15102020-TTB-01.qxd 10/15/2020 12:03 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.286 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 NEYMAR'S HAT-TRICK HELPS BRAZIL DRUB PERU SPORT /thetribunechd CHINA’S LADAKH CLAIM HAS NO HISTORICAL BASIS BACK PAGE WHOLESALE INFLATION RISES TO SEVEN-MONTH HIGH IN SEPT BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday, october 15,2020 No minister, angry farmers walk out of meet Accuse Union Govt of double standards | Threaten to step up agitation Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 14 Representatives of 29 farm unions from Punjab today walked out of the meeting called by the Centre to resolve their concerns over the new farm laws. They accused the government of adopting double standards with no minister present to hear them out. At least Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar should have been present, said Joginder Singh Ugrahan of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) after over an hour-long meeting with the Secretary, Agriculture, Sanjay Agarwal. Later at the Krishi Bhavan here, agitated union leaders raised slogans and tore copies of the farm laws. “On the one hand, the government has launched an outreach drive to convince farmers in Punjab and on the other, not even a minister was present at the meeting. We asked the Secretary if the government was even interested in resolving the RAIN KILLS 19 IN TELANGANA 19 25 2 2 dead in Telangana, six in Andhra Pradesh amid rain-triggered mishaps cm rain recorded in Hyderabad in the past 24 hours days’ holiday declared in areas within Hyderabad’s outer ring road limits more days of heavy rain likely in Hyderabad and Maharashtra, says IMD Rescue operations underway in Hyderabad. BACK PAGE India lampoons Pak at C’wealth meeting issue,” Ugrahan asked. Balbir Singh Rajewal of the BKU (Rajewal) said the 29 unions would meet in Chandigarh on Thursday to discuss the next course of action. “We told him (Agriculture Secretary) that this is not an agitation of the Punjab farmers alone. We are trying to resolve the issue Farm unions to meet in Chd today | NRIs protest in UK, US peacefully, but attempts are being made to vitiate the atmosphere,” Rajewal said. The BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), intensified its stir after the meeting. Its members sat on dharna outside the residences of nine Punjab BJP leaders. The All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee claimed that the meeting was “an effort to create a false impression that the Centre is engaging with farmers, when it is going all out to enforce the black laws”. US names envoy for Tibetan issues NEW DELHI: The United States on Wednesday announced that its diplomat Robert A Destro will also serve as the special coordinator for Tibetan issues. Making the announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the appointment was consistent with the Tibetan Policy Act. TNS Moratorium Modalities being worked out to waive interest on interest, SG tells court Tribune News Service NEXT HEARING NOV 2 New Delhi, October 14 The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to implement its decision to waive compound interest on loans up to Rs 2 crore at the earliest even as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the modalities were being worked out to ensure borrowers got the intended benefit. “We are only asking if the benefit of compound interest waiver is percolating down to borrowers,” a Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the Solicitor General. NEWDELHI: The BJP on Wednes- day released a list of 35 candidates for the third phase of the Bihar Assembly elections, renominating late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s cousin and sitting MLA Neeraj Kumar Singh ‘Bablu’ from the Chhatapur constituency in Supaul district. TNS ■ SC insists on knowing when decision on waiving ‘interest on interest’ will be implemented ■ Solicitor Gen seeks more time to waive compound interest on loans up to ~ 2 cr “Their (borrowers’) Diwali is in your hands,” the Bench said while posting the matter for further hearing on November 2. As Mehta said discussions were already on, senior counsel Harish Salve, represent- At 5.7%, Pb positivity rate lower than national avg Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 14 Ahead of the rollout of unlock 5.0 guidelines starting tomorrow, India today clocked 7.24 million Covid-19 cases with 63,509 daily new infections and 74,632 recoveries. A consistent surge in recoveries—63,01,927 people of the 72,39,389 confirmed cases nationally have been discharged—has given the government the confidence to allow virtually every activity to open from tomorrow, with states to take a call on whether to restart schools. continued on back page ADDING INSULT TO INJURY ❝ Shocked at the humiliating