BHUBANESWAR l FRIDAY l AUGUST 21, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION INDIA, CHINA AGREE TO WORK TOWARDS FULL DISENGAGEMENT A diplomatic talk on India-China border disputes was held on Thursday as military-level engagements have hit a wall FILE PHOTO TO MAINTAIN CLOSE COMMUNICATION BOTH SIDES KEEN ON PEACE In the 18th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC), India and China agreed to continue to work towards a complete disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control. The two sides agreed to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels to ensure that the goal is met ■ Acknowledging that peace at border is key for improving ties, it was agreed to resolve disputes in an “expeditious manner” ■ The Indian delegation was led by Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary, (East Asia) Ministry of External Affairs. Senior Chinese foreign ministry official Hong Liang represented Beijing WMCC IS A CONSULTATION MECHANISM FOR MANAGEMENT OF INDIA-CHINA BORDER CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI JOBLESS INDL WORKERS TO GET HALF OF 3 MTHS PAY E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi IN a move that will benefit at least 40 lakh jobless industrial workers, the Centre on Thursday decided to give 50% of their three months’ salary as unemployment benefit. This will be applicable to those who lost their jobs after March 31 as well as those who might lose their jobs before December 31. Industrial workers whose monthly salary does not exceed `21,000 fall under the ambit of the scheme. To avail the benefit, workers have to show their Aadhaar number as proof. The proposal was approved at a meeting of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Board held on Thursday headed by La, bour minister Santosh Gangwar. “It has been decided to relax the existing conditions and the amount of relief for workers who have lost employment during the Covid-19 pandemic period. The enhanced relief under the relaxed conditions will be payable during the period of 24.03.2020 to 31st December 2020,” a statement from the ESIC said. Review of these conditions will be done after December 31, depending on the need and demand for such relaxed condition, the ESIC said. EXPRESS READ Inflation worry behind no rate cut: MPC New Delhi: RBI’s six-member Monetary Policy Committee, which met earlier this month, found the spike in consumer inflation so alarming that it chose to delay taking more steps to boost growth, minutes of the MPC meet released on Thursday showed | P10 SC gives Bhushan 3 days to apologise for defamatory tweets Tharoor backs T’puram airport lease as Kerala, Centre headed for clash @ Thiruvananthapuram The activist-lawyer refuses to change his statement, quotes Mahatma Gandhi to say he won’t seek SC’s mercy Dushyant Dave, appearing for Bhushan, urged the court to defer the hearing THE Supreme Court on Thursday gave on sentence as he sought to file a review lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan three petition on it. The bench, also comprising days to reconsider his stand that he won’t Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, apologise for his defamatory tweets said if any punishment is given for conagainst the judiciary . tempt, it will be inflicted only after the A bench headed by Justice Arun review petition is decided. Mishra observed the tone, tenor and conWhen senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, tent of Bhushan’s ‘defiant statealso appearing for Bhushan, said ment’ makes the matter even Don’t punish his client has filed several cases him: AG worse. It asked Attorney General in public interest, the bench reK K Venugopal to go through Attorney General torted, “You may do a hundred Bhushan’s affidavit in justificagood things but that doesn’t give K K Venugopal tion of his tweets, and see if his urged SC not to you the licence to do ten crimes.” reply is a defence or an aggrava- punish Bhushan The court added, “It is after all tion of contempt. in the contempt about if a person wants to purge However, Bhushan told the the contempt. There is no person case saying he court he won’t change his state- has already been on earth who can’t commit a ment. Quoting Mahatma Ganmistake.” convicted dhi, he said he will not seek merJustice Mishra remarked, cy to escape punishment for doing what “There is a Lakshman rekha for everybelieved was right. thing. Why should you cross the rekha? I Bhushan told the court, “I am pained haven’t convicted anyone of contempt in not because I can be punished but be- 24 years as a judge. This is my first such cause I’ve been misunderstood. I believe order.” open criticism is necessary to safeguard The Supreme Court had on August 14 the constitutional order. My tweets were held Bhushan guilty of criminal cona small attempt to discharge what I con- tempt for tweeting two derogatory comP7 sider my highest duty .” ments against the judiciary . leader Ramesh