontainment in 60 districts across seven states with the highest cases. is the stipulated share of work that the foreign manufacturer is obligated to get done in India. The CAG report, Management of Defence Offsets, said it was found in many cases that foreign vendors made offset commitments to qualify for the main supply contract, but were later not earnest about fulfilling these commitments. The CAG statement cited the example of Rafale for this. Hry colleges to reopen, trial run from Sept 26 Chandigarh, September 23 The Haryana Government has decided to reopen colleges and universities for providing guidance to students with a trial run from September 26. On Mondays and Tuesdays, BA-I students can visit colleges from 9 am to 12 noon and BCom and BSc-I students between 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, BA-II students can visit between 9 am and 12 noon, and BCom and BSc 2nd year between 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, BA-III students can take guidance from 9 am to 12 noon, and BCom and B Sc-III from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm. — TNS
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