treatmentby the BJP. The Centre has rubbed salt into the wounds of farmers by sending a bureaucrat to meet them Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM OPPORTUNITY LOST ❝ The Centre has missed a great opportunity. By provoking farmers and the youth, the BJP is repeating mistakes that the Congress had made. This can vitiate the atmosphere in Punjab. Sukhbir Badal, SAD convene a special session of the Assembly to counter the laws. — TNS New Delhi, October 14 A fresh PIL in the Supreme Court has demanded registration of criminal cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against erring police and other government officials in connection with the alleged destruction of evidence in the Hathras rape case in UP . Filed by activist Chetan Janardhan Kamble, the PIL accused UP officials of “shielding the accused” and demanded strict action against erring officials to ensure that people’s faith in the rule of law was not dissipated. A Kerala NGO has also filed an intervention application in the SC, alleging that a false narrative was being spread by the media against members of upper castes. Munnokka Samudaya Samrakshana Munnani (Forward Community Welfare Front) said it was aggrieved by the publication of “purely COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 72,39,389 RECOVERED 63,01,927 FRESH FATALITIES 730 TOTAL DEATHS 1,10,586 WORLD 3,85,35,225 2,89,59,229 10,93,096 RUSSIA OKAYS 2ND VACCINE TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS Moscow: Russia has granted regulatory approval to a second Covid-19 vaccine, according to its register of authorised medicines. The vaccine completed earlystage human trials last month. REUTERS RBI ON LOAN RECAST The RBI has clarified that standard loans without any defaults as of March 1, 2020, would be eligible for restructuring under the pandemic-related resolution framework issued in August. PTI ing Banks’ Association, interjected to say that the RBI needed to issue a circular for it because banks can’t do it on their own. “We are saying it will be done. The Centre has also assured it will be done,” Salve submitted. Govt braces for winter, to import 1 LMT oxygen New Delhi, October 14 The Union Health Ministry has initiated the process of importing liquid oxygen as part of its preparedness to meet any unforeseen shortage during the winters when the country may witness an increase in Covid-19 cases leading to a rise in demand for oxygen. A public sector undertaking floated a global tender on Wednesday on behalf of the Health Ministry for procuring one lakh metric tonne (LMT) of liquid oxygen. The oxygen is being procured for various Central and state government hospitals. — PTI As the Bench insisted on knowing as to when the decision on waiving “interest on interest” would be implemented, Mehta said: “The government has given the assurance on affidavit and we have already said that a decision has been taken… now only the modalities have to be worked out.” Mehta sought time till November 15 to work out the modalities for implementation of its decision not to charge “interest on interest” from most vulnerable borrowers belonging to seven categories on loans up to Rs 2 crore. J&K, Ladakh women New Delhi, October 14 The government today approved a special package of Rs 520 crore to extend Deen Dayal Antyodaya Rashtriya Ajeevika Mission, a scheme to provide livelihood opportunities to women in rural areas, to the UTs of J&K and Ladakh. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. The mission aims to support rural women through self-help AJEEVIKA MISSION ■ Will cover two-thirds of families in rural areas ■ 10.58 lakh women to benefit in 2 UTs ■ There are 7 crore women members in 63 lakh self-help groups in the country groups. “In both UTs, twothirds of the families in rural areas will be covered under the scheme. A sum of Rs 520 crore has been allocated for the scheme, which will run for five years,” Javadekar said. — TNS The show is on A worker sanitises a cinema hall in Patiala ahead of its reopening on Thursday. ■ Theatres and multiplexes in Delhi, Punjab and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat will reopen on Thursday with stringent Covid dos and don’ts. PTI ■ In Maharashtra, TN, Kerala and Chhattis- garh, the multiplexes will remain shut. The Centre has left it to the states to take a call. Tribune News Service Waive pollution fee: HP hoteliers Dipender Manta Mandi, October 14 The Kullu-Manali hoteliers’ association has urged the Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board to waive pollution charges levied on hotels in Kullu district, citing the massive losses incurred by the hospitality sector owing to the Covid-induced lockdown. The president of the association, Anup Thakur, said he had written to a member-secretary of the Cite financial crisis owing to lockdown board in this regard. “The hotel industry in the state is in tatters having been first hit by the economic slowdown and then the Covid-19 pandemic. Most hoteliers do not have any secondary source of income. We are struggling to make both ends meet. It is impossible for us to pay the charges levied by the pollution board,” Thakur said. Pointing out that the hotels had remained shut for six months from March to September, he said they had zero income and only 30 per cent of hotels had reopened, and even these had low occupancy. “The hotels having been shut all this while, we want the pollution charges waived for a year or at least for the period when these were shut. There was no pollution during that period,” he argued. 