CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 SEPTEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘P EXERCISES .R. POOR SUBSTITUTE FOR GOVERNANCE’ TRUMP PLEDGES TO REPLACE GINSBURG WITH WOMAN P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 32-26 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 3.0 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 94% TEMPERATURE P5 P9 P12 Bedlam in Rajya Sabha as it passes two key farm bills Govt rushes through passage of Bills; Opp members heckle presiding officer, create chaos Min. 65% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Max: 32.5°C (-3) Min: 25.5°C (-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:25 hrs 17:35 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 19:59 hrs 08:11 hrs Next moon quarter on 24 September THUMBNAILS People pay their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg near the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on Saturday night. AFP Google-Paytm fight: Internet giant Google's P Play store rules forced Paytm to roll back a UPI cashback campaign which is legal in India, digital payments company Paytm claimed. The company alleged that it was arm-twisted to take down its campaign while Google Pay has been running similar cricket-based promotions. Google had blocked Paytm on its Play store following a policy update on September 18, ahead of the IPL cricket tournament, to disallow apps that support unregulated gambling but restored the app after a few hours. Facebook CEO: Facebook India Head Ajit Mohan has defended the handling of alleged hate speeches by members of the ruling BJP, saying the platform has remained true to its design of being neutral and non-partisan and acted based on inputs from various teams. Mohan rejected charges of Facebook India's decisions being influenced by political leanings of individuals, saying the process followed at the platform is designed to ensure no one person can influence outcomes. ‘NDA-friendly’ BJD upset at the way farm Bills were passed NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER nprecedented chaos marked the passage of the two controversial farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha today when the Government rushed through them, ignoring the Opposition’s demand to send them to a Select Committee. There was shouting by members in the well of the House, tearing of official papers and attempts to uproot the Chair’s microphones. Trinamul Congress leader Derek O’Brien thrust a Rule Book of the House in front of Deputy Chairman Harivansh who rushed through the passage of the Bills. The Chair rejected most amendments as the members who moved them were not on their seats due to the chaos in the House, and did not fulfil the requirement to speak on the amendments from their seats. The Elders across a large number of parties said a law concerning 60 to 70 per cent of the population should not be rushed through, and should be referred to a Select Committee so that views of farmers and farm experts could be secured. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who replied to a three and a half hours debate on the Bill, assured the House that the Government would continue to procure agricultural produce on MSP The laws . were intended to allow farmers to access wider markets, and free them from the stranglehold of mandis and middlemen. The House went into turmoil as Tomar started replying to the debate when U Anurag Kashyap denies sexual abuse allegations STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHUBANESWAR, 20 SEPTEMBER (Screengrab from Rajya Sabha TV) it was past 1 p.m. The Opposition’s initial demand was the passage of the Bill should be taken up tomorrow and the House be adjourned, as the day’s four working hours were over. Harivansh sought the opinion of the House whether the House should complete the business in hand and then announced the House wanted to sit. Even as Trinamul Congress members were walking into the well of the House, leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the extension of the sitting should be decided by consensus and not by majority. He said the minister could reply tomorrow. Harivansh however focused on the members in the well, who were shouting and clapping, and he said this was corona time and members should avoid coming into the well. By that time Tomar had already spoken for five minutes. By 1.10 pm, the minister’s reply was finished, and the Deputy Chairman took up the statutory resolution moved by K K Ragesh (CPIM) against the Ordinance, being replaced by the first Bill, and declared it negatived, after putting it to vote. Then resolutions for referring the Bills to a Select Committee and moved by O’Brien and Tiruchi Siva (DMK) were taken up and declared rejected, even as the two leaders objected. From their gestures in the din, it was clear they wanted division, while shouting and clapping was going on. There was chaos as Harivash started going through Clause by Clause passage of the first Bill. There was tearing of papers and throwing up of the red Rajya Sabha Rule Book. The agitated members tried to disturb the microphones in front of the Chair and there was silence for some time. At 1.30 p.m. the House was adjourned for 10 minutes. When it reassembled at about 1.45 p.m, the Deputy Chairman did not stop in the voting process and completed the passage of the two Bills one after another. Tomar was protected by fresh deployment of security personnel in the chamber. The two Bills, the Farmers' Produce Trade and The BJD sprang a surprise on both the Opposition as well as the NDA today as it demanded that the farm bills be referred to the select committee in the Rajya Sabha. Outside the parliament, BJD MPs expressed their shock and anguish at the denial of division (voting) and passage of the bills on voice vote. Considered as a ‘friendly’ party, the BJP leadership was upset over the BJD’s stand while the