21102020-TT-01.qxd 20-10-2020 22:51 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.292 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 himachal pradesh LAWSUIT CHALLENGES TRUMP’S NEW H-1B VISA RULES WORLD /thetribunechd RAHUL DISAPPROVES OF KAMAL’S ‘ITEM’ REMARK BACK PAGE SPICEJET STARTS 4 INTERNATIONAL, 58 DOMESTIC FLIGHTS BUSINESS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Army Vice-Chief in US to boost ties NEW DELHI: Vice-Chief of Army Lt Gen SK Saini on Tuesday visited the US Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii and held talks with senior American military commanders on ways to enhance strategic cooperation between the two forces, officials said. PTI Acquittal for 20 Tablighi attendees MUMBAI: A Mumbai court has acquitted 20 foreign attendees of a Tablighi Jamaat event, who were booked by the city police for allegedly violating prohibitory orders during the Covid-induced lockdown. Metropolitan Magistrate (Andheri) RR Khan acquitted the 20 persons as the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them. PTI ED attaches assets of Mirchi’s kin NEW DELHI: The ED on Tuesday said it had issued a provisional attachment order under the PMLA to seize assets worth Rs 22.42 crore of late Mumbai gangster Iqbal Mirchi’s family. The total attachment so far in the case against the late gangster and his family is about Rs 798 crore. TNS wednesday, october 21,2020 Punjab passes Bills to bypass Central farm laws First state to pass resolution Proposes 3-year jail for crop against Parliament Acts purchase below MSP Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 20 In a historic move, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday unanimously passed three Bills to counter the contentious farm laws enacted by the Union Government last month. Among other things, the Bills make buying of wheat and paddy below minimum support price (MSP) a punishable offence. Farmers to get protection against attachment of land ❝ I’m ready to resign or be dismissed, but won’t bow to injustice towards farmers. Tribune News Service What next? If Guv agrees, Bills go to Prez The second day of the special session began with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh moving a resolution rejecting the Centre’s laws and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill. He asked the Centre to annul these legislations and bring an ordinance making procurement of farm produce at MSP a statutory right of farmers and continue procuring foodgrain through the FCI and other agencies. “I am ready to resign or be dismissed rather than bow to injustice towards Punjab farmers,” he said, urging the continued on page 14 Edit: Punjab’s farm Bills Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh speaks on the second day of the special Vidhan Sabha session in Chandigarh. PTI WHAT THE BILLS MOVED BY CONGRESS GOVT PROPOSE The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) (Punjab Amendment) Bill: Buying wheat, paddy below MSP to invite 3-year jail, fine. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance (Punjab Amendment) Bill: Contractors to purchase at MSP. Violators face 3-year jail, fine. FARM UNIONS WARY, MEET TODAY The Essential Commodities (Punjab Amendment) Bill: Keeps powers to fix stock limit of foodgrain with the state. Protects consumers from hoarding and black-marketing. NITISH FAVOURITE AS CM ■ Among the contenders for the CM’s post, the opinion poll showed incumbent Nitish Kumar a favourite among 31 per cent of the participants in the survey ■ RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav followed Nitish with 27 per cent votes while LJP’s Chirag Paswan remained a distant third with only 5 per cent votes ■ Incumbent Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi has only 4 per cent support for the top Bihar post NDA SEAT PROJECTIONS 38% Mahagathbandhan 32% Lok Janshakti Party Others 6% 24% 133-143 NDA Mahagathbandhan 88-98 Lok Janshakti Party 2-6 6-10 Others The Code of Civil Procedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2020: Protects farmers from attachment of land (below 2.5 acres) in recovery proceedings. JOINT DELEGATION MEETS GOVERNOR The protesting farm unions will take a call on their next course of action on Wednesday. Union leaders are apprehensive that the Bills will not stand the scrutiny of law. They are also disappointed that MSP has been guaranteed only for wheat and paddy Within hours of passing the Bills, a joint delegation of the Congress, AAP, SAD and Lok Insaaf Party, led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, met Governor VP Singh Badnore, seeking his approval to the Bills before sending these to the President. 