3-FOLD SECURITY FOR VICTIM’S KIN: UP GOVT In an affidavit to Supreme Court, Yogi government has assured that three-fold protection is in place for the victim’s family and witnesses 4 PFI ‘MEMBERS’ QUIZZED ED officials on Wednesday questioned four alleged members of the Popular Front of India (PFI), arrested on October 5 while on way to meet the kin of Hathras victim. IANS speculative theories” by print, electronic, digital and social media that the Hathras case was the result of caste rivalry. Meanwhile, the UP Government has filed an affidavit in the SC asserting that a threefold protection mechanism has been put in place for security of victim’s family and witnesses. Farooq meet on 370 today, Mufti to attend Srinagar, October 14 National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has convened a meeting at his residence on Thursday for chalking out the future course of action on “Gupkar declaration” with regard to the special status (Article 370) of Jammu and Kashmir which was revoked by the Centre last year. Former Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who was released from detention after 14 months on Tuesday, will also Supporters throng PDP chief’s residence attend the meeting. “My father and I called on Mehbooba Mufti sahiba to enquire about her wellbeing after her release from detention,” NC vice-president Omar Abdullah told reporters. He said the PDP leader had accepted the invitation for the meeting of signatories to the Gupkar declaration on Thursday. Gupkar declaration is a resolution issued after an all-party meeting on August 4, 2019, at the Gupkar residence of the National Conference president. MORE INSIDE Week after opening, Karnal paddy centre shut Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Sushant’s cousin on BJP’s Bihar poll list Chandigarh, October 14 The Punjab Government has decided to convene a special Vidhan Sabha session on October 19 to bring in a legislation to counter the contentious farm laws. A decision to this effect was taken at a virtual meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh here on Wednesday. The Chief Minister had earlier said he would call a special Assembly session to bring in necessary amendments to state laws to negate the “dangerous impact” of the Central legislations, which “are designed to ruin the farmers as well as the state’s agriculture and economy”. In the last Assembly session on August 28, a resolution was passed by a majority to reject the three farm ordinances, which later took the shape of the laws. The Opposition parties and farmers have also been urging the government to Tribune News Service Borrowers’ Diwali in govt hands: SC ~520-cr package for NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday lampooned Pakistan at a virtual meeting of the Commonwealth foreign ministers, calling it a promoter of state-sponsored terrorism. Without naming Pakistan, India also referred to Pakistan's dubious distinction of becoming synonymous with the phrase "epicentre of terrorism”. PTI Farm union leaders raise slogans after walking out of the meeting with the Agriculture Secretary in New Delhi. PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI To counter laws, Punjab calls session on Oct 19 Hathras: PIL seeks FIR under SC Act MSP FRAUD BY TRADERS? Karnal, October 14 Over a week after its opening, the paddy purchase centre at Mohidinpur village on the Haryana-UP border that was meant to facilitate farmers of the neighbouring state, has been shut. The Karnal administration had drawn flak for banning the entry of UP farmers, a practice contrary to the Centre’s ‘one nation, one market’ policy. A mere 4,800 MT of paddy was procured at the centre, which is 1 per cent of the 5 lakh MT that UP farmers sold in Karnal, Gharaunda, Kunjpura, ■ Some traders allegedly bought paddy at cheap rates from UP farmers and sold it in Karnal at higher MSP ■ District authorities said the mandi was shut as UP farmers had been allowed to sell crop in all Karnal markets ■ Arhtiyas attributed their disin- terest to poor infrastructure at the Karnal mandi <
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