Opposition Congress, TMC, Left were equally perplexed at receiving support from a ‘pro-NDA’ party for the first time ever in a decade. “The scenes in the Rajya Sabha were unprecedented and unfortunate. How can a division be denied?” remarked a veteran BJD MP while speaking to media persons here over telephone. There was a ruckus and the ChaCommerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 were already passed by the Lok Sabha. Their passage by the Lower House led to resignation by a Union Minister representing the Akali Dal in the Modi Government. The Bills have enraged farmers in Punjab and Haryana and they have launched PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER irman did not turn up, he noted. The BJP leadership was angry, we had told them that they had never consulted us on any matter. Instead, they always communicate directly with our leader in Bhubaneswar and from where we get the necessary directions, said another MP The . BJD was always taken for granted, he said. Asked about the ‘friendly equations between the BJP and BJD’, the MP said we don't know, we go by orders from Bhubaneswar. He refused to hazard a guess on whether souring relationships had anything to do with the recent CBI raids. He indicated that the direction to demand that the bill be referred to the select committee had come from the BJD supremo in Bhubaneswar. The BJD has nine MPs in the Rajya Sabha and voting would have led to a cliffhanger, he added. big agitations. Moving the Bills, Tomar said the Bills were historic. He said the farmer did not have freedom to sell his produce at his will. The agricultural marketing system of APMCs was not doing justice to farmers, and it was not transparent. There was need for an alternative arrangement. The new laws would be helpful, according to experts. The farmers would get payment in three days under the new laws. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER MUMBAI, 20 SEPTEMBER lywood by celebrities and trolls online, the director said it had taken some people“such a long time” to “shut me up”. “(But) while shutting me up, you lied so much that you dragged other women also in it. Please maintain some dignity madam. All I will say is that all your allegations are baseless,” Kashyap, tweeted. “Any lover or all those female actors with whom I've worked or the team of all those girls and women that have been working with me or all those women I've met in private or in public. I neither behaved like this nor do I tolerate such a behaviour at any cost,” he added. While Ghosh found support in National Commission for Women, with its chairperson Rekha Sharma assuring the actor that the NCW will take cognisance of the case, several film personalities including Sayani Gupta, Tisca Chopra, Surveen Chawla and Anubhav Sinha urged that the #MeToo movement must not be abused for vendetta. Kashyap's first wife, Bajaj, backed him, saying the filmmaker was somebody who makes sure to create a safe work environment for his female co-workers. In a lengthy twitter thread, film-maker Mehta questioned whether the allegation against Kashyap was just another “witch hunt”. 12 Opp parties give no-trust notice against RS deputy chairman Twelve Opposition parties Sunday gave a notice for a no-confidence motion against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh over the manner in which two farm Bills were passed in the Upper House after he overruled their pleas for an adjournment of the proceedings. The Rajya Sabha passed The Farmers' and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, through voice votes, amid the din caused by opposition protests. The parties that have submitted the notice include the Congress, All India Trinamul Congress, Samajwadi Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, CPI, CPM, Nationalist Congress Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, National Conference, DMK and the Aam Aadmi Party. Congress leader Ahmed Patel said 12 parties have given a notice of no-confidence against the deputy chairman, as the manner in which the Bills were passed is a murder of democracy. “Our demand for adjourning the House and division of votes was disallowed, he said. “We gave a no-confidence against the attitude of Deputy Chairman and the manner in which the Bills were passed.” JD(U) leader Harivansh was reelected as the Deputy Chairman of the Upper House on September 14, the Screengrab shows TMC MP Derek O’Brien displaying the rule book to Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh during the ruckus in the Upper House over the farm Bills. TWITTER first day of the ongoing Monsoon Session. Patel said the Deputy Chairman should have safeguarded democratic traditions but harmed them instead. The protesting members sat in Rajya Sabha after the House was adjourned following the passage of the Bills. TMC MP Derek O'Brien also accused the government of “murdering” the Parliamentary system and democracy. “The government did not allow the Opposition a vote on the farmers' bills. It is a sad day for the Parliamentary democracy,” he said. The TMC MP alleged that the government knew that it did not have the numbers and that is why they did not allow a division of votes. “Today, the BJP tried to break the back of yet another great institution of our democracy: Parliament. “The basic rights of MPs guaranteed by the Constitution are snatched. No vote allowed in RS on farmers bills. Today's day will be written in black letters,” he said. Covid-19 recoveries surpass new cases for second day FARMER FURY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has been accused by actor Payal Ghosh of sexual harassment, on Sunday said the claim is “baseless” and found support in his industry friends, with Hansal Mehta, Taapse Pannu, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub as well as former wife, film editor Aarti Bajaj crediting him for creating safe work space for women. On Saturday, Ghosh took to