4 militants killed in 2 J&K LJP appears to be helping ruling alliance by cutting into anti-incumbency votes encounters Tribune News Service According to the survey, VOTE SHARE All for farmers, will study Bills:Tomar Vibha Sharma Opinion poll gives NDA edge in Bihar New Delhi, October 20 The ruling NDA in Bihar comprising the BJP Chief , Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) are set to retain power in the state if the opinion poll projections by Lokniti-CSDS are to be believed. The opinion poll agency has given the NDA a “definite edge” over the principal Opposition alliance led by the RJD and comprising the Congress and the Left parties. Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM Oppn parties SAD, AAP back Bills; BJP skips session the NDA enjoys a lead of 6 per cent in vote share over the RJD coalition. The opinion poll data, released today, projected that the ruling NDA would bag 38 per cent votes in the threephased Bihar Assembly elections beginning October 28. It put the vote share of the key Opposition front, named Mahagathbandhan or grand alliance, at 32 per cent. While the opinion poll shows the NDA ahead, it says the ruling alliance’s cumulative vote share would be down by about 5 per cent compared continued on page 14 Srinagar, October 20 Four militants were killed in two encounters in Shopian and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Ammunition seized from encounter sites Tuesday, taking the death toll of ultras in the two operations to five, the Army said. The security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Melhura in the Zainapora area of Shopian on Monday evening, continued on page 14 New Delhi, October 20 Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said the Centre would examine the Bills passed by the Punjab Assembly and take a decision in the “best interest of farmers”. Tomar said the Modi government had taken several measures for the welfare of the farmers. “To ensure they are able to operate freely and get better price for their produce, Parliament enacted three historic Acts.” “I am confident that the Acts cannot be compared. We will examine the Bills passed by Punjab and take action keeping in mind the best interest of farmers,” the minister said. Officials say whenever states pass such laws (on matters on the concurrent list), these are sent to the Home Ministry for scrutiny. “The judicial wing of the MHA then consults the Law Ministry after which these Bills are sent to the President NARENDRA SINGH TOMAR MATTER MAY REACH SC, SAY LEGAL EXPERTS Legal experts feel that the controversy over the farm laws is likely to end up at the Supreme Court. They say there is a need for clarity on the competent authority to pass Bills regarding subjects on the concurrent list. for assent,” an official said. Senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan said: “If the said Bills are covered under Entry 14 of the State List under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, the state is entitled to enact the laws. However, if Punjab is claiming its legislative competence under Entry 33 of the Concurrent List, the Bills will have to be sent to the President.” Virus still around, don’t drop guard amid festive rush: PM Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 20 Seeking to remind the people that there is no room for complacency or slackness in adhering to precautions in the fight against Covid-19 till the vaccine arrives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the danger from the virus was prevalent. Noticing a growing tendency among the people to believe the virus has gone or is not as dangerous, PM Modi cited latest instances in countries like the United States, Brazil and Europe NO ROOM FOR LAXITY ❝ Those moving around without masks are putting themselves and others at risk. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER where the disease has resurged after dipping. Stating that people can be seen resuming activities while forgoing precautions like wearing of a mask, he said such an attitude would not only put the individual at risk but also endanger their family, children and elders. While the government, he said, was able to contain the spread of the virus with the cooperation of the people, the PM reminded the disease was still around and with festival season approaching there was need to maintain abundant caution all around. The collective task of fighting the scourge is still incomplete, he said. 7 DCs shifted in HP DRDO purchase norms go easy on startups Daily cases below 50K for1sttimein2months Shimla, October 20 In a major administrative reshuffle, the Himachal Pradesh Government has transferred 21 IAS officers, including the deputy commissioners of seven districts. Aditya Negi has replaced Amit Kashyap as the new DC of Shimla. Duni Chand Rana, Director, Environment, Science and Technology, has been posted as the Chamba DC while Hemraj Bairwa is the new Kinnaur DC. He has replaced Gopal Chand. Raghav Sharma has replaced Sandeep Kumar as the new Una DC. Rohit Jamwal, Director, Town and Country Planning, has been posted as the Bilaspur DC. Shimla Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Rai will be the Lahaul-Spiti DC and Debasweta Banik the Hamirpur DC. INSIDE NewDelhi, October 20 