Chennithala and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president MullapIN a major embarrassment to pally Ramachandran urged the Congress’ Kerala unit, the Centre to reconsider the which is opposed to the leas- privatisation move. ing out of ThiruThe CPI(M)-led state vananthapuram airgovernment is also oppor t to the Adani posed to the move. On G r o u p, p a r t y M P Wednesday Kerala CM , Shashi Tharoor has Pinarayi Vijayan had backed the Centre’s shot off a letter to move saying privatisaPrime Minister Nartion will help the airendra Modi warning Pinarayi’s port flourish. the state would not co“I am speaking in warning to operate in implementAdani the best interests of ing the decision. my constituency. The Meanwhile, an all“Whoever people of Thiruvanan- takes control party meeting held on thapuram want a first- of the airport Thursday decided to class airport worthy fight the Centre’s would also of the city’s history, know that they move legally. In a secstatus and potential,” cannot run the ond letter to the PM, Tharoor tweeted. airport without Vijayan said the overwhelming view was He wrote that in this the state’s that the management context, a decision, help,” Kerala and operation of the however controverCM Pinarayi airport must be with sial, is preferable to Vijayan said the state government. the long delay “The re. The meeting, attended ality is that a private entity running the operations by all political parties except , competitively is the only way the BJP also decided to pass a this airport could flourish,” resolution in the state Assembly to oppose handing over of Tharoor wrote. His comments came a day the management of the airP6 . after the state’s opposition port to a private entity EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi My tweets were out of a bona fide attempt to discharge my duty as a citizen. I would have been failing in my duty if I did not speak up at this juncture of history. I submit to any penalty which the court may inflict. It would be contemptuous on my part to offer apology I do not ask for mercy. I do not appeal for magnanimity. I am here to cheerfully submit to any punishment that court may impose - Prashant Bhushan FASTEST MOVING ODISHA ENTERS TOP-10 LIST AFTER CLEANLINESS TEST EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar TAKING great strides in improving cleanliness in its urban areas, Odisha has grabbed a place among the top 10 cleanest states of the country and won two awards in the Swachh Sarvekshan 2020 survey results , of which were announced by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday . While Odisha has been adjudged the fastest moving State, Berhampur Municipal Corporation has been awarded the best medium city in ‘Innovation and Best Practices’. With an overall score of 1,353.2, Odisha is now placed at 10th position in Swachh Sarvekshan 2020 that is conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). Chhattisgarh has topped the list. Odisha was ranked 16 in 2019 and 22 in 2018. Among the states with more than 100 urban local bodies (ULBs), Odisha is ranked eight. Berhampur Municipal Corporation’s ranking has improved from 216 in 2019 to 89 this year. The Silk city with a score of 4,212.41 from 6,000 is the only ULB to find place in the top-100 list. However, Smart City Bhubaneswar that was ranked 24 and figured in the ‘Aspiring Leader’ category from among 73 participants in 2016 finds itself placed at 233 spot this time among the 382 ULBs having one lakh to 10 lakh population. It has scored 2,257.6. The State Capital was at 288th position last year and 245 in 2018. Admitting that Bhubaneswar has a long way to go, Municipal Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said the city has improved from previous year. “There are several projects related to waste disposal, sanitation and garbage collection under implementation. Once they are completed, the ranking will definitely improve further,” he said. Of eight cities and towns in the State that were covered in the survey Rourkela is ranked , 156 followed by Baripada (195), Cuttack (232), Puri (256), Bhadrak (266) and Balasore (347). Six cities, Paradip, Barbil, Dhenkanal, Rajgangpur, Vyasanagar and Choudwar having less than one lakh population find place in top-20 list in the East Zone. Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena said Odisha was awarded as fastest moving State for its transformative sanitation jour ney to achieve ‘Swachh Odisha - Sustha Odisha’. “Decentralised treatment and processing in micro-composting centres, converting bio-degradable waste to organic manure and septage management with active involvement of Mission Shakti members are some of the key features,” he said. Appreciating the efforts of the department, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said he was glad to see the mission to make cities cleaner and liveable has been recognised at national level.
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