Twitter and wrote that the Gangs of Wasseypur director was sexually inappropriate towards her, a claim he has dismissed. The 30-year-old actor tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her tweet, requesting him to take action against Kashyap. “@anuragkashyap72 has forced himself on me and extremely badly. @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji, kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. Please help!” Ghosh wrote. In a video released to ABN Telugu, Ghosh claimed that the incident happened in 2014-2015. The actor claimed that Kashyap boasted about his connection with actor Amitabh Bachchan and claimed that there were other female artistes who he got intimate with. Dismissing the allegations, Kashyap called Ghosh's claim an attempt to “silence” him. An outspoken critic of the administration and very vocal about the vilification of Bol- KOHLI BEGINS HUNT FOR ELUSIVE IPL TITLE NAWAZ SHARIF MAKES A POLITICAL COMEBACK Farmers shout slogans before burning an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar over the passage of two controversial agriculture bills in the Parliament, on the (REPORT ON PAGE 4) outskirts of Amritsar on Sunday. AFP India's single-day recoveries surpassed the number of new infections for the second consecutive day on Sunday, with 94,612 people having recuperated from Covid-19, even as the total caseload sprinted past 54 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry's data. A total of 94,612 people recovered from coronavirus in a span of 24 hours, taking the national recovery rate to 79.68 per cent, while 92,605people tested positive for the disease during the period, taking the total Covid-19 cases to 54,00,619. The death toll climbed to 86,752 with the virus claiming 1,133 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The total Covid-19 recoveries have surged to 43,03,043. The case fatality rate was recorded at 1.61 per cent. There are10,10,824 active cases in the country which comprise 18.72 per cent of the total caseload, the data showed. 3,177 fresh cases in Bengal:West Bengal today recorded 3,177 fresh Covid cases and 61 deaths taking the total case count and death toll to 2,25,127 and 4,359 respectively, while there are 24,806 active cases. Kolkata recorded 514 fresh Covid cases and 15 deaths followed by North 24-Parganas with 507 cases and 16 deaths. With 2,958 Covid patients being discharged from hospitals today, 54,00,619 10,10,824 92,605 94,612 86,752 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2020 1,95,972 patients have recovered till now. LAC row: Army boosts dominance at strategic heights PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER The sixth round of Corps Commander talks between the armies of India and China is scheduled to be held on Monday with the focus on the implementation of a five-point agreement reached between the two countries on disengagement of troops and deescalation of the volatile situation in eastern Ladakh, government sources said on Sunday. The talks are set to start at 9 a.m. at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, they said. For the first time, a joint secretary-level officer from the Ministry of External Affairs is expected to be part of the Indian delegation, the sources said. Both sides reached the agreement to resolve the border row at a meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpartWangYi on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in Moscow on September 10. The agreement included measures like quick disengagement of troops, avoiding action that could escalate tensions, adherence to all agreements and protocols on bor- der management and steps to restore peace along the LAC. The Indian delegation at the talks is set to be led by Lt Gen Harinder Singh, commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps of the Indian Army, while the Chinese side is likely to be headed by Major General Liu Lin, the commander of the South Xinjiang military region. “In the talks, India will insist on complete disengagement of Chinese troops from the friction points at the earliest,” said a source. Even as both sides are holding another round of talks, India further bolstered its dominance in over 20 moun- CMYK tain heights around the friction points near the Pangong lake, the sources said. They also said that the IAF is set to use the newly-inducted Rafale jets to carry out sorties in Ladakh as part of the overall boosting of combat readiness in view of “provocative actions” by Chinese troops including the three incidents of shots being fired in the air in the last three weeks. The sources said the Indian Army also strengthened its dominance in over 20 strategic mountain heights around the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake as well as in the extended general area of Chushul in the last few days even as freezing conditions are gripping the area, the sources said. The deployment of Frenchmade Rafale jets in Ladakh came less than 10 days after they were formally inducted into the IAF. At a ceremony in Ambala on September 10 where five Rafale jets were inducted into the IAF, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the induction of the fleet was crucial considering the atmosphere being created along the frontier and that it is a “big and stern” message to those eyeing India's sovereignty. Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria had said the induction of Rafale jets could not have happened at a more opportune time considering the security scenario. The Rafale fleet is stationed in Ambala air force station. The IAF has deployed almost all its frontline fighter jets like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 aircraft in the key frontier air bases in eastern Ladakh and elsewhere along the LAC. The IAF is also carrying out night time combat air patrols in the eastern Ladakh region.
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