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today released a new version of the procurement manual for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to facilitate the local defence industry. The aim is to encourage participation of the industry, including startups and micro, small and medium enterprises, in defence research under HOPE INDIA WILL RELEASE OUR SOLDIER: CHINA Beijing: The Chinese military has expressed hope that its missing soldier, who was reportedly apprehended by the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh on Monday, will be released soon. PTI the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiative. “The new DRDO Procurement Manual will facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry by simplifying the processes and ensuring their participation in design and development activities,” Rajnath tweeted. The Defence Ministry said the manual aimed at facilitating faster execution of research and development projects. The modified features would allow the placement of order to the second lowest bidder in case the lowest bidder backs out. There will be no negotiations for commercial off-the-shelf items and services wherever price is being decided through market forces. The internal procedures have been further simplified for faster engagement with the industry. Ballabgarh in Haryana records country’s worst air quality Bijendra Ahlawat Tribune News Service Faridabad, October 20 Ballabgarh in Haryana’s Faridabad district has emerged as the country’s most polluted place, with its air quality index (AQI) declining to a low of 340 today. It is perhaps the first time that this sub-divisional town, a part of the National Capital Region, has fared the worst nationally due to high concentration of particulate matter (PM) 2.5. Though the town’s AQI lev- el continues to be over 300 for the past four days, it touched 340 at 10 am, according to data placed on the Central Pollution Control Board’s environment app ‘Sameer’. Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh was the second worst performer with an AQI of 304. A majority of the cities in Haryana and the National Capital Region recorded AQI up to 283 this morning. An AQI level of 60 or less is considered “good”. It turns “satisfactory” between 60 and 100, “moderate” from 100 to ‘VERY POOR’ AIR QUALITY INDEX 340 AQI recorded in Ballabgarh, falls in ‘very poor’ category 304 registered by UP’s Muzaffarnagar. It’s second worst performer 283 and below recorded by rest of Haryana and NCR on Tuesday 200 and “poor” from 200 and 300. The level between 300 and 400 is “very poor” and it becomes “severe” above 400. Ballabgarh’s air quality has been on a downward slide since October 17 when it was recorded at 305 for the first time this season. It touched 318 and 320 on October 18 and October 19. Faridabad’s AQI has remained between 229 and 293 over the past four days, bettering its worst of 307 on October 15. Haryana Transport Minister and Ballabgarh MLA Mool Chand Sharma cited stubble burning and construction work at two flyovers on the national highway passing through the town as the main reason for the high pollution level. “The presence of a large number of industrial units and high traffic movement are also to be blamed,” he said. Sharma maintained measures like sprinkling of water on roads to supress dust and action against those violating pollution norms were being taken. Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 20 The number of new infections reported daily in India dropped below 50,000 for the first time in 84 days, taking the Covid-19 caseload to 75,97,063 on Tuesday. A total of 46,790 fresh infections were reported today, while the death toll climbed to 1,15,197 with 587 fatalities being registered in a span of 24 hours. In another milestone, India has recorded lower weekly cases per million as per the World Health Organisation data maintained to monitor the worldwide pandemic trends. Against the global average of 315 cases per million last week, India saw 310, France 2,457, Spain 936 and the US 1,153. The US and most of Europe are witnessing a second surge. India’s total recoveries surged past 67 lakh, the highest in the world, with the number of tests reaching 9.6 crore, the COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT 75,97,063 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS RECOVERED 67,33,328 FRESH FATALITIES 587 TOTAL DEATHS 1,15,197 WORLD 4,07,99,118 3,04,53,494 11,25,106 PLASMA THERAPY NOT BENEFICIAL: STUDIES ❝ The government is working on the deletion of convalescent plasma therapy from the national Covid management protocol . Several studies have shown plasma has no benefit. Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR second highest globally. Active cases fell below 10 per cent of the total infections today. The case fatality rate has declined consistently, with India’s deaths per million (83) less than the global average (142).
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